Posted on 10/16/2020 20:16 PM (TheCatholicSpirit.com)
The collection taken up in parishes around the globe on World Mission Sunday is "as unique as it is rare" because offerings are made by Catholics in the richest and poorest nations, a Vatican official said.
Posted on 10/16/2020 20:05 PM (TheCatholicSpirit.com)
Turkey's Armenian community says it is increasingly fearful about the reemergence of anti-Armenian sentiment in the country as conflict rages in the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Posted on 10/16/2020 15:40 PM (TheCatholicSpirit.com)
Renee Skidmore knows what it’s like to be young, pregnant and scared.
Posted on 10/16/2020 15:05 PM (TheCatholicSpirit.com)
In a year when a pandemic has entangled lives across the globe, Presentation Sister Carrie Link painted an icon that may help Catholics straighten them out. The icon — and a devotion — is called Mary, Undoer of Knots.
Posted on 10/16/2020 13:47 PM (TheCatholicSpirit.com)
The largest single outbreak of COVID-19 in North America may be one of the biggest lessons in the Catholic social principles of sacrifice, the value of work, care for the common good, and solidarity.
Posted on 10/15/2020 20:33 PM (TheCatholicSpirit.com)
With the legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia in many countries, and questions concerning what is morally permissible regarding end-of-life care, the Vatican's doctrinal office released a 25-page letter offering "a moral and practical clarification" on the care of vulnerable patients.
Posted on 10/15/2020 19:59 PM (TheCatholicSpirit.com)
The social encyclical Pope Francis released in October extends a formidable challenge to us all, the challenge to create "a different culture." What kind of culture? It is the kind where people who basically are indifferent toward each other and deeply divided resolve their conflicts and begin to "care for one another" (No. 57).
Posted on 10/15/2020 19:21 PM (TheCatholicSpirit.com)
Pope Francis, in his new encyclical "Fratelli Tutti, on Fraternity and Social Friendship," explores what it means to be a good neighbor. Reflecting on the parable of the good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), the pope explains the importance of caring for others to build healthy relationships within families and communities, and then in our cities, nations and world.
Posted on 10/15/2020 16:33 PM (TheCatholicSpirit.com)
In the reception of the sacrament of confirmation, the person receives the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, wisdom and understanding, counsel and strength (fortitude), knowledge and fear of the Lord (Is 11:2), and piety. These gifts are not to sit idle or be kept in storage. Rather, they are to be put to good use so they will bear much fruit.
Posted on 10/15/2020 16:12 PM (TheCatholicSpirit.com)
After Bob Berendt retired from teaching high school English, one of his missions during the 1970s and 80s was tracking down saints — acquiring bits of their bones, teeth, hair and other relics for his parish, Nativity of Our Lord in St. Paul.