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Faithful help departed souls enter heaven through prayer

The commemoration of all the faithful departed is celebrated by the Church on Nov. 2, or, if this falls on a Sunday or a solemnity, the feast is celebrated on Nov. 3. The Office of the Dead must be recited by the clergy on this day, and all the Masses are to be of Requiem except […]


Desire to honor martyrs leads to All Saints Day

The Solemnity of All Saints is celebrated on the first of November. It was instituted to honor all of the saints, both known and unknown, and, according to Pope Urban IV, to supply any deficiencies in the faithful’s celebration of saints’ feasts during the year. In the early days of the Church, Christians would honor the anniversary of […]


Thoughts on Halloween and how it can point you to heaven

Halloween. It is a curious phenomenon, isn’t it? An annual holiday, sanctioned and monitored by local governments all over the country, that celebrates death with a creepy display of ghosts, corpses, headstones, and skeletons … What gives? Where does such a “celebration” come from in the human psyche? Holiday, of course, means “holy day.” And […]


Pope: Heaven isn’t a ‘fairy tale’ – it’s an embrace with God

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis spoke about the hope Christians have at the end of life, which is found in God’s promise to be with us at the moment of our death, and to give us eternal life with him in heaven. “Paradise is not a fairy tale, nor is it an enchanted garden. Paradise is an […]


Communion, not competition, is key to job growth, pope says

VATICAN CITY—Working for economic growth based on increased consumption without concern for creating dignified jobs and protecting the environment “is a bit like riding a bicycle with a flat tire: It’s dangerous,” Pope Francis said. The dignity of workers and the health of the environment “are mortified when workers are just a line on a […]


HHS looks into removing barriers to program funding for religious groups

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Oct. 25 that it is looking for ways to ensure that faith-based and religious groups are not blocked from receiving HHS funding for their programs. The department’s Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs issued what is called a request for […]


Pope Francis to celebrate the first World Day of the Poor

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis will celebrate a special Mass with the poor and people who assist them Nov. 19, the first World Day of the Poor. After the 2015-16 Year of Mercy, the pope established the day to encourage new initiatives fostering encounter, friendship, solidarity and concrete assistance to the poor. Pope Francis is scheduled to […]


Starving children are innocent victims of humanity’s greed, pope says

VATICAN CITY—Thousands of starving children around the world today are innocent victims sacrificed upon the altar of the god of money because of humanity’s greed and attachment to wealth, Pope Francis said. In his homily at Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae Oct. 23, Pope Francis said the day’s Gospel reading of the parable of […]


In Caribbean, church agencies help as process of rebuilding begins

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic—Caribbean islands decimated during a disastrous hurricane season are starting the long, costly process of rebuilding, even as aid agencies are assisting thousands of families left homeless by the storms. Bishop Robert Llanos, apostolic administrator of the Diocese of St. John’s-Basseterre, said the Catholic Church is coordinating shipments of construction equipment for […]


Faith brings hope even at moment of death, pope says

VATICAN CITY—Christians can find hope even at the hour of death, which faith teaches is not a closed door but a wide-open passage to a new life with Christ, Pope Francis said. While all men and women are “small and helpless in front of the mystery of death,” Jesus’ victory over death assures Christians of […]


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