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We have heard so many stories about the Church in China, about persecution and about an underground church, yet for Bishop Ignatius Wang, the retired Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco, it’s not so simple and it’s not so hopeless. Deacon Pedro speaks with him about his vocation, the challenges being a Chinese Bishop in the ...read more
In just 3 days, the Pope will embark on his 22nd Apostolic journey. This time he travels to Chile and Peru where he hopes to bring a message of hope and comfort to people on the margins of society, particularly the indigenous people. However, when he embarks on what will be his fourth visit to South America, he will face the enormous task of restoring trust and encouraging healing, after scandals in both of those countries left many wounded and angry at the Catholic Church. ...read more
Rev. John G. McDonald helps us understand the mission of The Pontifical North American College through several interviews with young seminarians. In relation to the 2018 Synod being focused on young people, faith and discernment, this video builds on the importance of engaging young people in faith, and how crucial it is to instill the ...read more
In Zambia, a cholera epidemic that threatens the lives of more than 14 million people has forced the country’s government, to ban all church services in their capital city of Lusaka. The Zambian government decreed earlier this week, that all gatherings of every nature, including church services, are banned in areas most affected by the epidemic. The ban, they say, is aimed at curbing the spread of the disease and to help make current treatment initiatives more effective. ...read more
Tomorrow, the Polish parliament will vote on an abortion policy that will either increase access to pregnancy termination or significantly reduce it. The government is trying to introduce an “abortion on request” legislation which will make pregnancy termination a more readily available option. ...read more
S+L’s Matteo Ciofi interviews the Ambassador of Chile to the Holy See, Mr. Francisco Mariano Fernández Amunátegui, about Pope Francis’ upcoming visit. He talks about the expectations, preparations, and important events that will take place during Pope Francis’ stay in Chile. The Pope’s Apostolic Journey to Peru and Chile will begin on January 15, and end ...read more
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – January 14th, 2018 Reflecting on today’s readings, especially the call of Samuel and of Andrew and his brother, I remembered something that the German Lutheran Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote from his prison in Nazi Germany, that “only by living unreservedly in this life’s duties, problems, successes and ...read more
To celebrate the Feast day of the Epiphany, over 1.2 million people in Poland took part in the “March of the Three Kings” on Saturday. This March is one of the countries largest events that celebrates Poland's 100th anniversary of regained independence.  ...read more
Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Our meeting today is a welcome tradition that allows me, in the enduring joy of the Christmas season, to offer you my personal best wishes for the New Year just begun, and to express my closeness and affection to the peoples you represent. I thank the Dean of the Diplomatic ...read more
I’m confused this year. Why is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord celebrated tomorrow, Monday, January 8, instead of next Sunday? This was the tradition: It was always celebrated on January 13, on the octave of the Feast of the Epiphany (which is normally January 6 – but not always, in some places, ...read more