VATICAN CITY — For St. Francis of Assisi, following Christ meant
imitating his humility and forsaking riches, power and status; the men who call
themselves Franciscans today believe they are called to embrace the same
attitudes, including in their governance.
The Vatican stamp and coin office has big plans for early May: the release of stamps marking retired Pope Benedict XVI's 90th birthday and important events in the life of the church spanning almost 2,000 years.
VATICAN CITY — The office charged with coordinating Pope Francis'
acts of charity announced the opening of a laundromat for the poor and homeless
This year, the Vatican publishing house and the Joseph
Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation pieced together a
"Festschrift" titled after the pope's episcopal motto,
"Cooperatores Veritatis" (Co-workers of the truth).More
A.I. Root Co. in Medina will create more than 1,500 liturgical works of art and ship them to churches across the country.More
VATICAN CITY — Recent popes have had a special affection for Our
Lady of Fatima, but no pope's connection can match that of St. John Paul II.More
Pope Francis has approved the recognition of a miracle attributed to the intercession of two of the shepherd children who saw Our Lady of Fatima in 1917, thus paving the way for their canonization. More
VATICAN CITY — Celebrating the 100th anniversary of apparitions
of Our Lady of Fatima, Pope Francis will lead the evening recitation of rosary
and celebrate Mass on the anniversary at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima when
he visits Portugal May 12-13.More
VATICAN CITY — No country is immune to the trafficking of organs,
which has become a global problem that demands a concerted and cooperative
response, said a number of speakers at a Vatican summit.More
The Vatican released an expanded and updated guide of the church's bioethical teachings. More
As the Sovereign Military Order of Malta accepted Pope Francis'
intervention in their governance, the pope urged members to follow a path of
renewal as they prepare to elect a new grand master.More
The German reflections on the power of prayer to bring down walls
and the Gospel call to reconciliation were adopted by the World Council of
Church's Faith and Order Commission and the Vatican's Pontifical Council for
Promoting Christian Unity and proposed to Christians worldwide for the Jan.
18-25 octave of prayer.More