- September 21, 2016
New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan says that when Pope Francis visited the Big Apple one year ago, he was probably expecting a cold metropolis with people only interested in making a buck, and what he found instead was a warm, exuberant milieu filled with deep faith.
Whether Pope Francis intended it or not, by saying that the implementation of his document "Amoris Laetitia" depended on the guidelines of local bishops, he has decentralized resolution of the debate over Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics.
Pope Francis brings the spirit of Saints Cosmas and Damian to a medical community that is in a cultural wrestling match looking for a definition of the medical professional.
After having sat out an Italian debate in May over the legalization of civil unions for same-sex couples, Pope Francis broke his silence on Sunday by coming out in support of Mexico’s Catholic bishops in their efforts to derail a push for gay marriage.
In a region of eastern Mexico already weary of rising gang violence and extortion, the abduction and murder of two priests sank many residents only deeper into despair. The violence comes at time of rising tension between the Catholic Church and the Mexican government, among other things over gay marriage.
In Mexico City on Saturday, tens of thousands of people marched through the city streets to demonstrate their opposition to the legalization of gay marriage, in a protest that many Mexicans saw as the country’s powerful Catholic Church flexing its muscles.
Christ in the City, a Denver-based urban ministry, has a tip sheet for how to engage homeless persons in the street, including learning the person’s name and using it, and providing soft food rather than granola bars or apples because often the homeless have teeth problems.
Chef Bassem Hazboun, 39, says food from the Holy Land is in a way unique for Christians because some of it hails from biblical times. Sometimes he prepares biblical menus, he said, for those who arrive in the Holy Land for religious pilgrimages.
Pope Francis meets close to 1,000 survivors of the July terrorist attack in Nice, France, greeting them all one by one, telling them, “The only way to respond to the attacks of the devil are the works of God, which are forgiveness, love and respect for one’s neighbor.”
Although scores of dignitaries will be on hand to sign Colombia’s peace deal Monday, the key to the success of the agreement between the government and the FARC rebels has been the priority given to the victims. A Jesuit who has been at the center of the process explains.
Kelsey Hazzard, the founder of “Secular Pro-Life,” has a blunt message for religiously motivated opponents of abortion: “if you’re out to make a case for life to the general public, lay off the God talk. Legally, religious considerations can’t form the sole basis for public policy anyhow.”
As a non-Arab and a perceived friend of both Israel and Judaism, Italian Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa may seem a counter-intuitive choice by Pope Francis as the new Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. That, however, may just be the genius of it.READ MORE
Although debate continues to rage over the alleged Marian apparitions in Medjugorje between hard-core devotees and skeptical theologians and clerics, for the vast majority of people who visit the small town in Bosnia Herzegovina, it’s simply a spot of prayer and faith.READ MORE
Pope Francis meets close to 1,000 survivors of the July terrorist attack in Nice, France, greeting them all one by one, telling them, “The only way to respond to the attacks of the devil are the works of God, which are forgiveness, love and respect for one’s neighbor.”READ MORE
Mary Rice Hasson, who heads the Catholic Women’s Forum, was part of a group that recently issued a statement affirming Church teaching on sexuality and artificial contraception, and she argues that the negative fallout of birth control affects women most, especially the poor and women of color.READ MORE
Although scores of dignitaries will be on hand to sign Colombia’s peace deal Monday, the key to the success of the agreement between the government and the FARC rebels has been the priority given to the victims. A Jesuit who has been at the center of the process explains.READ MORE
“The pope liked to ride with his window rolled down. He kept asking the driver to get him closer to the crowds,” said Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C. about Pope Francis’s visit last year. “it was a symbol to us– if you are going to reach people, invite people, touch people, ‘lower the window’.”READ MORE