Pope's prayer intentions for February 2015
The Vatican has announced the prayer intentions of Pope Francis for February 2015. The Pope’s general intention for February is: “That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity.” His intention for evangelization is: “That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.”
Pope speaks of 'deep sadness' over suffering of Christians in Iraq, Syria
The Pope met in a private audience with 30 participants in a joint theological commission, convened in 2003 to foster dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox churches—the Eastern churches are those that split from Rome after the Council of Chalcedon in 451. He said that he hoped the committee’s work “will bear rich fruit” for the cause of Christian unity.
Coming soon to the Vatican: haircuts for Rome's homeless
“Our primary concern is to give people their dignity,” Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, head of the Office of Papal Charities, told the Italian news agency ANSA. In November, construction started on new showers and bathrooms for the homeless under the colonnades of St. Peter’s Square. The archbishop, who oversaw the project, set aside space for a barber.
Pontifical council to consider challenges women face in society, church
The document, drafted by a group of women appointed by the council, looked at the continuing quest to find balance in promoting women's equality while valuing the differences between women and men; the concrete and symbolic aspects of women's potential for motherhood; cultural attitudes toward women's bodies; and women and religion, including questions about their participation in church decision-making.
Become islands of mercy in an indifferent world, pope says
Through prayer, charity and humility before God, people receive a heart "which is firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a heart which is not closed, indifferent or prey to the globalization of indifference," the pope said in his message for Lent, which begins Feb. 18 for Latin-rite Catholics.
The dark side of the Super Bowl and how Congress aims to fight it
Just days before Super Bowl XLIX, the U.S. House of Representatives is pushing for a bipartisan crack-down on the hidden menace of sex trafficking, which some human rights advocates refer to as “modern-day slavery.” “Everyone needs to be put on notice: if you buy or sell an individual like a commodity, the law is coming after you, and you can get up to life imprisonment, according to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act,” announced Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) on Tuesday at the bipartisan End Human Trafficking Press Conference on Capitol Hill.