In a hard-hitting homily given at Casa Santa Marta last Friday, Pope Francis warned the faithful about “fake fasting” which is the work of the inconsistent Christian who goes to great lengths to fast and appear virtuous while despising others and continuing to engage in quarrels and disagreements.
During morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta earlier this week, the Pope spoke about a virtue that doesn’t come easy to most of us – patience – but how necessary it is to prevent ourselves from becoming “closed off.”
In this year’s Message for World Communications Day, which falls on May 13, Pope Francis delivers a blistering critique of fake news, equating it to the “snake-tactics” of the devil who used it to fool Eve, and said it’s only purpose is to the “deceive and manipulate the reader.”
With the world resting on the edge of nuclear war due to the increased aggression of North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un, Pope Francis departed on his 22nd papal voyage to Chile with a heart full of concern about the prospects of a nuclear holocaust.
Even though Catholics comprise just over one percent of the population of Myanmar, the faithful flocked to Yangon today to greet Pope Francis as he begins a six-day visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh.
As we enter the holiday season, when the culture wars become especially obvious, yesterday’s homily by Pope Francis, about why we must resist those who want to impose a “new way” of life on us that relegates God to the sidelines, becomes particularly timely.
During today’s General Audience, Pope Francis went off-script to scold people who use cellphones during Mass to take pictures, calling this behavior a distraction that takes our focus away from the Eucharist.