Pope Francis canonizes 6 saints, reflects on Christ’s kingdom
During his Sunday Angelus address, Pope Francis prayed that the example of the new Italian saints would “help the dear Italian people to revive the spirit of collaboration and harmony for the common good and to look with hope towards the future.” He also prayed that through the intercession of the new Indian saints, “may the Lord grant a new missionary impulse to the Church in India, which is very great.”
USCCB backs call for greater spending on high-speed Internet access for schools
“What is particularly hopeful about your proposal is not the additional funding itself, but the difference it will make in the lives of our Catholic school students,” said Archbishop George Lucas, who chairs the Committee on Catholic Education, and Bishop John Wester, who chairs the Committee on Communication.
Pope says he would 'never close the door' on talks with Islamic State
Specifically asked if he thought there was even the most remote possibility of dialoguing with terrorists like those from the Islamic State, Pope Francis said, "I never count anything as lost. Never. Never close the door. It's difficult, you could say almost impossible, but the door is always open." But Pope Francis also told journalists that the threat of terrorism is not the only horror weighing on the world.
Vatican officials discuss proposals for reform of Roman Curia
Father Lombardi said that an overall proposal for Curial reform is not yet imminent. The Council of Cardinals will resume discussions of the proposals at its next meeting, scheduled for December 9- 11. Eventually the Pope is expected to release a new apostolic constitution reforming the Vatican offices, updating the changes made by St. John Paul II with Pastor Bonus in 1988.
Reject 'false hope' of violence, archbishop implores after Ferguson ruling
“Since the grand jury received the case in August, we have seen offensive and violent outbursts by protesters, and acts of civil disobedience. Despite our calls for peace, which Michael Brown's family have echoed, we continue to see that segments of our community have not fully renounced the tendency to lash out with antagonistic behavior and violence,” Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis said in a response to the grand jury’s decision.
U.S.-Mexico border Mass marked by painful reunion through the fence
Yoryet's mother, Trinidad Acahua, once lived in the U.S. illegally, in El Paso, Texas. She had a job, paid her rent, stayed out of trouble. She had two children here, making them both U.S. citizens. But one day she ran a stop sign on her way to work and was pulled over. When she couldn't produce paperwork for insurance or proof of car ownership, she was taken into custody and eventually deported. That was seven years ago.