BLOG: Pope Francis,Vatican Connections
Pope Francis just did something that few Popes have ever done. He wants to update the Church's teaching on the death penalty. Is this a development of doctrine? ...read more
“An Americano please. To go. …You know? Take away.” I tried the walking man gesture using two fingers. I was a Canadian man in Lampedusa, Italy. The small island of Lampedusa made headlines in the past few years for unfortunate reasons. It is the first European port for many refugees trying to find a safer, ...read more
In Rome, in Saint Peter’s Square, Pope Francis will canonize the following: Blessed Angelo da Acri, Italian Capuchin priest (1669-1739); Blessed Faustino Miguez Gonzalez, Spanish Piarist priest, founder of the Calasanzian Institute (1831-1925); Blessed Cristobal, Blessed Antonio, Blessed Juan, Martyrs of Tlaxcala: 3 children killed for having embraced the Christian faith in Mexico, in 1527 ...read more
Join us in prayer for the intentions entrusted to us by Pope Francis. For October 2017, we join the Holy Father in praying for: Workers and the Unemployed – That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good. Daily Offering ...read more
“I invite all Colombians, without distinction, to joyfully welcome the visit of Pope Francis. He comes to bring us a message of peace, that peace that we are all called to build from hearts open to forgiveness, to reconciliation and solidarity.” These were the words of Cardinal Rubén Salazar, Archbishop of Bogotá, upon the announcement ...read more
Join us in prayer for the intentions entrusted to us by Pope Francis. For September 2017, we join the Holy Father in praying for: Parishes – That our parishes, animated by a missionary spirit, may be places where faith is communicated and charity is seen. Daily Offering Prayer God, our Father, I offer You my ...read more
(CNS Photo: A Haitian refugee sticks his head out from a tent set up by the Canadian Armed Forces near Lacolle, Quebec, Aug. 10.) Some 6,000 people, mostly Haitian nationals, have crossed illegally into Quebec from the United States since July. This is the second major upswing in the number of asylum-seekers to Canada this ...read more
(CNS photo/Christinne Muschi, Reuters) Welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating migrants and refugees Dear brothers and sisters! “You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God” (Leviticus 19:34). Throughout ...read more
Guest contributor, Elias Crim, is the founder and publisher of Solidarity Hall, a national group blog focused on community renewal and the common good. He also co-hosts Solidarity Hall’s new podcast, called Dorothy’s Place. He recently reviewed S+L’s 2014 documentary “The Francis Effect”… How to understand Pope Francis? Despite the apparent dyspepsia his arrival has caused among some of the ...read more
Join us in prayer for the intentions entrusted to us by Pope Francis. For August 2017, we join the Holy Father in praying for: Artists – That artists of our time, through their ingenuity, may help everyone discover the beauty of creation. Daily Offering Prayer God, our Father, I offer You my day. I offer ...read more