“Let us try to try to bring out the good even from the difficult situation that the pandemic imposes upon us”, Francis encourages at the Angelus
At the General Audience: The Church is not a “market”, a “new business”, a “political party” or a “human society”: “The Church is the work of the Holy Spirit”
At the Angelus: “We will be judged on love… We will be judged on works, on compassion that becomes nearness and kind help”
“There is no better way to pray than in openness to God: ‘Lord, what You want, when You want, and how You want'”, encourages Francis in catechesis
Francis expresses “closeness” to survivors day after publication of bombshell Vatican dossier on abuser former cardinal and ex-Archbishop of Washington
“I now feel an even greater urge to be a witness of peace, brotherhood and forgiveness”, Father Pierluigi Maccalli says after surviving imprisonment by Islamist radicals
At Requiem for deceased cardinals and bishops, Francis insists resurraction not a “distant mirage” but an event “already present and even now mysteriously at work in our lives”
Livestreaming catechesis once again, Francis calls on Catholics to “be very attentive to the prescriptions of the authorities to defend ourselves against this pandemic”
Francis mourns for victims of the coronavirus “who have died alone, without the caress of their loved ones, and for those who have given their lives serving the sick”
Giovanni D’Ercole of the Ascoli Piceno diocese announces plan “to accompany the Church’s journey in a more intense way in meditation, contemplation and silence”
Prelates urge Catholics to “collaborate loyally” with authorities, “strictly observe” anti-pandemic measures: “This civic sense is essential to show our solidarity”
Pontiff says he shares in suffering for the at least six children “barbarically killed” in an attack on a school. “May God enlighten hearts” to bring peace and silence weapons, he prays
What would Jesus have thought of online Masses? Will there still be a place for in-person services post-pandemic?
“Not to recognise the human person as the image of God is a sacrilege, an abomination, the worst offence”, alerts Francis
Archbishop emeritus of Tanger Santiago Agrelo suggests Church pray: “I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, anointed and sent to evangelise the poor, the communion of saints…”
“Before God we are not strangers, or numbers. We are faces and hearts, known one by one, by name”, Pope stresses in catechesis
Bishop José Ornelas of the Setúbal diocese takes aim at businesses and politicians “unremorseful in using suffering and confusion to draw political and economic dividends”
In his General Audience today, Pope Francis warned against narcissistic piety, cautioning that “prayer is not about locking oneself up with the Lord to make one’s soul appear beautiful: no, this is not prayer, this is false prayer”. Rather, “the proof of prayer is the real love of one’s neighbour”, the pontiff insisted.
On the evening of October 1, 2020, President Donald Trump announced via Twitter that Melania and he tested positive for the coronavirus.
Amy Coney Barrett reportedly will be Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.
Upon further reflection of the California Bishops’ year-long initiative against racism, I noticed there are necessary steps in this initiative that are missing, and glaringly so.
Black Lives Matter (BLM) has been portrayed by its detractors as many things: Marxist, radical, anti-American. Added to this growing list of charges is that it is either irreligious or doing religion wrong.
“Those who live to exploit nature end up exploiting people and treating them like slaves”, Pope Francis warned today in his Wednesday General Audience, insisting that contemplation of and care for the environment are “two attitudes that show the way to correct and rebalance our relationship as human beings with creation”.
On September 9th, the Catholic Church celebrated the Feast of Saint Peter Claver. Peter Claver was a Spanish-born Jesuit missionary sent to Cartagena, Colombia, and his primary apostolate was ministering to the West Africans who arrived in Cartagena aboard slave ships.
As Christians around the world observe the annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on September 1, Caritas Internationalis is joining Pope Francis in calling on all “to take bold steps in order to safeguard our common home” and to “pray and act for building a community of solidarity and love.”