- September 22, 2016
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.
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."
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.
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.
A new pro-life ad campaign running as a lead-in to tonight’s presidential debate, sponsored by the political arm of the Washington-based March for Life organization, asserts that polling shows “an overwhelming majority of Americans [are] in favor of substantial restrictions on abortion.”
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.”
During as jubilee celebration for catechists as part of his Holy Year of Mercy, Pope Francis on Sunday said that God is shared with the world through love and authentic human relationships, not by forcing the truth on people.
A group of Orthodox and Catholic theologians meeting in Chieti, Italy, have largely agreed to a statement on how authority should be exercised in Christianity, although a Russian Orthodox official said Eastern Catholic churches remain a “stumbling block” to unity.
A priest from the western Mexican Gulf coast state of Veracruz reported kidnapped and missing last week has been founded slain by the side of a highway, prosecutors said on Sunday, becoming the third Catholic priest to be killed in Mexico in the last week.
After having sat out an Italian debate in May over the legalization of civil unions for same-sex couples, Pope Francis broke his silence on Sunday by coming out in support of Mexico’s Catholic bishops in their efforts to derail a push for gay marriage.
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.
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
After having sat out an Italian debate in May over the legalization of civil unions for same-sex couples, Pope Francis broke his silence on Sunday by coming out in support of Mexico’s Catholic bishops in their efforts to derail a push for gay marriage.READ MORE
Pope Francis brings the spirit of Saints Cosmas and Damian to a medical community that is in a cultural wrestling match looking for a definition of the medical professional.READ MORE
Christ in the City, a Denver-based urban ministry, has a tip sheet for how to engage homeless persons in the street, including learning the person’s name and using it, and providing soft food rather than granola bars or apples because often the homeless have teeth problems.READ MORE
In a region of eastern Mexico already weary of rising gang violence and extortion, the abduction and murder of two priests sank many residents only deeper into despair. The violence comes at time of rising tension between the Catholic Church and the Mexican government, among other things over gay marriage.READ MORE
New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan says that when Pope Francis visited the Big Apple one year ago, he was probably expecting a cold metropolis with people only interested in making a buck, and what he found instead was a warm, exuberant milieu filled with deep faith.READ MORE