Papal message thanks Poland's Catholics for World Youth Day welcome
Pope Francis has sent a message to Church leaders in Poland, expressing his gratitude for World Youth Day and "your warm welcome and the zeal with which my visit was prepared." The Pope's message-- addressed to Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Poznan, the president of the Polish bishops' conference-- praised the Catholic people of Poland for "your strong faith and the unwavering hope that you have kept in spite of difficulties and tragedies."
Don't bring back the death penalty, New Mexico bishops plead
“We, the Catholic Bishops of New Mexico, in one voice, once again echo the teaching of the Church that life is sacred,” the bishops of Santa Fe, Las Cruces and Gallup said in a joint statement Aug. 18. “There is one seamless teaching on God’s gift of life that must be protected from birth to natural death,” they said. “It is always tragic and sad when a member of the community is murdered. These senseless acts must be prevented by calling for systemic change in society beginning with our youngest children. Crime can be prevented, and this is done by an investment in social capital.”
Vatican newspaper: 'Amoris Laetitia' is authoritative church teaching
Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on the family is an example of the "ordinary magisterium" -- papal teaching -- to which Catholics are obliged to give "religious submission of will and intellect," said an article in the Vatican newspaper. Father Salvador Pie-Ninot, a well-known professor of ecclesiology, said that while Pope Francis did not invoke his teaching authority in a "definitive way" in the document, it meets all the criteria for being an example of the "ordinary magisterium" to which all members of the church should respond with "the basic attitude of sincere acceptance and practical implementation."
Mother Teresa knew what being unloved felt like, priest says
"She was very human -- she loved chocolate, she loved ice cream," the priest said. At the same time, her letters to her spiritual directors make it clear "she's among the great mystics of the church," having experienced the sweetness of hearing Jesus' voice and, later, the desolation of feeling he had abandoned her. "Mother Teresa was no plastic saint," said Father Kolodiejchuk, who is superior general of the Missionaries of Charity Fathers and postulator of Blessed Teresa's sainthood cause. Mother Teresa was a "very concrete, feet on the ground" organizer and hands-on minister to the poorest of the poor, he said.
Fragment of Christ's Cross stolen from California church
A fragment from what is believed to be the True Cross of Christ, stolen from its home beneath a picture. It’s a story one would associate with medieval legends or a Dan Brown novel. However, the theft is unfortunately a very immediate - and very difficult - reality for one California parish. “The first thing we want people to know is that if anyone has it or knows anything about it – just to bring it back,” Fr. Michael Hurley, OP, pastor of St. Dominic’s Church in San Francisco told CNA. “We just want it back.”