‘Kiss the crucifix,’ advises Pope, as he reflects on Christ’s humiliation
“Jesus takes all this evil, all this suffering upon himself,” the Pope continued. “This week it will be good for all of us to look at the crucifix, kissing the wounds of Jesus.” The Pope added that we expect God in his omnipotence to bring about a “divine triumphant victory.” Instead, the Son of God is crucified. “Even if I was the only person in the world, he would have done it. He did it for me. Kiss the crucifix and say: for me, thank you, Jesus, for me.”
Archbishop Gomez renews call for immigration reform
“These are human souls, not statistics,” the prelate said. “These are children of God. We cannot be indifferent to their suffering.” The Los Angeles Times reported that “the audience [at the cathedral] was sparse, with only a few dozen in attendance to hear the prayers for compassion, along with repeated calls for President Obama to act.”
Living Among the Pharisees
I've been the target of similar, and worse, invective from self-appointed Catholic accusers -- such as Ruse, which I've always ignored and just done my work. But when someone goes out of his way to make life harder for a man who is trying to put his life back together after years of humiliation I cannot ignore it. There are few actions I can think of that are further from the spirit of Pope Francis than Ruse's public intrusion into the life of Thomas Williams.
4 candidates advance on path to sainthood
Blessed Amato Ronconi (c. 1226-c. 1292) was a Third Order Franciscan, and Blessed Ludovico of Casoria (1814-85), a Franciscan priest, founded the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Elizabeth, also known as the Gray Sisters. Pope Francis also approved the publication of decrees on the heroic virtues of Archbishop Alain Guynot de Boismenu (1870-1953), a French missionary bishop in Papua New Guinea, and Father William Janauschek (1859-1926), a Viennese Redemptorist priest. The two servants of God may now be called “venerable.”
Restructuring of Roman Curia next on agenda for Pope, Council of Cardinals
Plans for curial reform were temporarily shelved, Tornielli reports, while the Pope and the Council of Cardinals studied proposals for the future of the Vatican bank and the creation of a new Secretariat for the Economy. At their next sessions, beginning April 27, the Pope and his advisers will consider proposals for streamlining the Curia. Vatican insiders expect a reduction in the number of congregations and pontifical councils, with some offices being combined and others possibly eliminated.
John Paul II: a man indispensable to the fall of the Soviet Union
The first exchanges between the Vatican and Moscow since 1917 were made on the occasion of Good Pope John’s 80th birthday, and a now opened line of communication allowed Paul VI to pursue a policy of Ostpolitik, dialoguing with officials behind the Iron Curtain to improve the conditions for Christians there.
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Father Brown and the Mystery of Lent
Lent is a detective story. It is the detective story in which the soul is investigator, victim, and culprit all at once. Out of the entire year, it is during Lent that the Church demands that we confess our sins, and confession requires a full inquiry. This is just one aspect of the call to penance that marks the whole season.
We May Never Know the Inestimable Value of What We Do
As parents, it is easy for this to happen. Sometimes it is because the outcomes seem poor. Sometimes it is because we read articles or blogs that may leave us feeling depressed that the advice being given seems at odds with what we have been doing, or what we have done. We then catastrophize that our mistakes will lead to greater burdens for our kids.
Whisky Review: Clynelish Distiller’s Edition
My in-laws gave me a bottle of Clynelish and Chesterton’s book on St. Francis for my birthday. I’ll leave it to our readers to determine whether I have the best in-laws in the world. I was not familiar with Clynelish prior to receiving the bottle. Clynelish is something of a hidden treasure because a large portion of the distillery’s output is bought and used by Johnny Walker Gold. Traditionally, the brand did not seem committed to marketing its own product and labels but rising demand and consistently excellent reviews encouraged the distillery to announce major capital investments earlier this year.
The Sack of Constantinople: A Cautionary Tale in Obedience to God and Church
Ever met one of those people who picks and chooses what to listen to when it comes to God’s Commandments and the guidance of the Church? To be honest, we probably all fit into this category in more or less subtle ways. Obedience is one of the surest ways to sanctity, and yet one of the most difficult things to do. April 12 marks 810 years since the Sack of Constantinople and yet it is still so fresh on the minds of many Orthodox Christians that it may be one of the largest obstacles to reunification between the Churches. What happened, and why?