The Holy Father wants a year in preparation for the 2025 Jubilee that will help “stimulate prayer with simplicity and in accordance with Christ’s heart.” Pope Francis has announced that the year 2024, in preparation for the Jubilee 2025, will be dedicated to prayer.
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Archbishop of Dublin, Ireland, Dermot Farrell (in photo) has condemned the “indiscriminate use of force against civilians,” saying that the binding moral and international legal standards of the Geneva Conventions are clearly being violated.
Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Marek Zalewski (in photo) as the first resident pontifical representative, nearly half a century after Vietnam severed ties with the Vatican following the communist takeover of the south of the country in 1975.
The annual report from the Pontifical Mission Societies’ Fides News agency includes two Filipino pastoral workers killed in the massacre at the Marawi State University on December 3, 2023. A total of 20 missionaries were killed around the world in 2023.
Fr. Jorge arrived at Waterval Mission, Mpumalanga, in South Africa at a mature age. In his first years on the mission, he made a great effort to learn the Northern Sotho language of Sepedi, and he reached a certain level of proficiency, which allowed him to celebrate Mass and even preach in Sepedi. Quite often, when the faithful started to interact in fast conversations, he would easily get lost.
A bank professional in his young years, Raul felt the call of God to be a missionary. Despite his aging and frail parents, he summoned the courage to leave behind his profession and join the seminary. As a missionary, Fr. Raul has served in Africa and the Philippines.
At last year’s World Youth Day in August, Pope Francis asked young people to bring the joy of Jesus’ love to others because the joy for Jesus’ “crazy” and unconditional love urges me to bring it to others.
Saint Ignatius of Antioch was arrested and brought to Rome in chains to be thrown to the lions. During his journey as a prisoner, he wrote seven letters to the churches he passed through. They are a document of extraordinary beauty and relevance.
The Comboni Missionary Sisters are in Israel working with the Bedouin communities of Jahalin in the Judean Desert. Listening to their needs has led to ideas and the formation of education programs, which are put into practice through a network of volunteers and collaborators.
We must introduce the natural world into our liturgies. Many elements of the natural world could be introduced into the Preface of the Sunday Eucharist. Other liturgies could follow suit.