Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as Supreme Pontiff, the 265th successor of Peter, and has chosen the name Francis I. ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE ELECTION OF THE POPE Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as Supreme Pontiff, the 265 th successor of Peter, and has chosen the name Francis I... Read more
The status of women in Pakistan varies considerably across classes, regions, and the rural/urban divide due to uneven socio-economic development and the impact of tribal, feudal and capitalist social formation on women's lives. The Pakistani women of today enjoy a better status than most Muslim... Read more
Wednesday, 27 February 2013, was a special day in St. Peter’s Square, Rome, where the sun shone brilliantly. An immense multitude invaded the square with one desire, to thank and greet for the last time a Pope who had been loved as a father, a friend, a master. In the crowd banners of every country... Read more
Thinking back over the Family Congress and the Assembly of Priest Associates in which I had the joy of participating, I would like to share two convictions that seem to me insightful for the exercise of my ministry as a diocesan priest. TWO INSIGHTFUL CONVICTIONS Thinking back over the Family... Read more
I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age,... Read more
Pierre Bienvenu Noailles, Founder of the Holy Family of Bordeaux died on 8 February 1861. Here is a testimony from one of his contemporaries: HE LIVES FOREVER! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------... Read more
3 February: We celebrate the 191st Anniversary of the Miraculous Benediction that took place in 1822 in our community at the beginning of the Foundation of the Holy Family of Bordeaux, the Family of Pierre Bienvenu Noailles. 3 February 1822 - 3 February 2013 3 February: We celebrate the 191 st... Read more
The traditional period in the northern hemisphere for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is 18-25 January. Those dates were proposed in 1908 by Paul Wattson to cover the days between the feasts of St Peter and St Paul, and therefore have a symbolic significance. The search for unity: throughout... Read more
In preparation of the 2013 International Year of Water Cooperation, and World Water Day 2013, the 2012/2013 Zaragoza International Annual UN-Water Conference focuses on how to make water cooperation happen. International Annual UN-Water Zaragoza Conference 2012/2013 'Preparing for the 2013... Read more
These days you hear of disaster caused by heavy rain all over our dear country. I would wish to share our experience here in Rattota which is situated in the Central Province of Sri Lanka, surrounded by the famous range of Knuckles Mountain. Our experience here in Rattota These days you hear of... Read more
EACH NEW YEAR brings the expectation of a better world. In light of this, I ask God, the Father of humanity, to grant us concord and peace, so that the aspirations of all for a happy and prosperous life may be achieved. BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS 1. EACH NEW YEAR brings the expectation of a better... Read more
The family, according to him, has its origin in the mystery of the Creator who attracts a man and a woman to become “one flesh”, sharing their lives in a mutual self-giving, prompted by a free and gratuitous love. A DIFFERENT FAMILY What would a family inspired by Jesus be like? The family,... Read more
The Word was in the world, and though God made the world through him, yet the world did not recognize him. He came to his own county, but his own people did not receive him. JOY - PEACE The Word was in the world, and though God made the world through him, yet the world did not recognize him. He... Read more
The Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, in the Pastoral Constitution Gaudium et Spes, recalled that “the Church goes forward together with humanity” (No. 40); therefore “the joys and the hopes, the grief and anguish of the people of our time, especially of those who are poor or afflicted, are the... Read more
On the 26th October, the Sri Lankan sisters in the Generalate organised a prayerful reflection with the aid of a power point presentation to mark the 150th year of the arrival of the Holy Family Sisters, in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan sisters in the community of Via dei Gracchi joined this... Read more
The Holy Family Sisters concluded their Triple Golden Jubilee with a Solemn Thanksgiving Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral, Jaffna. The was concelebrated by the Apostolic Nuncio Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Spiteri, Bishop of Jaffna Rt. Rev. Dr. Thomas Savundranayagam, Bishop of Ratnapura Rt. Rev. Dr. Cletus C... Read more
The Youth programme was one of the Jubilee events to mark the 150th year of the arrival of the Holy Family Sisters in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. We invited High School students from 42 schools where our sisters are teaching and there were 305 students who participated in it along with the sister. It was... Read more
Dialogue at the beginning of Mass between Carmeline and Christaline to explain to those present the meaning of the celebration. CELEBRATION OF THE TWO MARTILLAC COMMUNITIES MARKING THE 150 th ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARRIVAL OF THE FIRST HOLY FAMILY SISTERS IN SRI LANKA Dialogue at the beginning of Mass... Read more
The World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, an alliance of more than 135 NGOs, bar associations, local authorities and unions, was created in Rome on 13 May 2002. It was founded as a result of the commitment made by the signatories of the Final Declaration of the 1st World Congress Against the... Read more
With this solemn concelebration we open the thirteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the theme The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith. This theme reflects a programmatic direction for the life of the Church, its members, families, its communities... Read more