Pope Francis' Message for Lent
VATICAN, Lent 2016 -- Cardinal Francesco Montenegro, a member of the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum", explained that the Holy Father's Lenten Message is divided into three parts, focusing mercy in the light of the Word of God, insistence on the works of mercy and the relationship between Lent and the Jubilee itinerary. It is a short but inspiring document.


Pope Francis:
Adequate Preparation for Marriage
VATICAN, January 22, 2106 -- In the Clementine Hall today, Pope Francis received in audience the members of the Apostolic Tribunal of the Roman Rota for the inauguration of the Judicial Year, and reiterated to them that their ministry has always been of great help to the Successor of Peter, "so that the Church, inseparably linked to the family, continues to proclaim the plan of God the Creator and the Redeemer on the sacredness and beauty of the family institution. A mission that is always current, but of special relevance in our time". 


Pope Francis:
"The grace of God can ... offer mankind
a way out of humanly insoluble situations."
VATICAN, December  25, 2015 -- Read and share the Holy Father's beautiful words of hope and mercy. This is a wonderful reflection for times of darkness, as well as times of light.


Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia with Pope Francis.

Archbishop Chaput on the Synod:
‘Very Positive,’ but Not Problem-Free
VATICAN October 23, 2015 At this year’s Synod on the Family, Archbishop Charles Chaput might be dubbed “The Shepherd of Truth.”


The Saint and the Synod– 
John Paul II’s Legacy
Still Seen in Church Teaching
VATICAN, October 22, 2015 -- Though it has been more than 10 years since the death of Pope John Paul II, the saint’s impact can still be seen in those working to uphold Church teaching at the Synod on the Family, said his former secretary.


Pope Francis: Let Yourself be
Transformed by the Eucharist
VATICAN, August 16, 2015 -- On Sunday Pope Francis said that the Eucharist is no mere symbol, but is in fact the true body and blood of Jesus Christ, which has the ability to transform our hearts and minds to be more like him.


A Voice Missing from the Synod:
Faithful Catholics with
Same-sex Attraction
DETROIT, MI, August 13, 2015 -- When presenters addressed last year’s Synod of Bishops to discuss challenges facing the family, there was one group who voice was absent – those with same-sex attraction living chastely.


Pope: Divorce and Remarriage
Contradicts the Sacrament, but
Church Always Reaches 
VATICAN, August 5, 2015 -- Echoing his predecessors on the need to care for divorced and remarried persons, Pope Francis said Christians should help these persons integrate into the community rather than treating them as though they are excommunicated.


Think the Human Person is
Nothing Special?
Think Again, Says Archbishop
KANSAS CITY, KS, August 5, 2015 -- Too many social trends treat the human person as nothing sacred, but Catholic pro-life efforts are part of an effort to change that, Los Angeles’ Archbishop Jose Gomez said last Wednesday.


Is Planned Parenthood
Altering Abortion Procedures to
Obtain Intact Body Parts?
WASHINGTON, DC, August 4, 2015 -- The latest in a series of undercover videos on Planned Parenthood shows an official from the organization saying that abortion procedures can be altered to obtain more “intact” fetal organs.


Pope: In Confession
We Encounter God's
Immense Mercy
VATICAN, August 2, 2015 -- Delivering his weekly Angelus address in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, Pope Francis said that while everyone feels shame before going to Confession, this grace helps us to be open to God’s forgiveness.


Archbishop to Priests:
Here's How to not Give
Bad Homilies
DETROIT, MI, July 16, 2015 -- In a practical bullet-pointed letter to priests and deacons, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit spelled out the types of people who attend Mass and how clergy can best speak to them.


Through an Even Darker Glass:
On Knocking the Popes for Socialism....
July 7, 2015 -- Catholic Culture's Dr. Jeff Mirus provides a provocative commentary about how conservative and liberal ideologies divide Catholics, while poorly understood Catholic social doctrine provides principles that should unite. The author encourages all of us to take a closer and more refined look at Church teaching in the context of today's issues-- always a good thing.


Where We Go From Here
“The Time for Defending Marriage is Over”
San Francisco, CA, June 22, 2015 – The Supreme Court ruled today that citizens have no right to define marriage exclusively as between a man and a woman. This effectively redefines marriage across the United States as an adult institution separated from the rights of children.  Regardless of the court’s decision, it is clear that marriage has already been redefined in the minds of a majority of Americans for some time, and that, according to Catholics for the Common Good Institute, is where we must now focus our energies to effectively take back marriage.  


Rueters Columnist Demonstrates
Universal Application of
Church Social Teaching Principles
June 24, 2015 -- Rueters columnist, Edward Hadas, provides a good discussion of principles of Catholic social teaching, in the context of the Pope's new encyclical, "Laudato Si." As one reads, also consider the debt we have to future children in defending their right to be born into a family with their mothers and fathers united in marriage and the debt to current children and young adults to enable them to discover the truth about love, sexuality, marriage and family. The author demonstrates the universal application of principles of social teaching.




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