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Parish guide on ecology provides ideas to combat climate change

ARLINGTON, Va.—In his encyclical “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home,” Pope Francis does not mince words: “Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience.” But what does living that vocation look like […]


Archbishop urges forgiveness at Father Hamel’s funeral

ROUEN, France—During the Aug. 2 funeral Mass for Father Jacques Hamel, killed a week earlier by men claiming allegiance to the Islamic State, Archbishop Dominique Lebrun of Rouen stressed the need for forgiveness. “As brutal and unfair and horrible as (Father) Jacques’ death was, we have to look deep into our hearts to find the […]


Pope names six women, six men to study women deacons

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis has appointed six men and six women to a commission to study the issue of women deacons, particularly their ministry in the early church. In addition to the 12 members named Aug. 2, the pope tapped Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer, secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, to serve […]


‘Evangelical moment’: World Youth Day often fosters vocations

KRAKOW, Poland—In a giant circus tent on Piastowska Street, next to the Jagiellonian University’s sports center, a rock band wound up its full-volume refrain against a dazzling background of lights and streamers. In the foreground, more than 3,000 young people settled on the ground, as Archbishop Christopher Prowse of Canberra, Australia, started his address. “At […]


No room for benchwarmers, make history, pope tells youth at vigil

KRAKOW, Poland—Pope Francis told young people they are not called to be couch potatoes, living boring lives, but should leave their mark in history and not let others determine their future. Like a soccer match, life “only takes players on the first string and has no room for benchwarmers,” the pope young people at the […]


Don’t tuck life away, take risks, pope tells young people

KRAKOW, Poland—Take risks and do not let life’s obstacles get in the way of encountering the true joy and life that Jesus can give, Pope Francis told more than 1 million young people. “Don’t be afraid to say ‘yes’ to him with all your heart, to respond generously and to follow him,” the pope told […]


Pope pays tribute to Holocaust victims in silence, prayer

OSWIECIM, Poland—Sitting with head bowed and eyes closed, Pope Francis paid silent tribute to the victims of one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century. The pope arrived July 29 at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, an area now blanketed by green fields and empty barracks lined by barbed wire fences, remnants […]


The humble speak for God, Pope Francis says at Czestochowa

CZESTOCHOWA, Poland—Those who embrace their own littleness become the “spokespersons” of God, Pope Francis said during Mass at the shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, celebrating the 1050 anniversary of Poland becoming a Christian nation. It was the first major event of the pope’s trip to the country for the 31st World Youth Day. “To […]


Reflections from Krakow from seminarian Rhett Williams

Editor’s note: What follows are impressions and observations from Diocese of Charleston seminarian Rhett Williams from his group’s first day in Krakow for World Youth Day 2016. KRAKOW—Today was the first day that most of the foreign contingents were actually all present in Krakow. It was also our day to do a walking tour of […]


Spread message of divine mercy, Krakow cardinal says at WYD opening

KRAKOW, Poland—St. John Paul II’s former secretary urged young Catholics to share their faith, experiences and hopes and spread a “message of divine mercy” worldwide during World Youth Day. “We come from every nation under heaven, like those who came in great numbers to Jerusalem on Pentecost Day, but there are incomparably more of us […]


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