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Pope Francis' Video Message To Patients In Gemelli Hospital

Vatican City, 14 July 2014 (VIS) – On Sunday morning the Holy Father sent a video message to patients in Rome's Agostino Gemelli Hospital, in which he apologised for be unable to attend the visit planned for 27 June, cancelled due to an unexpected indisposition. “I extend my apologies not only to the hospital directors but to all those who have worked with such effort and passion. Above all, I include the patients waiting to be able to pray together during the Holy Mass, whom I would have liked to greet personally”. | READ FULL STORY

Angelus: The Parable Of The Sower Still Applies Today

Vatican City, 13 July 2014 (VIS) – At midday Pope Francis appeared at the window of his study to pray the Sunday Angelus with thousands of faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square. Before the Marian prayer, the Holy Father commented on the Gospel reading of the day's liturgy, which was the parable of the sower. | READ FULL STORY

Reductionism Discards An Entire Generation Of Young People

Vatican City, 13 July 2014 (VIS) – Yesterday, Saturday, the Holy Father lunched with the participants in the international seminar dedicated to Pope Francis' proposal in the Apostolic Exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium”, for “an increasingly inclusive economy”, which took place in the Casina Pio IV in the Vatican. | READ FULL STORY

Message For World Tourism Day: Harmony Between Tourism And Local Communities

Vatican City, 11 July 2014 (VIS) – The Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples today published its message for World Tourism Day 2014. Organised by the World Tourism Organisation, its theme this year is “Tourism and Community Development”. The message is signed by Cardinal Antonio Maria Veglio and Bishop Kalathiparambil, respectively president and secretary of the dicastery. | READ FULL STORY

Motu Proprio On The Transfer Of Competences To The Secretariat For The Economy

Vatican City, 9 July 2014 (VIS) – The following is the Apostolic Letter issued 'Motu proprio' by the Holy Father Francis on the transfer of the Ordinary Section of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See to the Secretariat of the Economy. | READ FULL STORY

New Economic Framework For The Holy See

Vatican City, 9 July 2014 (VIS) – This morning in the Holy See Press Office a press conference was held to present the new economic plan for the Holy See. The speakers were Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, Joseph F. X. Zahra and Jean-Baptiste de Franssu, deputy coordinator and member of the Council for the Economy respectively, and Ernst von Freyberg, president of the Board of Superintendence of the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR). | READ FULL STORY

Budgets Of The Holy See And Governorate Of Vatican City State: Positive Balance

Vatican City, 8 July 2014 (VIS) – During the meeting of the Council of the Economy on Saturday 5 July, the Prefecture for Economic Affairs of the Holy See, as is customary at this time of year, presented a report of the two main budgets for 2013: the consolidated financial statement of the Holy See and the financial statement of the Governorate of Vatican City State. | READ FULL STORY

There Is No Place In The Church For Abusers

Vatican City, 7 July 2014 (VIS) – The following is the full text of the homily pronounced this morning by Pope Francis during the Mass celebrated in the Sanctae Marthae Chapel, attended by six victims of sexual abuse by members of the clergy. | READ FULL STORY

Meeting Of The Pontifical Commission For The Protection Of Minors And The Pope's Encounter With Victims Of Abuse By Members Of The Clergy

Vatican City, 7 July 2014 (VIS) – This morning in the Holy See Press Office, the director, Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., gave a briefing on the meeting of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors and the Pope's encounter with the victims of abuse, which took place on 6 and 7 July. | READ FULL STORY

Angelus: Jesus Invites Us To Follow Him

Vatican City, 6 July 2014 (VIS) – “Jesus invites us, saying 'Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest'”, said the Pope this morning, as he appeared at the window of his study to pray the Angelus with the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square. “Jesus' words always give hope”, he continued. “This invitation extends to many brothers and sisters today, oppressed by poor living conditions, difficult life situations and, at times, with no valid points of reference”. | READ FULL STORY

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