Pope Asks: Is Working on Sunday “True Freedom”?

Closed Sunday

"Maybe it is time to ask whether work on Sunday is true freedom." Pope Francis spoke on Saturday, July 5, to a group of young workers in the remote Italian region of Molise, southeast of Rome.  Speaking in the auditorium of the University of Campobasso, Pope Francis began his pastoral visit by challenging his audience of workers to "waste time with their children." As in his other pastoral visits, the Holy Father took time to listen to the testimonies of people from the local population: … [Read more...]

World Youth Day Logo: Blessed Are the Merciful

WYD 2016 logo - final

OK, here it is: The logo for World Youth Day 2016 has just been unveiled.  At a press conference this morning, the logo and official prayer for the 31st World Youth Day were announced. According to the Vatican Information Service, Three elements are combined in the symbolism of the logo: the place, the main protagonists, and the theme of the celebration. The logo of the 2016 World Youth Day, to be held in Krakow, illustrates the passage from the Gospel according to Matthew, 5.7: … [Read more...]

Synod In The Modern Church: History and Hope

Pope Francis with bishops

When Pope Francis brings together key religious leaders from around the world for the October 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family, it will be only the third time in modern Church history that such an event has been held. The two earlier Extraordinary Synods--in 1969 and 1985--afforded an opportunity for reflection and regeneration.  For example, the Synod Fathers in 1985 saw a need for a tool to explain the tenets of the Faith with accuracy and consistency.  What emerged was a plan for a … [Read more...]