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
Prays at Basilica of Saint Mary Major
Shortly before 10 a.m., the American Airlines flight bearing Pope Francis from his historic 10 day visit to Cuba and the United States landed in Rome’s Ciampino airport. During the flight, …read more
Here is the English translation of Pope Francis' message for the XXXI World Youth Day which will be held in Krakow, Poland in 2016. * * * Dear Young People, We have come to the last stretch …read more
Says Alliance Between Church and Families Must Be Strengthened
Just days before the opening of the Synod on the family, Pope Francis this morning called his brother bishops to strengthen the alliance between Church and family, warning the prelates that …read more
Craig and Katie are loving parents who traveled from Baltimore to Philadelphiawith their four children -- Abby, 7; Isabella, 6; Sophia, 3 ("but about to turn 4," says Isabella); and Kolbe, 11 …read more
Says Holiness and Happiness Are in the Little Things
Holiness is as simple as having a warm supper awaiting those who are coming home at night, or a hug bestowed after a hard day’s work. This was part of Pope Francis’ message this afternoon as …read more
Pope Francis issued a strong condemnation against the sexual abuse of minors by members of the clergy following a private meeting with several victims from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. …read more
Meets with Detainees of the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Pennsylvania
Meeting with inmates at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, Pope Francis said that he came to visit them not only as a pastor but as a brother. Immediately following his meeting with …read more
"We might well ask whether in our pastoral ministry we are ready to “waste” time with families. Whether we are ready to be present to them, sharing their difficulties and joys"
Here is a Vatican translation of the address Pope Francis gave this morning when he met in Philadelphia with bishops from the around the world who are in town to attend the World Meeting of …read more