Returning from Iraq, Pope Francis talks about 'risks' taken on trip

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM IRAQ -- The Catholic Church's commitment to dialogue with other churches and with other religions flows from the Gospel, but Pope Francis said he knows some Catholics disagree.

  • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

    Life triumphs over death as Christians rebuild in Iraq, Pope Francis says

    QARAQOSH, Iraq -- Amid the rubble and bombed out remains of four churches destroyed by Islamic State militants, Pope Francis paid tribute to Iraqi Christians who endured persecution and even death.

    • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

      God's Word on Sunday: Reflecting on past paves way for renewal

      Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 14 (Year B) 2 Chronicles 36:14-17a, 19-23; Psalm 137; Ephesians 2:4-10; John 3:14-21

      There is a pattern that is often repeated in the narratives of the Old Testament. The people of God fall into sin that is marked by idolatry, corruption and injustice. God sends prophets to warn them and turn their hearts back to the Lord. The warnings are usually ignored and then followed by disaster for the nation, usually at the hands of an oppressor.

      • By Fr. Scott Lewis, S.J

        Hostility, violence are 'betrayals' of religion, Pope Francis says in Iraq

        UR, Iraq -- Traveling to the birthplace of Abraham, Pope Francis urged believers to prove their faith in the one God and father of all by accepting one another as brothers and sisters.

        • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

          Pope Francis, Iraqi Shiite leader affirm importance of dialogue, respect

          NASIRIYAH, Iraq -- In a low-key meeting followed closely in Iraq and beyond, Pope Francis and Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the influential leader of Shiite Muslims in Iraq, spent 45 minutes speaking privately.

          • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

            Marian summit part of rosary novena

            A spirit of veneration for Mary is at work during the 2021 Lenten and Easter seasons as the Marian Devotional Movement (MDM) launched a Canada54 National Rosary Novena and Marian Summit on Ash Wednesday.

            • By Quinton Amundson, The Catholic Register

              Honour martyrs by remaining faithful, working for a better Iraq, Pope Francis says on visit

              BAGHDAD -- Visiting a Baghdad cathedral "hallowed by the blood of our brothers and sisters" murdered in a terrorist attack that shook the world, Pope Francis said their sacrifice must motivate faith and a commitment to working for the common good.

              • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

                Mary Marrocco: Christ, the truth, will set us free

                Who could forget the look on Ingrid Bergman’s face, playing Paula in the movie Gaslight, as she apprehends the possibility that she might be slowly going insane?

                • By Mary Marrocco

                  Pope Francis arrives in Iraq, promoting peace, tolerance, equality

                  BAGHDAD -- To consolidate peace and ensure progress, the government and people of Iraq must never treat anyone as a second-class citizen and must work each day to promote harmony, Pope Francis said.

                  • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

                    Benedict XVI discusses his resignation, Francis' trip to Iraq in interview

                    VATICAN CITY -- Although it took obvious effort to pronounce each word and sometimes his secretary repeated what he said to make it clear, retired Pope Benedict XVI spoke to an Italian newspaper about his retirement and about Pope Francis' planned trip to Iraq.

                    • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

                      God's Word on Sunday: Commandments must be in hearts

                      Third Sunday of Lent, March 7 (Year B) Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1:18, 22-25 John 2:13-25

                      Are the Ten Commandments unique? Were people ignorant of their content before Moses ascended Mount Sinai to receive them from God? In fact, many of the provisions of the commandments have parallels in the law codes of the ancient near east. They represent the basic building blocks of a just and humane society.

                      • By Fr. Scott Lewis, S.J