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Pope Francis greets young people during his weekly audience  in Paul VI hall at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters)

Francis says that Rachel, in the book of Jeremiah, represents every mother throughout history who cries over ‘irreparable loss’

Pope Francis (AP)

At his general audience, the Pope prayed for prisoners killed in recent riots in Brazil

A detail from Horace Vernet’s Jeremiah on the Ruins of Jerusalem (1844)

First Sunday of Advent: Jer 33:14-16; 1 Thes 3:12-4:2; Lk 21:25-28 (Year C )

'It is hard to find a bishop in England and Wales with a good word to say about Catholic blogs'

The emergence of the Catholic blogosphere is one of the most significant developments in the 21st-century Church

Twenty-second Sunday of the Year. Jer 20:7-9; Ps 63; Rm 12:1-2; Mt 16:21-27