Pope beatifies Blessed Paul VI, leader of Vatican II
VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Beatifying Blessed Paul VI at the concluding Mass of the Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis praised the late pope as the “great helmsman” of the Second Vatican Council and founder of the synod, as well as a “humble and prophetic witness of love for Christ and his church.”
The pope spoke during a homily in St. Peter’s Square at a Mass for more than 30,000 people, under a sunny sky on an unseasonably warm Oct. 19.
Synod affirms tradition, leaves questions open
VATICAN CITY (CNS) – After several days of animated debate over its official midterm report, the Synod of Bishops on the family agreed on a final document more clearly grounded in traditional Catholic teaching. Yet the assembly failed to reach consensus on especially controversial questions of Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried and the pastoral care of homosexuals.
Gift of presence ‘now, and at the hour of our death’
By Theresa Bertucci Truxillo
I have prayed the final words of the Hail Mary thousands of times: “… pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death, Amen.”
Archdiocesan cemeteries serve 21st-century needs
Though their trademark above-ground tombs are as compact and densely aligned as shotgun houses on a city block, the six historic cemeteries operated by the Archdiocese of New Orleans have room to spare.
Catholic schools foster success looking ‘outward’
Bob Marzano tells the story of his son Todd, when in high school, being advised against attending college. Then, he saw the movie “Top Gun” and was inspired to become a pilot. He worked hard and is now a U.S. Naval commander.
A special day for special children
They rang bells. They read the Word of God. They sang and clapped to express themselves however the spirit moved them.