Pope Creates New Category for Beatification

7205775 - illuminated lamb and cross in the skyPope Francis issued a Motu proprio earlier this week in which he declared a new category of Christian life which will now be suitable for consideration of beatification – the “offering of life, or oblatio vitae, which occurs when a person dies prematurely because they have offered their life for love of God and neighbor.

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Pope Calls for Respect for Infirm & Embryonic Life

19753737 - sad woman sitting on wheelchair in empty roomWhile welcoming hundreds of people who suffer from a rare degenerative neurological condition known as Huntington’s Disease in the Paul VI Hall last week, Pope Francis pleaded with scientists searching for cures not to contribute to the “throw away culture” by using, and then destroying, human embryos.

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Pope Reflects on Fatima Visit

Pilgrim virginCommentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS

Just after returning from his brief pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal, Pope Francis reflected on the experience, saying that while visiting the site of the apparitions, he felt immersed in the prayer of the faithful “that for one hundred years has flowed there like a river.”

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