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Pope Francis prays for Iraq as number of civilian deaths rise

With the battle for major ISIS strongholds heating up in Iraq, Pope Francis has voiced his closeness to the country, praying for the safety of people on the ground, particularly civilians caught in the crosshairs of the fighting. “My thoughts go out to civilians trapped in the western districts of Mosul and displaced because of






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Pope Francis prays for victims of deadly London attack

After four people died in an apparent terrorist attack in London yesterday, Pope Francis has voiced his sorrow and solidarity for the victims and their families, entrusting them and the nation to God’s mercy. “Deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life and of the injuries caused by the attack in central London, His






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The Cross is more than a jewelry says Pope Francis

On Sunday Pope Francis said Lent is a time to really contemplate the sacrifice Jesus made for each of us on the Cross, which is more than just a devotional symbol, but an exhortation to imitate the love of Christ. “The Christian Cross is not a furnishing for the house or an ornament to wear,






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The one surprising secret few people know about Lent!

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There is a secret that few people know about sacrifice. Lent is a time to think about sacrifice and what it can do to you as a person. When you give yourself fully to God during Lent, you will be amazed like I have been at the transformation that occurs. There’s something wonderful waiting to






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10 important things to consider during Lent

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Every year we give something up for Lent. Sometimes picking what to give up is hard and other times we consider doing something extra to really immerse ourselves in what God has for us – but what are our options? Lent isn’t just about giving something up for a time. It’s about giving of ourselves






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One powerful Lenten message that you must read this year

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Lent brings the death and resurrection of the Lord more insistently into the horizon of our lives. Before the Lord, we are all weak and needy, poor in who we are, rich in him. Grateful for our various callings and rejoicing in that poverty that opens us to God’s grace, let us observe Lent together






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Almsgiving, Prayer, and Fasting: The Three Pillars of Lent

‘Give alms…Pray to your Father…Fast without a gloomy face…’ (Matthew 6:1-18) Giving alms, Jesus teaches, means making the needs of others our own, especially the needy of our world. They are all around us: children and the old, the sick and the suffering, families and individuals, next-door neighbors and people in lands faraway. Whatever we






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5 prayers you should say this Lenten Season

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A Prayer for Lent O gracious Master, infuse in our hearts the spotless light of Your Divine Wisdom and open the eyes of our mind that we may understand the teachings of Your Gospel. Instill in us also the fear of Your blessed commandments, so that having curbed all carnal desires, we may lead a






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This is the one thing Pope Francis says you can brag about

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As children we are taught that bragging is bad, especially when we do it to people who have less than us, however, for Pope Francis, there is one thing we should never hesitate to flaunt to whoever we meet: our hope in Christ. Speaking of bragging, the Pope said Feb. 15 that contrary to the






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