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
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
Neocatechumenal Way Members Convene in Philadelphia Following World Meeting of Families
On Monday, some 40,000 members of the Neocatechumenal Way from around the world participated in a vocational encounter in which thousands of young men, women, and families offered to be sent …read more
Palestinian President Expresses Solidarity with Church Following Attack
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas expressed his solidarity to the Maronite Church following an arson attack on monastery in Bethlehem. On September 30th, the Maronite Monastery of Mar …read more