Pope offers 'absolute condemnation' of death penalty
The Pope said that Christians should categorically reject the death penalty. He observed that capital punishment has been used by totalitarian regimes to crush opposition. He also alluded to the extra-judicial executions that have been condoned by some repressive regimes, such as the military dictatorship in his native Argentina. In his speech the Pope also decried abuses of the judicial process, such as lengthy pretrial detention without charges, degrading prison conditions, torture and inhuman treatment, and harsh punishments meted out to the young and the elderly.
Catholic involvement helps Girl Scouts feed their 'hunger for the holy'
One hundred years ago, Cardinal James Gibbons of Baltimore endorsed the work of the Girl Scouts and their relationship with the Catholic Church. That relationship remains vibrant today as evidenced by the participation of the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry in the 2014 national convention of the Girls Scouts of the USA, held Oct. 14-18 in Salt Lake City.
Making a Difference - Newly beatified pope championed justice and peace
From Mexico to South Sudan, from Syria to Ukraine, from Russian and U.S. nuclear weapons threatening each other to the endless "war on terrorism," today more than ever the world needs to heed Blessed Paul's plea: "No more war, war never again. It is peace, peace which must guide the destinies of peoples and of all mankind."
How do we praise God? Pray like Saint Paul, Pope Francis says
“This is a mystical experience of Paul and it teaches us the prayer of praise and the prayer of adoration…he says to the Father: ‘thank you, because you are able to do what we do not dare to think.’ It is a beautiful prayer, a beautiful prayer,” the Pope told those present in the Vatican’s St. Martha house on Oct. 23. The Roman Pontiff continued to reflect on the third chapter of St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, the source of the liturgy’s first readings for the past few days.
Papal appeal for workers whose jobs are in danger
“I hope that a fair solution may be worked out, that considers above all the dignity of the human person and the essential needs of the families concerned,” Pope Francis said. “Please, I appeal to all those with responsibility: no family without work.”
'Don’t abandon us' – Church in Mosul 'no longer exists'
“When we were in Erbil, we met with the Archbishop of Mosul, who along with his priests and all of the faithful of the archdiocese, have been driven out,” Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City told CNA in an Oct. 16 interview. “He is, in effect, the archbishop of a Church that no longer exists.”