I am the Immaculate Conception

I am the Immaculate Conception These are the words Our Lady said to Saint Bernadette Sobirous, when the young saint asked the 'beautiful lady' who...

The Virgin Mary versus the Gorgon Medusa

Almost exactly two years ago, right in the heart of Manhattan, Luciano Garbati’s sculpture Medusa With the Head of Perseus was unveiled. The statue depicts exactly...

Our Lady’s Triumph

All fair art thou, O Mary: nor is original sin found in thee (Alleluia Verse). Today’s glorious Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed...

Pope Benedict and Saint Stephen

BENEDICT XVI GENERAL AUDIENCE Saint Peter's Square Wednesday, 2 May 2012 Dear Brothers and Sisters, In our recent Catecheses we have seen how through personal and community prayer the...

Adam, Eve, Christ and Mary

Christmas Eve is the traditional feast of Adam and Eve, our primordial parents, considered saints in the Church, brought to heaven on the first...

Pope Benedict and Saint Basil the Great

BENEDICT XVI GENERAL AUDIENCE Paul VI Audience Hall Wednesday, 4 July 2007 Saint Basil (1) Dear Brothers and Sisters, Let us remember today one of the great Fathers of the...

Pope Benedict and Saint Gregory Nazianzus: Kindred Spirits

BENEDICT XVI GENERAL AUDIENCE Paul VI Audience Hall Wednesday, 8 August 2007 Saint Gregory Nazianzus (1) Dear Brothers and Sisters, Last Wednesday, I talked about St Basil, a Father of...

Pope Benedict and Saint Hilary

BENEDICT XVI GENERAL AUDIENCE Saint Peter's Square Wednesday, 10 October 2007 Saint Hilary of Poitiers Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today, I would like to talk about a great Father of...

Pope Pius XI’s Letter on Saint Francis de Sales

(One hundred and one years ago, on the 26th of January, 1923, Pope Pius XI promulgated an encyclical on Saint Francis de Sales on...

Saint Jerome Emiliani’s Pilgrimage to Heaven

Today, with Saint Josephine Bakhita, we also celebrate Saint Gerolamo - or Jerome - Emiliani (+1537), who ran away from his home in Venice...