- Aug 12, 2020
Women who have discerned a call to consecrate their virginity to God in service to the church must be living signs of God’s love in the world, especially where too many people live in poverty or suffer from discrimination, Pope Francis said.
A 22-year-old Romanian peasant has taken a step closer to sainthood as a “martyr to chastity,” six decades after she was murdered while resisting rape during the communist-era repression of the Catholic Church.
As a colleague and I crossed the parking lot at the Port Richey bureau of the Tampa Bay Times, he pointed at the bumper sticker on my car’s rear windshield. He read it aloud: “Chastity is for lovers.” He furrowed his brow and tilted his head, perplexed by what he