• Homily: ‘God was full of surprises when it came to Mother Angelica’

    Homily: ‘God was full of surprises when it came to Mother Angelica’

    • Apr 2, 2016

    HANCEVILLE, Ala. (CNS) — With Mother Angelica having been essentially bedridden for 15 years following a series of strokes in 2001, staff at the Eternal Word Television Network and members of her order, the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration, had plenty of time to plan and prepare for her funeral.

  • Pope says violence and tragedy shouldn't define 2015

    Pope says violence and tragedy shouldn't define 2015

    • Dec 31, 2015

    ROME — In his final public utterance of 2015, Pope Francis on Thursday insisted that the unmistakable brutality and horrors of the past year, often “weighed down by private interests, by an insatiable thirst for power, and by gratuitous violence,” were nevertheless not the last word. “How many great gestures

  • Pope Francis’ homily at Philadelphia papal Mass

    • Sep 27, 2015

    Today the word of God surprises us with powerful and thought-provoking images. Images which challenge us, but also stir our enthusiasm. In the first reading, Joshua tells Moses that two members of the people are prophesying, speaking God’s word, without a mandate. In the Gospel, John tells Jesus that the

  • Pope Francis’ homily at Madison Square Garden

    • Sep 25, 2015

    We are in Madison Square Garden, a place synonymous with this city. This is the site of important athletic, artistic and musical events attracting people not only from this city, but from the whole world. In this place, which represents both the variety and the common interests of so many

  • Pope Francis’ remarks during Vespers service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

    • Sep 24, 2015

    “There is a cause for rejoicing here,” although “you may for a time have to suffer the distress of many trials” (1 Pet 1:6). These words of the Apostle remind us of something essential. Our vocation is to be lived in joy. This beautiful Cathedral of Saint Patrick, built up