3 things Pope Francis wants you to know about Holy Communion

 April 11, 2014, edition 1. The Eucharist affects the way we see others. In his life, Christ manifested his love by being with people and by sharing their desires and problems. So, too, the Eucharist brings us together with others — young and old, poor and affluent, neighbors and visitors. The Eucharist calls us to…

Luther’s goal not schism but reform of ‘church he loved,’ says bishop

April 11, 2014, edition By Peter Finney Jr. Catholic News Service It was the seminal event of Western Christianity over the past 500 years. Martin Luther, a German Catholic monk, sent his “95 Theses,” or “Disputation on the Efficacy and Power of Indulgences,” to the local archbishop Oct. 31, 1517. And he set into motion…

Ukrainian Catholics, priests flee Crimea to escape arrest

April 11, 2014, edition By Catholic News Service Members of the Ukrainian Catholic Church are fleeing Crimea to escape threats of arrest and property seizures, a priest told Catholic News Service just four days after Russia finalized the region’s annexation. “The situation remains very serious, and we don’t know what will happen — the new…

At the border, bishops call for compassion, reform

April 11, 2014, edition By Patricia Zapor Catholic News Service Against the backdrop of rusted iron slats of the 30-foot wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley and a dozen other bishops from three countries prayed April 1 for compassion and for a return to ideals that welcome immigrants. More than 300 people…

Pope to celebrate Holy Thursday with elderly, disabled, and other news

Pope Francis will celebrate the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper at a Rome rehabilitation facility for the elderly and people with disabilities. He will preside over the Holy Thursday evening Mass and foot-washing ritual at the Father Carlo Gnocchi Foundation’s Our Lady of Providence Center on the outskirts of Rome. Last year, the…

Pope’s advice:

Take up God’s offer to face life’s problems with his love, wisdom April 11, 2014, edition By Catholic News Service People can choose either to tackle life’s challenges with the loving and wise heart of God or be driven by their own passions and interests, Pope Francis said. All people, whether they know it or…

‘The cross isn’t an ornament’

And Christianity isn’t a do-gooder’s guide, Pope Francis teaches April 11, 2014, edition By Catholic News Service Christianity isn’t a philosophy or guide to survival, good behavior and peace, it’s a relationship with a real person who died on the cross for our sins, Pope Francis said. “Christianity can’t be understood without understanding this deep…

The Francis Factor, one year in

Experts say the pope’s celebrity should turn eyes to Jesus March 28, 2014, edition By Maria Wiering Catholic News Service “Like Pope Francis? You’ll love Jesus.” It was a well-circulated Washington Post headline in December, but it could have been the tagline for the “Francis Factor” event held at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore. As…

Ukrainians in U.S. said to feel ‘great sadness and worry’

March 28, 2014, edition By Catholic News Service Ukrainians in the United States have replaced “hope and excitement” for their country — after its 1991 independence — with “great sadness and worry,” said Ukrainian Archbishop Stefan Soroka of Philadelphia. “Confusion and anger have overtaken our hearts and minds as we have witnessed the callous trampling…

Lent being observed at more Protestant churches

March 28, 2014, edition By Navar Watson Catholic News Service A growing interest in the tradition of Lent is giving Protestants something in common with the Catholic Church, where the Lenten season goes back to its beginnings. “There’s a tendency (among Protestants) to see ritual as lifeless, routine,” noted Dale Coulter, Regent University associate professor…