News From the Vatican:
As noted a couple of weeks ago, there is never a shortage of Vatican news coverage since Francis became Pope. Below are three of last week’s developments. More next week!!!
- PostScript – “Pope Francis’ June 4 Meeting with German Evangelical Lutheran Church” – During their meeting, the Pontiff urged patient progress in ecumenical dialogue. The same day, the Vatican confirmed Francis had asked Germany’s Catholic bishops not to publish guidelines that would relax restrictions on when Protestants married to Catholics could receive Communion. (CNS/ photo/Vatican Media)
- Prof. Vincenzo Buonomo First Layperson Appointed as Rector of Lateran University
- Iftar Feast a Gathering of Fraternity, Affection for Melkite Patriarch
- Fuego Volcano Death Toll Now at 75, Likely to Rise
- Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Colorado Baker on Same-Sex Wedding Cake
- “Respect for freedom of conscience is terribly limited these days—limited, in most cases, to respect for the consciences of those one agrees with” – Reporter Paul Moses in “The Case for Conscience.”
- Remembering Robert (Bobby) Kennedy –
November 20, 1925 – June 6, 1968
This Week is featuring two articles on global warming and the environment. “Catholics Still In” is asking support from the clergy with the Catholic Climate Covenant. Cardinal O’Malley joined 500 religious and scientific leaders in the Faith and Science Joint Appeal for Climate Action.
- NFPC Endorses “Catholics Still In” Support for Paris Climate Pact
- Boston’s Cardinal O’Malley Leading Effort To “Go Green” – (And It’s Not About St. Patrick’s Day)
MAY – ORDINATION MONTH – This Week highlights “extraordinary” events related to the class of 2018. First, there were perhaps hundreds of memorable homilies delivered last month. However, our staff voted to publish Cardinal Tobin’s. Meanwhile, across the Hudson, “Extraordinary Ordination” twin brothers become twin priests. Finally, helpful tips on the joys and blessings of being a Priest to share with young men discerning God’s call to a religious order.
- 7 Reasons to Be A Priest
- “Christ doesn’t promise riches, and he doesn’t promise a ‘happily ever after ending.’ But what he does promise, he delivers – priests have many homes and many more family members than a layperson could hope to have. They also have a fraternal relationship with other priests, if they seek it out.” -Tom Hoopes
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