JanuaryThe year begins with Pope Benedictís World Day of Peace Message promoting respect for life from conception to natural death. His message comes just days after Cardinal Se·n Brady uses his Christmas address to urge the Irish faithful to use their voices to defend the unborn in 2013. In a significant first, Taoiseach Enda Kenny fails...

Six months into his papacy, Francis set out his vision for the Church and his priorities as Pope in a lengthy and remarkably blunt interview with La Civilta Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit journal. It was published simultaneously in September by Jesuit journals in 16 countries, including America magazine.The Irish Catholic...

Pope Francisí first encyclical letter, Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith), which he said is largely the work of retired Pope Benedict XVI, was published in July.Pope Francis points out early in the encyclical that there is an ìurgent needî to address the current crisis of faith, ìto see once again that faith is a light, for once the flame of faith...

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