- Feb 27, 2021
Pope Francis during his Mass for the feast of the Epiphany advocated for what he called an attitude of “theological realism,” which he said fosters trust in God and looks for deeper meaning rather than getting caught up in life’s problems.
The pope and the Vatican found themselves in the same spotlight they generally do over the holidays, but for unusual reasons.
After midnight mass on Christmas morning Father Jayd Neely chose to sleep on his office couch at St. Mary of the Seven Sorrows in downtown Nashville. He lives at the rectory of a nearby church, but figured it would be easier with another mass later that day.
He restarted his day at 6 a.m. with morning prayer. Then, almost exactly a half an hour later, the church was rattled with the rest of the downtown by an explosion about three blocks away.
Amid suffering and despair, further darkened by the coronavirus pandemic, Catholic patriarchs of the Middle East urged their faithful at Christmastime to hold on to hope.
After his return from a 4-month exile, Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of Minsk used his Christmas liturgies to plead for unity, reconciliation, and forgiveness amid his country’s ongoing political upheaval.
ROSARIO, Argentina — When history books look back on how the Catholic Church experienced Christmas 2020, no matter where that history is written, inevitably the COVID-19 pandemic will loom large. In Rome and around the world, bishops and other Catholic leaders called for vaccines to be made available to poor