Prayer intentions of Pope Francis for June 2016
The Vatican has announced the prayer intentions of Pope Francies for June 2016. The Pope's universal intention is: "That the aged, marginalized, and those who have no one may find, even within the huge cities of the world, opportunities for encounter and solidarity." His intention for evangelization is: "That seminarians and men and woman entering religious life may have mentors who live the joy of the Gospel and prepare them wisely for their mission."
Catholics join outrage over sale of sacred Native American items
Native Americans say a French auction house should return their sacred objects set to go on sale, and they have an ally in Bishop James S. Wall of Gallup, N.M. “My first reaction to this story was one of great sadness. It's tragic that this desire for personal profit from the sale of sacred objects is the ultimate goal,” Bishop Wall said. “These objects are sacred to the pueblo people and they belong to the whole community.”
Church needs courageous women like Mary, pope says at morning Mass
The church needs the service of the many women who continue to follow Mary's example of courage and service despite the odds, Pope Francis said. Women who serve with joy to bring their families forward in life, to ensure their children's education and who "face so many adversities and who heal the sick" are courageous, the pope said May 31 during the Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae.
Pope mourns death of child migrant
Pope Francis met with 400 children on May 28 and lamented the death of a child migrant. The children were traveling from Rome to Calabria on the “children’s train,” an initiative sponsored by the Pontifical Council of Culture. “We children promise that we will welcome anyone who arrives in our country: we shall never consider anyone who has a different skin color, or who speaks a different language, or who professes a different religion from ours, a dangerous enemy,” stated a letter that Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the pontifical council’s president, read to the Pope.
Family Treasures: Helping and Celebrating Grandparents
As a link between past and future, it is the grandparents who plant the seed, knowing full well they may not see the fruit of their harvest. They plant anyway. Sue and Marv Prins have grandchildren in Milwaukee—an eight-hour drive from home. Facebook and phone calls help shrink the distance, but Sue, who lives with a chronic illness, reasons, “I probably won’t live to see my grandchildren as adults. So what I do is show them, whenever I get the chance, that I’m not afraid to try new things simply because I may be limited. I feel that is the most important thing for me to pass on to them. As Jesus says, ‘Do not be afraid.’ So I’m not. It sends a message to my kids, too.”