- August 22, 2016
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.
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.
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.
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.
In various parts of the country, remembrances were organized in late August for a 2008 series of riots against impoverished and marginalized rural Christians that left at least 100 people dead, which activists warned reflected growing “fascism” driven by India’s militant Hindu nationalist movements.
Sister Marjana Lleshi was trapped under her bed as her convent in Amatrice, Italy crumbled to the ground during the recent 6.2-magnitude quake, until she heard the voice of a young Colombian caregiver at their home for the elderly looking for survivors — she called it the voice of an angel from God.
Although the “religious vote” in American politics is enormously important, it’s not monolithic. Catholics tend to be the best bellwether for how the overall vote will go, although that’s mostly a function of math, and the South is likely to be where the most intense battles will be fought.
In the wake of one of the most violent and painful summers in recent memory, much of it stoked by perceptions of racism, Catholic leaders across America are mobilizing to promote healing and reconciliation, including a new task force of the U.S. bishops.
For his annual message for the World Day of Peace, which on Jan. 1 will mark its 50th anniversary, Pope Francis has chosen non-violence as the only effective response to what he’s repeatedly described as a “Third World War in Pieces.”
Granted, Pope Francis is the leader of the universal Catholic Church, but there’s no doubt he has a special place in his heart for his native Argentina. Three saints-to-be from the country, all near and dear to the pope’s heart, illustrate the qualities he admires in priests, nuns and laity.
Mike Maturen is the presidential candidate of the American Solidarity Party, which describes itself as a centrist party based on the Christian Democracy movement in Europe and Catholic social teaching, and it wants to be an alternative to options many voters find equally dissatisfying.
While the primary reason Catholics should want to help the victims of a 6.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Italy on Wednesday is humanitarian, there’s also a “gut level” motive — a legendary sauce born in the small town that was hardest hit, which screams “Catholic” the way matzoh ball soup and potato latkes do “Jewish.”READ MORE
Granted, Pope Francis is the leader of the universal Catholic Church, but there’s no doubt he has a special place in his heart for his native Argentina. Three saints-to-be from the country, all near and dear to the pope’s heart, illustrate the qualities he admires in priests, nuns and laity.READ MORE
For his annual message for the World Day of Peace, which on Jan. 1 will mark its 50th anniversary, Pope Francis has chosen non-violence as the only effective response to what he’s repeatedly described as a “Third World War in Pieces.”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