- Jan 25, 2020
In a document issued on Tuesday by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican has decreed that although burial remains preferable to cremation, the latter is acceptable bu the remains may not be scattered, divvied up or kept at home.
God’s law was made not “to make us slaves but to make us free, to make us children” of God, Pope Francis said in his homily during Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae Oct. 24, and the result is that people rigidly bound to the law suffer pain, pride and often live a double life.
The Jesuits aim to “move forward, overcoming the impediments which the enemy of human nature puts in our way when, in serving God, we are seeking the greater good,” Pope Francis told more than 200 Jesuits chosen to represent the more than 16,000 Jesuits at the order’s general congregation.
Pope Francis on Sunday decried the cold-blood killing of civilians in the ongoing fighting to free Mosul, in Iraq, currently a stronghold of the terrorist organization ISIS, which is reportedly using entire families as human shields.
Although nobody believes there’s going to be a papal election anytime soon, the consistory taking place next month to create 17 new cardinals, 13 eligible to vote, is nevertheless the closest thing the Catholic Church has to the Iowa Caucus, when all the candidates are on display.
Young people are searching for meaning, and the best response is to go out to where they are, stop and listen to them and then call them to follow Jesus, the pope said Oct. 21, speaking to participants at a vocations promotion conference sponsored by the Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy.