In moves criticized by Catholic immigration advocates as short-sighted and counterproductive, President Donald Trump in recent weeks has threatened to close the United States’ border with Mexico and cut direct aid to Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.
More than a few times throughout his six-year pontificate, Pope Francis has related how important he believes dialogue between youths and their elders to be, and in particular how essential it is for young people to be open to listening to and learning from the elderly.
This Lent, the faithful in the Diocese of Allentown, Pennsylvania, will read and reflect upon stories such as that of a 10-year-old boy from a devout Irish-Catholic family who was rewarded for doing well on a math test by being sent to the parish rectory to help a beloved priest count the Sunday collection.
was a hideous image: the top of One World Trade Center — a structure literally built on the ashes of men, women and children killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks — glowing pink in the New York City night sky Jan. 22 as a disturbing symbol of victory following the passage of the state’s abhorrent and profoundly misnamed Reproductive Health Act.
A high-level international meeting on clerical sexual abuse, summoned by Pope Francis to take place at the Vatican in February, is simultaneously generating high hopes and notably modest expectations concerning what it will — or won’t — accomplish.
On the Third Sunday of Advent, God gives us space to rejoice. Gaudete Sunday gets its name in Latin from the opening antiphons, taken from St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians, “Rejoice (Gaudete) in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice!. The Lord is near” (Phil 4:4-5).
On Dec. 25, Christians throughout the world will direct their eyes to the crèche, remembering the birth of our infant Lord. In Bethlehem, hidden from all except the poor and lowly, God has pitched his tent among us.