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We go to Belgium first where a group of health centers run by a Catholic religious order has announced that it will permit doctors to undertake medical suicide of “non-terminal” mentally ill patients in its facilities. The Brothers of Charity Group stated that it would allow doctors to perform euthanasia in any of its 15 ...read more
A political prisoner of the Communist regime for thirteen years, nine of which he spent in solitary confinement, Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan’s experience is a powerful testimony of faith in the Eucharist and in the power of forgiveness and the redemptive value of the cross. Cardinal Van Thuan’s writings and spiritual insights written in ...read more
Let’s first begin in Rome, where the Pope addressed the pilgrims at his weekly General Audience. He spoke of his visit to Egypt and reaffirmed his mutual commitment to unity and prayed for the victims of the recent attacks. Here now is the summary direct from Rome. As many as 16,000 displaced people filled St. ...read more
A reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Good Shepherd Sunday This Sunday’s Gospel gives us an image that summarizes all that we have celebrated in the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus description of the Good Shepherd in John 10 shows us how He saw His mission in the world, and His mission in ...read more
So it seems, The Pope’s historic, 72-hour visit to Cairo last weekend has left a profound mark on Egyptians. And according to local Catholic leaders, and they anticipate increased ties with fellow Orthodox Christians and Muslims as a result of it. Father Rafic Greiche, spokesman for the Egyptian bishops told CNS that The Pope’s visit ...read more
This weekend, Pope Francis completed a two day apostolic visit to Egypt, a trip loaded with meaning and symbolism. In this post, you’ll find everything you need to know about the Pope’s visit and we begin with Italian producer Matteo Ciofi here: Find out what Pope Francis’ Trip to Egypt means. Pope Francis’ Itinerary On April 28, ...read more
What a whirlwind weekend it was for the Pope who immediately after his Apostolic trip to Egypt, was back at it and addressed the pilgrims at St.Peter’s Square for his weekly Regina Coeli address. But first, let’s have a quick at what was perhaps the most significant ecumenical event during the Pope’s visit to Cairo. ...read more
Join us in prayer for the intentions entrusted to us by Pope Francis. For May 2017, we join the Holy Father in praying for: Christians in Africa:  – That Christians in Africa, in imitation of the Merciful Jesus, may give prophetic witness to reconciliation, justice, and peace. Daily Offering Prayer God, our Father, I offer You ...read more
    Pesach I’m taking a few week’s off Deacon-strucing to share with you this little series I did last year with my friend Rabbi Aaron Flaznraich about the significance of Passover. I’m a firm believer that the more we understand the faith of our elder brothers and sisters, the more we will come to ...read more
How has mercy transformed your life? This week on the SLHour, Knights of Columbus Producer David Naglieri and Social Media Specialist, Samantha Wallace tell us about #MercyStories. Also, Sebastian Gomes speaks with Fr. Peter Galadza of the Sheptytsky Institute on the significance of the meeting between Pope Francis and Kirill on Connect5, Billy Chan helps us learn about ...read more