Blog Posts for "Pope Francis"

Communion of the Saints

All Saints Day            Matthew 5:1-12 Yesterday in Sweden Pope Francis marked the beginning of the 500th year of the Protestant Reformation.  On October 31, 1517 Augustinian canon Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg Cathedral.  His primary focus was on the selling and buying of indulgences to help finance the reconstruction of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome; but those practices were also symbols of a wider worldliness and corruption.  His actions and the reactions of the Pope and other leaders of the...

United in Conviction, Committed to Change

Ss. Andrew Kim Taegōn, Paul Chõng Hasang & Companions, Martyrs World Day of Prayer for Peace Proverbs 21:1-6, 10-13; Luke 8:19-31 As he prepared earlier today to head to Assisi for the 30th World Day of Prayer for Peace, Pope Francis said:  “We pray to the Lord, so that he gives us a heart of peace, beyond religious differences, because we are all children of God.  It is necessary to pray, even to cry for peace, with all the faithful united in the conviction that God is a God of peace.”  It...

“I came that they might have life, and have it to the full”

(John 10:10- Theme from World Youth Day, 1993)   “A thousand years in your eyes are merely a day gone by…”, so says the Psalmist in Psalm 90. It hasn’t been a thousand years, but thirty years has certainly swept by since Pope Saint John Paul II instituted the first World Youth Day in Rome in 1986. Over the course of these thirty years I have only been able to attend one of these great gatherings of faithful, in 1993 in Denver, Colorado. I still recall much of that week, some of it vividly, from 23 years ago. Having recently...

Amoris Laetitia: Evolution Not Revolution

Thursday of the 3rd Week of Easter Last Friday, the Holy See released Pope Francis’ latest apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia or The Joy of Love.  It’s his reflection on the work of the Synod on the Family, an engaging and sometimes contentious process that sought to consider and address the many challenges faced by married couples and families throughout the world.  A lot of attention in the press (religious as well as secular) has been on how the document deals with “hot button” issues like communion for divorced Catholics, contraception and same-sex marriage....

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