Archive for October, 2015

Pope Francis Urges Nation’s Leaders to Work Together in a Renewed Spirit of Solidarity for the Common Good

Friday, October 9th, 2015

As the first pontiff to address a joint meeting of Congress, Pope Francis stood before lawmakers not as a politician, but as a pastor, like he did the day before with the President. He came to offer in these moments of encounter and dialogue “words of encouragement to those called to guide the nation’s political […] [Read more]

Religious Liberty is Intrinsic to Human Dignity

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

The Church this year commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Declaration on Religious Freedom, Dignitatis Humanae, by the Second Vatican Council. Today especially a renewed commitment to the fundamental principles affirmed in this eminent document is needed. One of the hallmarks of our nation, which is made up of many peoples from different backgrounds and […] [Read more]

Every Life is Worth Living

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

During Pope Francis’ visit to Washington, one of the most striking images was how the Holy Father’s love radiated whether he was greeting a head of state or a homeless person. His gestures, his words, his actions in every encounter proclaimed the truth that every life is worth living. As a gift from God, every […] [Read more]

Opening of the Synod of Bishops on the Family

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Though the World Meeting of Families is a triannual event, this year’s gathering in Philadelphia was particularly significant as it served as a joyful introduction to the most important themes of the XIV Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops which begins in Rome tomorrow and will end on October 25. We often hear Pope […] [Read more]

The Hope of Christ in the Face of Evil

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Yesterday, our nation received the news of another mass shooting, this one leaving nine people dead, plus the gunman. The victims of this act of horrific violence in Oregon were not chosen at random. Witnesses at the community college where the carnage took place report that Christians were targeted for killing. The rampage reminds us […] [Read more]

Simple and Ordinary Acts of Love Renew the World

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Some of the clearest expressions of the Gospel come from young people and so whenever I encounter them, I cannot help but be encouraged. Whether it is meeting with school children, teenagers at the Youth Rally and Mass for Life, or dinner with college students, I see in them a special vibrancy as they search […] [Read more]