- September 25, 2016
The most depressing thing about Monday's Jerry Springer-esque showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was that neither candidate gave any indication that they have ever studied, or even reflected, on the implications of Christian values for their policy choices.
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.
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!"
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.
As the Syrian government and its Russian allies unleash a major assault on Aleppo, Pope Francis on Wednesday condemned the fresh violence, expressing “deep pain and strong worry for what’s happening” and saying he’s united in suffering through prayer and spiritual closeness” with Aleppo’s people.
In response to a follow-up request from the Vatican’s Office of the Synod of Bishops, prelates in the U.S. report they are “proceeding carefully” in implementation of “Amoris Laetitia,” Pope Francis’s landmark document on the family.
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.
While foreign policy typically pales in comparison to domestic policy issues such as economic growth, income equality, health care and taxes, national security concerns seem to resonate strongly with a significant percentage of Americans in 2016.
Don’t respond to grief or anguish with pills, alcohol or avoidance, Pope Francis said in a morning homily. Figure out what is going on inside your heart, then turn to God and beg him for help, he said Sept. 27 during an early morning Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae.
A lawsuit filed by a man who claims he was sexually abused when he was seven years old by a teenager who later became a prominent Catholic priest lawsuit names the Claretians Missionaries, a 165-year-old order that has around 3,000 priests and brothers in about 60 countries, as the principal defendant.
Three identical cars that Pope Francis used during his July visit to Poland are being auctioned online by a Catholic Church charity to fund support for Syrian refugees and Polish people in need, following similar auctions after the pontiff’s visit to the United States last year.
When Pope Francis makes a brief stop in the small Caucasus nation of Azerbaijan on Sunday, he has a chance not simply to improve Catholic/Muslim relations generally but to exploit the possibility of a natural alliance with Shiite Muslims, the second largest branch of Islam.READ MORE
With the backing of Pope Francis, the Vatican is striving to revive the “prophetic intuition” of St. Pope John Paul II that despite global divisions between north and south, there’s really only one “American” continent, stretching from Canada to the pontiff’s own native Argentina.READ MORE
“The Holy See supports continued efforts by the international community to revive negotiations over denuclearization and to enable the IAEA to resume its critical role in nuclear verification there,” says Monsignor Antoine Camilleri, Vatican Undersecretary for Relations with States.READ MORE
C.R. Wiley writes, “According to ‘Inside Out,’ the reason you must embrace your sadness is that it will make you an object of pity. If you’re sad, you may find yourself at the center of a group hug.” However, that critique may not be valid.READ MORE
At the signing of an historic peace deal between Colombia’s government and its main rebel faction, the Vatican’s top diplomat said people in the largely Catholic nation “have lived through forced displacements and violence. … And that is why we need to find the road to peace and justice.”READ MORE
Archbishop José Gómez of Los Angeles isn’t just any bishop, but one of the most influential prelates in the U.S. and, arguably, the world, seeing himself as a “bridge” between the Americans and a tribune for Hispanic/Latino issues in the States, especially immigration.READ MORE