FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
“I personally deserve attacks and insults because I am a sinner, but the church does not deserve them. They are the work of the devil,” the pope said to the Jesuits of Slovakia on his recent trip.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
“There is much resistance to overcome the image of a church rigidly divided between leaders and subordinates, between those who teach and those who have to learn,” the pope said during an audience with the faithful from the Diocese of Rome.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
It was a significant revelation from Pope Francis, coming at a time when a group of bishops in the United States are pushing to deny Communion to pro-choice politicians, including President Joe Biden.
Politics & SocietyVatican Dispatch
Junno Arocho Esteves - Catholic News Service
Pope Francis weighed in on the debate about whether politicians should be denied Communion because of their stance on abortion.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
The pope’s message on the meaning of the cross resonated with the Greek Catholic community, whose members suffered harsh persecution and were prohibited to exist under Czechoslovakia’s Communist rule from 1948 to 1989.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
On his second day in Bratislava, Pope Francis called Slovakia “to be a message of peace in the heart of Europe” and the church to evangelize with “freedom, creativity, and dialogue.”