God's word on Sunday: Spirit of God is intended for all of us

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sept. 30 (Year B) Numbers 11:25-29; Psalm 19; James 5:1-6; Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

God wants Catholics, Pentecostals to learn from each other, Pope says

VATICAN – Pope Francis said many Catholics share his initial thoughts about the worship of charismatic Christians – "that more than prayer meetings they seem to be samba schools" – but he is convinced God wants Catholics and Pentecostals to learn from each other.

First Communion requires team effort

What is your memory of the time you received your first Holy Communion? 

Those exploiting foreigners for profit will pay on Judgment Day, Pope says

VATICAN – No one can remain indifferent to the way minority groups are increasingly the object of so much fear, scorn and hatred, Pope Francis said.

Pope praises Capuchin order's apostolate of confession, simplicity

VATICAN – Capuchins are called to be men of peace, reconciliation and prayer and to be close to all people, Pope Francis told members of the order.

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.