- Dec 7, 2019
Father Philippe Blot, a French Catholic priest who works with the Paris Foreign Mission Society, insisted that the 200,000 North Koreans who fled their country to avoid persecution and are now living in China should not be forced to go back to their homes where they risk dying of hunger.
Just because the Year of Mercy is over doesn’t mean its spirit does not have to continue. Pope Francis paid a surprise visit to a Regional Center for the Blind in Rome, where he met with 50 blind children and dozens of blind residents at the facility.
During a congress in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Pope Francis called members of both faiths to forget “prejudice toward the faith that others profess” and to “offer one another forgiveness for the sins committed by those who have gone before us.”
For the fourth time in history, and the first during Francis’s pontificate, a woman biblical scholar has been asked to write the meditations for the Way of the Cross service at Rome’s Colosseum. Anne-Marie Pelletier, a Ratzinger prize winner, said she feels “lucky” to have this opportunity in a masculine ecclesial world.
Two pro-life activists, David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, are facing 15 felonies for criminal conspiracy to invade privacy when they made undercover videos of Planned Parenthood officials. As lawsuits pile up on both sides of the debate, anti-abortion advocates claim that “History is on our side.”
On the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, we look back on its very special relationship with the last three popes. St. John Paul II credited Mary his near-escape from death, Pope Benedict XVI was a “great devotee” and Pope Francis will visit the site this year in honor of the centennial.