In his letter, Pope Francis wrote, “A day devoted to the Bible should not be seen as a yearly event but rather a yearlong event, for we urgently need to grow in our knowledge and love of the Scriptures and of the risen Lord, who continues to speak his word and to break bread in the community of believers.” “We need to develop a closer … Read more
In a divided and fragmented world, I want to invite all believers, and also all people of good will, to reconciliation and fraternity. Our faith leads us to spread the values of peace and mutual understanding, of the common good. We pray that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill may promote together peace and justice in the world.
We often hear from conservative Catholics that “the Church is not a constitutional democracy”. They emphasize the rejection of parliamentarianism and proceduralism, while tending to forget that members of the Church have rights and are not at the mercy of an absolute hierarchy. In fact, it is democracy that corresponds better than any other system to what Vatican II calls the “inherent dignity of the … Read more
“What we are experiencing is not simply an epoch of changes, but an epochal change. We find ourselves living at a time when change is no longer linear, but epochal,” the Holy Father said. “Brothers and sisters, Christendom no longer exists! Today we are no longer the only ones who create culture, nor are we in the forefront or those most listened to. “We need a change in … Read more
Pope Francis has called on Filipinos, especially those who are living and working abroad, to “continue to be smugglers of the faith.” He made the call at the end of a traditional “Simbang Gabi” Mass that he celebrated with the Filipino community in Rome on Dec. 15. The “Simbang Gabi,” or night Mass, is a devotional nine-day series of masses celebrated by Filipinos in anticipation … Read more
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila has been appointed the new prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, the Vatican announced on Dec. 8. The 62-year-old Philippine prelate is only the second Asian to lead the congregation, popularly known by its old name of Propaganda Fide, which is responsible for evangelization and the nomination of Catholic bishops in Asia, Africa and Oceania. Cardinal … Read more
In a book-length interview with Gianni Valente from Fides News Agency Pope Francis speaks about what has captured his heart: the proclamation of the Gospel in today’s world. “The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus”. Over the coming days a number of short ‘digestible’ nuggets will feature in this blog. Mission and martyrdom. You have often recalled … Read more