Pope Francis

Spending Time With My Spiritual Father

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I write these words from the Eternal City of Rome, whither I’ve come with my brother bishops from Region 11 (California, Nevada, and Hawaii) for our ad limina visit. This is a regular and canonically required trip to pray at the limina apostolorum (the threshold of the Apostles), the tombs of Saints Peter and Paul, and to meet with the successor of Peter. Yesterday […]

Celebrate your Baptism

"The Baptism" (detail) by Pietro Longhi [Public domain]

“See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are.” (1 John 3:1) Almost every year on the upcoming feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Pope Francis encourages Christians to celebrate the day of their baptism. “The celebration of Jesus’ baptism invites every Christian to remember his […]

Surrender Your Life to Jesus and His Divine Mercy

Vilnius Image of Divine Mercy (detail) by Kazimierowski

Jesus Asks for the Feast of the Divine Mercy Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen! Jesus loves you so much! He desires you to be washed in His mercy so you can be in communion with Him. Jesus appeared to a young Polish girl, St. Faustina, beginning in 1924, before she entered religious life. He gave her a series […]

Protecting Our Humanity and the Vulnerable

Because of the times we are living in, Pope Francis has spoken out repeatedly about the dangers of “gender ideology,” a modern form of gnosticism that not only undermines our basic understanding of anthropology but also of reality. He has made a distinction between the welcome, support, accompaniment, and loving pastoral care that we must offer to those who say […]

Building Upon, or Destroying, the Cornerstone of the Common Good

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Last Saturday, Pope Francis welcomed to the Vatican leaders of the Italian pro-life movement the day before Italy’s annual pro-life day, held since 1978 on the first Sunday of February. He spoke powerfully about how “the defense of life is not carried out in only one way, or with one gesture, but it’s done in a multiplicity of actions, attentions, […]

The Assault on Children in the Womb

An oppressive darkness has settled upon the United States of America. Forty-six years ago, on January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court of the United States “legalized” abortion on demand and this country has never recovered from the damage inflicted on our moral fiber as tens of millions of children have been sacrificed on the “altar of self” out of expediency […]

The Situation After Baltimore

"Christ Walking on the Waters" (detail) By Julius Sergius Von Klever [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Questions about the state of the process of the reform of the Church in the United States during this second major phase of the clergy sexual abuse crisis have come like a downpour after the meeting of the U.S. bishops in Baltimore November 12-15. This article originally appeared in The Anchor, the weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Fall River, Mass, […]

The Euthanasia of Alfie Evans

[On] Saturday, April 28, Alfie Evans died, twelve days short of his second birthday, at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. In his 720 days of extra-uterine life, he became the most well-known and prayed for infant in the world. Alfie died ultimately because of the consequences of an undiagnosed neurodegenerative condition, but his death was expedited by a decision […]