Following a request by Pope Francis, the Vatican issued a decree specifying that the Holy Thursday foot-washing ritual can include “all members of the people of God,” including women — a practice already observed by the pope and many priests around the world.
The Diocese of El Paso has scrapped plans for a border Mass that would have taken place at the same time as the closing Mass of Pope Francis’ Feb. 12-17 visit to Mexico.
The annual March for Life, set for Jan. 22, will convene in a new location in the nation’s capital for the traditional midday rally.
As part of his personal observance of the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis made an unannounced, “private” visit to a retirement home and to a group home for people in a persistent vegetative state, the Vatican said.
A homeless woman was offered a place to stay at a Vatican women’s shelter after she gave birth to a baby girl near the colonnade surrounding St. Peter’s Square, the Vatican spokesman said.
Perhaps it was merely coincidence.
Or perhaps not.
Don’t fall for hate and fearmongering from others; make new friends instead and always help and show concern for others, Pope Francis told the world’s teens.
The Italian comedian talking about a new Pope Francis book was not joking when he said being a minister of God’s mercy can have social and political implications.
The U.S. Supreme Court Jan. 12 said the state of Florida’s death penalty system is unconstitutional because it allows judges, rather than juries, to determine whether a convicted criminal should get a death sentence.
Although President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address Jan. 12 hit a fair amount of key Catholic issues, it did not go into detail on them.