- Jun 20, 2021
Just hours after the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando called the Pulse that left 50 dead, including the gunman, and more than 50 wounded, six bilingual staffers from Catholic Charities arrived at the Hampton Inn in downtown Orlando, a meeting place for family and friends of the victims.
Brazilian Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz, the Vatican’s top official for religious life, said there are still about 15 orders of Catholic nuns in the United States with which his department wants to do follow-up after a controversial Vatican-mandated review officially ended more than a year ago.
Orlando Bishop John G. Noonan says “a sword has pierced the heart of our city,” asking all parishes in the nine-county diocese in central Florida to include prayer intentions during Sunday Masses and planning to lead an evening prayer vigil for the community — called a “Vigil to Dry Tears” — at St. James Cathedral in Orlando Monday night.
A new “State of the Bible Survey” by the American Bible Society found that 77 percent of Catholics want to read the Bible more often. Although the percentage has fluctuated in recent years, it reflects an 8 percentage point increase since January 2013, just before Pope Francis’ election.
“Imagine ending a wedding reception drinking tea! It would be embarrassing,” Pope Francis said Wednesday, as a way to emphasize why Mary was so worried when the wine was running out at the Biblical scene of the wedding in Cana. “Water is needed for life, but wine expresses the abundance of a banquet and the joy of a feast.”
Following a special wish of Pope Francis, the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences is organizing a two-day workshop Nov. 23-24 on the problem of, and solutions to, drug abuse.
A good priest “stands apart from no one, but is always ready to dirty his hands. A good shepherd doesn’t know what gloves are,” Pope Francis said June 3.
Supporters of the campaign to remain in the EU, including the prime minister and leaders of other major political parties, argue that a exiting would spell economic ruin for the UK.