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
A guiding thread unites the name then Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio chose, once he was raised to the papal throne, and the institution of the Holy Year dedicated to Mercy. It is a thread …read more
A Catholic teacher who was appointed headmaster at a primary school in a small Pakistani village was beaten and tortured by a group of Muslim extremist teachers, reported Fides Muslim …read more
And More on Inscriptions
Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy and dean of theology at the Regina Apostolorum university. Q: I am an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion in …read more
While acknowledging the Church needs to pastorally accompany struggling families, the Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal AndréVingt-Trois, says if people believethis means doing away with or …read more
Pope Francis has reminded prelates the Synod is not a conference, a parliament or a senate, but rather an expression of the Church to be led by the Spirit. In his opening, unscripted address …read more
“Let us remember, however, that the Synod will be able to be a space of action of the Holy Spirit only if we, the participants, are clothed with apostolic courage, evangelical humility and confident prayer.”
Here is a translation of Pope Francis’ address to the First General Congregation of the Synod of Bishops on the Family. * * * Dear Beatitudes, Eminences, Excellencies, Brothers and Sisters, …read more
“The family is a place where evangelical holiness is lived out in the most ordinary conditions.” This was the reflection offered by Pope Francis on the eve of the Synod of Bishops on the …read more
Meets with Members of Food Bank Foundation
Pope Francis received in audience 7,000 volunteers from the Food Bank Foundation, established 25 years ago by Italian businessman Danilo Fossati and Don Giussani, founder of Communion and …read more