- July 26, 2016
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The peculiar horror of yesterday's slaying of an elderly French priest by Islamist teenagers was designed to tempt Christians into responding with their own violence. But Pope Francis and the French bishops insisted on peace, love, and dialogue.
This week Catholic youth from all over the planet are gathered in Krakow, in part for a series of catechism sessions. In light of the brutal execution of French Father Jacques Hamel on Tuesday, organizers may want to set aside their prepared sessions and teach the young about today's new Christian martyrs.
Papal trips in general and World Youth Days in particular are usually full of stunning visual imagery, but on his first day in Poland on Wednesday, most of the action for Pope Francis, both politically and ecclesiastically, may happen out of public view.
Missionaries, nuns and other pastoral workers provide crucial assistance in identifying and freeing trafficked seafarers, according to a US State Department official in Rome for a conference on the issue.
There is no greater symbol of mercy in Krakow than the Divine Mercy shrine. Among its sisters is a Sr Faustina lookalike who urges people to “really trust” in God’s mercy.
‘You speak numerous languages,’ Cardinal Dziwisz told pilgrims at the start of World Youth Day. ‘But starting today, we are going to communicate with each other in the language of the Gospel — a language of love, brotherhood, solidarity and peace.’
The Latest on the killing of Fr Jacques Hamel in Normandy (all times local)
The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a site called “Mercy Centre” in the heart of Krákow to offer youth a multitude of different mercy-themed events, as part of a service offered by the Knights who have been involved in World Youth Day for the past 25 years and are celebrating their 10th anniversary in Poland.
Two men armed with knives broke into a church in France, and held 86-year-old Father Jacques Hamel and several others — including two nuns – hostage for 40 minutes, killing the priest before being being killed by the police. The French president said the attack was carried out by terrorist in the name of ISIS.
The Democrats’ vice-presidential candidate is a practicing Catholic whose politics have been deeply shaped by his faith. But he has drawn flak over his attempt to draw a distinction between his personal convictions and his public voting record on abortion and the death penalty.
There are moments that capture the spirit of World Youth Day, when pumped-up young Catholics feel the joy of being surrounded by so many others who share their faith. And then there are the surreal moments, like when a bunch of English-speakers went in search of Mass ….READ MORE
Pope Francis arrives in Krakow, Poland, on Wednesday, to preside over the 13th edition of World Youth Day, the biggest and most raucous celebration of the Catholic faith on the planet, for a trip that’s destined to be a mix of the political and the pastoral.READ MORE
Two men armed with knives broke into a church in France, and held 86-year-old Father Jacques Hamel and several others — including two nuns – hostage for 40 minutes, killing the priest before being being killed by the police. The French president said the attack was carried out by terrorist in the name of ISIS.READ MORE
The Democrats’ vice-presidential candidate is a practicing Catholic whose politics have been deeply shaped by his faith. But he has drawn flak over his attempt to draw a distinction between his personal convictions and his public voting record on abortion and the death penalty.READ MORE
Pope Francis will pray silently when he visits Auschwitz Friday. But he has had much to say on the Holocaust in the past, according to an expert at Argentina’s Pontifical Catholic University who also heads the Community of Sant’Egidio in Buenos Aires.READ MORE
As the Democratic Party convention opens, a leading pro-life Democrat calls on “pro-life feminists” to take the party back from pro-abortion activists who have narrowed the party’s support base — and predicts that the pro-lifers will eventually win out.READ MORE