In the teaching of Pope Francis, the purpose of dialogue is not to achieve a homogenized unity, but to move humbly, with respect, toward a community and a world where differences are not threatening, but enriching and therefore cannot be manipulated by those who want to sow fear, hatred and violence. Read More
Police invaded Catholic churches and fired tear gas during Mass in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday as protests against the rule of President Joseph Kabila intensified.
One witness at St. Michael’s Church in central Kinshasa told AFP that officers broke up the Mass and arrested altar boys, still in their liturgical robes, who had been protesting against the president.
“While we were praying, the soldiers and the police entered the church compound and fired teargas at the church,” he said.
Another added: “People fell, first-aiders are resuscitating old ladies who have fallen” – but the priest continued saying Mass. Read More
Americans must recommit to the fight against racism through love and faith, said the head of the U.S. bishops’ conference in the days leading up to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
“In recent years – including last summer in Charlottesville – we have glimpsed an appalling truth that lurks beneath the surface of our culture. Even with all the progress our country has made on the issue, racism remains a living reality,” said Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, in a Jan. 10 statement. Read More
New Orleans Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu presented "The New Orleans Legend Award" to Council #52's Clarence A. Becknell, Sr. on Thursday, December 14, 2017. "The New Orleans Legends Awards recognizes living individuals whose exceptional accomplishments have contributed to the unique identity of New Orleans and her people," said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. "While we will create opportunities to honor those leaders and trailblazers who are no longer with us, we are privileged to honor those who have been not only an important part of making New Orleans the city she is today, but who also laid the foundation upon which we will build our future."
Severe poverty in Haiti and the scourge of diabetes are two problems that will be attacked with renewed vigor, thanks to Carrington Guillory and Kennedy Wiltz, who were elected leaders of the Junior Knights and Junior Daughters, the respective junior divisions of the Knights of Peter Claver and Ladies Auxiliary. Read More
Is lying wrong? Is it still — as Catholics would say — a sin?
Absolutely, say theologians and ethicists. As parents throughout history have pointed out, just because everybody's doing it, doesn't make it right.
The Catholic ethical tradition is clear that lying is morally wrong, and actually maintains that it is wrong in all situations, although some ethicists see some distinctions. But all agree that the consequences of lying are especially serious when done by leaders of social institutions, such as government, media or even churches. Read More
Thousands of Catholic leaders from all walks of life will ring in the new year at the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) SLS Leadership Conference, which will offer five days of fellowship and evangelical instruction in the heart of Chicago, IL.
“Sometimes it can feel lonely trying to reach those in the world who seem too busy and distracted to realize God’s love for them,” said Paul DeBuff, a previous conference attendee.
“The FOCUS SLS Conference not only gave me practical tools to help me reach the world around me for Christ, but it also encouraged me that I was not alone in this effort to make disciples of all nations,” he told CNA. Read More
Do not wait to begin living out your vocation, Pope Francis said on Monday, encouraging people to stop making excuses for not answering God’s call to share in his mission in a particular way.
“The joy of the Gospel, which makes us open to encountering God and our brothers and sisters, does not abide our slowness and our sloth,” the Pope said in a message released Dec. 4. Read More