At Casa Santa Marta, Francis Says Fruits of the Suffering of the Just Are Often Yet to Be See
Pope Francis today at his morning Mass in Casa Santa Marta confronted one of the perennial questions of the heart: Why do good things happen to bad people and the contrary for good people? Echoing the questions posed in the first reading, from the Prophet Malachi, the Pope reflected: “How many times do we se...
Syrian Catholic Patriarch of Antioch: ‘Our Families Are Divided and Torn’
The Syrian Catholic Patriarch of Antiochsays his region'sfamilies are 'divided' and 'torn' and this tragic situation can sometimes leave bishops and patriarchs feeling helpless. Patriarch IgnatiusYoussef III Younan expressed this at the Holy See Press Officethis afternoonduring a briefing on the fourth day ...
"Where such 'assistance' is legal, most people taking the lethal drugs do so not because of pain but because they feel they are helpless and a 'burden' on others. The state of California in effect is now confirming this judgment. A government that legalizes assisted suicide sends the terrible message Pope Francis has so eloquently warned us against, that there is such a thing as disposable people'
Cardinal Seán O'Malley of Boston, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), responded on October 6 to Governor Jerry Brown's signing of the new California law legalizing assisted suicide. Cardinal O'Malley called the governor's decision "a great tragedy ...
"The work of this synod needs to show much more confidence in the Word of God, the transformative power of grace, and the ability of people to actually live what the Church believes"
Archbishop Charles Chaput delivered the following intervention, Oct. 7 in Rome at the Synod of Bishops on the Family. It is reprinted here from his archdiocesan paper, the Catholic Philly. *** Brothers, TheInstrumentumseemed to present us with two conflicting views: pastoral despair or a decision to...
Quote for October 9th
You know well enough that Our Lord does not look so much at the greatness of our actions, nor even at their difficulty, but at the love with which we do them.
-Saint Therese of Lisieux
Here is a translation of the address of Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Vatican Secretary of Relations with States, given this morning at Brescia in the course of a meeting entitled “ …read more
“It requires pastors enamoured of God’s plan, to have a Family Pastoral Ministry born of the heart of the pastor"
In the course of the 1st General Congregation of Monday, October 5, and in the course of the 3rd General Congregation of Tuesday, October 6, two auditor couples, the Galindos of Mexico and …read more
Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, secretary for the Vatican's Relations with States, today spoke in Brescia, Italy, during the meeting entitled “Dialogue between Peoples in the name of Paul …read more
"Those who claim there is no wrongdoing here should not be afraid of an investigation"
Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today released the following statement on the House of Representatives vote to create a Select Investigative Panel on Planned …read more
"I told Matthews that I thought it was very important to revisit the largely unrealized aspiration of the Vatican II fathers to empower the laity to sanctify the world"
During the Pope's visit to America, I had the privilege of commenting for NBC News and for MSNBC. Twice I was on for extended periods with Brian Williams, the former anchor forNBC Nightly …read more
'Part of our calling is to encourage them [young people] to enter into the journey of Holy Matrimony looking at Christ as their new hope.'
Below is the Vatican provided text of the intervention ofspousesBuysile PatronellaandMeshack Jabulani Nkosiduring the 3rdGeneral Congregation, Oct. 6, of the Synod of Bishops on the Family. …read more
Archbishop of Philadelphia, Charles Chaput, says, "We are not here to win anything, we are here to arrive at the truth of the Lord that He has set out for His Church." This afternoon at the …read more
The family is fundamental in giving witness to the love of God and the Synod is “called to interpret this zeal, for today, this zeal and care of the Church.” These were Pope Francis’ words …read more