Posts Tagged ‘Pope Francis’

Helping Young People in the Life of Faith

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

As we move through the Easter Season, our Mass readings tell the wonderful story of the growth of the Church through the preaching of the first Apostles. That Gospel mission continues today and all the baptized, including young people, are called to be missionary disciples. Now Pope Francis has called a Synod of Bishops to […] [Read more]

Moses and the Exodus, the Mighty Deeds of God and Us

Monday, March 20th, 2017

To better understand our Lenten journey of hope toward the Risen Jesus, Pope Francis said in his general audience on Ash Wednesday that we must refer to the fundamental experience of the first Passover and the Exodus from Egypt, which prefigured our definitive salvation in Christ and is made present again in the Eucharistic sacrifice. […] [Read more]

Embracing the Mercy of God during Lent

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Yesterday we celebrated the fourth anniversary of the election of Pope Francis as Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ and Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church. The Gospel for the day, Monday of the Second Week of Lent, was from Saint Luke where it is recorded that, “Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Be merciful, […] [Read more]

Celebrating the Election of Pope Francis: Four Years Later

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Four years ago today, as a result of an ancient process of prayer, silent reflection and an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected Bishop of Rome and thus Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, also called Servant of the Servants of God, and became […] [Read more]

Happy Birthday Pope Francis!

Friday, December 16th, 2016

Eighty years ago, on December 17, 1936, Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Little could his working class Italian immigrant parents, Mario and Regina, have imagined that their infant son would grow up to be the 265th Successor of Saint Peter and first pope from the New World, taking the name “Francis.” […] [Read more]

The Enduring Impact of the Papal Visit

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Nationals Park will always bring back special memories of Pope Benedict XVI’s Mass there in 2008, shortly after it opened. The cheering crowd of 50,000 people in their diversity offered the Holy Father a view of the face of the Church in America, and he stretched out his arms as if to embrace them and […] [Read more]

Celebrating the First Anniversary of the Apostolic Visit of Pope Francis

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

The visit of Pope Francis one year ago, September 22-24, was electrifying, jubilant and a moment of grace for our local Church, the greater metropolitan community and our nation. Excitement for the Vicar of Christ among us was evident everywhere he went.  It began when his plane landed and he was greeted with cheers and […] [Read more]

Pope Francis in Graduation Season

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

If his schedule would allow it – and it is safe to say, it does not – Pope Francis would probably be the most in-demand commencement speaker in the world, sought out by colleges and universities, and probably high schools and elementary schools too, Catholic and non-Catholic, private and public alike. In this season when […] [Read more]

The Witness of Love

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

“Do you love me?” It was just a few weeks ago on Good Friday that we heard Peter’s three-time denial of Jesus while the Lord was being condemned to death. On Sunday at Mass, we picked up the story a couple of weeks after Christ rose from the dead. In the Gospel reading, we hear […] [Read more]

The Zika Virus and the Abortion Contagion

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

An unfortunate side-effect of the Zika virus epidemic has been the eagerness of abortion advocates to spread their pro-abortion contagion to Latin American countries trying to address this public health crisis in a constructive manner. As Pope Francis made clear during his February 18 flight back to Rome from his pastoral visit to Mexico, “Abortion […] [Read more]