(Vatican Radio) – Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Wednesday morning on Galle Face Green, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, during which he canonized Saint Joseph Vaz (1651-1711) – an Oratorian priest and “Apostle to Sri Lanka” who preached the Gospel there during the time of Dutch Calvinist dominion over much of the island. Here is the full coverage by Vatican TV.
On 14 January, Pope Francis prayed before our Lady in this beloved Marian sanctuary. Here is the full coverage by Vatican TV.
Here is the full Vatican coverage of the interreligious meeting.
Here is the coverage of the Holy Father’s arrival, courtesy of Vatican Radio. In his welcome speech the newly-elected president asked Pope Francis twice for his blessing. The Holy Father said that the people of this “pearl of the Indian Ocean” may “be ready to respect one another and accept diversity” so that they “no longer see diversity as a…
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(Rome Reports) – Pope Francis will kick off 2015 traveling to Sri Lanka and the Philippines from January 12 to 19. Back in 2009, Sri Lanka put an end to a civil war that lasted 25 years. Now many hope Pope Francis will boost national reconciliation and peace.
(Rome Reports) – The cries of babies welcomed Pope Francis when he was to baptize 33 children in the Sistine Chapel. In his homily, he explained that the word of God is the best gift that parents can give their children. That’s why he encouraged them to read the Gospel.