Pope laments 'black-and-white' mentality in priest-confessors
Priests should be trained to recognize nuances in their work as confessors, Pope Francis said to a group of Polish Jesuits during his visit there. The Pope said that "many people leave the confessional disappointed" because the priest lacks understanding. He said that many priests have been trained "in the light of overly clear and distinct ideas, and therefore to act within limits and criteria that are rigidly defined in advance and that set aside concrete situations."
Two nuns found murdered at their home in Mississippi
Two religious sisters were found murdered in their Mississippi home today, according to police. The sisters, both nurse practitioners, were scheduled to work at Lexington Medical Clinic but never came to work this morning, prompting their co-workers to call the police. According to a statement from the Diocese of Jackson, the bodies have not been positively identified by authorities, but are believed to be those of Sister Paula Merrill, of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Kentucky, and Sister Margaret Held, of the Sisters of St. Francis in Milwaukee.
Pope appeals for peace in Ukraine
“In these last weeks, the international observers have expressed concern for the worsening situation in eastern Ukraine,” the Pope said, adding, “Today, as that dear nation celebrates its national holiday – which this year coincides with the 25th anniversary of independence – I assure them of my prayer for peace and I renew my appeal to all the parties involved and to the international bodies that they might strengthen the initiatives to resolve the conflict, release the hostages, and respond to the humanitarian emergency.”
Pope asks Jesuits to educate diocesan clergy in practice of discernment
When it comes to the Christian life, too many seminaries teach students a rigid list of rules that make it difficult or impossible for them as priests to respond to the real-life situation of those who come to them seeking guidance, Pope Francis said. "Some priestly formation programs run the risk of educating in the light of overly clear and distinct ideas, and therefore to act within limits and criteria that are rigidly defined a priori, and that set aside concrete situations," the pope said during a meeting with 28 Polish Jesuits in Krakow during World Youth Day.
Olympian known as compassionate competitor motivated by faith
On the final day of the 2016 Rio Olympics Aug. 21, Galen Rupp became the first American-born athlete to medal in the marathon in 40 years as he earned the bronze. As he crossed the finish line, the graduate of Central Catholic High School in Portland made the sign of the cross. It was Rupp's second competitive marathon. Four years earlier in the 2012 London Olympics, he accomplished a similar feat when he became the first American-born runner to win a medal in the 10,000 meters in 48 years.
'Hello. My name is Mother Teresa. I just wanted to give you my card.'
It happened on the most ordinary day, in the most ordinary of places. A woman stood by herself in the back of an airport lounge, flipping distractedly through a magazine while she waited for her flight. Suddenly, she was approached by a 5’0” woman in a blue and white sari. “Hello. My name is Mother Teresa. I just wanted to give you my card.” The religious sister passed her a business card and gave her hand a gentle squeeze before turning and boarding a flight. The woman stared at the card. And then, a smile.