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Monsignor Giuseppe Shen Bin (Catholic Press Photo)

Shen Bin and Francis’ choice

ChurchGianni Valente*

The appointment of the Bishop of Shanghai is a new step in the relations between the Holy See and Beijing, dictated by the Pope's concern that the "small flock" of faithful in China may live the faith more freely.

Pilgrimage across Portugal carrying WYD symbols to Lisbon (Photo: COD Lisboa)

With the Pope in Lisbon, to not "balconear"

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Pope Francis' preface to the recently published book "The Long Journey to Lisbon" by Portuguese journalist Aura Miguel, which recounts the story of WYD ahead of the upcoming event in Portugal's capital (from Vaticanews).

Monsignor Santoro and Monsignor Pezzi during the liturgy in Moscow (Photo" "L'isola che non c'è - Latiano")

"Peace is born in the heart of each of us"

ChurchFilippo Santoro*

After visiting Kiev in late April, Monsignor Filippo Santoro was in Moscow from July 8-12. Here is his homily during Mass in the Russian capital's Catholic Cathedral.

Fr. Frans van der Lugt, killed in Syria in 2014 (Photo:

New martyrs: Ecumenism of blood and the way of Francis

ChurchMaria Acqua Simi

The Pope establishes a commission to give a name, a face and a story to the many unknown Christians who have lost their lives in recent years to witness to the Gospel. Here are some of their stories.

A moment from the congress

On mission with Peter


On June 22, a meeting was held with the moderators of associations and movements convened by the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life. The address of Davide Prosperi

The meeting in the Sistine Chapel (Photo: Catholic Press Photo)

"Brings into the world something new and unprecedented"

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Address of the Pope to artists: "It is true that in the encounter with art, the limits of our experience and understanding broaden. We experience the spontaneity of the child filled with imagination and the intuition of the visionary who grasps reality."

Monsignor Paolo Martinelli (Photo: Massimiliano Migliorato/Catholic Press Photo)

Christians in Yemen, a tenacious presence

ChurchMaria Acqua Simi

The lingering war, the glimmers of peace. And dialogue with the Muslim world. One year after taking office, the Vicar Apostolic in Southern Arabia, Monsignor Paolo Martinelli, speaks of what is happening there.

(Photo: Roberto Masi/Fraternità CL)

The Pope's prayer for movements


Like every month, Francis entrusts his prayer intentions to the entire Church through the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network. The month of May will be dedicated to ecclesial movements and groups.

Pope Francis during meeting with authorities in Budapest (Vatican Media/Catholic Press Photo)

Pope Francis: "It is vital to recover the European spirit"

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War in neighboring Ukraine, welcoming migrants, the value of life. The three central themes of Pope Francis' trip to Hungary, in the heart of the Old Continent. Here is his address to the authorities upon his arrival in Budapest.

Photo: Ansa-Zumapress

Sexuality: New women and men


The letter from the Nordic Bishops' Conference: the image of God "in the complementarity of male and female." And the experience of a mercy that "excludes no one, but sets a high ideal."

Pope Francis on the day of his election, March 13, 2013 (Photo: Catholic Press Photo)

Francis’ 99 sheep

ChurchLucio Brunelli

"I am a sinner whom the Lord has looked upon." This is how Bergoglio, elected Pope on March 13, 2013, described himself. Ten years of Pontificate proclaiming the joy of the Gospel to the world. From the March issue of Tracce.

Mass for Fr. Giussani in Bologna on February 20, 2023 (Photo: Luca Petrolo)

A companionship of those in love with Christ

ChurchMatteo Maria Zuppi

The homily of Cardinal Matteo Maria Zuppi, Archbishop of Bologna, on the occasion of the Mass for the anniversary of Fr. Giussani's death in Bologna on February 20.

The Archbishop of Milan, Monsignor Mario Delpini (Photo: Pino Franchino/Fraternity CL)

The people of peace perform works of peace

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Archbishop of Milan Monsignor Mario Delpini's homily and Davide Prosperi's greeting at the Mass in Milan’s Cathedral for the 18th anniversary of Fr. Giussani's death.

Pope Francis during the conference (Photo: Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life)

"So that the Church may be a true people"


"Pastors and Lay Faithful Called to go Forward Together". The conference organised by the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, also addressed to delegates from movements and associations. The words of Pope Francis and Cardinal Farrell.

Pope Francis at the General Audience on February 15  (Vatican Media/Catholic Press Photo)

Called to proclaim Christ

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"The proclamation does not begin from us, but from the beauty of what we have received for free, without merit: meeting Jesus, knowing Him, discovering that we are loved and saved." Pope Francis' General Audience (Rome, February 15).