Pope will visit Roman jail, distribute pocket-sized Gospels
The Pope has recommended that believers keep a copy of the Gospels handy at all times. On Sunday, April 6, he ordered the distribution of the same pocket-sized volume—which also contains the Acts of the Apostles—to everyone in attendance at his Angelus audience.
Obama says Pope Francis is a reminder of human dignity
“I think it’s fair to say that those of us of the Christian faith, regardless of our denomination, have been touched and moved by Pope Francis,” he said, explaining that this is partly because of the pontiff’s words, which offer “a message of justice and inclusion, especially for the poor and the outcast. He implores us to see the inherent dignity in each human being.”
Peter and Judas: A Lesson in Mercy and Hope
In the Passion according to St. Mark we notice the parallel between Judas and Peter. Superficially, Peter and Judas have the same fate. Both betrayed Our Lord, both recognized their own guilt and felt remorse, both received Jesus' love even after the betrayal: A look. A kiss. Where is the difference? Why do we have such dramatically different endings given the seemingly equal fate of both apostles? The difference lies in this only: Peter trusted in God's mercy - Judas did not.
Vatican survey on family not intended for public release, says spokesman for English bishops
Last year the Vatican distributed a series of questions to the world’s episcopal conferences, asking the bishops to share the questions “as widely as possible.” In several countries, the bishops published the questions in the form of a survey.
John XXIII and the beginning of the fall of the Iron Curtain
While Pope, Bl. John XXIII began a dialogue with the Soviet Union that led to the eventual fall of the Iron Curtain during the pontificate of his successor John Paul II, both of whom will be canonized April 27.
Priests on front line in Italy's battle against Mafia
"Pope Francis awakens consciences. Many who were a long way from the church are now asking to be baptized," said Father Luigi Ciotti, founder of the Italian anti-Mafia association Libera, which organized the March 21 vigil in Rome. "The pope brings a moral renewal that touches everyone. Every day I see the results."
'I can't leave my people': Priest killed in Syria hailed as martyr
Days after Dutch priest Fr. Frans van der Lugt S.J. was murdered in Syria, a close young friend recalled his saintly life, noting both his personal holiness and extraordinary advances in Christian-Muslim relations.
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Is some sacred art too naturalistic?
Someone recently asked me about this. He felt that they looked too individualised – like portraits of the person next door, which makes it difficult to identify the figure portrayed with the saint and the ideals that the saint represents. Is it possible that these modern examples of sacred art are too naturalistic he asked?
A Priest by Any Other Name
Recently a friend of mine who was a transitional deacon, soon to be ordained a priest–a completely faithful, orthodox man–confessed to me that, as a priest, he would prefer to be called by his Christian name, “Father Thomas,” rather than by his last name. I encouraged him, recalling that I have always considered it a pity that, in the United States, the usage is for diocesan priests to be addressed by their last names. From my ordination I chose to go by “Father Planty” both to be faithful to the tradition (which is, in fact, a national custom) and as a reaction to what I called the “Father Joe Cool priests”…
The Holy Spirit is God
The third person of the Blessed Trinity, the Holy Spirit, is sometimes referred to as “the forgotten” member of the godhead. He is, no doubt, the least spoken of among the three persons of God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. It is; therefore, no surprise to find many Catholics ill-equipped to deal with some of the more notable errors concerning he who is “the Lord and giver of life.” Thus, studying the person and nature of the Holy Spirit, though sometimes neglected, is crucial for us as Catholic apologists and as Catholics in general.
St. Maximilian Kolbe on How to Have Heaven on Earth
Have you ever wondered what Heaven is like? I have. I mean, we talk about it all the time, but when we get down to it, we don’t know that much about it. We do know that we will behold God face to face there, and we also know that we will find the fulfillment of all our deepest longings there. But we don’t know nearly as much as we would like.