DCCW retreat keynoter speaks of encountering God through mercy, sacraments

By Rita Meyer For The Visitor Nearly 200 women were treated to a day of inspiration and reflection on how “Mercy Leads to Joy!” at the St. Cloud Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s Lenten retreat Feb. 27 at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Richmond. Following the morning registration, Mass was celebrated by Benedictine Father…

Preacher to Curia: Christians wounded by clerical greed, pedophilia

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The sexual abuse of minors and greed by members of the clergy have left Christians wounded, a Servite priest told the pope and Vatican officials during their Lenten retreat. “Pedophilia and the attachment to money are the two behaviors of the clergy that have most wounded and angered the Christian people,”…

Pope phones theologian for favor: to prepare him, Curia for Easter

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis phoned a noted Italian theologian to ask him for a “favor” — to help him and Vatican officials prepare for Easter by leading an annual Lenten retreat, the theologian said. The pope calling his cellphone caught Servite Father Ermes Ronchi by surprise, he said, and “my first reaction was…