- Aug 5, 2020
“A person who closes his arms is not a Christian,” said Auxiliary Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville of Washington, D.C., addressing Salvadoran immigrants. “A person who closes doors cannot be a Christian. A person who is indifferent to the tragedies of the world is not a Christian.”
Living out the works of mercy is a matter of encountering Christ in others and sharing his love and truth with them, especially with those who are suffering or spiritually lost, two speakers said at the recent Kraków in the Capital stateside celebration of World Youth Day in Washington, D.C.
Despite a Supreme Court order seeming to protect its religious freedom, the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh says the federal government continues exerting an “extremely aggressive” interpretation of the order to force contraceptives into its health care plans.
U.S. Olympic gymnast and gold medalist Simone Biles, who won the women’s all-around competition Aug. 11, says when she travels she sometimes takes with her a statue of St. Sebastian, the patron saint of athletes, and she also carries a rosary her mother gave her.
The Church raises certain feast days to the status of a solemnity, meaning a high feast day, to teach the believer that certain events and truths are central to the Christian way of life — and figuring out which days are actually obligatory shouldn’t be like hop, skip and jump.
Sacred Heart Schools, founded by the Society of the Sacred Heart, boasts of a network of over 145 Catholic schools across the globe that have been teaching for over two hundred years. These schools are also responsible for producing nine Olympic athletes who are competing at Rio this year.