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Vatican’s Declaration on Tragedy in Nice

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lombardiMESSAGES - Fr. Federico Lombardi, Director of the Holy See Press Office, has released the following statement on the tragedy that took place last night in the French city of Nice, claiming 84 lives, and wounding dozens, leaving at least 15 -18 in critical condition. During a Bastille Day fireworks celebration, a terrorist of Franco-Tunisian...

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Final message of the meeting of the major superiors of the Society of St Paul

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superiori maggioriMESSAGES - l Rome 22 - 30 June 2016 We, the Major Superiors of the Society of St. Paul – together with the Superior General, Fr. Valdir José De Castro, and the General Government – gathered in Rome from 22 to 30 June 2016, send our most fraternal greetings to the Pauline confreres of all the Circumscriptions. During these days of intense work...

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Letter to Busars General

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vaticanLETTER - Dear Bursars General, In our Circular Letter Guidelines for the management of the goods of the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (August 2, 2014), we reiterated that "the formation in the financial dimension, according to one's own charism, is of fundamental importance so that the choices done as we fulfill our mission...

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Leonard Murialdo the Saint of Mercy

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diapo murialdo EMESSAGES - On the occasion of St. Leonard Murialdo feast, the Father General of the Josephites, Fr. Mario Aldegani, sent a letter to his confreres: “During all my life did God’s mercy abandon me even for a moment?”. It helps us to live this Jubilee of Mercy with a Murialdine spirit.

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International Day of Families 2016: Families for Families in despair

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fafceMESSAGES - In connection with the International Day of Families, Antoine Renard, President of the European Federation of Catholic Family Associations (FAFCE) spoke this morning at a meeting of the European Parliament Family Intergroup that took place during the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. He stressed the role of the family...

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Pope calls for commission to study reinstating female deacons

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consacrate3MESSAGES - Pope Francis led an in-depth discussion on Thursday about the role of women in the Church, saying he wants to set up a commission to study the possibility of reinstating female deacons. His conversation was part of a question and answer session with some 900 heads of female religious orders and congregations who form part...

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GMCS16: The medium and message of authentic communication

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com socMESSAGES - The Pope’s Message for World Communications Day 2016 is part of a trilogy that should be read as a whole, not restricted to the framework of the Jubilee Year.The relationship between communication and mercy was already present in the icon of the Good Samaritan: if we let it touch our hearts, we cannot help but take action...

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After 800 Years, Mercedarians Must Constantly Adapt, Renew, Says Pope

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mercedariMESSAGES - For an order that has been serving the Church for 800 years, the challenge is to be ever ready to adapt and renew, while still staying faithful to its heritage. This was the message the Pope gave today to the Mercedarians, members of the Order of Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy, which is about to celebrate the eighth centenary...

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Regina Caeli: On the Suffering in Ukraine

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pope ukraineMESSAGES - Here is a ZENIT translation of the brief address Pope Francis gave this morning at the end of Mass for Divine Mercy Sunday and before praying the midday Regina Caeli with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square. On this day that is, as it were, the heart of the Holy Year of Mercy, my thoughts go out to all populations that thirst...

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Father Cantalamessa’s 1st Lent Homily 2016

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cantalamessa-740x493MESSAGE - After having meditated on Lumen gentium in Advent, I would like to continue reflecting in these Lenten meditations on other great documents of Vatican II. I think, however, that it would be useful to make an introductory statement. Vatican II is a tributary, not the river. In his famous work An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine...

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Cardinal Bo’s Homily for Closing of 51st International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu, Philippines

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charles-maung-cardinal-bo-sdbMESSAGES - Below is the homily of Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon (Myanmar) for the closing of the 51st International Eucharist Congress in Cebu, Philippines, where he served as papal legate. This text was provided to ZENIT by Cardinal Bo. Eucharist, Family, Mercy and Christian Hope: My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ our Lord, Mabuhay!

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