Monday, February 20, 2017

to love your enemies, prayer is a game-changer

Pope Francis: to love your enemies, prayer is a game-changer

The path to holiness and sainthood, Pope Francis said, requires imitating Christ by loving our enemies and praying for those who wrong us even when it is difficult.

Pope prays for victims of terrorist attacks in Iraq and Pakistan

By Hannah Brockhaus
After leading the Angelus Sunday, Pope Francis prayed for all those affected by violence and war around the world, particularly the victims of recent terrorist attacks in Pakistan and Iraq, asking pilgrims to offer a moment of silence before leading them in praying the ‘Hail Mary.’

Florist who lost religious liberty case says all freedoms are at stake

By Matt Hadro
A Washington florist fined for not serving a same-sex wedding out of conscience says the state's supreme court “violated” her freedoms by ruling against her on Thursday.

How the possible Vatican-China agreement could be problematic

By Matt Hadro
The archbishop emeritus of Hong Kong expressed serious concerns about a possible agreement between the Vatican and China on the appointing of bishops.

Want to reach humanity? Be open to God's grace, Pope says

The Christian mission today means facing new challenges with simplicity, holiness, and openness to God, Pope Francis told an audience with the Marian Fathers on Saturday.

More state legislatures recognizing pornography is harmful

Virginia could become the third state to officially recognize the harmful effects of pornography.

Pope Francis encourages meeting of popular movements in California

Pope Francis on Friday sent a message of encouragement to the hundreds of religious and community leaders participating in a meeting of popular movements being held this week in California.

Muslim refugee hails Pope Francis as the example of religion

By Hannah Brockhaus
Nur Essa, a Muslim Syrian woman whose family was brought to Rome from Lesbos by Pope Francis last April, said that the openness he has shown to those of different faiths has deeply impressed her.

Catholic thinker Michael Novak remembered with gratitude

The theologian, philosopher and Catholic commentator Michael Novak died Friday, drawing remembrances for his insights and influence on religion in public life.

Pakistan mourns victims of terrorist attacks

Pakistanis are mourning those killed and wounded in a series of terrorist attacks which have taken place this week in the country, including one on a Sufi shrine that left more than 80 people dead.

Integration key to quelling fear of migrants, Pope Francis says

by Elise Harris
On Friday Pope Francis paid a visit to Rome’s “Roma Tre” university, stressing to students the importance of dialogue, listening and integration in putting an end to the fear that can at times be generated in the face of welcoming new migrants. 

How one organization hopes to revolutionize orphanages

By Hannah Brockhaus
The Catholic Church puts a lot of effort into having excellent schools and hospitals, but what about its orphanages? For Caroline Boudreaux, conditions in orphanages are too often overlooked – something we all have the ability and opportunity to help change.

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