- Mar 6, 2021
Seminarians studying at the Pontifical North American College in Rome have a lot to be thankful for come Thanksgiving Day. Among them is their community, and also for home-baked pumpkin pie, made by their fellow students, the fifth-year student priests of the college.
“The Gift of the Priestly Vocation,” released by the Congregation for Clergy in December 2016, says that seminarians should dedicate time to physical exercise and sports to “attain the solid physical, psycho-affective and social maturity required of a pastor.”
Nine seminarians from the United States decided to run toward the opposite sides of the Italian peninsula in order to raise funds for displaced families in Iraq. The one-day run raised more than $15,000 dollars to be given to programs for families from Mosul.
At the ordination of new bishops, Archbishop William E. Lori told them, “the greatest challenge in being a bishop is not administration; it’s not public relations; and it’s not fundraising. The greatest challenge is to be always and everywhere an example for God’s people. This is how we become witnesses of hope; this is how we strive to be authentic shepherds.”
Father Jeffrey Kirby, who writes a regular Sunday spirituality column for Crux, has been awarded the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest civilian honor, by Governor Nikki Haley. In accepting, Kirby said his work among other things is crafted to show a different face for faith beyond religious extremism.
ROME — There’s a sense in which a highly anticipated trip by Pope Francis to the United States, set for late September, actually began on Saturday when the pontiff dropped by the prestigious Pontifical North American College, Rome’s American seminary. “This was a beautiful and significant premise to my apostolic
ROME — On the heels of a major diplomatic coup in paving the way for restoring US/Cuba relations, Pope Francis’ top diplomat said Tuesday the Vatican is entering a “more proactive” phase of political engagement. “With all the conflicts in the world today, we can’t just wait,” said Italian Cardinal