- Inés San Martín
- Apr 7, 2020
Advent, which begins today, starts with the anticipation of Christ’s Second Coming, but then changes to focus on Jesus’ birth.
The USCCB says Advent “includes an element of penance in the sense of preparing, quieting and disciplining our hearts for the full joy of Christmas.”
President Trump received mixed reactions from Catholic leaders for his first address to the General Assembly of the United Nations on Tuesday. The president advocated for a limited refugee resettlement program, hinted at potential military action in Venezuela, and pledged to “totally destroy North Korea.”
Following the publication of his book on outreach to LGBT Catholics, Jesuit priest Father James Martin has been disinvited from various speaking engagements. Most recently, an invitation to speak at Theological College at the Catholic University of America has been rescinded.
In the opening lecture for Georgetown University’s Sacred Lecture Series, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington defended Pope Francis’s efforts to decentralize Church governance, his approach to synodality, and ‘Amoris Laetitia.’
On the flight back from Colombia, Pope Francis said he hopes that President Trump–who has described himself as pro-life–will reconsider his decision to end the DACA program. While some activists see the pope’s decision to link immigration to the pro-life cause, others view it as a distraction.
A Catholic Member of Parliament is under fire in Britain for saying he opposes abortion and same-sex marriage. The British Prime Minister has expressed her disagreement with him, but stated that these matters are up to one’s conscience.
At the end of his morning mass in Villavicencio, Colombia, Pope Francis prayed for victims of Hurricane Irma and Thursday’s earthquake in Mexico. The pope asked those in attendance also to remember his intentions in their own prayers.