Thursday, June 5, 2014049Those who insist others pray and believe exactly like they do, those who have alternatives to every church teaching and benefactors who use the church as a cover for business connections may call themselves Catholics, but they have one foot out the door, Pope Francis said.
After the hymn “Glory to God in the Highest,” the priest recites the opening prayer. On a specific feast this prayer sets the tone for the feast and indicates the reason for the celebration. Columnists
Friday, January 31, 2014075Thousands of people converged on downtown Dallas for the 2014 March for Life Mass at the Dallas Convention Center, a venue that Bishop Kevin J. Farrell said to thunderous applause that he would like to outgrow within the next two years.
“Why start the Mass with a ritual greeting?” we sometimes hear. “This sets a stiff, official tone to the entire celebration. Why not start with an informal greeting like ‘Good Morning,’ which would promote a more congenial/familial mood, more in style for the beginning of a meal?”
Sunday, July 28, 2013080Pope Francis told young people God might have been trying to communicate something in forcing the World Youth Day vigil's change of venue from a huge field to a long narrow stretch of sand and sea.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013073The mosaic of hundreds of national flags waving in the cold wind on Copacabana beach was symbolic, as pilgrims from all backgrounds, driven by a single faith, participated in the opening Mass for World Youth Day.
Monday, July 8, 20130148Before saying a word publicly, Pope Francis made the sign of the cross and tossed a wreath of white and yellow flowers into the Mediterranean Sea in memory of the estimated 20,000 African immigrants who have died in the past 25 years trying to reach a new life in Europe.