Pope Francis: Humility is childlike, not theatrical

AUDIENCE—Pope Francis kissed a child in St. Peter’s Square for the general audience, Dec. 9, 2015. (Photo by Daniel Ibanez/CNA)
AUDIENCE—Pope Francis kissed a child in St. Peter’s Square for the general audience. (Photo by Daniel Ibanez/CNA)

Christians must pursue true humility as they remember the “smallness” of Christmas, Pope Francis said in a recent homily.

“Humility is the virtue of the childlike and this is true humility and not a rather theatrical humility: no, not that: the humility of somebody who said: ‘I am humble but proud of being so.’ No, that is not true humility,” the Pope warned. Read more

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Lone Jesus statue survived Tennessee wildfires

LONE SURVIVOR AMID RUBBLE—A statue of Christ in East Tennessee. (Credit: Zwiebackesser via Shutterstock)
LONE SURVIVOR AMID RUBBLE—A statue of Christ in East Tennessee. (Credit: Zwiebackesser via Shutterstock)

As devastating wildfires continue to burn in East Tennessee, a startling discovery was made.

On Thursday, CNN said that one of its affiliate reporters had found a statue of Jesus in the remains of a burnt-down house in Sevier County. The statue was the only thing standing amid the rubble. Read more

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Humanitarian needs going unmet in Iraq, Catholic leaders tell Congress

IRAQ DEVASTATION—Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre visited a refugee camp in Dawodiya, Iraq, April 10, 2016. (Credit: Elise Harris/CNA.)
IRAQ DEVASTATION—Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre visited a refugee camp in Dawodiya, Iraq, April 10, 2016. (Credit: Elise Harris/CNA.)

Given new and expanded humanitarian crises in Iraq and elsewhere, Congress should respond generously to a request to approve additional aid funding, the US bishops and Catholic Relief Services leaders have said in a letter.

“As we have already learned in Iraq, individuals, communities, and countries divided by war face significant challenges amidst their suffering. They must rebuild their communities, and establish inclusive governance that protects majorities and minorities,” the letter said. Read more

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Pope’s December prayer intentions


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Universal: End to Child-Soldiers
That the scandal of child-soldiers may be eliminated the world over.

Evangelization: Europe
That the peoples of Europe may rediscover the beauty, goodness, and truth of the Gospel which gives joy and hope to life.

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As Election Day nears

Thoughts from our shepherds,
plus a prayer to the Blessed Mother

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Obligations for Catholic voters


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Catholic voters should acknowledge the following 10 obligations and guidelines when considering their ballots:

1. “In the Catholic tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue; participation in the political process is a moral obligation. Every believer is called to faithful citizenship, to become an informed, active, and responsible participant in the political process.”1 An informed vote by a Catholic is one that is guided by the authentic moral and social teaching of the Catholic faith.

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