Let's think of our own conversion to sow peace this Advent, Pope Francis says

VATICAN – Advent is a time for people to think about what they can change about themselves so that they can sow the seeds of peace, justice and fraternity in their daily lives, Pope Francis said.

Algerian martyrs bear witness to Christian-Muslim peace, Pope Francis says

VATICAN – The lives of 19 religious men and women martyred during the Algerian civil war are a testament to God's plan of love and peaceful coexistence between Christians and Muslims, Pope Francis said.

On the Feast of Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis asks Mary's care of refugees

ROME – In the heart of Rome, near streets of fancy shops already blinged out for Christmas shopping, Pope Francis prayed for Romans struggling to survive and for families in the city and around the world who face the same lack of welcome that Mary and Joseph experienced.

God's Word on Sunday: God’s hand is evident everywhere

Second Sunday in Advent (Year C) Dec. 9 (Baruch 5:1-9; Psalm 126; Philippians 1:3-6, 8-11; Luke 3:1-6)


Questioning Faith: Rachel’s weeping brings a sign of peace

“A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children; and she refused to be comforted, because they were no more.” (Matthew 2:18, quoting Jeremiah 31:15)

Gay clergy must stay celibate or leave, Pope Francis says

VATICAN – In a book-length interview to be published next week, Pope Francis addressed gifts and challenges for clerical and religious vocations, among them the challenge of homosexuality in the clergy.

Do not fall into 'spiritual worldliness', clericalism, Pope Francis tells Jesuits

VATICAN – There is no growth without some form of crisis and no victory without a battle, Pope Francis told a group of Jesuits.

Advent is a time for vigilance, prayer, Pope Francis says

VATICAN – Christians can turn Christmas into a "pagan" or "mundane" holiday by focusing on the gifts and the tree rather than on the birth of Jesus and his promise to come again, Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis leads prayers with Aid to the Church in Need for peace in 'tormented' Syria

VATICAN – Leading thousands of pilgrims in prayer, Pope Francis lit a candle in remembrance of the people of Syria, especially innocent children tormented by the country's eight-year conflict.

God's word on Sunday: God will provide courage to persevere

1st Sunday of Advent, Dec. 2 (Year C) Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalm 25; 1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2; Luke 21:25-28, 34-36


Fr. Yaw Acheampong: Advent is a season of new beginnings

As we begin a new liturgical year and also the season of Advent, here is a short quiz: