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  Pope Benedict XVI: A Lifelong Commitment to Ecumenism by Sr. Donna Geernaert, SC   One day after his election to the papacy on April 19, 2005, Pope Benedict XVI addressed the College of Cardinals. He affirmed his commitment to the ecumenical agenda of his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, and identified his primary task ...read more
A pilgrimage is a spiritual journey to a sacred destination. While seeing beautiful and holy sites can be a perk of going on pilgrimages, people primarily embark on Catholic pilgrimages to encounter God in a profound and personal way. The goal is to come back transformed and, through your prayers, to transform the lives of ...read more
It was April 11, 2019, in a library at Casa Santa Marta – the Pope’s own home. Selva Kiir, the Catholic president of South Sudan, stood next to Riek Machar, his incoming vice president, as well as other South Sudanese civil leaders. They were surrounded by Catholic, Anglican, and Presbyterian leaders from their country and ...read more
Pope Francis will visit the Democratic Republic of the Congo next week, landing in the capital Kinshasa on January 31. He plans to go as a “pilgrim of peace” to a country with a long history of conflict, but one in which the Church plays a critical peacebuilding role. To discover more, Marie Anne Torres, ...read more
In today’s catechesis, Pope Francis continues his series on evangelization. He reflects on Jesus as the “teacher of proclamation,” who guides us to proclaim the “joy, deliverance, light, healing, and wonder” of the Gospel. Read the full text below: Dear brothers and sisters, good morning, Last Wednesday we reflected on Jesus model of proclamation, on his pastoral heart always reaching ...read more
About 15 years ago, I decided to read the Bible cover to cover. Not that I hadn’t read the Bible before: of course I had – in spurts. In fact, the Bible that my Mom gave me when I left home at 16 is almost all underlined, with scribbles on the margins and falling apart, ...read more
“Mother Teresa: No Greater Love,” the inspiring documentary from the Knights of Columbus, releases in theatres across Canada on January 22 and 23. Purchase your tickets here. Deacon Pedro spoke with Director and Producer David Naglieri on the SLHour in October, 2022. Here’s his interview: If you’re curious about the full program, you can listen ...read more
In today’s catechesis, Pope Francis continues his series on evangelization. He reflects on Christ the Good Shepherd, who “suffers and takes risks” for the one who has left the flock. The Holy Father concludes by saying that evangelization “is about loving so that they might be happy children of God.” Read the full text below: ...read more
We are saddened to hear of the death of Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop emeritus of Sydney, Prefect emeritus of the Secretariat for the Economy, and courageous leader of the Church throughout the world. We are especially grateful for his tireless efforts to increase the integrity and transparency of the Holy See’s financial operations, as an ...read more
In today’s catechesis, Pope Francis begins a new series on evangelization. He reflects on the call of St. Matthew the Apostle and quotes Pope Benedict XVI: “The Church does not engage in proselytism. Instead, she grows by ‘attraction.’” Read the full text below: Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! Today we begin a new cycle ...read more