In new interview, Pope speaks on leisure, family rest on Sunday
Speaking to the Argentine weekly Viva about the first 500 days of his pontificate, the Holy Father said that the faith should be spread by friendly sharing rather than forceful argumentation. “The worst thing you can do is religious proselytizing, which paralyzes,” he said. The Pope mentioned that while he served in Buenos Aires, he would ask young mothers how often they played with their children. “It was an unexpected question,” he said; the mothers were too busy to have time for play. In that connection he emphasized the value of spending leisure time together on Sunday.
US must adapt foreign policy to solve migrant crisis, says bishop
“The crisis on our borders will not be minimally resolved until drugs and arms flows, harmful trade provisions, and other critical economic policies that contribute to violence are addressed and rectified,” wrote the head of the U.S. bishops’ international justice and peace committee, Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, in a July 24 letter to Secretary Kerry. Bishop Pates wrote the letter after his “solidarity trip” to Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, the origin countries of many of the child migrants coming to the U.S.
Bridget of Sweden, Marriage and Family, and the Need for Canonized Married Saints
The clear teaching of the Bible, the Christian tradition and the re-emphasis of the last Council in the Catholic Church, the Second Vatican Council, make clear - we are ALL called to holiness in life. That is what the Catholic Church regularly refers to as a universal call to holiness. Holiness can be birthed, nurtured and matured in every state in life. It is meant to be the eternal fruit of every Christian vocation. This is why, in every age, the Church, good mother and teacher that she is, holds up for us, models to inspire us all to say "Yes" to the continual invitations of grace which are present to every Christian in their real, daily lives.
Meeting 200 Pentecostals, pope renews friendship, talks unity
Pope Francis said he knows some people were shocked that he would make a special trip outside of Rome to visit a group of Pentecostals, "but I went to visit my friends." Traettino, a Pentecostal pastor in southern Italy and longtime friend of Pope Francis, told the pope his visit was "unthinkable until recently," even though, he said, "even among evangelicals there is great affection for you. Many of us pray for you, every day. Many of us, in fact, believe your election as bishop of Rome was the work of the Holy Spirit."
Pope says priests should be men of prayer who are close to the people
In response to the final question, the Pope said that the spirituality of a diocesan priest is different from the spirituality of a religious. The diocesan priest must have a relationship with the bishop and with the other priests. Rumors, he said, are the “strongest enemy” of the diocesan priesthood. If you have something against the bishop, confront him face to face, but “then there will be not good consequences. You will carry the cross, but be a man!” Likewise, if there is something wrong with a fellow priest, the Pope advised speaking with the priest directly, or with the bishop, but not gossiping about it to everyone.
‘No official confirmation’ of papal trip to Philadelphia
Although Pope Francis “has shown his willingness to participate” in the meeting, there is not yet “any concrete plan or program regarding a trip to the United States or Mexico,” Father Federico Lombardi said on July 25, as he noted that the meeting is over a year away.
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On Thomas, Doubt, and Being an Outsider
When he was reunited with the rest of the Apostles, the atmosphere in the Upper Room had shifted dramatically. Thomas was greeted by his excited and enlivened friends who exclaimed to him, “We have seen the Lord” (John 20:25). Imagine the mix of emotion Thomas must have been flooded with: happiness, confusion, hope, disappointment. Emotion that, undoubtedly, you and I would have felt similarly.
Ten Things to Remember if Pope Francis Upsets You
Many conservative Catholics are experiencing a range of negative feelings about Pope Francis. When a headline screams that he stated that 2% of Catholic clergy are pedophiles, that he “promises to solve the celibacy problem” that he doesn’t want to convert Evangelicals or that he doesn’t judge a homosexual who “searches for the Lord and has goodwill” they experience confusion, anger, resentment, bewilderment and fear.
When People Become Things, God Becomes a Thing
And (pay attention) anything we do to another person is something we're willing to do to God. We commodify God; we buy Him and sell Him, for thirty pieces of silver or more if we can get it. We don't want the great mystery, power and awe of God, we want a god-thing that we can put in our back pocket, a god-club we can hit others with, a god-doll that we can play with, a god-mirror on the wall that tells us that we're the fairest of them all.
Boromir's Death and Faithful Spouses
Boromir's death. It was the defining moment of The Fellowship of the Ring. In that one story arc, was summed up the whole of the Fellowship - Selflessness. Frodo's conviction to destroy the One Ring even at the cost of his life. Sam's conviction to defend Frodo's life at the cost of his own. Aragorn's conviction to defend them all with his. But it was Boromir's conviction - one made AFTER his fall - that truly defined the Fellowship, in my opinion.