"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 ...
"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 News, and twice with Chris Matthews, the host ofHardball. I must say that both men are very good at what they do, namely, keep...
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 ...
'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. The spouses aremembers of theAdvisory Committee for the National Family Desk of the Southern African Episcopal Catholi...
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
At Opening Mass of Ordinary Synod's General Assembly, Pope Reaffirms Church's Role to Defend Values, Marriage, Life
'This is God’s dream for His beloved Creation: to see it fulfilled in the loving union between a man and a woman, rejoicing in their shared journey, fruitful in their mutual gift of self.' …read more
'This is God’s dream for his beloved creation: to see it fulfilled in the loving union between a man and a woman, rejoicing in their shared journey, fruitful in their mutual gift of self.'
At 10 am today, the 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Pope Francis presided at theMass in St. Peter's Basilica for the opening of theOrdinary General Assembly of the Synodof Bishops on the theme: …read more
The Pharisees approached Jesus and asked, "Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?" They were testing him. He said to them in reply, "What did Moses command you?" They replied, "Moses …read more
'Let us set out once more from Nazareth for a Synod which, more than speaking about the family, can learn from the family, readily acknowledging its dignity, its strength and its value, despite all its problems and difficulties.'
Below is the Vatican-provided translation of the address Pope Francis gave at thePrayer Vigil for the GeneralAssembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family, Oct. 4-25,in St. Peter's Square …read more
On Friday, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod Bishops, spoke on the upcoming three week meeting on the family. On Saturday, a Prayer Vigil will be held with Pope …read more
Celebrates Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels During Mass at Casa Santa Marta
God has given each one of us a guardian angel that we are called to respect and listen. This was the theme of Pope Francis’ homily today at Casa Santa Marta. The Pope, who celebrated the …read more
Says Meeting Should Not Be Considered a Form of Support in ‘All Complex Aspects’ of Her Position
Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, issued a final clarification on Pope Francis’ brief meeting with Kim Davis, downplaying its characterization in the …read more
Says Attempt at Removal of President Assad Will Only Worsen Situation
Syrian Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo said he was “disturbed” of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s involvement in the Syrian conflict. The prelate’s statement was in reaction to a …read more