- July 28, 2016
Right in the middle of a pumped-up, 'let the good times roll' celebration of the faith in the form of World Youth Day, Pope Francis delivered a reality check on Friday -- reminding young people of the reality of pain in the world, and insisting that God is found wherever there's suffering.
During his visit to the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp on Friday, Pope Francis offered a powerful lesson that great acts of goodness can also occur alongside terrifying evil by meeting 25 "Righteous Among the Nations," including a Catholic nun and a priest representing two sainthood candidates.
A New York rabbi, Michael Schudrich, whose grandparents all immigrated from Poland, had long hoped to see this morning's meeting Pope Francis and some of the remaining Poles who risked their lives during World War II to help and protect Jews.
On Friday, Pope Francis paid a somber visit to the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau Friday, becoming the third consecutive pontiff to make the pilgrimage to the place where Adolf Hitler’s forces killed more than 1 million people, most of them Jews.
Popular perception of the Democratic Party is of a largely religion-free zone where secularism and atheism are the dominant creeds. But within the Democratic Convention, the picture is very different. Some Democrats think it’s time to close the gap between reality and perception.
Until the Holocaust, Poland had one of the largest Jewish populations in Europe. Their relationship with Catholic Poles involved both betrayal and salvation. It is a complex story that forms the backdrop to Pope Francis’ visit to Auschwitz.
In an interview with Irish radio, Cardinal Séan O’Malley of Boston warns that Donald Trump’s scapegoating rhetoric is stirring up resentment of immigrants.
Krakow is one journalist’s first World Youth Day. She finds herself crying a lot — especially in the Mercy Center. Maybe it’s the testimony of drug addicts who have come to new life, or the music of Matt Maher — whatever, she’s taking part because someone invited her in. There’s a lesson there.
Francis on Friday becomes the third pope to visit Auschwitz, and the first whose presence isn’t intimately linked to his own past — making clear that memory of the horrors that unfolded in the camp is now a corporate commitment of the Catholic Church.
Pope Francis comes most alive when he feels like a simple pastor, and on Thursday he did that with hundreds of thousands of Catholic youth from around the world gathered in Krakow, Poland, telling them “don’t throw in the towel” on life and urging them to reject “early retirement.”
Catholic priests feel more vulnerable in the wake of the murder of Father Hamel. But they won’t be putting up security barriers. A Catholic Voices speaker married to a former Anglican, now Catholic, priest in the UK explains why, in response to a letter from the police urging precautions.
By visiting the Monastery of Jasna Góra and the Black Madonna of Częstochowa on Thursday, Pope Francis is making a statement about Poland, about John Paul II, and about the Church’s left/right divide – and that, by the way, is all before he even says a word.READ MORE
Pope Francis comes most alive when he feels like a simple pastor, and on Thursday he did that with hundreds of thousands of Catholic youth from around the world gathered in Krakow, Poland, telling them “don’t throw in the towel” on life and urging them to reject “early retirement.”READ MORE
Already along the way during World Youth Day, Pope Francis has mixed some trademark personal impromptu moments in with his formal schedule, including a video chat with Italian youth, a visit to a elderly and ailing cardinal, and dropping in on a group of nuns.READ MORE
The Jubilee Year is a chance to reboot or start over again, Boston’s cardinal told WYD pilgrims. ‘We need to find a new route to take us where we need to go.’READ MORE
Catholic priests feel more vulnerable in the wake of the murder of Father Hamel. But they won’t be putting up security barriers. A Catholic Voices speaker married to a former Anglican, now Catholic, priest in the UK explains why, in response to a letter from the police urging precautions.READ MORE
In a wide-ranging interview for CRUX, the spiritual leader of the world’s 200,000 Syriac Catholics describes the growing despair of the Iraqi refugees, the war in Syria, Bashar Assad, and the causes of Islamic fundamentalism.READ MORE