Elitism, clericalism fosters every form of abuse, Pope Francis says

VATICAN – Sexual and physical abuse by priests and religious and the scandal of its cover-up by church authorities thrive in countries where the Catholic Church is "elitist and clericalist," Pope Francis told Jesuits in Ireland in August.

Shun clericalism, Pope tells new bishops

VATICAN – The Catholic Church needs bishops who promote unity, “not soloists singing their own tune or captains fighting personal battles,” Pope Francis told new bishops from the Church’s mission territories.

Season of Creation an invitation to pray

Catholics might finally be ready to pray for the most obvious sign of God’s goodness that has ever been seen, touched or walked through — the natural world. 

Questioning Faith: The truth will make us agents of healing

As a psychotherapist, I work with people harmed by abuse: abusers who “own” it, and who don’t; falsely-accused people; and many, many people from many walks of life who have been abused.  

Imitate St. Joseph in service, hiddenness, Pope says

VATICAN – Pope Francis told the Oblates of St. Joseph that for decades he has relied on the intercession of St. Joseph, and "never, ever has he told me no."

A fruitful marriage fulfills God's dream for the human family, Pope tells young couples

DUBLIN – God wants every person to love and be loved, creating a family or community where love is nurtured and shared with all who are poor, lonely or in need, Pope Francis said.

A preacher’s guide to a good homily

VANCOUVER – By the time Fr. Justin Huang stands before St. Anthony of Padua Church on a Sunday morning, he has done 10 hours of preparation and written about seven drafts of what he’ll say.

Eucharist is a taste of heaven on earth, Pope Francis says

VATICAN – By receiving the Eucharist at Mass, Christians are given Christ's same spirit and a taste of eternal life, Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis asks consolation for all who suffer on feast of the Assumption

VATICAN – Mary's assumption into heaven was a special sign of God's favor, but it also indicates God's desire to save all people, body and soul, Pope Francis said.

God's word on Sunday: Our seat awaits at the Lord’s banquet

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Aug. 19 (Year B) Proverbs 9:1-6; Psalm 34; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58


God's word on Sunday: God is ready to help in our life’s journey

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Aug. 12 (Year B) 1 Kings 19:4-8; Psalm 34; Ephesians 4:30-5:2; John 6:41-51