- October 21, 2016
Catholic University of America President John Garvey, among the more intriguing figures on the U.S. Catholic landscape, says the genius of Pope Francis is that he doesn't begin with the rules, but with the Good News of redemption and mercy.
Currently, black lives are sometimes treated as if they mattered less than other lives, and that's a gross injustice. Hence, the purpose of the rallying cry: to give black lives singular attention and singular mention, because they suffer singular degradation.
A deal between the Vatican and Italy on taxation of income from accounts at the Vatican bank was decreed by the Secretariat of State, not the new Secretariat for the Economy, confirming that for Pope Francis, more and more reform is a blend of the old and the new.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who was returning from a state visit to the Middle East, made an unannounced stop at the Vatican Oct. 24 to meet with Pope Francis in Rome. In a video, a member of the opposition warned the pontiff that “we are dealing with the devil.”
Nebraska’s bishops have cited the danger of executing an innocent person, racial bias, the suffering of victims’ families, inadequate defense and the costs of capital punishment as reasons for calling for support of a referendum to repeal the state’s death penalty statute.
There’s only a single Catholic church in Somalia: St. Anthony of Padua in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, a semi-autonomous region. Saying Mass has been and continues to be “very dangerous,” Bishop Giorgio Bertin told the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need.
Christians are called to walk the path of God’s kingdom and not fall victim to “a behavior of rigidity” that prevents the Holy Spirit from growing, Pope Francis said in his homily Oct. 25 during his morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae.
In a joint statement on Tuesday, the bishops’ conference of Argentina and the Vatican announced that a project of digitizing all Church records in the country related to people who disappeared under the country’s military regime, personally requested by Pope Francis, is complete.
In a document issued on Tuesday by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican has decreed that although burial remains preferable to cremation, the latter is acceptable bu the remains may not be scattered, divvied up or kept at home.
Pope Francis has labored to draw attention to issues involving immigrants in the United States, though obviously in a very different way from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, highlighting why immigration reform has to be considered part of a “consistent ethic of life.”
If we’re not weeping right now for the persecuted people, including Christians, of Iraq — or, for that matter, if we’re not weeping for our own nation as we approach election day — then we’ve lost not only real faith, but also our humanity.
Although nobody believes there’s going to be a papal election anytime soon, the consistory taking place next month to create 17 new cardinals, 13 eligible to vote, is nevertheless the closest thing the Catholic Church has to the Iowa Caucus, when all the candidates are on display.READ MORE
Pope Francis on Sunday decried the cold-blood killing of civilians in the ongoing fighting to free Mosul, in Iraq, currently a stronghold of the terrorist organization ISIS, which is reportedly using entire families as human shields.READ MORE
Monsignor Guido Marini, the papal master of liturgical ceremonies, says that when conflicts erupt in a parish over how the Mass ought to be celebrated, sometimes it’s better to walk away momentarily defeated “rather than generate divisions and conflict that do no good.”READ MORE
Critics have seen the idea of a ‘Consistent Ethic of Life’ as code for ignoring or playing down abortion, and in some cases they may have a point, but that’s not how the vast majority of Church leaders such as Pope Francis see it.READ MORE
In one of the tensest and most violence-prone corners of the world, the tiny Samaritan minority in the West Bank manages to create a zone of peace where both Israelis and Palestinians feel safe, in a tradition of compassion and understanding that stretches back to the Bible.READ MORE
The English bishop William Kenney is a key figure in the official Catholic-Lutheran dialogue, and will be with Pope Francis in Sweden at the end of the month. He believes unity is a matter of decades away, and it’s possible that Francis may use the trip to make a gesture on inter-communion.READ MORE