Evangelii Gaudium

Published today the Vatican releases the new encyclical by His Holiness the Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis, “Evangelii Gaudium” (The Joy of the Gospel). The Pope’s first encyclical, “Lumen Fidei,” released in July, was essentially the work of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, to whose words Pope Francis had merely “added a few contributions” of his own. The…

Papal Resignation: Metropolitan of Europe’s response

Text of the letter sent by His Grace, Archbishop Jerome Lloyd OSJV, Metropolitan of the ORCCLR in Europe, to His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI in response to the news of his retirement from the See of Rome, sent via the Office of the Papal Nuncio to Great Britain: BEATISSIMO PATRI, Patriarchæ Ecclesiæ Occidentalis, Primati Italiæ,…

Papal Resignation

The Holy See has confirmed the announcement that His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI is to resign on February 28, after eight years as Pontiff since his election in April 2005. The Holy Father’s resignation letter said: “Dear Brothers, I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you…

Year of Faith announced 2012-2013

Many of the Vatican’s events for the forthcoming Year of Faith were announced today as organizers unveiled the official logo in Rome. Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, told EWTN News June 21 that the “significance of the logo is very simple.” “The boat is the sign of the…