- August 28, 2016
When a massive earthquake wiped out the small Italian town of Amatrice, it changed the way Italians think about the term amatriciana, referring to a legendary pasta sauce born there. For Catholics generally, maybe "amatriciana" can become a synonym for concrete outreach to suffering people.
Though one of the largest countries in the world in terms of size, Mongolia has only a tiny Catholic community, just 1,000 people out of a population of 2.8 million, and the country only recently ordained its first indigenous Catholic priest.
The numbers of Millennials who hold pro-life views are greater than those of young people a generation ago. However, they are not willing to associate with the Pro-Life movement for various reasons.
Bishop Domenico Pompili has told Corriere della Sera newspaper that Pope Francis called him three times last Wednesday, first at 7 a.m., 3 1/2 hours after the quake struck. He said Francis was especially concerned about the children caught up in the disaster.
For many people who grew up in the vicinity of Centralia, last Sunday’s day of prayer at the Ukrainian Catholic Church Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, recently named a pilgrimage site, was like a homecoming.
Realizing a suicide bomb had failed, an attacker ran toward a priest in a Catholic Church in Indonesia armed with an axe and a knife. Parishioners were able to restrain him, and the priest suffered only a minor injury to the left hand, according to authorities.
Facebook founder and his wife met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Monday. The couple have committed to giving away 99% of their Facebook stock worth billions of dollars “for advancing human potential and promoting equality.”
A pastor in the region of Louisiana hardest hit by the recent flooding says, “It’s not going to be the same. And we are going to lose quite a bit of people if they choose to move away … But hopefully with love and compassion and a lot of hugs we can become a family all over again.”
A Catholic nun who ran an Idaho agency for the aging for almost 40 years is retiring, saying her philosophy for all that time was, “When you get inside of an elderly person, each one has a gift they have to give. It’s up to us to bring that out.”
Retired Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okogie of Lagos, Nigeria, has appealed to the country’s president, saying, “Today, cries of hunger can be heard across the length and breadth of our vast country. Nigerians hunger not only for food, but also for good leadership, for peace, security and justice.”
Fifteen years ago this month, President George Bush imposed a moratorium on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. It was controversial at the time, but in the years since the president’s decision has been largely vindicated.
Sometimes leaders learn more from crowds than from polls about how passionately people are feeling something, and in his preface to a new biography of Benedict XVI, Francis suggests crowds have taught him that ordinary Catholics are just fine with the two-pope arrangement.READ MORE
In a video message for a gathering of Catholic bishops from North, Central, and South America in Bogota, Colombia, Pope Francis insists that mercy is neither a theory nor an ideology, but a memory of having been sinful yet forgiven by God.READ MORE
Pope Francis is famous for messages that appear to be universal, or straightforward, but given a certain context have a connotation and power that make them highly targeted. His video message for a gathering of Latin American bishops appeared aimed both at Colombia, and the Church in Latin America.READ MORE
Rodney Earl Sanders, 46, has been charged with two counts of capital murder in Mississippi for the murders of Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill, who were working in a small town delivering health care and serving the poor.READ MORE
By chance a young convert to Catholicism from Bhutan who was wrestling with the idea of a calling to the priesthood once found himself seated on a airplane next to Mother Teresa, who took his hands and said: “You have a vocation, so be generous to God, and He will be generous to you.”READ MORE
Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, the Missionaries of Charity priest in charge of Mother Teresa’s sainthood cause, says she’s a compelling role model of holiness in our time because she did ordinary things, but she did them extraordinarily well and with extraordinary love.READ MORE