Pope Francis' Christmas Eve Homily

December 28, 2015

Rome, Italy, December 24, 2015 -- Here is a Vatican translation of the text of the homily Pope Francis gave this evening when he celebrated Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Square.

Leader of US Bishops Responds to Failure to Pass 'Abortion Non-Discrimination Act'

December 28, 2015

Washington, D.C., December 23, 2015 -- Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, today released a statement in response to the government's failure to pass legislation to protect conscience rights. Here is the full text of his statement:

Mother Teresa's Miracle

December 28, 2015

Rome, Italy, December 22, 2015 -- “My professional experience has placed me many times before events that are difficult to explain from the scientific point of view, but what happened in 2008 to a Brazilian engineer is truly incredible,” said Professor Carlo Jovine, official expert of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, primary neurologist at the Saint John the Baptist Hospital of the Order of Malta.

ANALYSIS: Marriage and Religious Freedom: Consequences of Recognizing Same-Sex Couples

December 21, 2015

Rome, Italy, December 20, 2015 -- One of the big events of 2015 was the decision by the United States Supreme Court in the Obergefell v. Hodges case that upheld the decision to allow same-sex marriage.

FORUM: The Face of Mercy in Calcutta’s Gutters: Mother Teresa to Be Proclaimed a Saint

December 21, 2015

Rome, Italy, December 18, 2018 -- Blessed Teresa of Calcutta will be proclaimed a saint in 2016. On Thursday afternoon, Pope Francis authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate a decree regarding a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Teresa (nee Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu). The Pope’s approval for these decrees came during a private audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato SDB, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

FORUM: The Spiritual Master Pope Francis Wants You to Read

December 21, 2015

Los Angeles, CA, December 16, 2015 -- This year marks the 750th anniversary of the birth of the great Catholic poet Dante Alighieri. Michelangelo reverenced Dante, as did Longfellow, Dorothy Sayers, and T.S. Eliot. In fact, it was Eliot who commented, "Dante and Shakespeare divide the world between them. There is no third." One of Bob Dylan's finest songs, "Tangled Up in Blue," contains a reference to Dante: "She opened up a book of poems, handed it to me/ It was written by an Italian poet from the 13th century/ And every one of those words rang true and glowed like burning coal/ Pouring off of every page like it was written in my soul."

FEATURE: Create in Me a Clean Heart -- Free From Pornography

December 14, 2015

Washington, D.C., December 8, 2015 -- In their recent Fall meeting, the U.S. Bishops brought renewed attention to a wound many individuals and families are facing: pornography. In their letter, Create in Me a Clean Heart, the bishops call for greater pastoral care regarding this issue, on a local and national level.

Pope Urges Faithful to Be Embraced by God's Mercy Which Pardons Everything

December 14, 2015

Vatican City, December 8, 2015 -- "Let's not be afraid: let us allow ourselves to be embraced by the mercy of God that waits for us and pardons everything. Nothing is sweeter than His mercy. Let's let ourselves be caressed by God: He is so good, the Lord, and He pardons everything."

God Is Stubbornly Offering Salvation, Says Pope

December 14, 2015

Rome, Italy, December 6, 2015 -- God wants to free us from the slavery of sin so badly that he’s downright stubborn in offering salvation, Pope Francis says.

Imam Joins Dominican Friar in Fight Against Christian Persecution in Pakistan

December 7, 2015

Pakistan, December 03, 2015 -- In taking interreligious dialogue to the next level, they make a unique pair: Imam Syed Muhammad Abdul Khabir Azad, who heads the second largest mosque in Pakistan, with room for 100,000 worshippers—the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore—and Father James Channan, OP, the director of Lahore’s Peace Center. Side-by-side, they are actively fighting the discrimination and persecution of Christians in Pakistan.

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