Anyone familiar with the ritual called the State of the Union is also familiar with the fact it invariably ends with the exhortation “God bless America.”
A nun has blasted clericalist priests, reminding them that “‘to be holy’ cannot mean uptight, superior, arrogant, contemptuous of women, hypocritical…”.
“Jesus was… very hard on those who condemned others or excluded people on the basis of neat divisions”, the Bishop of Derry in Northern Ireland, Donal McKeown, warned Catholic “Pharisees” in a sermon Sunday August 16.
A German priest has urged the Church to learn the “basics of modern society” and thereby regain relevance.
At the start of Mass in the Casa Santa Marta on Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter, Pope Francis turned his thoughts towards families.
Pope Francis presided over Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on the Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter.
At the start of Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on Wednesday, the liturgical memorial of St. Catherine of Siena, patron saint of Europe and virgin and doctor of the Church, Pope Francis prayed for Europe.
Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter, turning this thoughts to the reaction of God’s people in the face of an easing of the current quarantine measures.
A German bishop has hit out at what he sees as egotism and self-referentiality in the Church, saying that in Catholicism “we have too much ‘me'”.
Pope Francis presided over the Mass at the Casa Santa Marta Tuesday, and began with a prayer for unity:
The Pope began Mass as the Casa Santa Marta on Saturday morning praying for those suffering from hunger because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Pope Francis began the sacred liturgy in the Casa Santa Marta on Wednesday morning remembering the imprisoned.
In his homily at the daily Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis reflected on the day’s Gospel, in which Jesus tells the disciples, “If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all”.
“There is no land more beautiful to gain than peace renewed with a brother or sister”, Pope Francis said today in his catechesis at the General Audience in the Paul VI Hall in the Vatican, an occasion on which he warned, too, that while “meekness gathers, anger separates”.
“The medicine against hardheartedness is memory,” said Pope Francis in his homily at Mass Tuesday morning at Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican.
The Pope has said that ‘holier than thou’ believers unwilling to “get their hands dirty” and help others are only “superficial” Christians.
Pope Francis urged Church and society today to fight the “indifference and rejection” the elderly suffer with a “revolution of tenderness”.
In an address to the Plenary Assembly of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Pope Francis today promised a canon law legislative “update” for “greater efficiency, rigour and transparency” in procedures against clergy members accused of abuse.
We must be careful of the “worm” of jealousy and envy that leads us to “misjudge” and compete with others. Pope Francis began his homily at Mass in the Casa Santa Marta by explaining that these two words, jealousy and envy, are the “seed of war”.
In his homily January 20 at the daily Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis spoke about “docility” to the Word of God, which “is always new”.
Pope Francis spoke in his homily this morning at Mass at the Casa Santa Marta about the harm done by “incoherent” Christians and “schizophrenic” pastors who do not bear witness and thus distance themselves from the Lord’s way of doing things, from His authentic “authority”.
Pope Francis reflected this morning at his Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on the liturgical reading of the day, taken from the First Letter of St. John the Apostle, which focusses on the topic of love.
“Those who judge are always wrong, because they put themselves in the place of God, the only judge”, Pope Francis has insisted.