- Feb 25, 2020
Pope Francis called on Christians to unite in prayer for the victims of two mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, that left 50 people dead and dozens wounded in one of the worst mass shootings in the country’s history.
Father Jeff Kirby discusses the Vatican’s announcement about the death penalty.
On Sunday, February 25, Pope Francis said Jesus never leaves his followers alone, but always prepares them for the trials they will face.
In Lent, Father Jeffrey Kirby writes, “It’s the assurance of love and divine acceptance that empowers us to acknowledge our offenses and sins.”
Pope Francis prayed at the tomb of Pope Paul VI on Sunday after Italian Bishop Marcello Semeraro celebrated a Mass for the 39th anniversary of the death of Blessed Pope Paul VI in the Vatican Grottoes under St. Peter’s Basilica. The late pope’s encyclical ‘Populorum Progressio’ has been a cornerstone of Francis’s Vatican reform.
Pope Francis said summer is a perfect time for refocusing on the essentials. “In this period, students are free from scholastic duties and many families are taking their vacation; it’s important that in the time of rest and detachment from daily concerns, they can re-energize the forces of body and spirit, deepening their spiritual path.”