Pope Francis: “Building the unity of the Church, this is the task of every one of us”

From his daily homily:  Every Christian is called to work for the unity of the Church, allowing ourselves to be guided by the Holy Spirit who creates unity in diversity, said Pope Francis at Mass Friday morning at Casa Santa Marta. Pope Francis based his homily on the First Reading from Saint Paul’s Letter to [Read More...]

Pope Francis calls for abolition of death penalty, life sentences

From VIS:  Today, the Holy Father received delegates from the International Association of Penal Law (AIDP), addressing them with a speech focusing on the issues in their subject area that have recourse to the Church in her mission of evangelization and the promotion of the human person. The Pope began by recalling the need for [Read More...]

Pope Francis: division in the Body of Christ “dismembers us” and starts war

Once again, the pope has delivered a message that, in light of recent events, might be seen not only as timely but also pointed: The Church as the Body of Christ was the focus of Pope Francis general audience this Wednesday morning, attended by tens of thousands of pilgrims and tourists in an autumnal St. [Read More...]

Pope: “A Christian is one who knows how to await Jesus…he or she is a person of hope”

“He who does not await Jesus, who closes his door to Jesus, does not allow him to go forward with his work of peace, of community, of citizenship. And he does more: he gives us a name. He renders us children of God. We need to adopt an attitude that contains Christian hope. A Christian [Read More...]

From 1978: Ratzinger on Paul VI, “who fought strenuously against the idea of retiring”

A priest reader brought this to my attention: a homily delivered by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in Germany a few days after the death of Pope Paul VI—now Blessed Paul VI. The homily is both eloquent and poignant, with one passage that seems almost prophetic:  Paul VI increasingly accepted his papal service as a metamorphosis of [Read More...]

“We cannot resign ourselves to thinking about the Middle East without Christians”

Pope Francis delivered that comment this morning. From Vatican Radio:   Pope Francis convened a Consistory of Cardinals on Monday morning in the Vatican. Originally scheduled in order to proceed with the causes of candidates for beatification, the Holy Father expanded the agenda of the meeting to include discussion of the ongoing crisis in the [Read More...]

Francis on Paul: “This great pope, this courageous Christian, this tireless apostle…”

“For the gift of this Synod and for the constructive spirit which everyone has shown, in union with the Apostle Paul “we give thanks to God always for you all, constantly mentioning you in our prayers” (1 Th 1:2).  May the Holy Spirit, who during these busy days has enabled us to work generously, in [Read More...]

It’s here: final Relatio of synod, plus speech of Pope Francis—UPDATED

Hot off the press. Translations are rough, and need some polishing, but you get the gist. Synod14 – “Relatio Synodi” of the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops: “The pastoral challenges on the family in the context of evangelization” (5 to 19 October 2014), 10/18/2014 And from the pope (NB: new and [Read More...]

Blessed Paul VI, pray for us

As the celebration of his beatification draws near tomorrow, let us whisper a grateful prayer for the man who 47 years ago authorized the restoration of the diaconate as a permanent order. “Let the deacons, as those who serve the mysteries of Christ and of the Church, abstain from all vice and endeavor to be [Read More...]

For first time, Sistine Chapel to be rented out for corporate event

Details:  Pope Francis has for the first time allowed the Sistine Chapel to be rented out for a private corporate event, with the proceeds to go to charities working with the poor and homeless. The concert, to be performed amid the splendour of Michelangelo’s frescoes on Saturday, will be attended by a select group of [Read More...]