No date for a canonization ceremony was announced, but it is likely that the two popes will be canonized together, possibly “by the end of the year.”
Publication of the encyclical titled “Lumen Fidei” (“The Light of Faith”) was one of the most awaited events of the Year of Faith which began last October.
The stability of the church requires that it be built on Jesus, but its beauty and strength also rely on the contributions of each and every Christian, Pope Francis said.
Christianity isn’t a school for teaching a superficial form of being nice to everyone, but it’s also not a boot camp where everything is rigidity, rules and long faces, Pope Francis said.
Christians have “far to go” if they seek to be known primarily for their love of God and neighbor, Pope Francis said.
A church that is rich and lacking in praise for the Lord is an old, lifeless church that neglects the true treasure of God’s free gift of grace and salvation, Pope Francis said in a morning homily.
Pope Francis ditched a 1,250-word prepared speech to students saying it would be “a tad boring” to read out loud and opted instead to just quickly hit the high points and spend the rest of the time answering people’s questions.
The Boy Scouts of America’s National Council voted May 23 to allow openly homosexual youths admittance as members into the 103-year-old organization, effective Jan. 1, 2014.
The horror of war, the valor of peacemaking and the gift of the Eucharist were on Pope Francis’ mind June 2, the day Italy celebrates its establishment as a republic and the day most dioceses around the world celebrated the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ.
All Catholics must ask themselves what they personally have done lately to build up the holiness of the church and ensure people feel welcomed and loved in it, Pope Francis said.
The key problem in everyone’s relationship with God is not that they sin, but that they are not ashamed of their sin and don’t ask forgiveness, Pope Francis said.