Author: Catholic News Agency
Peace cannot be built with walls, Pope Francis says in Bari
Pope Francis said Saturday that peace in the Middle East will never be achieved through division, violence or the pursuit of private interests, and called for negotiation on issues such as the status of Jerusalem and the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Pope Francis denounces silence in the face of injustice towards migrants
Pope Francis called on Catholics to speak out in the face of injustice towards migrants at a Mass commemorating the fifth anniversary of his trip to Lampedusa at St. Peter’s Basilica July 6.
Pope Francis asks Catholics to pray for their priests in July
In his latest prayer video, Pope Francis asked Catholics to dedicate the month of July to giving a spiritual gift to their pastors by praying for them, especially the priests who are tired or lonely.
Pope Francis: It’s time to rediscover amazement, surprise, gratitude
Pope Francis has said Christians should model the amazement, surprise and gratitude of Elizabeth and Zechariah — and their community — at the birth of their son, John.
Give space peace a chance, Holy See says
After U.S. President Donald Trump called Monday for a new military branch referred to as the “space force,” the Holy See has encouraged a unified, peaceful approach to space exploration.
On papal flight, Francis says intercommunion policy should be decided by diocesan bishops
Pope Francis said Thursday that the German bishops’ debate on the reception of the Eucharist by the non-Catholic spouses of Catholics, also referred to as intercommunion, should be decided by diocesan bishops, rather than bishops’ conferences.
Pope Francis: God works in mysterious ways – trust him
On Sunday Pope Francis compared the action of grace to the growth of seeds planted in a garden, saying God often works in ways that are both unknown and surprising, but which always bring fruit, and because of this it is important to always trust and never lose faith.
Pope says abortion of sick, disabled children reflects Nazi mentality
In a speech to a family association Saturday, Pope Francis again stressed that God’s vision of the family is between a man and a woman, and compared the abortion of children who are sick or disabled to a Nazi mentality.
Pope: Migrants should be protected, especially children and families
In a message to a gathering of Mexican politicians and diplomats from the Holy See, Pope Francis said the fundamental rights and dignity of migrants must be protected, and “particular concern must be shown for migrant children and their families.”
Pan-Amazonian synod doc leaves door open to married priests proposal
A preparatory document for next year’s Pan-Amazonian synod was released Friday, indicating that key themes for the meeting will be the role of women in the Church, the rights and traditions of indigenous people, and efforts to find “new ways” to provide greater access to the Eucharist.