Pope Francis signs new encyclical in Assisi

VATICAN CITY -- Bringing the Vatican official in charge of translations with him, Pope Francis signed his new encyclical, "Fratelli Tutti, on Fraternity and Social Friendship," at the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi, source of the document's title and inspiration.

    Pope Francis releases apostolic letter on Sacred Scripture

    VATICAN CITY -- In an apostolic letter dedicated to Sacred Scripture, Pope Francis said that even today, Christians can learn new things from the countless translations of the Bible that exist.

      Vatican proposes renewal of agreement with China on bishops' appointments

      VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican has proposed to the Chinese government that they extend an agreement signed in 2018 regarding the appointment of bishops, Vatican Media reported.

        God's Word on Sunday: Survival depends on walking God’s path

        27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 4 (Year A) Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 80; Philippians 4:6-9; Matthew 21:33-43

        In ancient Israel, a vineyard was far more than just a place to grow grapes. It was a rich symbol embedded in much of Israel’s religious literature, signifying God’s abundance and gracious generosity. It played a key role in the economy and often defined one’s wealth.

          Cardinal Becciu resigns as prefect, renounces rights as cardinal

          VATICAN CITY -- In a move apparently related to Vatican financial scandals, Pope Francis accepted Cardinal Angelo Becciu's resignation as prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes and his renunciation of the rights associated with being a cardinal, the Vatican announced late Sept. 24.

            Vatican reaffirms church teachings on end-of-life care

            VATICAN CITY -- With the legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia in many countries, and questions concerning what is morally permissible regarding end-of-life care, the Vatican's doctrinal office released a 25-page letter offering "a moral and practical clarification" on the care of vulnerable patients.

              Fr. Yaw Acheampong: Stewardship builds communities of faith

              Have you returned to church since the re-opening in June after the lockdown? How did you feel about the changes you saw?

                God's Word on Sunday: We have the blueprint to remake world

                26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sept. 27 (Year A) Ezekiel 18:25-28; Psalm 25; Philippians 2:1-11; Matthew 21:28-32

                God is so unfair. The just suffer, the wicked prosper and the world is not a just or peaceful place.

                  Seminaries reopen in a pandemic world

                  Six months since seminarians were sent home as a precaution against the rising tide of COVID-19, Canadian seminaries are only now recommencing community living, formation and on-campus lectures. 

                    Cardinal Parolin hopeful Vatican-China agreement will be extended

                    VATICAN CITY -- As the expiration of a provisional agreement signed between the Vatican and China approached, the Vatican secretary of state said he hopes it will be extended.

                      God's Word on Sunday: God must be sought in mind and heart

                      25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sept. 20 (Year A) Isaiah 55:6-9; Psalm 145; Philippians 1:20-24, 27; Matthew 20:1-16

                      Understanding the ways of God is not a project for human reasoning or intellect. God can only be understood on God’s own terms.