Pope Francis, Running a Fever, Cancels Seminary Visit

Pope Francis seated

Pope Francis is running a fever and has had to cancel this evening's planned visit to the Pontifical Major Roman Seminary near the Basilica of St. John Lateran. Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, confirmed that the pope is indisposed and running a slight fever, and explained that his doctor advised him to cancel the scheduled appointment and to rest.  There is no news yet as to when the visit with Rome's seminarians will be rescheduled.This is the second time … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: “Don’t Squander the Treasure of Youth!”

Pope blesses child as he arrives to lead general audience at Vatican

 "It is worth following the example Jesus Christ gives us--an example of commitment, of service, of selfless love, of the struggle for justice and truth."  This is the message from Pope Francis this morning to members of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, who had just concluded their plenary session; but it is a message for all of us, as well.  The Commission had focused in its sessions on the millions of young people in Latin America and the Caribbean “who live in conditions of 'ed … [Read more...]

From the Bishops, Daily Inspiration for Your Lenten Journey

Ash Wednesday

The penitential season of Lent is an opportunity to grow in holiness and grace.  As we look forward  to Ash Wednesday, are you seeking inspiration to help you grow closer to God?For Lent 2014, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has released a helpful calendar which offers inspiration from Pope Francis, as well as advice and ideas for observing Lent in our homes and our parishes.Click here to access the full calendar, including daily links to stories of saints, homilies, prayers and i … [Read more...]