Monday 28 July 2014 marks exactly one hundred years since the outbreak of the first world war - the global conflict that rocked Europe and the globe. During his Angelus address on Sunday 27 July, Pope Francis reflected on this anniversary, and once again urged us all to join in prayer for peace - particularly in the three crisis areas of the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine.
Six Australian D-Day veterans have been given France's highest honour, 70 years after the historic World War II battle.
A Catholic relief worker says a new generation is suffering from the effects of the Rwandan genocide, which occurred from April to July two decades ago. Watch this video by Catholic News Service for more.
In 1958, when the Cardinals elected a 76 year old Pope, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, many expected an uneventful pontificate without surprises. But Pope John XXIII, now a canonized saint, surprised everyone. Watch this video for more.
Newly released letters between former U.S. first lady Jacqueline Kennedy and a Dublin-based priest reveal Kennedy's struggles to keep her faith after her husband's assassination.
When Pope Clement XIV suppressed the Society of Jesus in 1773, the Jesuits technically ceased to exist for 41 years. In 1814, the Society was reborn thanks to Pope Pius VII. This chapter is key in the history of the Jesuits. Pope Francis brought it up just days after his election, when he explained why he chose the name Francis.
Boniface Hakizimana lives in a rural area of Southern Rwanda. He lives peacefully with the widow next door, Viviane N'Habimana. They help each other and support each other when difficulties arise. At first glance, this arrangement might not appear extraordinary. However, this harmonious relationship is anything but typical, because Hakizimana is responsible for the murder of N’Habimana’s husband 20 years ago.
Guido Gusso was the butler for the Msgr. Angelo Roncalli, the first as Patriarch of Venice, then in Rome as Pope. In those years, they shared many stories and anecdotes. Guido Gusso said that when the Pope tired of walking around the Vatican Gardens, they would come up with ways to dodge Vatican police and leave the walled city.
This is how Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello kicked off a unique exhibit titled Indonesia Land of Harmony. Hosted by the Vatican Museums, it includes 150 objects and artifacts that reflect the country's different ethnicities and religions. FR. NICOLA MAPELLIVatican's Ethnological Museum"The main purpose is to use art to show that a peaceful co-existence is possible between different communities, ethnicities and cultures. Indonesia is a perfect example of this.” Some of these items are gifts that Indonesian communities have given to Popesthroughout the years. Others are gifts that missionaries brought to Rome.
Exactly one year ago, on March 12, 2013 Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio walked into the Sistine Chapel, along with his fellow cardinals to elect a new Pope. What happened next surprised the Church and the world. The Vatican's Master of the Liturgical Celebrations, Guido Marini, said the traditional 'Extra Omnes' phrase to start off the conclave at 17: 32 Rome time.
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