Tag: pope francis

Pope: God’s Christmas wish isn’t buying-frenzy, feast, but gift of self

VATICAN CITY | Christmas will not be authentic if people get caught up in a frenzy of shopping, presents and meals, all while ignoring the poor and forgetting who the celebration is really all about, Pope Francis said. “If Christmas ends up as just a beautiful traditional holiday,” where everything revolves around “us and not… Read more »

Priest inspired by pilgrimage

WEST PALM BEACH | Father Mario Castaneda, full of excitement, was eager to share his pilgrimage story with the Florida Catholic, but also his new pledge going forward as a priest and shepherd of the Church. Father Castaneda, pastor of St. John Fisher in West Palm Beach for the past nine years, traveled to Rome… Read more »

Marking feast day, pope asks Mary’s care of families seeking refuge

ROME | In the heart of Rome, near streets of fancy shops already blinged out for Christmas shopping, Pope Francis prayed for Romans struggling to survive and for families in the city and around the world who face the same lack of welcome that Mary and Joseph experienced. The pope concluded his public celebration of… Read more »

Consumerism is the enemy of generosity, pope says

VATICAN CITY | The desire to spend vast amounts on shopping and needless extravagances can prevent Christians from being generous with others, Pope Francis said. “Consumerism is a great disease today. I am not saying that we all do this, no. But consumerism, spending more than we need, is a lack of austerity in life;… Read more »

Punta Gorda youth tweet pope

Punta Gorda | A simple exercise for a Parish youth group turned into an outpouring of heartfelt emotion about the Universal Church, their faith and Pope Francis. Rita J. Sheridan, Director of Youth Ministries at Sacred Heart Parish in Punta Gorda, organized her sixth- eighth-graders to compose messages, or tweets, that would be sent to… Read more »

World has not learned lessons from Great War, pope says

VATICAN CITY | The brutality of the First World War is a lesson that the world has yet to learn, Pope Francis said. World War I is a chapter in history that serves as a dire warning and a call for world leaders “to reject the culture of war and to seek every legitimate means… Read more »

All Souls feast is time to remember, to hope, pope says

ROME | The Mass for the feast of All Souls is “realistic, concrete” in calling Catholics to remember the people and events of their past, to consider how they live today and to hope for eternal life with God and their loved ones who preceded them, Pope Francis said. Celebrating an outdoor Mass Nov. 2,… Read more »

Nations are built by migrants, pope says

VATICAN CITY | Countries do not develop by themselves; they are built by migrants, Pope Francis said. And migrants often choose to travel to a new land in a group, like those currently traveling through Central America and heading to the border between the U.S. and Mexico, he added, in off-the-cuff remarks Oct. 29 to… Read more »

On plane, pope discusses sex abuse, corruption of cover-up, China pact

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT TO ROME | The Catholic Church has grown in its understanding of the horror of clerical sexual abuse and of the “corruption” of covering it up, Pope Francis said. Returning to Rome from a trip Sept. 22-25 to the Baltic nations, Pope Francis was asked about his remarks to young people… Read more »