Don’t say one thing and do another, Pope Francis warned Christians during a recent homily, and urged them to stand strong against the “never ending temptation” to “walk with one foot in the light and the other in darkness.”
While presiding over a Jubilee Mass for Teens in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, Pope Francis delivered a profoundly beautiful homily on love, calling it the “Christian’s identity card” and the path to the kind of happiness that can’t be bought – or found on a smartphone app!
On his way back to Rome from a visit to Lesbos on April 16, Pope Francis gave his usual glib answers to a variety of questions from reporters during an inflight press conference, including communion for the divorced and remarried, immigration, and why he chose to bring three Muslim refugee families back to Italy rather than Christians.
In his new exhortation on marriage and family, Pope Francis is adamant about how children should be taught to “accept their own body as it was created” and to avoid the pretension of cancelling out sexual difference “because one no longer knows how to deal with it.”
Even though some of the passages in the Pope’s new exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), are somewhat unclear and area already being distorted by the mainstream media, Catholics should read the document for themselves with the understanding that no Church teaching has been changed.
A five year old Ohio girl suffering from a rare condition that will gradually render her blind and deaf melted the hearts of all during Wednesday’s general audience in Rome, including Pope Francis who lovingly blessed the child’s eyes and promised to pray for her.
The beautiful young cancer patient who moved the Pope to tears this week when she sang the Ave Maria says that his visit brought her a peace and tranquility she never felt before and is now convinced that she will survive.
Pope Francis met with Mexican youth yesterday and offered a message of hope and encouragement that was so moving, it caused the crowd of tens of thousands of young people to burst into spontaneous prayer and song.