Posts Tagged ‘Pope Francis’

Beatitudes for bishops; a model for today’s pastor

Thursday, November 25th, 2021
Catholic Outlook

At the beginning of an Italian bishops’ conference plenary session, Pope Francis gave each a copy of a text called “The Beatitudes of the Bishop”. Originally written by the archbishop of Naples for his homily when ordaining three bishops last month, the eight “beatitudes of the bishop” loosely correspond with those spoken by Jesus in Read more

Pope asks young Catholics to be society’s critical conscience

Monday, November 22nd, 2021
America Magazine

Pope Francis urged young Catholics on Sunday to “be the critical conscience of society”. During his celebration of a Mass marking the 36th World Youth Day, Francis praised young people for their efforts to protect the Earth’s environment. Calling them “friends”, Francis told his young congregation “we are not here to be enchanted by the Read more

Most Holy Father

Monday, November 1st, 2021
Most holy father

Most Holy Father, Inspired by your messages on interdependence and sharing, we humbly bring to your attention the issue of vaccine inequality plaguing our planet and ask you to support action to address the unequal distribution of global vaccines between high and low-income countries. Over 6 billion doses have been administered worldwide, but 70% of Read more

White House Press Secretary tests positive for COVID-19

Monday, November 1st, 2021

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced Sunday she has tested positive for COVID-19. Last week, President Biden travelled to Europe for a meeting with Pope Francis, the G20 summit, and the COP26 climate talks. In a statement, Psaki said she remained in the United States because members of her household tested positive for COVID-19, Read more

Local people must be able to understand liturgical translations

Thursday, October 28th, 2021

Four years after Pope Francis modified canon law around translating the Mass, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, 22 October, published an executive decree formalizing the new process. Key in the decree is an emphasis on one of the fundamentals of communication; that people need to be able to understand what is being Read more

Greatness comes from serving others, says Pope

Thursday, October 21st, 2021

Jesus’s example shows us that greatness comes from serving others, Pope Francis says. Speaking to the crowd in St Peter’s Square after the Angelus on Sunday, Francis explained what he meant. Jesus opposes “worldly logic with his own: Instead of exalting yourself over others, get off your pedestal to serve them; instead of rising above Read more

NZ abortions on the rise

Monday, October 18th, 2021
Otago Daily Times

Changes to New Zealand legislation in March 2020 has resulted in a three per cent rise in abortions. After a decade of falling numbers, the Ministry of Health says 13,246 abortions were performed last year. This number compared to 12,857 in 2019 and 16,630 in 2010. The mean age of those having an abortion last Read more

Increased chaplaincy services needed at University

Monday, October 18th, 2021
Delphis Learning

A sharp increase in demand for mental health support has helped spur the University of Otago’s push to improve student support services. Counselling and chaplaincy services, especially for the university’s burgeoning Maori student population are in particular need of extra support. The costs of the additional services will be met from student fees. To achieve Read more

Pope blesses Colombian nun after four-year kidnapping ordeal

Thursday, October 14th, 2021
Catholic News Agency

A Colombian nun who was kidnapped over four years ago by Islamic jihadists in Mali met Pope Francis just 24 hours after her release last Saturday. Francis greeted Sister Gloria Cecilia Narváez Argoti on Sunday before celebrating Mass at the Vatican and blessed her after it. The Mass was part of the formal opening process Read more

Catholic bishop says protecting children overrules confessional secrecy

Thursday, October 14th, 2021
New Ways Ministry

In an abrupt volte-face, France’s top Catholic bishop says protecting children from sexual abuse overrules confessional secrecy, the RFIa French news and current affairs public radio station has reported. This remark made by Bishop Eric de Moulins-Beaufort (pictured) completely contradicts the comments he made last week when he suggested priests should not violate the confessional Read more