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RIO DE JANEIRO – Visiting one of this city's notorious "favelas," or slums, Pope Francis denounced corruption and a "culture of selfishness and individualism."
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During World Youth Day celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, July 23-28, many worshippers in the crowds could be seen swaying from side to side, arms raised in the air, wearing rapt or joyous expressions on their faces.
RIO DE JANEIRO – Bishops should lead without being authoritarian, adopt "simplicity and austerity of life" and care for their dioceses without ambitions for more prominent appointments, said Pope Francis.
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – Saying "our order is stronger today than ever before, and the best is yet to come," Supreme Knight Carl Anderson chronicled the record-setting activity of the Knights of Columbus at the organization's 131st annual convention.
Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley highlighted the New Evangelization in the pontificate of Pope Francis in an Aug. 6 address to the Knights of Columbus supreme convention in San Antonio, Texas.
Conservative MP Joy Smith has called for Canada to follow Britain's lead getting Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block pornography in order to protect children.
A statue of St. Isaac Jogues, one of the Canadian Martyrs, is seen on one of the two restored bronze doors at the main entrance of St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York following their installation Aug. 14.
Was Pope Francis washing away sin without repentance when he made his now-famous “Who am I to judge?” comment on the flight to Rome from Brazil after World Youth Day? Surely not. This is a pope who frequently speaks like an Old Testament prophet calling all, especially those in the Church, to repentance. If he did not believe in an objective moral order, which fallible human beings frequently violate with our actions, he would not be a faithful Christian, let alone the pope.
In a masterful book on grace, Piet Fransen suggests that we can test how well we understand grace by gauging our reaction to this story:
Let me ask a simple question. Where is Jesus in our life right now? Let us really think about this. Just slow down. Push the life pause button. Pray.