The apostolic nuncio to the United States challenged an audience of seminarians, faculty and staff at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary to see future priests not as functionaries of the sacred or managers of a business, but as compassionate pastors and missionaries who joyfully announce the Gospel.
Evangelization, mercy, encounter and accompaniment are the hallmarks of the first four years of Pope Francis’ papacy, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, said March 15.
When the search for profits outweighs all other considerations in society, money becomes a god who terrorizes humanity — excluding the majority of people and causing those still well off to build walls to cower behind, Pope Francis said.
By Cindy Wooden Dialogue is an essential component of mercy because it is the only way a husband and wife can understand each other, people of different religions can live in peace and the only way the Catholic Church can evaluate what is needed to promote the common good in the world, Pope Francis said. […]
The driver of a vehicle who caused the death of a Washington Catholic high school student said the compassion shown to her after the accident by the boy’s parents was the “most profound” experience of grace she has felt in her life. The driver, Margaret “Maggie” Baisley, was a 24-year-old doctoral student in clinical psychology […]
“We don’t have the power to condemn our brother who makes a mistake, we are not above him. Rather we have a duty to return him to the dignity of a son of the father and to accompany him on his path of conversion,” the pope said Sept. 21 at his weekly general audience.
Several books have been published or reissued on the subject of mercy and some of them have proven to be a means to reacquaint ourselves with a virtue that most people consider a “soft,” almost squishy, virtue.
By embracing the hunger, thirst and loneliness of others, young people can touch Jesus’ cross and experience the light of the resurrection, Pope Francis said.
Pope Francis said he looks forward to his upcoming visit to Poland for World Youth Day and that his visit will be inspired by mercy during this Jubilee Year.
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Without a repentant heart, Christians can risk living out their faith superficially and fail to live out God’s desire for “mercy, not sacrifice,” Pope Francis said. Instead, Jesus’ love for sinners shows that the church is not “a community of perfect people, but disciples on a path who follow the Lord […]
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The same mercy and patience that are essential for building a strong family must be shown to those whose families are in trouble or have broken up, Pope Francis said in his highly anticipated postsynodal apostolic exhortation. The document, “‘Amoris Laetitia’ (The Joy of Love), on Love in the Family,” released […]
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Jesus brought humanity God’s merciful, saving love, not hatred and animosity, Pope Francis said. “Jesus makes visible a love open to everyone — nobody excluded — open to everyone without bounds,” he said at his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square April 6. The pope also met with and blessed […]