- Dec 10, 2019
Around 6,500 Olympic and Paralympic athletes and other team members are scheduled to attend the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, which will take place 50 miles from the North Korean border. The Diocese of Chuncheon is asking foreign priests accompanying Olympic delegations to get in contact with them; those priests might be asked to celebrate Mass in their own languages.
During his general audience, Pope Francis said that by staying united with Christ, nothing can stop the faithful, even “the coldness of difficult moments do not paralyze us.” And no matter how much the world preaches against hope and predicts “only dark clouds,” Christians know everything will be saved and “Christ will drive away the temptation to think that this life is wrong.”
Bishop Joe S. Vasquez, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, has urged Congress to act quickly on a bill to legalize the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, and allow the approximately 800,000 youth — known as “Dreamers” — who have benefited from DACA to stay in the country.
The Vatican has released Pope Francis’s schedule for his trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh later this year. Francis will visit Myanmar Nov. 27-30, before heading to neighboring Bangladesh Nov. 30-Dec. 2.
Pope Francis advanced the causes for sainthood for nine people on Tuesday October 10 at the Vatican. Two of those, a priest and a layman, were Franciscans who were martyred in Guatemala. They were killed shortly after Blessed Stanley Rother was martyred there. Rother was recently beatified in Oklahoma.