Pope brings Gospel of ‘encounter’ to Madison Square Garden

NEW YORK (CNS) — Seeing New York for the first time in his 78 years of life, Pope Francis said he knew Madison Square Garden was an important gathering place for sporting events and concerts. For him, it was transformed into a chapel in the heart of the Big Apple. True peace in a big…

Pilgrimage to mark 15th anniversary of priest’s death

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor On Wednesday, Aug. 19, people from all walks of life will board a bus at Sacred Heart Church in Sauk Rapids and make the 125-mile trip to St. James Church in Maine Township, where Mill Hill Missionary Father John Kaiser was baptized. “The world desperately needs heroes,” said retired Father…

Peace event in Alexandria fosters education about refugees

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Over the next two weeks, Randy and Joan Meyer and their daughters, Rachel, 15, and Rebecca, 13, will light a candle in their home and pray the rosary for Hany, a 21-year-old refugee in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. Until July 25 when the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation committee at…

Ignoring God, not glorifying him, leads to violence, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — It is the complete disregard for God, not his glorification, that leads to violence in this world, Pope Francis said. That is why people of faith, particularly Christians and Muslims, must work together for peace, and governments must guarantee full religious freedom for their citizens and religious communities, he said Dec….

Synod seeks to model God’s marriage of justice and mercy

Vatican Radio – How can the Church remain true to its core beliefs while showing mercy, compassion and forgiveness to individuals who fail, in so many ways, to live up its high ideals? That’s the question at the heart of the Synod of Bishops on the Family which is moving towards the conclusion of its…

Archbishop Wenski, Catholic Charities’ Father Snyder Urge U.S. Sentencing Commission To Fix Broken Federal Drug Sentencing Guidelines

July 8, 2014 USCCB WASHINGTON—The Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development and the president of Catholic Charities USA, urged the U.S. Sentencing Commission to retroactively fix flawed federal sentencing guidelines for federal non-violent drug offenses. “The United States imprisons more people per capita than any…