- Jul 5, 2020
Pope Francis marked Monday’s feast of Saints Peter and Paul stressing the importance of unity in the Church and allowing oneself to be challenged by God, urging Catholics to spend less time complaining about what they see going wrong, and more time in prayer.
While everyone in Northern Ireland in one way or another found their lives scarred by the 40-year Catholic/Protestant conflict known here as “the Troubles,” few experienced it quite as dramatically as Declan O’Loan and his wife, Baroness Nuala O’Loan.
Pentecost serves as a reminder of our deep need for each other, shows us a greater source of unity, and can revive a desire for it in each of us.
Jonathan Reyes said the event — “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America” July 1-4 in Orlando — will be a sign of unity for the church because it will bring diverse groups together to discuss and share not only their challenges but more importantly, their ideas, resources and tools for moving forward.
In an address to bishops of mission territories, Pope Francis said Friday that Church unity is threatened by gossip, saying the devil “destroys with the tongue, with idle chatter that divides,” and that the habit of gossiping is an act of ‘terrorism’.”