- October 21, 2016
More than 70 prominent Catholic women in America, representing a wide variety of political and theological positions, have come together to reject what they called the "toxic politics of fear" in the 2106 election season, signing a joint letter titled “Catholic Women and Mothers for the Common Good."
Facing a depressing election cycle from a Catholic point of view, here's a hopeful note: No matter what happens, America will continue much as she has been — a great, sprawling, brawling, smart, tender-hearted, confused and diverse nation.
Although the main event of Pope Francis's Sweden visit on Monday and Tuesday are the two commemorations with global Lutheran leaders, the Lutheran-Catholic relationship on the ground reflects both cooperation and major differences, despite the fact that if all Sweden’s 115,000 Catholics turned up in Rome, they’d struggle to fill St. Peter’s Square.
In an interview released today, Pope Francis reveals why he had not wanted to celebrate Mass with the Catholic community in Sweden next week, as well as the Lutherans he has known and what Catholics can learn from them.
In the face of calls from some Catholic conservatives to stop hosting the annual Al Smith dinner because it gives a platform to pro-choice candidates, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said, “The event is great and nothing can ruin it … In my mind, it’s America and the Church at their best.”
Humanitarian Corridors is a pilot program and joint-ecumenical initiative of the Sant’Egidio Community, the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy, the Italian government and the Waldensian and Methodist churches, the project provides aid and safe passage to those fleeing war and violence, most recently a group from Lebanon that arrived Oct. 24 and 25.
Archbishop Alexander K. Sample of Portland, Oregon, was preparing to celebrate Mass Oct. 26 with Benedictine monks in Norcia when the first of two powerful earthquakes struck, saying, “I had no sooner finished (the vesting) prayer to be protected from the assaults of Satan when bang: It just hit and it hit with a vengeance.”
Called “With the Poor and for the Poor,” the Vatican will host a concert for the poor and homeless of Rome next month, not only using the concert to raise money for Pope Francis’s charities, but also inviting the poor guests of honor. Afterwards, volunteers of the Jubilee of Mercy and members of the choir of the Diocese of Rome will distribute a meal and a small gift.
An 82-year-old priest is recovering in a hospital after he was assaulted outside of Blessed Sacrament Church in Kansas City, KS, last Friday, after his two attackers, believed to be teenage boys, struck him in the head and stole his wallet and car.
When the US bishops gather in Baltimore in mid-November, they’ll have a lot on their plate, ranging from how to promote peace in US communities torn apart by violence to electing new leadership for the entire conference and several of its committees.
A meeting this week of the Santa Marta Group, a coalition of police and security forces and the Catholic Church, proved that the fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery is still very much at the top of Pope Francis’s social and political agenda.
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.READ MORE
A meeting this week of the Santa Marta Group, a coalition of police and security forces and the Catholic Church, proved that the fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery is still very much at the top of Pope Francis’s social and political agenda.READ MORE
Pope Francis’s decision to stay on in Sweden an extra day following next Monday’s Reformation commemoration in order to say Mass with the local Church will be a spur to overcome remaining divisions, according to the general-secretary of the World Lutheran Federation.READ MORE
When the US bishops gather in Baltimore in mid-November, they’ll have a lot on their plate, ranging from how to promote peace in US communities torn apart by violence to electing new leadership for the entire conference and several of its committees.READ MORE
Marches for Life have become a familiar feature of Catholic life and political activism around the world, but in Mumbai, India, in late October, the exercise got an unusual twist by being explicitly linked to Pope Francis’s leadership on the environment.READ MORE
According to President John Garvey of the Catholic University of America, who teaches the virtues through movies and novels, the choice facing Catholics in November’s presidential election is similar to the famous ‘trolley problem’ in which every outcome seems immoral.READ MORE