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Counteract vitriol by toning it down, talking less, listening more, pope says

February 17, 2017 | 2:32 pm | Spiritual

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service ROME (CNS) — Addressing the fear of immigrants, dissatisfaction with a “fluid economy” and the impatience and vitriol seen in politics and society, Pope Francis told Rome university students to practice a kind of “intellectual charity” that promotes dialogue and sees value in diversity. “There are lots of remedies […]

Cardinal Dolan: If sanctuary of the womb is violated, no one is safe

January 27, 2017 | 2:39 pm | Spiritual

By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York warned that if the sanctuary of the womb is violated, then other sanctuaries are at risk. “Can any of us be safe, can any of us claim a sanctuary anywhere when the first and most significant sanctuary of them […]

‘9 Days for Life’ campaign urges prayer, action to build culture of life

January 21, 2017 | 9:33 pm | Spiritual

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. bishops’ nationwide “9 Days for Life” campaign is “a great way to put our faith into action,” said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities. He made the comments in a video posted on […]

Cardinal Tobin looks to bridge chasm between faith, life in anxious world

January 10, 2017 | 12:15 pm | Spiritual

By Beth Griffin Catholic News Service NEWARK, N.J. (CNS) — The chasm between faith and life is the greatest challenge facing the Catholic Church today, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin said at his installation Mass, and he urged the church to be salt for the earth so that the presence of Christ does not become “a […]

Real gift this Christmas? God giving world his son, Jesus, pope says

December 22, 2016 | 5:34 pm | Spiritual

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — While exchanging gifts for Christmas is a beautiful tradition, Pope Francis said, do not forget the one and only real gift people will ever receive is God’s gift to humanity — his son, Jesus Christ. Also be sure to thank God for the gift of […]

At Christmas, recognize your sin and let God caress you, pope says

December 6, 2016 | 5:11 pm | Spiritual

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — At Christmas, God reveals his full power, which is the power of relentlessly seeking his lost sheep and, when he finds them, giving them a caress, Pope Francis said. “One who does not know the caresses of the Lord does not know Christian doctrine. One […]

Mercy reverses accepted order of things

November 15, 2016 | 4:56 pm | Spiritual

By Cackie Upchurch Director of Little Rock Scripture Study All across the world the people of God pray with the words of Mary from the Gospel of Luke, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord …” The Canticle of Mary, also known as the Magnificat, is the staple of Evening Prayer in the Liturgy […]

All people long for mercy, pope tells religious leaders

November 3, 2016 | 2:55 pm | Spiritual

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Authentic religions help people understand that they are, in fact, loved and can be forgiven and are called to love and forgive others, Pope Francis said.”We thirst for mercy, and no technology can quench that thirst,” the pope told Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Sikh and […]

Catechism not enough to know Christ; need prayer, too, pope says

October 20, 2016 | 4:26 pm | Spiritual

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — To truly know Jesus, reading the Bible and studying the catechism are not enough, Pope Francis said in a morning homily. Prayer, silent adoration and recognizing one’s sinfulness also are needed to grasp the mystery of Christ and the immensity of his love, the pope […]

Becoming a credible model of mercy

October 3, 2016 | 11:52 am | Spiritual

By Cackie Upchurch Director of Little Rock Scripture Study “The Church’s very credibility is seen in how she shows merciful and compassionate love.” In these words of Pope Francis announcing the Year of Mercy, we hear a challenge and an invitation — a challenge to offer testimony with our lives and the invitation to enter […]