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Gossip is a tool of the devil to divide the Church, Pope Francis says

GOSSIP is “a plague worse than COVID,” Pope Francis said, asserting that while speaking ill of others comes almost naturally, it was a tool of the devil to divide the Church. Commenting on September 6 on the Sunday Gospel reading about Jesus telling his disciples what to do when a member of the community errs and requires correction, Pope Francis ... Read More »

Paul Lucas’ life is about giving thanks to the God of all creation

PAUL Lucas remembers the first time he read Laudato Si’ (On Care for Our Common Home) – he danced around the house. He laughs loudly as his memory of that day comes back. “I was just over the moon,” he said of Pope Francis’ encyclical as the Church celebrates the document’s fifth anniversary through the Season of Creation (September 1-October ... Read More »

Pope will sign new encyclical in Assisi on October 3

POPE Francis will travel to Assisi on October 3 to sign an encyclical on the social, political and economic obligations that flow from a belief that all people are children of God and therefore brothers and sisters to one another. The Holy See press office, confirming the Pope’s trip, said the document will be titled Fratelli Tutti in Italian. In ... Read More »

Pope Francis calls for prayers for Lebanon after deadly explosion in Beirut

AFTER a massive fire triggered a deadly explosion in Beirut, Pope Francis called for prayers and a united effort to help Lebanon overcome “this serious crisis”.” “Let us pray for the victims and their family members, and let us pray for Lebanon so that with the effort of everyone in society – political and religious – it may face this ... Read More »

Pope Francis adds ‘Mother of Mercy’, ‘Mother of Hope’ and ‘Comfort of Migrants’ titles to litany

AMONG the many titles under which Catholics invoke the Blessed Mother, Pope Francis has asked them to add “Mother of Mercy,” “Mother of Hope” and “Comfort of Migrants.” Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, sent a letter to the presidents of bishops’ conferences around the world asking that the titles be inserted into ... Read More »

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