Pope Francis: Blasphemy is the gravest sin

During June 10 Angelus address in St. Peter's Square, pope says sin against the Holy Spirit is the only unpardonable sin "because it starts from a closure of the heart to the mercy of God"

During his Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis discussed the incomprehension Christ faced during his earthly ministry, from both the scribes and his own family. The scribes’ assertion that Christ drove out demons by the power of demons led him to “react with strong and clear words, he does not tolerate this, because those scribes, perhaps without realizing it, are … [Read more...]

Pope’s advice to priests: keep homilies short

“No more than 10 minutes, please!”

On Wednesday Pope Francis touched on a topic close to home for both parish priests and people in the pews, offering his recipe for what makes a good homily, saying they should be short and well-prepared. However, he also pointed to the amount of complaining that happens when people are unenthusiastic about homilies, and told faithful that even when bored, they also have to … [Read more...]

God’s dream for his beloved creation: to see it fulfilled in the loving union between a man and a woman

Pope Francis’ opening homily at the Synod on the Family

[The following comes from an October 4 Catholic World Report story] Below is the full text of the homily Pope Francis delivered today in St. Peter’s Basilica at the opening Mass for the Ordinary General Assembly of Bishops on the Family. Translation by Vatican Radio. “If we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us” (1 Jn 4:12). This Sunday’s … [Read more...]

Why Catholics don’t go around saying ‘we are saved’

In Sunday bulletin, San Francisco priest explains age-old theological dispute over salvation The following is taken from the March 18 Sunday bulletin of the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi in San Francisco. It was written by the shrine’s rector, Fr. Gregory Coiro, O.F.M. Cap. Today’s second reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians seems to contradict … [Read more...]