Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the family, shifting from a focus on external threats to the family, such as poverty and illness, to those that come within, and addressed those situations when it becomes impossible for couples to remain together.
One part of Pope Francis’ new encyclical that isn’t getting much press coverage is how aggressively he confronts the hot-button issues of abortion and population control, saying that we cannot effectively care for the environment without first working to defend human life.
In his brief but eventful one-day trip to Sarajevo on June 6, Pope Francis called upon the citizens of the war-torn country of Bosnia-Herzogovena to leave their ethnic wars in the past and become peace makers for the future.
While celebrating the Solemn Feast of Corpus Christi yesterday, Pope Francis reminded the faithful that it is the Eucharist which binds us to Christ, a “feast” we must partake of in order to avoid falling into despair.
Once again, the media’s haste to further their own agenda has caused them to misquote a comment made by Pope Francis during a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in which he supposedly referred to the president as “an angel of peace”.
During his Wednesday audience on this feast of Our Lady of Fatima, Pope Francis said there are three phrases which, when said out of love and respect rather than mere courtesy, have great power to strengthen family life.
According to new revelations about the pope’s entrance into social media several years ago, the papal Twitter account was bombarded with so much abuse and vulgarity shortly after it opened that the Vatican considered shutting it down.
Even though politics may be “dirty”, frustrating and fraught with failure, Catholics need to “get right in there” and become involved, says Pope Francis, even though some may consider it to be a “form of martyrdom”.