At Casa Santa Marta, Francis Considers Necessity of Discerning and Watchfulness
Pope Francis today at his morning Mass in Casa Santa Marta recalled that a Christian should always discern what God is doing and asking in a situation, since the Evil One is always present as well, and trying to deceive. Vatican Radio reported that the Holy Father drew his homily from today’s Gospel reading, in ...
Say Instrumentum Laboris a 'Martyr Document' Meant to Be Changed
Though reports from the 13 working groups read today at the synod of bishops showed generalized dissatisfaction with the Instrumentum Laboris, Cardinal Antonio Tagle of Manila says that is to be expected, as the working document is meant to be a "martyr document," revised and corrected during the process of the syn...
“Hope and progress come only from the choice for peace"
At 9 o’clock this morning, with the singing of Tierce, the 4th General Congregation of the 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops opened. Pope Francis invited those present to dedicate a prayer for the intention of reconciliation and peace in the Middle East and, at the same time, together with t...
Call for 'Less Negative Reading' of Family Situation Today
This morning, during the fourth General Congregation, the various Circuli Minori – 13 in total, including four in English – presented the results of their reflections on the first part of the Instrumentum Laboris, examining the mission of the family in the Church and the contemporary world. In general the rappor...
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
'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
“May the enthusiasm of the Synod Fathers, animated by the Holy Spirit, foster the impetus of a Church that abandons the old nets and returns to fish trusting in the word of her Lord.”
Here is a ZENIT translation of the Holy Father's address during his Wednesday General Audience in St. Peter's Square. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! A few days ago the Synod …read more
"[The] synod is neither a convention, nor a parlor, nor a parliament or senate, where people make deals and reach compromises. The synod is rather an ecclesial expression, i.e., the Church …read more
OFM Provincial Says Franciscans Must Return to Ideals of St. Francis of Assisi
Franciscans in the Philippines have affirmed their commitment to sharing and explaining Pope Francis’ encyclical, ‘Laudato Si’ to the faithful. According to CBCP News, Fr. Cielito R. Almazan, …read more
Call for Citizens to Beware of Politicians Hoping to Divide
Christian leaders in Tanzania have launched an appeal to stop manipulation of citizens by politicians ahead of the Oct. 25 general elections in the country. In a joint appeal launched by the …read more
'There must be an end to exclusionary language and a strong emphasis on embracing reality as it is. We should not be afraid of new and complex situations.' These were words of Basilian Father …read more