- September 26, 2016
In the Archdiocese of Louisville in Kentucky, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, hosts a regular get-together with local theologians, where friendships have grown -- allowing the group to tackle "Amoris Laetitia" with honesty and candor.
Talking to Catholic aid workers and a United Nations representative, Pope Francis urged the world not to look the other way from war and suffering in Syria and Iraq, and appealed to leaders to make "greater and renewed efforts to achieve peace throughout the Middle East."
Pope Francis travels to Georgia and Azerbaijan over the weekend, and each stop presents its own unique challenges. In Georgia he'll visit an overwhelmingly Orthodox nation constantly at odds with Russia, and in Azerbaijan he'll encounter a largely Shi'a Muslim society, in both cases pushing peace and reconciliation.
Fans remembered Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez on Wednesday, who died in a recent boating accident, in part with a stop at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Charity near Miami’s Biscayne Bay and not far from the incident.
Each year, October is designated as Respect Life Month by the U.S. bishops, and this year’s theme is “Moved by Mercy.” It draws on a quote from Pope Francis when he called for the Jubilee Year of Mercy: “We are called to show mercy because mercy has been shown to us.”
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has defended hosting both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton at the annual Al Smith Dinner, saying, “if I only sat down with people who agreed with me, and I with them, or with those who were saints, I’d be taking all my meals alone.”
With 15 priests killed in the last four years, including three in just the last few days, Mexico has become the most dangerous country to exercise priestly ministry in the entire world, according to Father Hugo Valdemar, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Mexico City.
A Pennsylvania lawmaker who says he was sexually abused as a child by a Catholic priest says he’ll continue fighting for the state to lift its statute of limitations for abuse-related lawsuits, despite the measure’s rejection in the Senate as Pennsylvania’s session winds down.
Seventeen years ago, Father David Bedrossian had to flee Syria, leaving his home, his brothers and sisters and his parishioners. Since leaving, six of his family members were killed and his beloved church was ransacked. He now works at a parish in Los Angeles, where he welcomes refugees escaping the country he left behind.
Upon learning of the death of former Israeli President Shimon Peres, Pope Francis sent a telegram saying, “I hope that his memory and many years of service will inspire us all to work with ever greater urgency for peace and reconciliation between peoples.”
On Sept. 7, in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis stopped to speak with two women from the U.S. after giving his usual Wednesday General Audience, one of whom is homeless and the other runs pilgrimages for homeless people to visit the Eternal City.
A new poll by the Pew Research Center finds that two-thirds of Americans believe employers should be required to cover birth control, conflicting with a Marist poll showing that a majority say the government is being unfair to the Little Sisters of the Poor — showing it’s all about the question being asked.READ MORE
Syrian Muslim and Christian children from the city of Aleppo will come together on Oct. 6 to pray for an end of the dirty war that has torn the country apart. They will also produce a statement to be sent to the world’s major powers, appealing for an end to the massacres that have seen hundreds killed in the last week alone.READ MORE
On Sept. 7, in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis stopped to speak with two women from the U.S. after giving his usual Wednesday General Audience, one of whom is homeless and the other runs pilgrimages for homeless people to visit the Eternal City.READ MORE
With 15 priests killed in the last four years, including three in just the last few days, Mexico has become the most dangerous country to exercise priestly ministry in the entire world, according to Father Hugo Valdemar, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Mexico City.READ MORE
San Antonio’s Mexican-born Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller is in Rome to brief Pope Francis on a project for Hispanic ministry in the U.S. and he’s got a prescription for Americans weary of the political crossfire of an election campaign: “Pain pills and sleeping pills!”READ MORE