An organization called WorldPriest is offering a pilgrimage for priests and their parishioners and friends from around the world to experience the cultural heritage and spirituality of the Emerald Isle as part of “Gathering Ireland 2013.”
“Francis of Assisi tells us we should work to build peace. But there is no peace without truth! There cannot be true peace if everyone is his own criterion, if everyone can always claim exclusively his own rights, without at the same time caring for the good of others, of everyone, on the basis of the nature that unites every human being on this earth.”
— Pope Francis, speaking March 22 to the Vatican diplomatic corps
In his book “Faith That Transforms Us: Reflections on the Creed,” Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl encourages Catholics to pray, reflect and then act on the Nicene Creed that they recite at each Mass.
Reaction from Rome
According to the pope
Reaction from Rome
Reaction from around the U.S.
Pope Francis has decided to celebrate the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper in a Rome juvenile detention facility and wash the feet of some of the young detainees.
Pope Francis’ papal motto is based on the Gospel account of “The Call of St. Matthew,” the tax collector, in a homily given by St. Bede the Venerable.
When Pope Francis first appeared on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, Alejandra Hall was surprised to recognize a fellow Argentinian who used to regularly celebrate Mass and hear confessions at a cathedral located a few blocks from her childhood home in Buenos Aires.
WHEN THE WHITE SMOKE APPEARED: I was fortunate to be present in St. Peter’s square, and I stayed in the square to see Pope Francis appear on the balcony and address the crowd…
As his flight to Chicago was boarding on the afternoon of March 13, Jesuit Father Tim Manatt, president of Minneapolis-based Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, was glued to the waiting area monitor showing a still-empty papal balcony before the announcement of the new pope.
Pope Francis said that “as things got dangerous” in the conclave voting, he was sitting next to his “great friend,” Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes “who comforted me.”
Mass at Christ the Worker Parish in Buenos Aires is celebrated on a cement soccer pitch. There, parishioners sit on portable pews and relax on the embankment of an overpass; shipping containers soar over the fence behind the altar.