Pope Francis emphasizes: parishes should not be places of gossip and division
Pope Francis devoted his August 27 general audience to two of the marks of the Church: her holiness and unity. The Church, he said, is “one because she has her origin in the Triune God, mystery of unity and full communion,” and “holy because she is founded by Jesus Christ, enlivened by his Holy Spirit, and filled with his love and salvation.” The Church’s members, Pope Francis continued, are sinners who are not faithful to Jesus Christ, and thus the Church’s holiness beckons sinners to convert.
San Diego's Bishop Flores undergoing cancer treatment
The Diocese of San Diego has announced that Bishop Cirilo Flores is now being treated for prostate cancer, as he continues dealing with effects of a stroke that occurred four months ago. “Please continue to keep Bishop Flores in your prayers,” Monsignor Steven Callahan, the diocese’s vicar general, said in an Aug. 25 announcement on the diocese’s website.
Why I Said No to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Embryonic Stem Cell Research Is Deadly
As a Christian, it is never easy to be seen as seemingly unwilling to support a noble cause such as the eradication of a debilitating disease. However, it is vital that we stand for for the fundamental and foundational moral truth which underlies every effort to end disease, the dignity of every human person, including embryonic human persons. Embryonic stem cell research always takes the life of an embryonic person by extracting the stem cells. One cannot do evil to accomplish good.
Catholic aid groups hope latest Israeli-Hamas cease-fire holds
"This is a window of opportunity," said Sami El-Yousef, Catholic Near East Welfare Association's regional director for Israel and the Palestinian territories. "(We hope) the unity government will take the lead. A lot of people here think the stage is set (for) a meaningful resumption of negotiations. Now it is up to leaders on both sides to make it happen, to move beyond (the same political hurdles.)
Indian state discusses ban on sacramental wine
Vellappally Natesan, the general secretary of the Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana, a powerful Hindu movement, has argued that a ban on alcohol should apply everywhere in Kerela, including the churches. V. M. Sudheeran, the local head of the Congress Party, disagrees, saying that churches should be exempt from any ban because of their longstanding sacramental practices.
California diocese begins project to spread solar energy
The Diocese of Stockton has begun a project that encourages local Catholics to install solar panels. “But this is so much more than about raising money,” said Bishop Stephen Blaire. “With each solar installation, we are saying to our Creator: we are personally committing to being better stewards of creation by harnessing the power of Brother Sun, as St. Francis would say.”
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Anyone Can Do the Housework, but Who is Doing the Homework?
Did you know that it is women who do the majority of housework? Even mothers of young children, who are holding down full time jobs, seem to spend more time than men with a mop and vacuum in hand. This, however, is not new information; every few months you can find a news report somewhere highlighting the situation. The most recent Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey (HILDA), shows that in households where men are the main breadwinners, they do 14.5 hours of housework a week, compared to 27.6 hours by women.
Pro-Life Messages in Ten Popular Movies
Yet, hope remains. Sometimes when we focus so much on the evil, we fail to see the progress being made. God does not leave us abandoned. Despite “the culture of death,” light has been shining down from the One who has everything in his control.
Why You Should Pray the Rosary Daily: 15 Reasons Straight From Our Lady
The Rosary is arguably the most recognizable Catholic devotion. Sadly, it is a devotion that has fallen out of fashion for many Catholics. This is deeply unfortunate, as the Rosary is one of the most powerful weapons in our arsenal for spiritual warfare and one of the greatest aids in the pursuit of a fruitful spiritual life.
Aliens, Angels, and the Cosmos
Are you familiar with the Fermi Paradox? It goes something like this: “There are billions of stars out there like the sun. Therefore, statistically there must be billions of planets like earth where intelligent life has developed. Given the vast amount of time, and the vast number of possible 'other earths,' there must be other intelligent life forms who have invented space travel. Yet while this seems extremely probable, we haven't encountered any."