Church collections on Holy Thursday
Pope Benedict XVI has decided the collection taken up at his Holy Thursday evening Mass will be used to offer humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees.
The Pontifical Mission for Palestine — the Vatican’s emergency relief agency for the Middle East — estimates it would cost $20 million to care for all the Syrian refugees now in Jordan… Read more »
To the Jews who believed in him Jesus said: If you make my word your home you will indeed be my disciples; you will come to know the truth, and the truth will set you free. They answered, ‘We are descended from Abraham and we have never been the slaves of anyone; what do you mean, “You will be set free?” ‘ Jesus replied: In all truth I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave… Read more »
Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs
Cuba’s foreign minister said his government was looking forward to welcoming Pope Benedict XVI and exchanging points of view with him, even after the pope used his in-flight news conference to criticize Marxist ideology.
Bruno Rodriguez, the foreign minister of Cuba’s communist government, was asked about the pope’s remarks March 23 during the opening of the Havana press center for the papal visit… Read more »
We refer to the statement issued in the Press by the Band Clubs Association where it was stated that the Association suspended the agreement reached with the Curia in December 2011.
The Curia wishes to bring to mind two general principles. First, any agreement reached and signed by two parties should be respected by both parties. Secondly, this particular agreement was made between two parties; therefore it can only be changed through another agreement between the two. … Read more »
Pope during mass in Cuba
Celebrating an outdoor Mass on his first day in Cuba, Pope Benedict XVI acknowledged the struggles of the country’s Catholics after half a century of communism and described human freedom as a necessity for both salvation and social justice.
The pope spoke March 26 in Antonio Maceo Revolution Square, in Cuba’s second-largest city. He had arrived in the country a few hours earlier, after spending three days in Mexico… Read more »
Again he said to them: I am going away; you will look for me and you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come. So the Jews said to one another, ‘Is he going to kill himself, that he says, “Where I am going, you cannot come?” ‘ Jesus went on: You are from below; I am from above… Read more »
The Church Secretariat for Social and Charitable Action is organizing a Week of Sacrifice between Friday 30th March, the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows and 6th April, Good Friday. The theme for this year is The Joy of Giving. The Secretariat has selected this theme to signify that when one gives from the heart, it brings happiness. On the contrary, self-centeredness causes one to suppress the good in oneself and life loses its meaning… Read more »
On Friday, 23rd March 2012, Archbishop Paul Cremona O.P. attended the Annual General Meeting of the Cana Movement. The meeting was attended by a number of members who offer their voluntary services within the Movement. In their addresses, both the President, Dr Anna Vella and the Director, Rev Dr Joseph Mizzi, stated that it is important that Cana is not just viewed as a service-provider, an agency which offers several different services to families; rather it should retain its full identity as a Movement… Read more »
Pope Benedict in Mexico
Pope Benedict XVI has condemned drug-trafficking and corruption at a huge open-air Mass in central Mexico. He urged Catholics to look to their faith in response to poverty and crime and to reject violence and revenge.
More than 500,000 people gathered to hear his message beside the Christ the King monument in Silao – one of the most important symbols of Mexican Catholicism… Read more »
Luke 1, 26-38
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. He went in and said to her, ‘Rejoice, you who enjoy God’s favour! The Lord is with you.’ She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, but the angel said to her, ‘Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God’s favour… Read more »