Tagged: Francis

“Father, Forgive Them”

In his homily for Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, Pope Francis reflected on Christ’s words at the crucifixion: The mantra “save yourself” collides with the words of the Saviour who offers his self. Like his adversaries, Jesus speaks three...

“Father, Forgive Them”

Humility and Mercy to Heal the World

In his prayer for the consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Pope Francis lamented the collective sins of our world. We can’t see ourselves as free of guilt; we have all fallen. He said: Yet...

Humility and Mercy to Heal the World

Pope Francis on Evangelization and Christian Unity

As many of our readers know, Pope Francis has been in the middle of an Apostolic Visitation to Greece and Cyprus. I apologize for not discussing it here sooner, but I finally got caught up on his speeches and homilies...

Pope Francis on Evangelization and Christian Unity

Laudato Si and the Unity of All Things

In Laudato Si, Pope Francis writes: It cannot be emphasized enough how everything is interconnected. Time and space are not independent of one another, and not even atoms or subatomic particles can be considered in isolation. Just as the different...

Laudato Si and the Unity of All Things

Francis on Synod: “Open to the Newness of God”

This past Sunday, Pope Francis opened the Synod of Bishops in Rome at St. Peter’s Basilica. This year and for the coming two years, the Synod will be reflecting on the role of synodality in the life of the Church,...

Francis on Synod: “Open to the Newness of God”

What did Pope Francis say about the Law?

Reuters recently reported that some Israeli rabbis had written the Vatican to express their “distress” about one line from Pope Francis’s recent addresses on Galatians: “The Law, however, does not give life.” According to Reuters, the rabbis worry that this...

What did Pope Francis say about the Law?

Pope Francis: Vaccination Is an Act of Love

Thanks to God’s grace and to the work of many, we now have vaccines to protect us from COVID-19. Last week, Pope Francis headlined an Ad Council public service announcement for the coronavirus vaccine, titled “Unity Across the Americas.” Designed...

Pope Francis: Vaccination Is an Act of Love

Prayer Is a Prerequisite for Holiness

In the United States, a pervasive intellectualism continues its stranglehold on Catholics, thwarting our flourishing. Again and again, we hear the need for  “doctrinal clarity,” or about how Pope Francis is “confusing.” Many seem to believe that being clear-minded and...

Prayer Is a Prerequisite for Holiness

The Church Must Apologize to Canada’s First Nations

On May 27, the CBC reported that the bodies of 215 First Nations children had been discovered buried under the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia. The school was run by the Catholic religious order the Missionary Oblates...

The Church Must Apologize to Canada’s First Nations

Sometimes our prayers seem to go unheard

During his Wednesday Audience this week, as a part of his ongoing catechesis on prayer, Pope Francis confronted one of the most difficult questions that face Christians: “if God is Father, why does He not listen to us? He who...

Sometimes our prayers seem to go unheard