This month, Pope Francis is requesting intercession for those who possess economic power – and who, therefore, have a greater economic responsibility to the poor. He urges the Church to pray that businesses, politicians and other leaders would prioritize human beings above profits.
Pope Francis shocked us all again last week, when he said in an interview that he may one day abdicate the papacy just like his predecessor, Benedict XVI. Remember our shock when Pope Benedict announced his abdication in 2013? Turns out, it may have been the start of a trend.
I recently met up with Father Glenn Meaux in central Haiti. After a whirlwind tour of the housing, water and education projects we’re supporting this year, I sat down for a final chat with this compassionate priest from Louisiana who has spent the last 25 years running the Kobonal Haiti Mission.
Yesterday in St. Peter’s Square, Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II were canonized as saints by Pope Francis, with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI also attending this historic event in the life of the Church.
In his closing Mass for World Youth Day Rio, Pope Francis commissioned not only the Catholic youth of the world, but every Catholic. He called each of us to be a missionary without borders. He referenced the Great Commission, when Jesus called us to “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and explained that “this is a command that the Lord entrusts to the whole church and that includes you.”
Immigration is a hot topic in Europe, just as it is here in the US. I recently read about a case there that touched me. The small Italian island of Lampedusa is just 70 miles from Tunisia in North Africa. This tiny island has attracted impoverished Africans seeking access into Europe where they hope to find a better life.