- Feb 24, 2021
It was announced June 24 that a historic house of worship will now be known as the Basilica of St. Peter. It is the first minor basilica in South Carolina and the 85th in the United States.
Reminding bishops, pastors and Catholics around the world that all Latin-rite Catholics should celebrate the feast of Mary, Mother of the Church on the Monday after Pentecost this year, Cardinal Robert Sarah said the celebration should take precedence over any other possible liturgy that day.
One of the Catholic Church’s most outspoken leaders urged a rapt audience in St. Michael’s Cathedral to embrace silence and be alert to the danger of filling their days with constant news and distraction.
Pope Francis on Saturday approved a new feast for Mary as the Mother of the Church, to be celebrated the Monday after Pentecost.
While Pope Francis was in Colombia on Saturday, the Vatican issued a new legal document in his name that transfers the lion’s share of the control over translation of texts for use in Catholic worship to local bishops’ conferences and away from the Vatican. In effect, it was the clearest signal to date of where Francis stands in debates about what went wrong after Vatican II, especially on the issue of collegiality.
Despite vast differences in outlook, experience and agenda, Pope Francis and President Donald Trump share some striking similarities, including a strong maverick streak and a skepticism about the establishments they now lead. A recent essay in “Foreign Affairs” highlights another: Both prefer informal decision-making over established procedures, and both practice “government by surprise.”