Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte attacks the Catholic Church – Claims hypocrisy, corruption and ignominy

In a heated speech following a meeting with the grieving families of fallen police officers on Tuesday, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte launched a passionate attack against Catholic priests and bishops. Since his ascension to power, many clergymen have spoken against the President’s violent war on drugs. Hundreds of pictures of dead drug dealers littered the… Continue reading Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte attacks the Catholic Church – Claims hypocrisy, corruption and ignominy

Bishops beg Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte to stop murder

“Christ died for the criminals and the victims. The love of God is for all. Our love should be like God’s love. For all, “said Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan at a Dec. 12 prayer rally in San Carlos City “We are not protesting without a solution. We are protesting with an alternative. Reform the… Continue reading Bishops beg Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte to stop murder

Pope Francis speaks to bishops about compassion for those suffering broken marriages

On Friday Pope Francis stopped by a formation course for bishops on the new marriage nullity process, telling attendees that as bishops, and now as local judges in annulment cases, they must pursue the truth, but never exclude those whose marriages have failed. The Church, “who is embodied in the sad stories and sufferings of… Continue reading Pope Francis speaks to bishops about compassion for those suffering broken marriages

Italian bishops: Peaceful revolution needed to fix throwaway culture

The permanent council of the Italian bishops’ conference issued its message for Italy’s pro-life day for 2017 Promote life and resist the temptations of irresponsible economics that fuel war and death, the Italian bishops’ conference has said. “Teaching about life means getting involved in a civilised revolution that heals the throwaway culture, the mentality of… Continue reading Italian bishops: Peaceful revolution needed to fix throwaway culture

Vatican ‘will recognise’ four state-appointed Chinese bishops

A breakthrough may be near in the long-running dispute between the Vatican and China A breakthrough may be near in the long-running dispute between the Vatican and China over the ordination of bishops. According to the news agency Reuters, the Vatican will recognise at least four Chinese bishops who were appointed by the Chinese government… Continue reading Vatican ‘will recognise’ four state-appointed Chinese bishops

A Plea To Save Lives and Souls

This is not a political post. It is a moral exhortation, a plea to save human lives and souls! Speaking the Truth should not be a rarity in the pulpits of our country. Since the salvation of souls is the primary purpose of the Catholic Church’s existence, Truth should be an ever-present pulpit visitor. Nothing… Continue reading A Plea To Save Lives and Souls

Pope Francis' Global Request for the Holy Year of Mercy

The Holy Father, Pope Francis pleaded with Catholic Bishops in the whole World to set up a permanent Memorial that will forever remark this Holy Year of Mercy, by establishing hospital, home for the aged or school in an under-served area.; He asked this of them during the Divine Mercy Sunday Vigil on Saturday 2nd… Continue reading Pope Francis' Global Request for the Holy Year of Mercy

Synod participants call for Bible-based presentation of God’s plan for family

Most of the synod’s 13 working groups have asked for a greater use of Scripture in the synod’s text As members of the Synod of Bishops concluded work on the second of three chapters in their working document, they continued to call for a tone and for language that is clear, simple and encourages people… Continue reading Synod participants call for Bible-based presentation of God’s plan for family

Women participants ‘encouraged’ by synod discussions

Several of the participants spoke to the press on Tuesday at a Vatican briefing Several women participating in the Synod of Bishops on the family said they are encouraged that their views are not only respected but included in the discussions taking place. “It’s not just a feeling,” said Moira McQueen, director of the Canadian… Continue reading Women participants ‘encouraged’ by synod discussions

Pope Francis: ‘Synod is not a parliament, but a place to listen to the Holy Spirit’

Pope Francis has spoken at the opening of the Synod of Bishops on the Family The world Synod of Bishops on the family is not a parliament where participants will negotiate or lobby, Pope Francis said, but it must be a place of prayer where bishops speak with courage and open themselves to “God who… Continue reading Pope Francis: ‘Synod is not a parliament, but a place to listen to the Holy Spirit’

Pope urges synod participants to show ‘apostolic courage and evangelical humility’

Pope Francis has spoken at the opening of the Synod of Bishops on the Family Pope Francis has called participants in the Synod of Bishops on the Family to show “apostolic courage and evangelical humility.” The Pope was speaking at the opening session of the synod in the Synod Hall at the Vatican this morning.… Continue reading Pope urges synod participants to show ‘apostolic courage and evangelical humility’

Be shepherds concerned only for God and others, Pope tells US bishops

Pope Francis met the US bishops in Washington’s Cathedral of St Matthew the Apostle Acknowledging the real challenges and burdens the US bishops face in their ministry, Pope Francis shared with them his own experience as a pastor and urged them to keep their eyes focused on Jesus and their hearts open to others. “Woe… Continue reading Be shepherds concerned only for God and others, Pope tells US bishops

Pope Francis’ address to US bishops could be consequential

In Brazil, Pope Francis questioned whether bishops there were capable of keeping Catholics in the Church. In Korea, he lectured the prelates to shed worldliness, success, and power. In Paraguay, he warned bishops not to put themselves on a pedestal. With extraordinarily high profile addresses planned for his US visit next week – to Congress… Continue reading Pope Francis’ address to US bishops could be consequential

Pope Francis names new bishop for Kansas City-St. Joseph

The Vatican announced today that Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr. of Springfield-Cape Girardeau has been selected as the new head of the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese. Announced in a Sept. 15 communique from the Vatican, Bishop Johnston’s nomination falls just five months after the diocese’s former bishop, Robert W. Finn, stepped down after becoming first… Continue reading Pope Francis names new bishop for Kansas City-St. Joseph

A call to joy, mercy and hope – LA's three new bishops ordained

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles ordained three new auxiliary bishops on Thursday, including the prominent internet evangelist Father Robert Barron. The archbishop encouraged the new bishops to bring the joy of God’s love to their flock. “As bishops, you are servants of hope. And you always serve best by your own example,” Archbishop… Continue reading A call to joy, mercy and hope – LA's three new bishops ordained