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16/04/2018

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April 16 marks Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's 91st birthday. He will be spending the day quietly in the 'Mater Ecclesia' Monastery in the Vatican, where he lives. 

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the parish of Saint Paul of the Cross, in the Corviale neighbourhood of Rome.
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In his homily on Sunday at the Roman parish of St Paul of the Cross, Pope Francis spoke about the joy felt by the disciples when they saw the Risen Lord. 

Pope Francis listens to a young boy during his parish visit on Sunday
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During his visit to the parish of Saint Paul of the Cross, in the Corviale neighbourhood of Rome, Pope Francis met with the faithful before celebrating the ... 

Pope Francis greets the faithful gathered in St Peter's Square for the weekly Regina Coeli address
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In his reflection on the day’s Gospel, Pope Francis emphasizes the reality of Christ’s bodily Resurrection. 

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Pope Francis says he is continually praying for peace in Syria.

Journalists in Ecuador at a vigil for their murdered colleagues
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Pope Francis expresses closeness to families of journalists murdered in Ecuador 

Pope Francis' tweet in support of "little Alfie Evans" and his parents
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Pope Francis calls for respect for human dignity for disabled and gravely ill persons. 

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Among the new Venerables are 3 priests and 5 nuns: an Indian, a Spanish, a Portuguese, a Canadian and 4 Italians

Pope Francis greets the President of Villanova University, Peter M. Donohue, OSA
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Pope Francis on Saturday meets with the President and Trustees of Villanova University, telling them the University must address contemporary ethical and ... 

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Pope Francis participates in a meeting launching the work for the Pre-Synod phase of the special Synod of Bishops of the Amazon Region. 

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A telegramme signed by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, on behalf of the Pope expresses his closeness to the Algerian people after the nation's worst ever air disaster killed 257 people.

Pope Francis at Mass in the Casa Santa Marta on Monday
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In his homily at Mass in the Casa Santa Marta on Monday morning, Pope Francis said there are two ways of following Jesus: out of self-interest in his miracles ... 

CHURCH

Colleagues of the Ecuadorean journalists and driver kidnapped and killed by renegade FARC rebels hold a vigil
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Bishops in Ecuador are calling for peace following the abduction and killing of three newspaper staff by armed dissidents. 

Fillipino soldiers patrol a road in the southern island of Mindanao which is under martial law
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71-year-old Sister Patricia Fox had been part of an international human rights mission investigating the plight of indigenous people and impoverished farmers 

Destruction in Douma, on the outskirts of Damascus
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Latin American Church leaders have joined Pope Francis' appeal for peace in Syria. 

Candle light vigil for Asifa Bano in Bangalore
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The Catholic Bishops' Conference of India in a statement signed on Sunday, by the Secretary General Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas has said that it is hard to be ... 

Bishop George Palliparambil of Miao  receiving the Bharat Gaurav award in the House of Commons, London.
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Bishop George Palliparambil of Miao Diocese was among 20 who were honoured on April 13 at a ceremony at the House of Commons in the British Parliament in ... 

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Mgr. Philip Whitmore, rector of Rome's Venerable English College, talks about the history that continues to inspire seminarians today 

Card. Pietro arrives in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
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The Vatican Secretary of State arrived in PNG for the assembly of the Federation of the Catholic Bishops Conferences of Oceania that is discussing the “Care of ... 

WORLD

Douma on the outskirts of Damascus, reduced to rubble
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Moscow says it will not interfere with a fact-finding mission investigating an alleged chemical attack last week in Douma. 

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) with Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok
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Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov claims an alleged chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma last weekend was staged by an unspecified foreign ... 

Dead bodies after a Taliban attack on a government post in Afghanistan's Gazni province.
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UNAMA reported a total of 2,258 civilian casualties in the first 3 months of April this year, a similar trend in the same period in 2017 and 2016. 

 

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