As the US Senate begins to discuss health care reform, Card. Timothy M. Dolan of New York, Abp. William E. Lori of Baltimore, Bp. Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, and Bp. Joe S. Vásquez of Austin provided moral principles to help guide policymakers in their deliberations. Read more
MO Bishops statement in Spanish.
The recent executive order to turn away refugees and to narrow or close our nation’s doors to our migrant sisters and brothers who are fleeing hunger, hardships, violence and persecution does not represent the best of our Catholic and American values and ideals. As Catholics, we appreciate the concern shown to Christians, many of whom have been violently targeted because of their faith, murdered, and seen their churches destroyed, but we are disheartened and alarmed by actions that target and profile others because of the color of their skin, the language they speak, the religion they profess and the land they call home.
We understand and strongly support efforts to make our country safe from terrorism and violence. Every country has a right and a duty to protect its citizens and secure its borders. But our safety will not be achieved by isolation. America will be safer by seeking to create a more just and peaceful world. Read more
That all Christians may be faithful to the Lord’s teaching by striving with prayer and fraternal charity to restore ecclesial communion and by collaborating to meet the challenges facing humanity.
How is marriage a social justice issue? The family is the bedrock of society. Children come to understand who they are and how they fit into this world through their family relationships. Marriage between a man and a woman, that gives stability and permanence to their bond, is good for all of society especially for children. It sets an example of love and faithfulness, and provides a mother and a father to any children who come from their union, or to whom they open their home through adoption. Read more
The following is the full text of the letter the Holy Father Francis wrote to the bishops on the feast of the Holy Innocents, held on 28 December 2016: Read more
Below is the Vatican-provided text of Pope Francis’ Message for the 50th World Day of Peace, which is celebrated on January 1st, on the theme: ‘Nonviolence: A Style of Politics for Peace’ Read more
In a lengthy, in-depth speech to members of the Roman Curia Thursday, Pope Francis dug into what he said are the key guidelines of his ongoing reform, which in his view ought to focus primarily on conversion, unity, and streamlining the old process in order to meet modern needs.
Francis opened his annual Dec. 22 speech reflecting on how God humbled himself, making himself small and becoming a servant to mankind.
“At Christmas we are called to say ‘yes’ with our faith, not to the master of the universe, and not even to the most noble ideas, but precisely to this God who is the humble lover,” he said. Read more
Stephen Hawking’s visit to the Vatican the week of Nov. 28, has raised curiosity, with some asking what exactly the famed astrophysicist and self-proclaimed atheist was doing in the heart of the Catholic Church.
But for the Vatican, his visit was nothing out of the ordinary. Hawking is a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences—which includes 80 of the most brilliant scientists in the world—and he was in Vatican City for the group’s annual meeting. Read more
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
In his latest prayer video, which highlights his prayer intention for the month of December, Pope Francis focused on putting an end to the phenomenon of child-soldiers, which he called a “form of slavery.”
The video, published Dec. 1, shows a soldier suiting up for battle in the dark, boots, gun, and ammo included. When the soldier’s face is shown, it’s a young boy with the lower half of his face covered by a bandana. Read more