Mercy Isn’t a Way of Life, But the Way of Life, Says Pope in Final Meditation for Priests

June 2, 2016

June 2, 2016 -- Being merciful, and especially for a priest, is not about doing isolated acts of mercy. Being merciful, instead, is not only “a way of life”, but “the way of life”. There is no other way of being a priest.

Pope: Trinity Is a Model for How to Live Relationships

May 23, 2016

May 22, 2016 -- The Trinity is not just a mystery to adore, but a model for how to interact in all our relationships, from friends to family to coworkers.

Pope’s Morning Homily: Jesus Is Understanding, But Doesn’t ‘Negotiate’ With Truth

May 23, 2016

May 20, 2016 -- Jesus does not negotiate with the truth.

Pope on Pentecost: ‘Being God’s Children Is in Our DNA’

May 16, 2016

May 15, 2016 -- More than any other characteristic, joining our lives completely to the Lord is what makes us true Christians. Pope Francis stressed this as he closed out the Easter Season this Pentecost Sunday in the Vatican.

Pope’s Pentecost Homily

May 16, 2016

May 15, 2016 -- Below is the Vatican-provided translation of Pope Francis’ homily for Pentecost Sunday during Mass this morning in St. Peter’s Basilica:

Pope’s Summer Calendar Includes Mother Teresa’s Canonization

May 16, 2016

May 13, 2015 -- Two canonization ceremonies, including that of Mother Teresa of Kolkata, and two foreign visits are among the highlights of the schedule of Pope Francis in the coming months.   The Office for the Liturgical Celebration of the Surpreme Pointiff on Friday released the Pope’s June- 4 September schedule.

Pope: We Should Leave Mass Today With a Message

May 9, 2016

May 8, 2016 -- After the Ascension, the disciples returned to Jerusalem unafraid, despite the violence they had witnessed in that city. In the same way, says Pope Francis, Christians can dwell in any city of the world, even the most violent, because above every one of those cities is the same heaven, and there, we can raise our eyes in hope.

ANALYSIS: Religion and Race

May 9, 2016

April 21, 2016 -- Couples from minority groups are more likely to enjoy stronger and happier married lives if they are religiously committed. This is the conclusion of a recent book, “Soul Mates: Religion, Sex, Love, and Marriage Among African Americans and Latinos” (Oxford University Press).

Bill Nye Is Not the Philosophy Guy

May 9, 2016

April 5, 2016 -- Reliable sources have informed me that for the millennial generation Bill Nye is a figure of great importance, due to his widely-watched program from the 1990s called “Bill Nye the Science Guy.” Evidently, he taught a large swath of American youth the fundamentals of experimental science and became for them a sort of paragon of reason. Well, I’ll take their word for it.

Pope Francis Suggests a Prayer for Before Reading Scripture

May 2, 2016

May 1, 2016 -- Pope Francis today spoke about Jesus’ gift of the Holy Spirit, reminding the faithful that we are not alone since the Spirit always accompanies us.

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