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17th January 2020

Greccio: Pope Francis Writes on the Significance of the Christmas Crèche

Greccio is the mountain village where Saint Francis of Assisi created the first crib scene in 1223 to commemorate the birth of Jesus. Pope Francis returned to the town on Sunday to deliver his Apostolic Letter entitled, “Admirabile signum”. Pope Francis takes us back to the Italian town of Greccio, which Saint Francis visited in the year 1223. The caves he saw there reminded him … Read more

Pope Francis View on Mission 3/9

In a book-length interview with Gianni Valente from Fides News Agency Pope Francis speaks about what has captured his heart: the proclamation of the Gospel in today’s world. “The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus”.  Over the coming days a number of short ‘digestible’ extracts will feature in this blog. In a meeting with the Pontifical Missionary … Read more

San Antonio, Texas, Congregation Celebrates the Congolese Way.

In 1969, four years after the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council, the bishops of the Democratic Republic of the Congo petitioned the Vatican for permission to use a new rite that spoke to the needs of Catholics in the sub-Saharan African nation. Nineteen years and two popes later, that permission was granted. By 1988, though, the country’s name had been changed to Zaire, so … Read more