- August 22, 2016
Granted, Pope Francis is the leader of the universal Catholic Church, but there's no doubt he has a special place in his heart for his native Argentina. Three saints-to-be from the country, all near and dear to the pope's heart, illustrate the qualities he admires in priests, nuns and laity.
Retired Charlotte Bishop William G. Curlin got to know Mother Teresa well while serving in Washington, D.C., as chaplain to a Missionaries of Charity home for AIDS patients, and says the legendary nun taught him to see the suffering not with his eyes but his heart.
Mike Maturen is the presidential candidate of the American Solidarity Party, which describes itself as a centrist party based on the Christian Democracy movement in Europe and Catholic social teaching, and it wants to be an alternative to options many voters find equally dissatisfying.
For his annual message for the World Day of Peace, which on Jan. 1 will mark its 50th anniversary, Pope Francis has chosen non-violence as the only effective response to what he’s repeatedly described as a “Third World War in Pieces.”
A Mexican cleric from Yucatán and a member of the Legionaries of Christ has been named a new auxiliary bishop in Denver, says the most striking thing about the growing Hispanic component of the U.S. Church isn’t so much their numbers but their “vitality and live expressions of their Catholic faith.”
Pope Francis and Archbishop Justin Wleby of Canterbury are expected to meet in Rome Oct. 5 at the Basilica of San Gregorio al Celio, the spot from which Pope Gregory the Great sent the monk Augustine with 40 companions to evangelize the island of Britain, considered by Anglicans as their “motherhouse.”
Following a Rome encounter between a delegation of U.S. bishops and leading Islamic clergy from Iran, the two sides have issued a declaration calling for the elimination of weapons of mass destruction and also insisting that the guilt for terrorist acts cannot be assigned to an entire religion.
Two Catholic nuns serving at a clinic in a small town in western Mississippi were found dead on Thursday, triggering a murder investigation. Aside from their health care roles, the sisters also distributed books, school supplies and other items to the needy.
A lay employee of a Catholic high school in Pennsylvania, who was responsible for supervising Chinese international students, has waived a preliminary hearing on charges that he sexually assaulted two students while officials continue to look for a third alleged victim.
The Pittsburgh Diocese continues to try to resolve the issues it has with mandated insurance coverage of things which it finds religiously objectionable. The secular media has not focused on this issue much during the 2016 election coverage.
The Franciscan Action Network released a statement Thursday accusing the new CEO of the Trump campaign of “anti-Catholic” and “racist” undertones when he suggested Catholic leaders back immigration reform because “the church in this country is dying” and needs new members.
While the primary reason Catholics should want to help the victims of a 6.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Italy on Wednesday is humanitarian, there’s also a “gut level” motive — a legendary sauce born in the small town that was hardest hit, which screams “Catholic” the way matzoh ball soup and potato latkes do “Jewish.”READ MORE
In a meeting with roughly 30 members of his own Jesuit religious order in Poland in late July, Pope Francis said that young priests must be taught the fine art of discernment, because “not everything is black over white, or white over black. No! The shades of gray prevail in life.”READ MORE
The Vatican has sent a rescue crew from its first department to a zone outside Rome devastated early Wednesday by a 6.2-magnitude earthquake to help with recovery efforts, describing it as a “sign of the pope’s concrete proximity to the people affected by the quake.”READ MORE
The Franciscan Action Network released a statement Thursday accusing the new CEO of the Trump campaign of “anti-Catholic” and “racist” undertones when he suggested Catholic leaders back immigration reform because “the church in this country is dying” and needs new members.READ MORE
By chance a young convert to Catholicism from Bhutan who was wrestling with the idea of a calling to the priesthood once found himself seated on a airplane next to Mother Teresa, who took his hands and said: “You have a vocation, so be generous to God, and He will be generous to you.”READ MORE
Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, the Missionaries of Charity priest in charge of Mother Teresa’s sainthood cause, says she’s a compelling role model of holiness in our time because she did ordinary things, but she did them extraordinarily well and with extraordinary love.READ MORE