Pope Francis shared his first monthly prayer intention on social media Wednesday, with the focus of the prayer being on "interfaith unity."
The pope began his brief video, which was broadcast on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube, by suggesting that because the majority of the world's inhabitants identify with some religion, this "should lead to a dialogue among religions. We should not stop praying for it and collaborating with those who think differently."
"Many think differently, feel differently, seeking God or meeting God in different ways. In this crowd, in this range of religions, there is only one certainty that we have for all: we are all children of God," Pope Francis continued in his minute-and-a-half video. more >>
Catholic organization Little Sisters of the Poor pleaded with the U.S. Supreme Court not to force it to choose between helping the poor and abiding by its faith, when it comes to obiding by the HHS birth control mandate.
"As Little Sisters of the Poor, we offer the neediest elderly of every race and religion a home where they are welcomed as Christ," said Sister Loraine Marie Maguire, mother provincial of the Little Sisters of the Poor, according to Catholic News Agency.
"We perform this loving ministry because of our faith," she added, but said that the group "cannot possibly choose between our care for the elderly poor and our faith, and we shouldn't have to." more >>
The official Vatican state newspaper has slammed expressions of "political correctness" that at the same time mock people's faith, calling it a "sad paradox."
The Vatican paper wrote that "behind the misleading banner of uncompromising secularism, the French weekly is forgetting once again what religious leaders of every faith have been repeating for a long time in rejecting violence in the name of religion — that using God to justify hatred is true blasphemy, as Pope Francis has reiterated several times." more >>
Pope Francis' monthly prayers will soon broadcast on social media so Catholics around the world can watch his message and pray with him, a Jesuit-led prayer coalition has announced.
The Jesuit-led Apostleship of Prayer program announced on Vatican Radio this week that starting on Jan. 6 the pontiff's monthly prayer intentions will be broadcast on the social media platforms of Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Here, in no particular order, are 10 of the most memorable photos from 2015:more >>
Police shootings, urban riots, terrorist attacks, civil wars, refugees pouring across borders — 2015 offered no shortage of events to lament. It also gave us reasons to rejoice: the World Bank announced significant reductions in extreme poverty, and the United States and Cuba ended a 54-year estrangement.
Yes, there were plenty of news stories — tragic, triumphant and trivial — in 2015. But what stories caught the attention of Christians? Obviously, Christians are affected by and interested in all major world happenings, but some events have heightened significance for the Christian community.
The waning days of 2015 provide an opportunity to step back and reflect on some of the events and issues that resonated with the Christian community in ways not typically reflected in the mainstream media. These five events, listed in no particular order, held special significance for the Christian community and individual believers this year. more >>