The pope's 'staycation': Letters, trip preparation fill his days
Returning to the Vatican in the midst of a heat wave after an eight-day, three-country trip to South America, Pope Francis took the kind of vacation he said he prefers: what has become known as a "staycation." With the exception of a July 21 meeting with a group of mayors from around the world and the Sunday recitation of the Angelus, Pope Francis' schedule was cleared of meetings, audiences and public appearances July 13-Aug. 4.
Presidential candidates address poverty in videos to advocacy group
Seven presidential candidates have responded to a call from anti-poverty advocates by submitting brief videos outlining their plans to address poverty. The videos, delivered to an umbrella organization known as the Circle of Protection that includes the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, were made public July 21 by representatives of the group.
Vatican exhibition features relationship between St. John Paul II and Jewish people
An exhibition highlighting the relationship between St. John Paul II and the Jewish people opens this week at the Vatican. The exhibition, inaugurated at Xavier University in Ohio, has been on display in several US cities, in Rome, and in Krakow. It will be shown in the Charlemagne wing of St. Peter’s Square from July 29 through September 17.
Italian nuns come to aid of trafficking victims
PBS NewsHour has highlighted the work of Italian women religious in assisting victims of human trafficking, many of them from Nigeria. "The traffickers are cunning," said Consolata Missionary Sister Eugenia Bonetti. "They go into remote villages where there is no work or education, and offer 'come to Europe, nothing to lose'-– without the girls knowing the risk."
Blessed Serra described as missionary 'on fire' heeding Christ's call
To Andrew Galvan, Blessed Junipero Serra is a stalwart of faith and mission worthy of the title "saint." "He was all wood and nails. He was a tough dude. He fought, he defended, he wrangled, he was frustrated and he was frustrating," Galvan told Catholic News Service. A descendant of tribal members from the San Francisco Bay region, Galvan traces his family roots to California's first Christians, thousands of whom were baptized and confirmed by the 18th-century Spanish missionary.
Why this former rock journalist authored a book about chastity
One day, when Dawn Eden was 31 years-old, she ventured into the section of a bookstore that she had never visited before. This journey into the store was somewhat out of character for Eden, who preferred listening to rock music instead of delving into books. Even more rare was the part of the bookstore she found herself in, because she had never been interested in what it had to offer – until her recent conversion to Christianity. It was a shelf of how-to books on living with sexual purity.