A vial of blood from the patron saint of the Italian city of Naples transformed from its usual solid state into a liquid after a visit from Pope Francis, marking the first time since 1848 that this phenomenon occurred during the visit of a sitting pontiff.
In the midst of the celebration for the second anniversary of his election to the papacy, Pope Francis announced a Jubilee Year of Mercy to commence on December 8, 2015 and end on the Solemnity of Christ the King in 2016.
The Vatican is confirming that is has refused to pay a ransom demanded for two letters written by Michelangelo that were stolen from the archives 18 years ago.
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone is under attack by powerful forces within the city who want him to abandon plans to require Catholic high school teachers to uphold Catholic teachings in their professional and public lives.
While addressing members of a plenary assembly on women in Rome on Saturday, Pope Francis said the time to rise to the challenge of finding new ways for women to be full participants in both social and ecclesial life “can no longer be postponed.”
Anyone with friends or family who are dabbling in witchcraft should pray for the intercession of a South African man who was martyred 25 years today for opposing the practice and who will soon be added to the Church’s glorious list of the beatified.
One of the most important Synods in our lifetime will be taking place in Rome next October to discuss issues close to the hearts of all – marriage and family – and the faithful are planning to bathe the event in prayer with a nine-month novena of Eucharistic adoration to take place around the world.