Pope: Fighting for the poor doesn't make me Communist – it makes me Catholic
“It is not possible to tackle poverty by promoting containment strategies to merely reassure, rendering the poor 'domesticated,' harmless and passive,” the Pope told those gathered for his Oct. 28 encounter with leaders of various Church movements. He called the basic needs for land, housing and work an “aspiration that should be within the reach of all but which we sadly see is increasingly unavailable to the majority.”
Cardinal George on liturgical translations, abuse scandals, the ‘price of citizenship’
“Since the liturgy, along with Sacred Scripture, is the primary carrier of the tradition that unites us to Christ, the loss of the theology of grace, the domestication of God, the paraphrasing that deliberately omitted nuances of understanding, the deliberate omission of biblical references in the liturgical text itself, etc., left the Church for 40 years without a way of worship that adequately expressed our faith,” he added.
Pope reflects on relation between Church’s ‘visible and spiritual reality’
The Church, he said, includes all the baptized, and not simply priests and religious. “So many acts of love, so much faithfulness in families, so much work in educating children, to carry on, to transmit the faith, so much suffering in the sick who offer their suffering to the Lord,” he said. “How can one know of all the wonderful things that, through us, Christ is able to operate in the hearts and lives of each person?”
With food plentiful, failure in distribution causes hunger, Vatican envoy tells UN
The problem lies elsewhere, such as in the lack of conservation technologies among smallholder producers, in weak or absent government support to incentivize the commercialization of products, or in the lack of infrastructure for better food distribution and marketing. Sadder still, this paradox is also due to a throwaway culture in affluent societies, to deliberate large-scale destruction of food products to keep prices and profit margins high, as well as to other policies that override the common objective of food security for all.
Texas nurse released from NIH, thanks God and doctors for recovery
"I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today. I would first and foremost like to thank God, my family and friends," she said. "Throughout this ordeal I have put my trust in God and my medical team. "I am on my way back to recovery even as I reflect on how many others have not been so fortunate," added Pham, 26, who grew up in Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Fort Worth, Texas, and where she and her family have been longtime members.
Official says Catholic cemeteries have 'huge opportunity to evangelize'
People who come to a committal service in a cemetery may be encountering Catholic funeral tradition for the first time, or for the first time in many years, and a positive experience might encourage them to return when they need to arrange a burial, Andrew Schafer, executive director for Archdiocese of Newark Catholic Cemeteries in New Jersey said.