- September 21, 2016
Although scores of dignitaries will be on hand to sign Colombia's peace deal Monday, the key to the success of the agreement between the government and the FARC rebels has been the priority given to the victims. A Jesuit who has been at the center of the process explains.
Kelsey Hazzard, the founder of "Secular Pro-Life," has a blunt message for religiously motivated opponents of abortion: "if you’re out to make a case for life to the general public, lay off the God talk. Legally, religious considerations can’t form the sole basis for public policy anyhow."
As the world experiences a massive boom in the elderly population, Pope Francis has been calling for greater attention to both the needs and the gifts of older persons -- and it's worth remembering that at the roots of the Christian story are Simeon and Anna, two wise senior citizens still looking ahead.
Pope Francis meets close to 1,000 survivors of the July terrorist attack in Nice, France, greeting them all one by one, telling them, “The only way to respond to the attacks of the devil are the works of God, which are forgiveness, love and respect for one’s neighbor.”
Mary Rice Hasson, who heads the Catholic Women’s Forum, was part of a group that recently issued a statement affirming Church teaching on sexuality and artificial contraception, and she argues that the negative fallout of birth control affects women most, especially the poor and women of color.
Pope Francis knows how to use metaphors to make his points, and in the fall of 2016, he seems to be especially fond of images drawn from the field of medicine, beginning with his famous description of the Catholic Church as the “field hospital” for a wounded humanity.
Shortly after the U.S. announced a $38 billion military aid package for Israel, a Lutheran pastor from the Holy Land was in Washington, D.C. to argue that Western Christians should form a “lobby” to advocate for the interests of their fellow believers in the Middle East.
Bits of broken brick and limestone from the basement of St. Michael’s Cathedral, all taken from near the final resting place of Toronto’s founding Catholic bishop, have made their way into the hands of at least 18 seriously ill people across Canada, some of whom are now claiming miraculous cures.
After abuse allegations surfaced against the island’s archbishop, Guam’s governor has signed a measure lifting the statute of limitations for abuse-related lawsuits — a move that Catholic officials in Guam warn could bankrupt the Church, forcing the closure of parishes and schools.
As Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump continues to struggle with Catholic voters, his campaign has released a list of 33 prominent conservative Catholic advisers, including at least one who signed an earlier letter warning Catholics against Trump.
A Charlotte priest whose parish is just 500 yards away from the scene of a recent police shooting says, “If there were a Christian way forward, it would simply be one of drawing closer together and listening and relating, with a sense of vulnerability.”
As a non-Arab and a perceived friend of both Israel and Judaism, Italian Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa may seem a counter-intuitive choice by Pope Francis as the new Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. That, however, may just be the genius of it.READ MORE
Although debate continues to rage over the alleged Marian apparitions in Medjugorje between hard-core devotees and skeptical theologians and clerics, for the vast majority of people who visit the small town in Bosnia Herzegovina, it’s simply a spot of prayer and faith.READ MORE
New rules approved by Pope Francis and released by the Vatican on Friday are designed to make the process for approving a miracle in a sainthood cause more stringent, and also to ensure there’s a clear paper trail behind who’s picking up the tab and how much is being spent.READ MORE
A Charlotte priest whose parish is just 500 yards away from the scene of a recent police shooting says, “If there were a Christian way forward, it would simply be one of drawing closer together and listening and relating, with a sense of vulnerability.”READ MORE
After abuse allegations surfaced against the island’s archbishop, Guam’s governor has signed a measure lifting the statute of limitations for abuse-related lawsuits — a move that Catholic officials in Guam warn could bankrupt the Church, forcing the closure of parishes and schools.READ MORE
“The pope liked to ride with his window rolled down. He kept asking the driver to get him closer to the crowds,” said Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C. about Pope Francis’s visit last year. “it was a symbol to us– if you are going to reach people, invite people, touch people, ‘lower the window’.”READ MORE