Atheists and the Culture of Encounter

Pope Francis 3

Pope Francis caused quite a stir with the atheists last week, didn’t he?  The pontiff, celebrating Mass on Wednesday at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, declared that everyone—including atheists—was redeemed through Jesus.  "The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics,” the Pope said.The media was abuzz:  The Huffington Post headline read,Pope Francis Says Atheists Who Do Good Are Redeemed, Not Just CatholicsThe New York Daily News sa … [Read more...]

New European Initiative Insists: The Human Embryo Is “ONE OF US”

One of Us

A million signatures.That’s the ambitious goal of the non-denominational European campaign “One of Us”.  Organizers of the grassroots initiative hope to persuade the European Union to debate and then vote on whether to protect the human embryo from unregulated scientific experimentation.The “One of Us” campaign began in May 2012, and will continue until November 1.  By that time, organizers hope to collect the required one million signatures from at least seven of the 27 member states in … [Read more...]

Saturday Special: Mary, Untier of Knots

Mary Undoer of Knots

Last week I told you that on Saturdays during the month of May, I would write something about Mary, the Mother of God.  On this, the second Saturday of May, let’s talk about one of Pope Francis’ favorite devotions:  Mary, Untier of Knots.As a Jesuit priest in the mid-1980s, Jorge Mario Bergoglio spent several months in Germany studying at the Sankt Georgen Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology in Frankfurt.  It was during this time that he first saw a Bavarian painting of “Holy Mary, Our … [Read more...]