God's Word on Sunday: Revelation takes broad view of universe

All Saints, Nov. 1 (Year A) Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14; Psalm 24; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12a

In our quest to understand the mysteries of life and death, perspective is everything. It is easy to see everything through the lens of our own personal experience and, in some respects, this is normal and desirable. But sometimes we need to climb the mountain and take in the view from above, so that we can get a bigger and broader picture.

  • By Fr. Scott Lewis, S.J

    Rosary CD aims to lead people to healing, peace

    Over the past year, musician and composer Maryana Erzinger has been on a creative spiritual journey she hopes will inspire the world through song.

    • By Wendy-Ann Clarke, The Catholic Register

      Questions continue around film's use of Pope Francis' quote on civil unions

      VATICAN CITY -- While there is no doubt that Pope Francis said civil laws should protect the rights of gay couples, some mystery shrouds the context in which he said it and the way it is used in a new film.

      • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

        Vatican extends time to obtain full indulgences for souls in purgatory

        VATICAN CITY -- Plenary or full indulgences traditionally obtained during the first week of November for the souls of the faithful in purgatory can now be gained throughout the entire month of November, the Vatican said.

          Vatican extends provisional agreement with China on naming bishops

          VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican and the Chinese government will extend an agreement signed in 2018 regarding the appointment of bishops.

          • By Catholic News Service

            Pope Francis calls for civil unions for same-sex couples in documentary

            VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis often has expressed openness to the idea of laws recognizing civil unions, including for gay couples, to protect their rights.

            • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

              Becciu denies interfering in Pell trial

              ROME -- Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu denied having interfered in any way with the trial of Cardinal George Pell after Italian media reported an allegation that Becciu might have wired money to Australia as a bribe during Pell’s trial.

              • By CNA/EWTN News

                Vatican reports positive coronavirus case at pope's residence

                VATICAN CITY -- A resident at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, the residence where Pope Francis lives, tested positive for COVID-19, the Vatican announced.

                  God's Word on Sunday: Exodus reveals a lesson in social justice

                  30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 25 (Year A) Exodus 22:21-27; Psalm 18; 1 Thessalonians 1:5c-10; Matthew 22:34-40

                  People have very short memories, especially when there is a past they would prefer to forget. Experiences of poverty, insecurity and injustice seem to fade after one’s circumstances have improved dramatically. Unfortunately, many also forget the kindnesses and breaks they received along the way.

                  • By Fr. Scott Lewis, S.J

                    World Mission Sunday isn't canceled because of COVID-19, officials say

                    VATICAN CITY - The collection taken up in parishes around the globe on World Mission Sunday is "as unique as it is rare" because offerings are made by Catholics in the richest and poorest nations, a Vatican official said.

                    • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

                      Swiss Guards report additional cases of COVID-19 among ranks

                      VATICAN CITY - The Swiss Guard reported an additional seven men have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the current number of cases among the 113 guardsmen to 11.