- September 26, 2016
During his first address in Georgia on Friday, Pope Francis lamented that there's "no shortage of violent extremism that manipulates and distorts civic and religious principles, and subjugates them to the dark designs of domination and death," and seemed to go out of his way to avoid antagonizing Russia.
Although Iraq's Christians face staggering challenges in trying to return to their homes, the most urgent is what Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako has called the “sneaky hidden enemy in the ground” – landmines, which presently make a safe return all but impossible even in areas where IS has been dislodged.
In their new book, "Living the Mystery of Divine Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux", authors Anthony Lilles and Dan Burke reveal St. Thérèse’s deep spiritual wisdom through a collection of her letters to loved ones on embracing the inexhaustible mystery of Divine Mercy.
Disappointing Argentines all up and down Pope Francis’s home country, the pontiff released a video on Friday telling them he won’t make it back in 2017 because of other travel commitments in Africa and Asia, gently reminding them “the world is bigger than Argentina.”
A 79-year-old man who once supervised altar boys as a layman at a Catholic church in Boston has pleaded not guilty to charges that he sexually abused a young boy decades ago, after being arraigned on two counts of child rape and three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under age 14.
Officials of he Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith spent three days in late September listening to women theologians, canon lawyers, Scripture scholars and specialists in other academic fields talk about roles women have played in the Catholic Church and roles they could play in the future.
Shuttered in 2013, Toledo’s Center for Choice was bulldozed at the beginning of September. Today, the derelict parking lot leads only to a muddy plot studded with fragments of the former foundation, and pro-life advocates hope to turn it into a memorial for the unborn.
Catholic leaders are launching a campaign that will urge voters to retain Nebraska’s repeal of the death penalty in the November general election. The Nebraska Catholic Conference announced a series of steps Thursday that church leaders will take to speak to the state’s 375,000 Catholics.
The consistent ethic of life has its foundation in Scripture and tradition of the Church, but the person who first brought it to the American public in an imagination-catching way was Joseph Cardinal Bernardin of Chicago. It could be the basis of a new political option in American life.
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.
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.”
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
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.READ MORE
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.”READ MORE
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.”READ MORE
Although Iraq’s Christians face staggering challenges in trying to return to their homes, the most urgent is what Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako has called the “sneaky hidden enemy in the ground” – landmines, which presently make a safe return all but impossible even in areas where IS has been dislodged.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