Spread Christ's joy as did St Jose de Anchieta, Pope urges
During a Thanksgiving Mass for the canonization of St. Jose de Anchieta, Pope Francis spoke Thursday on the theme of joy, saying that while it can be intimidating, it is a gift of God which ought to be spread. St. Jose de Anchieta, the 'Apostle of Brazil', “found out how to communicate that which he experienced with the Lord,” Pope Francis said during a April 24 Mass said at Rome's St. Ignatius of Loyola parish.
Cardinal McCarrick part of State Dept. peace mission to Central African Republic
Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the retired Archbishop of Washington, was part of a recent US State Department peace mission to the Central African Republic, according to a Washington Times report. The cardinal said that following the 2011 overthrow of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Muslim rebels entered the Central African Republic. “People came in to the CAR from outside and began to persecute Christians,” he said.
Pope: Don't dwell like bats in darkness; live gladly in Christ's light
"We're afraid of joy. It's better thinking: 'Yeah, yeah, God exists, but he's up there; Jesus is risen, he's there' (at) a bit of distance," he said. "We're afraid of Jesus' closeness," which is a source of Christian joy, he said. This fear explains why there are "so many 'funeral Christians,' right? Whose life seems like a nonstop funeral. They prefer sadness and not joy. They get around more easily in the dark, not in the light of joy," like nocturnal creatures, who only come out and see at night.
John's Paul II's Doctor: I don't know how he survived the shooting
"I don't know how he survived the shooting," Dr. Rodolfo Proietti told the media. The doctor to Bl. Pope John Paul II has explained that he doesn't know how the assassin's bullet intended to kill him did not do so. He also talked about the Holy Father in his last days, as he worked amid failing health.
Confusion swirls around Pope's phone message on divorce and Communion
It was Sabetta, the woman’s husband, who originally broke the story by reporting on his Facebook page that the Pope had told his wife “that she should go to confession and start taking Communion at a different parish.” In his 2nd-hand account of the conversation, Sabetta claimed that the Pope had assured his wife that “a divorced person who goes to Communion is not doing anything wrong.” (In fact, the Church allows divorced Catholics to receive Communion, provided that they do not attempt a 2nd marriage.)
Benedict XVI says he knew long ago John Paul II was a saint
Breaking from the silence that he has generally observed since his resignation, the former Pontiff spoke about the upcoming canonization of his predecessor in an interview with the Polish journalist Wlodzimierz Redzioch. He said that his working relationship with Pope John Paul II “was always marked by friendship and affection.”
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Pope John XXIII and the Quest for Ecumenism
From the start, Pope John wanted the Second Vatican Council to be “ecumenical.” Of course, the Council would be one of the already twenty historic universal or “ecumenical” councils, but Pope John wanted his council to be “ecumenical” in the modern sense. Among the stated goals in his announcement on January 25, 1959, was an invitation to separated Christians and that unity to which many aspired.
The Five-Fold Argument for the Resurrection
The New Testament consists of first-century, seemingly first-hand accounts of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It also claims to be an eyewitness account and makes some mighty bold claims about what the authors saw and heard. Yet a first-century audience (that is, an audience which would have been able to call "shenanigans" if the authors were just making things up) believed these accounts, copied them, and spread them both textually and orally throughout the entire Roman Empire and to faraway places like India.
Stephen Colbert and the Death of Protestant America
Today, I think that we're seeing another of these bellwethers. Late-night host David Letterman recently announced his retirement: his ratings have not been faring well in the face of two new rivals, Jimmy Kimmel and now Jimmy Fallon. Today, CBS announced his replacement: Stephen Colbert. Deacon Greg Kandra was quick to point out one reason that this was significant, with the headline: “The Catholic takeover of late night TV is complete.”
Pope John Paul II at Judaism’s holiest site
I was an eyewitness to this moving event. As the religion reporter for a New York City newspaper, I had been assigned to cover the first official visit by a pope to the State of Israel. Through high level connections, I obtained an invitation to the ceremony at the Western Wall. Security was extraordinarily tight. The streets leading to the Temple Mount were restricted to all but a handful of Israeli and Vatican officials. Military helicopters circled overhead.