- August 21, 2016
In an interview as part of a new biography set for an Aug. 30 release in Italy, emeritus Pope Benedict XVI once again knocks down speculation about the motives for his resignation, saying it was solely because he was tired and unable to take up another grueling international trip.
In her speech at the 1994 National Prayer Breakfast, Mother Teresa called abortion "the greatest destroyer of peace today." In prioritizing our nation’s many issues this election season, I suggest we follow Mother Teresa and place abortion above every other consideration.
Instead of encouraging a US culture already inhospitable to life to become even more so, academics and activists in this country need to come to see climate change for what it is: Not a crisis of population, but a crisis of consumerism.
Egypt’s state news agency says a knife-wielding attacker has been shot and killed after he stabbed a guard at a Coptic church, the latest in which has been a stepped-up round of assaults on the country’s influential Christian minority.
The Vatican has sent a rescue crew from its first department to a zone outside Rome devastated early Wednesday by a 6.2-magnitude earthquake to help with recovery efforts, describing it as a “sign of the pope’s concrete proximity to the people affected by the quake.”
The Vatican’s top diplomat has insisted that Catholics in China are be both “fully Chinese and, at the same time, fully Catholic,” without posing any threat to the state, but also cautioned that breakthroughs in talks with Beijing will require “time and patience.”
After a major earthquake hit central Italy, virtually destroying one town and affecting many others, Pope Francis turned his weekly general audience into a prayer service, leading the recitation of the sorrowful mysteries of the rosary.
In materials titled “The Meeting Point: Project for Affective and Sexual Formation,” the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Family aims to provide sex ed resources based on Catholic teaching that avoid the twin problems of teaching youth too much about sex, and telling them too little.
A well-known professor of ecclesiology writing in the official Vatican newspaper says that Pope Francis’ recent document on the family, Amoris Laetitia, is a classic example of the “ordinary magisterium” that must be “must be firmly accepted and held.”
While there were almost 20,000 Catholic priests in Germany in 1990, today their number has dropped to 14,000, and all signals suggest the decline will continue — with some saying the drop indicates the need for reform, and others suggesting it’s been artificially induced in order to change the Church.
Four months after an April 16 earthquake that killed more than 670 people, injured nearly 5,000 and left as many as 80,000 homeless, residents of northern Ecuador are slowly rebuilding. But the disaster exposed long-standing problems related to chronic poverty that will take longer to solve, especially in rural areas.
A new museum in honor of Pope John Paul I, the “Smiling Pope” of 33 days, will be formally opened on Friday in his hometown in northern Italy, and it’s of more than historical or biographical interest given how much John Paul I is a source of inspiration for Pope Francis.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
In the latest in a string of appointments by Pope Francis of Americans for diplomatic roles, Pope Francis appointed U.S. Archbishop Michael W. Banach of Worcester, Mass., as Apostolic Nuncio to Guinea Bissau, meaning the pontiff’s ambassador to the country.READ MORE
The new Bishop of Memphis, Martin D. Holley, named to the job by Pope Francis on Tuesday, is a former auxiliary bishop in Washington, D.C., under Cardinal Donald Wuerl, with a track record of pastoral service and advocacy on behalf of minority communities.READ MORE
Cardinal Bechara Rai of Lebanon has insisted that terrorist organizations “working for the destruction of the Middle East do not represent Islam or Muslims,” arguing that they actually aim to destroy “a moderate and open Islam, resulting from coexistence with Christians.”READ MORE
Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas initially thought it was a prank when he was told in May that Pope Francis was on the line, but it was really him, telling Farrell to head up a new Vatican department. In part, his marching orders are to make sure lay people hold prominent Vatican positions, and to help the pope hear directly from the laity.READ MORE