Will Pope Francis Abdicate?

24. June 2014 The Pope 0
Pope Francis shocked us all again last week, when he said in an interview that he may one day abdicate the papacy just like his predecessor, Benedict XVI. Remember our shock when Pope Benedict announced his abdication in 2013? Turns out, it may have been the start of a trend. In fact, Pope Francis said ...

Haiti in the age of Pope Francis

19. May 2014 Faith, Haiti, The Pope 0
I recently met up with Father Glenn Meaux in central Haiti. After a whirlwind tour of the housing, water and education projects we’re supporting this year, I sat down for a final chat with this compassionate priest from Louisiana who has spent the last 25 years running the Kobonal Haiti Mission. I’d asked Fr. Meaux ...

The Holy Father’s Reflection on the Great Commission

27. August 2013 The Pope, Youth 0
In his closing Mass for World Youth Day Rio, Pope Francis commissioned not only the Catholic youth of the world, but every Catholic.  He called each of us to be a missionary without borders. He referenced the Great Commission, when Jesus called us to “Go and make disciples of all nations,” and explained that “this ...

Pope Francis and the Globalization of Indifference

13. August 2013 poverty, The Pope 0
Immigration is a hot topic in Europe, just as it is here in the US.  I recently read about a case there that touched me.  The small Italian island of Lampedusa is just 70 miles from Tunisia in North Africa.  This tiny island has attracted impoverished Africans seeking access into Europe where they hope to ...

Pope Francis’ “Church for the poor”

Much has been said about the humility and compassion of former Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio. In keeping with his reputation, at his inauguration Mass today, Pope Francis I began his reign by focusing on “the poorest, the weakest, the least important, those who Matthew lists in the final judgment on love: the hungry, the ...

Lives of Charity

19. February 2013 thank you, The Pope 0
Last week Pope Benedict XVI announced his plans to resign due to failing strength—and during this morning’s daily readings I cannot help but reflect on his years of fruitful service. Isaiah 55:10-11 says: “For, as the rain and the snow come down from the sky and do not return before having watered the earth, fertilizing ...

Education is Key

29. November 2012 education, The Pope 0
“Go and make disciples of all nations!” is the message of the 28th World Youth Day, which will take place next July. In this upcoming event, the Holy Father will inspire young people to take their knowledge of God’s Word and use it to build a better world than we have today. At Cross Catholic ...

Remembering Blessed John Paul II

22. October 2012 The Pope 0
Today, as American Catholics commemorate the first Memorial Feast of Blessed John Paul II today, I’d like to reflect on his view of poverty. Speaking at Yankee Stadium in 1979, Pope John Paul famously said: The poor of the United States and of the world are your brothers and sisters in Christ. You must never ...