- September 22, 2016
C.R. Wiley writes, “According to ‘Inside Out,’ the reason you must embrace your sadness is that it will make you an object of pity. If you’re sad, you may find yourself at the center of a group hug.” However, that critique may not be valid.
When Pope Francis makes a brief stop in the small Caucasus nation of Azerbaijan on Sunday, he has a chance not simply to improve Catholic/Muslim relations generally but to exploit the possibility of a natural alliance with Shiite Muslims, the second largest branch of Islam.
With the backing of Pope Francis, the Vatican is striving to revive the "prophetic intuition" of St. Pope John Paul II that despite global divisions between north and south, there's really only one "American" continent, stretching from Canada to the pontiff's own native Argentina.
“The Holy See supports continued efforts by the international community to revive negotiations over denuclearization and to enable the IAEA to resume its critical role in nuclear verification there,” says Monsignor Antoine Camilleri, Vatican Undersecretary for Relations with States.
As opposed to the claims made by a new TV show, a real-life exorcist says that it’s forbidden to allow anyone to tape or broadcast an exorcism, and also that it’s more important the exorcist be a “man of God” rather than that he perform the ritual in Latin.
Although golfing legend Arnold Palmer, who died on Sept. 25, was a lifelong Presbyterian, he had a relationship with St. Vincent’s Archabbey in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, run by the Benedictines, for more than a half-century, and Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki was with him when he died.
At the signing of an historic peace deal between Colombia’s government and its main rebel faction, the Vatican’s top diplomat said people in the largely Catholic nation “have lived through forced displacements and violence. … And that is why we need to find the road to peace and justice.”
When a new director was recently appointed for a center serving the suffering people of India’s eastern Kandhamal district, the first thing he did was to visit a young girl born in the forests during a vicious cycle of anti-Christian persecution in the summer of 2008.
Underlying anger and deep-seated distrust of government — and the major party candidates — are at the root of one of the most tumultuous presidential campaigns in memory, one in which many Americans will either vote against rather than for someone, or just not vote at all.
Catholic leaders in Charlotte, N.C., in the wake of another controversial police shooting, are acknowledging people’s anger and fear, but encouraging them to lift each other up and bring their Catholic faith into the world, “uplifting and elevating others to do better, and honoring and recognizing who we are.”
After three priests were slain in Mexico, Catholic officials in the country are alleging that the government is engaging in a smear campaign to cover its inability to rein in drug violence. Media reports suggests that two of the priests were seen drinking with their attackers, and the third was seen with a young boy.
Whether Pope Francis intended it or not, by saying that the implementation of his document “Amoris Laetitia” depended on the guidelines of local bishops, he has decentralized resolution of the debate over Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics.READ MORE
Archbishop José Gómez of Los Angeles isn’t just any bishop, but one of the most influential prelates in the U.S. and, arguably, the world, seeing himself as a “bridge” between the Americans and a tribune for Hispanic/Latino issues in the States, especially immigration.READ MORE
Pope Francis received Joseph Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in a Vatican audience on Monday, and the atmospherics suggested Francis wasn’t happy — among other things, the pontiff didn’t meet Kabila in the reception room as normal, but rather waited for him in the papal library.READ MORE
Instead of using his visit to America last year to strictly lecture politicians and the public about the moral failures of a nation that has drifted far from upholding Catholic ideals about life and family, Pope Francis offered us something to aspire to.READ MORE
Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, India, a member of Pope Francis’s “C9” council of cardinal advisers from around the world, said during a thanksgiving Mass for her sainthood on Sunday, “Her life is a testimony of truth and humble service. She chose not to be the last, but the servant of the last.”READ MORE
Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia says that although “it’s hard to be patient,” one year probably isn’t enough time to gauge the impact of Pope Francis’s visit last year, but the long-term effect should be “a stronger commitment at the grassroots level to faithful marriages and families.”READ MORE