A top Vatican official received a ransom demand for the return of Renaissance-era documents by the artist Michelangelo.
The number of women working for Vatican City State has nearly doubled in the past 10 years, while the number of women in leadership positions in the Roman Curia remains low, with only two women serving as undersecretaries.
After going to confession, Catholics should perform a “corporal work of mercy” by inviting someone else to receive the sacrament, said a top Vatican official who deals with matters relating to conscience.
Four nationally circulated Catholic publications called for abolishing the death penalty in the United States in a jointly published editorial.
“The fathers of the Bible” — those, like Abraham, Jacob, Isaac, Moses and David — who God chose to lead his people, “are all shepherds of sheep,” in the real sense that they spent years with staff in hand feeding, protecting and caring for wooly ruminants, said Sister Elena Bosetti, a member of the Sisters of Jesus Good Shepherd.
“Worldliness transforms souls, it makes (people) lose touch with reality: They live in a fake world they have made,” he said March 5 in his homily at a morning Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives.
Pope Francis is expected to canonize Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, during the world Synod of Bishops on the family in October.
Sister Barbara experienced Selma firsthand a half century ago. A native St. Louisan and sister for nine years, she traveled with a delegation of women religious, priests and ministers from Kansas City — it was her first plane ride — and spent three days in Selma March 12-14, 1965.
The head of Vatican security said Islamic State militants have threatened the Vatican, but there are no indications of any planned attack.
Catholics should go to confession, the pope said, because everyone needs forgiveness for their sins, for the ways “we think and act contrary to the Gospel.”
Religious leaders from across the faith spectrum gathered Feb. 20 at the Capitol to seek action to combat climate change and to mitigate its effects, whether it be at the federal level or in local communities.