Knowledge is empty unless it leads to love, Pope Francis says
On Wednesday Pope Francis said that just because someone is an expert in God’s law and a strict adherent to the rules doesn’t necessarily mean they know how to love and serve others. “It’s not automatic that whoever frequents the House of God and knows his mercy knows how to love their neighbor. It’s not automatic,” the Pope said April 27.
US House commission holds hearing on ISIS genocide
Testifying before the commission were David Saperstein, Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, U.S. Department of State; Robert George, chairman of teh US Commission on International Religious Freedom; Congressman Frank Wolf; Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus; and Douglas Irvin-Erickson, director of the Genocide Prevention Program at George Mason University.
Pope's zucchetto sold at charity auction for over $18,000
The funds from the auction, conducted on the Catawiki site, will go to Save the Child’s Heart, an Israeli charity that serves children in the developing world. The winning bid was only a bit more than half the price that was commanded by another zucchetto worn by the Pontiff, which was auctioned on Ebay in 2014 with a winning bid of close to $35,000. Auction experts said that the price drop might be attributable to the fact that Pope Francis has donated several of the skullcaps to charity, thus increasing the available supply.
Be open to the surprises of the Holy Spirit, Pope Francis advises
In his homily Thursday Pope Francis stressed the need to be open to the novelty of the Holy Spirit, by discerning new movements and directions without being immediately closed off from them. Francis asked Mass-goers at the Santa Marta chapel April 28 how the Church responds when faced with something new, and perhaps never done before, clarifying that this is “not worldly newness, like fashions and clothes, but the newness and surprises of the Spirit, because the Spirit always surprises us.” The answer, he said, is “by meeting, listening, discussing and praying before the final decision.”
Bishop supports medical marijuana in letter to lawmakers
Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines urged state lawmakers to pass legislation that would legalize medical marijuana. In a letter April 26 to House and Senate members, Bishop Pates said a comprehensive bill was needed to "give Iowans the ability to produce a safe and consistent treatment as well as provide a legal avenue for physicians to recommend it to those who are in need."