Friday, August 19, 2022

From the Vatican


Pope Francis Apologizes for Harm Done to Indigenous Canadians at Residential Schools

In a speech in rural Canada before a crowd of indigenous Canadian people, Pope Francis publicly apologized for the Catholic Church’s role in running much of Canada’s government-sponsored residential school system.

Catholic Marriage is a Gift, Not a Formality, Pope Francis Says at World Meeting of Families Opening

Pope Francis said Wednesday that Catholic marriage is a gift, not just a formality or rule. “Marriage is not a formality to be fulfilled. You don’t get married to be Catholic ‘with the label,’ to obey a rule, or because the Church says so, or to throw a party,” the pope said at the opening event of the World Meeting of Families on June 22.

Pope Francis Laments ‘Easter of War’ in Urbi et Orbi Blessing

In his Urbi et Orbi blessing on Easter Sunday, Pope Francis lamented an “Easter of War” as he prayed for peace in Ukraine and around the world.

Pope Francis Consecrates Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Pope Francis consecrated Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on March 25 with a prayer asking for peace in the world.

Ukraine Crisis: Pope Francis Calls for Global Day of Fasting for Peace on Ash Wednesday

Expressing great sadness at the worsening situation in Ukraine, Pope Francis asked world leaders on February 23 to “make a serious examination of conscience before God.”

As World Day of the Sick Approaches, Pope Francis Says Visiting the Sick is a Christian Imperative

In a message for the World Day of the Sick, Pope Francis reminded Catholics that caring for the ill and infirm is not the calling of a few, but part of every Christian’s mission to show mercy.

Efforts of Knights of Columbus, St. Thomas More Society Result in Nativity on the Capitol Grounds

Efforts of Knights of Columbus Council 14081 of Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Harrisburg and the St. Thomas More Society of Central Pennsylvania this season resulted in the installation of a Nativity scene on the grounds of the state Capitol in Harrisburg prior to Christmas.

2022 World Day of Peace Message: Pope Francis Calls for Investment in Education, Not Weaponry

Pope Francis called for more investment in education and less in weaponry in his 2022 World Peace Day message, released on December 21.

Pope Francis: Learn from St. Joseph to Cultivate Silence

Pope Francis invited Catholics to learn from St. Joseph how to cultivate silence in their everyday lives.

Pope Francis Meets U.S. President Joe Biden at the Vatican

Pope Francis met President Joe Biden on Oct. 29, in the U.S. president’s first official visit to the Vatican since his inauguration. Biden, the second Catholic president in U.S. history, was in Rome to attend the G20 summit that took place on Oct. 30-31.

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