- November 27, 2016
Pope Francis's moving letter to a dying nine-year-old girl echoes St. John XXIII's famous moonlight speech, and shows that, whatever else he has become as pope, he remains, at heart, a pastor, reaching out to one soul at a time.
Italy's upcoming referendum might be the final surprise in a year marked by a sharp rise in populist sentiment. After Brexit and Trump's victory in the U.S., Catholic votes might be the decisive factor in determining the political agenda for Italy and the West.
Pope Francis has recognized the martyrdom of Father Stanley Rother, who was brutally murdered in Guatemala during the country’s civil war while he administered to the poor. Rother, of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, will become the first martyr born in the United States.
Around 70 inmates danced a Zumba routine flash mob titled the “Pope is Pop” to celebrate Pope Francis’s calls for prison reform. The prisoners were Catholic, Muslim and Orthodox from all over the world dancing to lyrics such as “Tonight you are not alone, Francis is there, everywhere. Hallelujah!”
Cardinal Donald Wuerl, head of the Washington archdiocese, apologized to Tim Bendig who was sexually abused by a priest as a boy. He “told the truth,” Wuerl said, “about a priest who was a terrible danger to children and without his action that priest might have continued in the ministry.”
Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore takes a strong stance on religious freedom in the U.S., especially concerning the HHS mandate. Lori issues a series of policy priorities he considers key to president-elect Trump.
Five Pakistani men were sentenced to death for the murder of a Christian couple, Shahzad Masih and his pregnant wife Shama. “I sincerely hope and wish that the decision,” says Sajid Ishaq, chairman of the Pakistan Inter-faith League, “will serve as a strong preventive step against any such incident in future.”
In South Africa organizations struggle to fight HIV and AIDS, which is viewed as a stigma in society. Dr. Annette Houston is one of many who try to initiate conversations between mothers and their HIV-positive children in a country where 6.4 million people are HIV positive.
Upholding the truth and moral values can be difficult for young people Pope Francis said at the Fourth World Congress on the Pastoral Care of International Students. But, the pope added, “with God’s help and with the sincere will to do good, every obstacle can be overcome.”
In private meeting with French political representatives, Pope Francis stressed that seeking dialogue and the common good is essential in times when the country is torn by fear. The pope’s words are even more important as France will be holding presidential elections next year.
A “flash mob” will be staged Thursday in an Italian prison, featuring a zumba routine set to the tune of “Pope is Pop,” highlighting Francis’s vision on prison reform, and it comes at a time when Americans in particular may be increasingly ready to listen.READ MORE
By now the world has become used to Pope Francis addressing multiple issues in a single day, generating several headlines. His Wednesday general audience wasn’t an exception, producing several news flashes in just half an hour: Syria, the fight against AIDS/HIV and parents’ rights to choose their children’s education.READ MORE
Pope Francis encouraged people to pray for the living and the dead, during the general audience concluding his catechesis on mercy. He stressed the importance of burying the dead without forgetting those “who together with us every day confront the trials of life.”READ MORE
Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore takes a strong stance on religious freedom in the U.S., especially concerning the HHS mandate. Lori issues a series of policy priorities he considers key to president-elect Trump.READ MORE
Five Pakistani men were sentenced to death for the murder of a Christian couple, Shahzad Masih and his pregnant wife Shama. “I sincerely hope and wish that the decision,” says Sajid Ishaq, chairman of the Pakistan Inter-faith League, “will serve as a strong preventive step against any such incident in future.”READ MORE
A veteran political strategist who has been involved at the highest levels of both parties, Matthew Dowd, political analyst at ABC News, is now definitely an independent. He spoke to Charles Camosy about his faith, his politics, and why this historic juncture requires a new political offering.READ MORE