Category: Pope Francis

Pope to take his post-pandemic pleas to global stage

VATICAN CITY | When he addresses, via video message, the U.N. General Assembly Sept. 21, Pope Francis is expected to speak about using the coronavirus crisis as an opportunity to rethink economic, political and environmental policies in a way that will benefit humanity and the earth. Since COVID-19 was officially recognized as a pandemic in… Read more »

Gossip is tool of the devil to divide the church, pope says

VATICAN CITY | Gossip is “a plague worse than COVID,” Pope Francis said, asserting that while speaking ill of others comes almost naturally, it is a tool of the devil to divide the church. Commenting Sept. 6 on the Sunday Gospel reading about Jesus telling his disciples what to do when a member of the… Read more »

Pope: Jubilee for the Earth a time for restoring bond with God, creation

VATICAN CITY | The exploitation and plundering of the Earth’s resources at the expense of the poor and vulnerable cry out for justice and the forgiveness of debts, Pope Francis said. In his message for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation Sept. 1 and the Season of Creation, which runs through… Read more »

Vatican representative calls on U.S. to sign nuclear-test-ban treaty

VATICAN CITY | The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the absurdity of “pouring valuable resources into the maintenance of weapons of destruction while so many on this planet are struggling to survive,” a Vatican representative told a U.N. meeting to commemorate and promote the International Day Against Nuclear Tests. “It is impossible to make a moral… Read more »

Schools strive to model social justice

ORLANDO  |  Over the past decade, Henry Fortier has sought to animate the values of Catholic social teaching in the Diocese of Orlando’s Catholic schools, so that staff and student bodies may better reflect local communities and promote the dignity of each person. “We’ve been very intentional about making sure that we reflect the breadth… Read more »

Assumption of Mary: A time of celebration

Venice  |  The celebration of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a time for Christians to reflect upon the hope of a future united with Christ, both in this life and in Heaven. The Assumption of Mary (Aug. 15, 2020) commemorates the end of Mary’s earthly life and assumption, when… Read more »

Florida’s oldest priest dies, served throughout state

Brooksville  |  Msgr. George W. Cummings, a priest ordained for Florida’s mother Diocese of St. Augustine who served parishes across the Sunshine State, died Aug. 8, 2020, in Brooksville. He was 102. Although born in Bridgeport, Connecticut before the end of WWI, he attended St. Paul School in St. Petersburg shortly after it was formed…. Read more »

Catholic leaders call for prayers, help after massive Beirut blasts

AMMAN, Jordan | Lebanese were reeling after a massive explosion at Beirut’s port destroyed homes, businesses and livelihoods across the capital, and Catholic leaders immediately took action and called for international support. Aid groups say the blast Aug. 4 threatens to open a new humanitarian crisis in an impoverished nation that hosts hundreds of thousands… Read more »

Weapons must be set aside for peace to flourish, pope says

VATICAN CITY | For peace to flourish, weapons of war must be set aside, especially nuclear weapons that can obliterate entire cities and countries, Pope Francis said on the 75th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima. “May the prophetic voices” of the survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki “continue to serve as a warning to… Read more »

Essentials collected for victims of human trafficking

Since attending the Human Trafficking Task Force Symposium last year, Laurie Ulseth, president of the Palm Beach Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, has kept the cause of anti-human trafficking victims close to her heart.  The symposium was hosted by Catholic Charities of Palm Beach and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office at the Palm Beach… Read more »