Gang intervention ministry is ‘living the Gospel,’ priest says

Los Angeles, Calif., Jul 7, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- Father Greg Boyle, the founder of a program that helps former gang members in Los Angeles, said his mission is a way of living the Christian message, having solidarity with those on the margins of society.“Living the Gospel is about standing with the demonized, so that the demonizing will stop; standing with the disposables so that the day will come when we stop throwing people away,” Fr. Boyle, a Jesuit priest, told CNA June … [Read more...]

The self-righteous ‘can cook in their own stew,’ says Pope

Vatican City, Jul 7, 2013 / 12:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In order to do the Lord’s work, Pope Francis said, we should remember our first encounter with Jesus, in which we were invited to recognize our own sinfulness and experience his loving gaze.“Those who consider themselves righteous, they can cook in their own stew!” the Pope said during morning Mass on July 5. “He came for us sinners and this is beautiful.”Pope Francis celebrated the Mass alongside the … [Read more...]

Jesus calls us to be missionaries, Pope Francis reflects

Vatican City, Jul 7, 2013 / 09:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his July 7 Angelus reflection, Pope Francis reminded those gathered in St. Peter’s Square that all of the faithful are called to be missionaries, spreading the Gospel message.Reflecting on the day’s Gospel, he observed that “Jesus is not an isolated missionary, does not want to fulfill his mission alone, but involves his disciples.”Not only does he call the 12 apostles, The Holy Father noted, but “He … [Read more...]