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(Vatican Radio) As Shakespeare is on the agenda today in the Vatican with a performance of Hamlet taking place at the 'Palazzo della Cancelleria' why not join our popular ‘Latin Lover’, Carmelite Father Reginald Foster, as he translates Shakespeare into Latin and tells how he stole his characters from the ancient Romans…Our popular 'Latin Lover' , Carmelite Father Reginald Foster in a programme presented and produced by Veronica Scarisbrick:
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis’ appeal to pray for his upcoming journey to Lesbos on Saturday shines a spotlight on the plight of hundreds of thousands of desperate migrants fleeing conflict and poverty.Internationally acclaimed photojournalist Aris Messinis, the chief photographer for Agence France Presse in Athens, is currently on assignment in Lesbos. Messinis recently gained attention in the media not for a photo he captured, but rather for an image taken of him in which he set his camera aside to help a refugee child struggling to get out of the water.Messinis has been on assignment in Lesbos for over a year now. Vatican Radio’s Antonella Palermo speaks with him about the situation there and his thoughts on the upcoming papal visit.Listen: “Lesbos is only one part of a difficult journey,” Messinis explains. There are many risks involved with travelling by ocean. Many refugees do not know how to swim. The dinghies they are using are designed for lakes and...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Wednesday issued an appeal for prayers for his upcoming trip to the Greek Island of Lesbos, where he will meet with some of the tens of thousands of refugees who have passed through the island.“Next Saturday I will go to the Island  of Lesbos, where many refugees have passed in recent months,” the Pope said, speaking during his 13 April general audience at the Vatican.“I will go, together with my brothers  Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew, Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and of all Greece, to express my closeness and solidarity to the refugees  and citizens of Lesbos, and all the Greek people – who are very generous in their welcoming.”“I ask you to please accompany me with prayer, invoking the light and strength of the Holy Spirit and the maternal intercession of the Virgin Mary.”Pope Francis will travel to Lesbos Saturday, 16 April at the invitations of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Cons...
(Vatican Radio) In his weekly general audience in Peter’s Square on Wednesday, Pope Francis reflected how Jesus came to call not the righteous, but the sinners. The Pope drew from the Gospel account of Christ calling Matthew – a tax-collector and public sinner – to follow him.Below, find the official English language summary of Pope Francis’ 13 April catechesis, which was originally delivered in Italian: Dear Brothers and Sisters:  In our catechesis for this Holy Year of Mercy, we now consider the Gospel account of the calling of Saint Matthew.  Jesus not only invites a tax-collector, a public sinner, to be his disciple, but also sits at table with him, thus scandalizing the Pharisees.  The Lord then explains that he has come to call not the righteous but sinners.  The calling of Matthew reminds us that when Christ makes us his disciples, he does not look to our past but to the future.  We need but respond to his call with a humble ...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Wednesday joined with the Church in Poland in marking the 1050th anniversary of the “baptism of the nation.”Speaking to Polish pilgrims during the Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis asked God to bless the Polish people both at home and abroad.“Together with the pastors and faithful, I give thanks to God for this historic event, which over the centuries has formed the faith, the spirituality, and the culture of your country, in the community of peoples  whom Christ has invited to participate in the mystery of His death and resurrection,” Pope Francis said.“Give thanks to the Lord – according to the words of Saint John Paul II – for the gift of having been - over 1000 years ago - baptized in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit; to be baptized in the water which, through grace, perfect in us the image of the living God; the water which is a wave of eternity: a spring of water wel...
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syrians in government-controlled areas cast ballots Wednesday for a new 250-member parliament that is expected to serve as a rubber stamp for President Bashar Assad in a vote which Western leaders and members of Syria's opposition have denounced as a sham and a provocation that undermines the Geneva peace talks....
NEW DELHI (AP) -- The tiny bone fragments formally turned over to the U.S. Wednesday carry a world of significance and perhaps closure for possibly a few American families who lost a loved one over the mountains of India in World War II....
CHANGSHA, China (AP) -- For years, Chen Tiantian could only read about the gay rights movement in faraway places. She knew that there were activists in Beijing and a vibrant community in Shanghai, and that in San Francisco, a distant mecca, gay pride parades took up entire streets....
ANGOLA, La. (AP) -- A maximum-security prison in Louisiana once notorious for its violence is experimenting with a novel way to keep criminals out of trouble: Murderers and other "lifers" are now mentors, teaching job skills and morals to nonviolent offenders, preparing them for another shot at freedom....
MADRID (AP) -- Spanish police have arrested a Frenchman suspected of supplying weapons to Paris attacker Amedy Coulibaly for use in the deadly January 2015 attacks in the French capital, the Interior Ministry said Wednesday....
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