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This morning at 11:30 in the Clementine Hall in the Vatican, Pope Francis delivered the following address to participants in the special meeting convened by the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum” and the Pontifical council for Latin America, marking the fifth anniversary of the Haitian earthquake. The theme of the meeting that took place yesterday and ...read more
Have you ever sat in mass and prayed really hard – “please God, please. Let this be over soon!” Somewhere between the grumpy greeter, the off-key cantor, the lackluster homily and your own unenthusiastic recitation of the Creed, you realize that there’s something terribly wrong with this picture. I don’t want to be here! Is ...read more
Pope Francis delivered his Christmas present to the Church a little late, but still well within the liturgical Christmas season. On January 4, while leading the Angelus, Pope Francis announced the names of the 15 men under 80 he wants to elevate to the rank of cardinal. Among them are Latin Americans, Africans, Asians, and ...read more
Point of View: Interpreting the Francis Effect is a S+L series that goes deeper into the important questions surrounding the person and pontificate of Pope Francis.  The series consists of a selection of the full interviews from S+L’s original documentary The Francis Effect. This week: Alison Smith Alison Smith is a renowned and highly respected ...read more
2014 has come to an end and so it’s time for our year in review. What are the highlights of this past year? What stands out the most in your mind? What’s your favourite Pope Francis moment? Join Deacon Pedro and our panel of S+L Producers, Stefan, Alicia and Sebastian as they look at the Church ...read more
“How I want a poor church; a poor church for the poor” – these were the words that Pope Francis used at the start of his pontificate to make clear his plans for the church. His decision to visit Sri Lanka and the Philippines is confirmation of his view of the church. Beginning January 13, ...read more
Today on Perspectives, Pope Francis condemns attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris, a look at Spirit FM Christian Radio in Ireland and the broadcast schedule for Pope Francis’ trip to Asia. ...read more
On Tuesday, January 6, the official hymn for World Youth Day 2016 was released in Krakow, Poland, at the end of an Epiphany of the Lord celebration. The hymn, titled “Blessed the merciful,” was inspired by the theme of the WYD Krakow 2016, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.” (Mt, 5,7). The anthem was ...read more
Today on Perspectives, Pope Francis’ weekly general audience, the Vatican steps up its efforts in the fight against Ebola, the Eastern Churches and the Orthodox Churches celebrate Christmas and the feast of St. Andre Bessette. ...read more
Today on Perspectives, Pope Francis celebrates the feast of the Epiphany, the Eastern Churches celebrate the Theophany and Cardinal Parolin visits the North American College in Rome. ...read more