Pope Francis speaks up for Italy's unemployed youth

Youth unemployment is “a true social plague” that leaves young people feeling useless, Pope Francis told an Italian labor group on Saturday. “The human being is the center of development, and as long as men and women remain passive or marginalized, the common good cannot be considered fully met,” the Pope told members of the… Continue reading Pope Francis speaks up for Italy's unemployed youth

Continue ecumenical dialogue in face of division, Pope says in message

Pope Francis, in a message released on June 23, recalled the 50th anniversary of the formation of the joint working group between the Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches, an interdenominational organization founded in 1948. Thanking God for “all that the ecumenical movement has achieved since its beginning over 100 years ago,” Pope… Continue reading Continue ecumenical dialogue in face of division, Pope says in message

Hate the Sin Love the Sinner – How Do I Do That?

The problem is — how do I do that?The sinner sins.  How do you separate the sin from the sinner, and to be honest, at the final judgement it is the sinner who is condemned for his sin.  It’s not like Jesus says, “There, there, you can come into heaven, but  I’m going to send… Continue reading Hate the Sin Love the Sinner – How Do I Do That?

Parents transmit church teaching on marriage by example, pope says

Children need to see their parents kiss each other, complement each other and resolve arguments peacefully, Pope Francis said. “Dear parents, your children need to discover by watching you that it is beautiful to love another,” the pope told parents participating in the annual pastoral conference of the Diocese of Rome. Parents with their children… Continue reading Parents transmit church teaching on marriage by example, pope says

The global Catholic population is growing – so quickly, in fact, that priest and parish numbers cannot keep up, says a new study on trends in the worldwide Church.

The global Catholic population is growing – so quickly, in fact, that priest and parish numbers cannot keep up, says a new study on trends in the worldwide Church. And this poses a challenge: With an overall growth in the number of Catholics, especially in Africa and Asia, but not enough growth in the number… Continue reading The global Catholic population is growing – so quickly, in fact, that priest and parish numbers cannot keep up, says a new study on trends in the worldwide Church.

Pope tells Bosnians to be 'tenacious' workers for peace

During his daytrip to a country still marred by the effects of a recent war, Pope Francis said peace is not something that happens passively, but instead requires passionate action on the part of all. “(Jesus) does not say: ‘Blessed are the preachers of peace,’ since all are capable of proclaiming peace, even in a… Continue reading Pope tells Bosnians to be 'tenacious' workers for peace

Be careful not to ‘widen your conscience’ so everything fits, Pope says

Pope Francis has said that there is a risk of Christians being too open to the world and “widening the conscience so much that everything fits in there.” During a Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae yesterday, Pope Francis said that being too much of the world and too ambiguous is seen… Continue reading Be careful not to ‘widen your conscience’ so everything fits, Pope says

Philippines bishops urge voters to reject ‘corrupt’ politicians in 2016

Catholic bishops in the Philippines have urged voters to reject “notoriously corrupt” politicians running in next year’s national elections. In a pastoral letter read at Masses on Sunday the bishops reminded parishioners that voting was not merely a political right, but “a moral obligation”, reported the Asian Catholic news portal ucanews.com. “While politicians plan and… Continue reading Philippines bishops urge voters to reject ‘corrupt’ politicians in 2016

Pope offers ‘Stone Age’ tips to youth living in the digital world

Pope Francis has given “Stone Age” advice to young people on how to live well in the digital world, saying they should choose television programmes that strengthen values, “that build up society, that move us forward, not drag us down”. Whether you still stick to books or magazines or get everything online, the Pope said all… Continue reading Pope offers ‘Stone Age’ tips to youth living in the digital world

What does the world need? Mercy and love, Pope tells Christians

The Catholic Church shouldn’t be afraid of the great changes of the modern world, Pope Francis has said. Rather, the Church should embrace this “happy challenge” with a renewed language of love and mercy. For Pope Francis, what people expect from the Church today is that “she knows how to walk with them, offering the… Continue reading What does the world need? Mercy and love, Pope tells Christians

Bishop to Arundel and Brighton: at times of weakness we must focus on Christ

Bishop Richard Moth has said dioceses, like individuals and families, go through periods of “weakness and pain” – and that the way through them is to “re-commit” to Christ. The bishop was speaking at his installation as Bishop of Arundel and Brighton this afternoon. His predecessor, Bishop Kieran Conry, resigned last year after admitting to an… Continue reading Bishop to Arundel and Brighton: at times of weakness we must focus on Christ

Parents must involve themselves in the lives of their children

Parents must not exclude themselves from their children’s lives and, despite what some “experts” may say, they must take an active role in their children’s education, said Pope Francis during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square May 20. “It’s time for fathers and mothers to come out of their exile — because they have… Continue reading Parents must involve themselves in the lives of their children

Bishop John Sherrington: failures of end-of-life care show need to recover Christian dignity of death

An English bishop has said that he is appalled by a report that shows a breakdown in end-of-life care in the nation’s health system. Bishop John Sherrington, an auxiliary of the Westminster diocese, said: “I was shocked by some of these stories in the health ombudsman’s report.” The report, entitled Dying without Dignity, provided evidence… Continue reading Bishop John Sherrington: failures of end-of-life care show need to recover Christian dignity of death

Can mortal sins be forgiven without confessing?

Full Question   Can mortal sins be forgiven without actually going to confession? Answer   Sacramental confession is normatively required for the forgiveness of mortal sins; it is not absolutely required. What this means is that, in extraordinary circumstances, mortal sins can be forgiven outside of sacramental confession. If a Catholic is dying and cannot… Continue reading Can mortal sins be forgiven without confessing?