'Welcome to Israel, an island of tolerance in the Middle East.' With these words, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greeted Pope Francis as he landed at Tel Aviv in a Jordanian military helicopter, reports Vatican Insider.
Half a century after an historic encounter between their predecessors, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew met in the same place to seek inspiration for Christian unity, reports the Catholic News Service.
Four challenges await the Pope in his Middle-East visit, beginning with the situation facing the region’s small Christian minority, writes John Allen in The Boston Globe.
Social media can bring out the worst in people but the Vatican’s chief media strategist says the Church cannot ignore the opportunities for evangelisation that the Internet offers, reports the Religion News Service.
Pope Francis took the world by surprise yesterday when, at the end of Mass in Manger Square, Bethlehem, he invited the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, and Israeli President, Shimon Peres, to join him, at his home in the Vatican, to pray together for peace, reports Vatican Insider. Representatives of both presidents confirmed that they will accept the invitation, reports The Tablet. Earlier in the morning, Pope Francis prayed at the wall which separates Israelis and Palestinians.
At the start of his Holy Land trip, Pope Francis thanked Jordan for hosting many of the refugees from conflicts in the Middle-East, reports The Tablet.
World leaders need to look beyond the scientific and economic consequences of climate change to the people who will be most affected by rising temperatures, according to a Vatican official, reports the Catholic News Service.
The Vatican’s top envoy to the United Nations says a report by the UN Committee against Torture is 'more technical and more professional' than an earlier UN document heavily critical of Church teaching, reports The Catholic Herald.
The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs has produced a special webpage covering the visit of Pope Francis.
The dream of Rottnest Island's Catholic priest Sean O'Shea has been completed with the installation of the headstone he organised for his final resting place, reports The West Australian.
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference is the national body of the Bishops of Australia.
Social justice advocate Father Frank Brennan SJ has backed a call to broaden the tax base to fix problems in government budgets, but wants GST exemptions to remain for certain essentials.
The Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart, yesterday launched a book entitled Listening, Learning and Leading: The impact of Catholic identity and mission on what we do and how we do it.
The vast majority of Israelis welcome Francis' visit as a chance to show the world a side of Israel that supports the Pope's message of tolerance and dialogue, reports NCR Online.
Catholic bishops in India have said they have nothing to fear from the country's new government following the landside success of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies, reports the Catholic News Agency.
Military chaplains are used to hitting the road and heading where the pain is being felt. But on a recent pilgrimage to Lourdes with wounded soldiers, a group of Catholic chaplains also found a sacred space for healing, reports the Catholic News Service.
Private letters from Jacqueline Kennedy to an Irish priest have been withdrawn from auction following what is understood to have been an intervention by her family, reports The Tablet.
The Italian Cardinal who served as the Vatican's Number 2 official under Pope Benedict XVI, has rejected allegations that he mishandled A$21 million from Vatican bank accounts, reports the Religion News Service in NCR Online.
At a time when Australian investment in Africa is booming, last week's Budget decision to divest the poorest communities is more than perplexing, writes Paul O'Callaghan, CEO of Caritas Australia.