- Dec 3, 2020
Prayer isn’t about closing oneself in a room with God “to put makeup on your soul — that’s not prayer, that’s fake praying; to pray is to face God and allow yourself to be sent by him to help a brother or sister,” Pope Francis said.
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone led between 600 and 700 people in a rosary rally through the city’s Mission District Oct. 3, the vigil of the feast of San Francisco’s patron saint, St. Francis of Assisi.
Invoking Mary’s intercession for the U.S. together as Catholics is imperative for a country beset by multiple crises, said bishops participating a virtual “Rosary for America” Oct. 7, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.
Mary’s role in history has been as “a mother bearing a message of hope,” from the first days of the church “when the mother of Jesus was at the center of the apostles’ community in Jerusalem,” said Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez.
One of Ireland’s top prelates has called for a “Family Rosary Crusade” to battle the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Both supporters and opponents of a bill criminalizing expressions of “homotransphobia” cite the pope, supporters often pointing to “Who am I to judge?” while opponents appeal to the pope’s criticism of “gender theory” and his insistence that marriage is a bond between a man and a woman.