Like many of you, as I was celebrating Thanksgiving, I was also following Pope Francis’ African pilgrimage in the media.
The Holy Father’s visit was a journey of hope and a call to conscience.
American democracy depends on churches, religious institutions and religious believers all being engaged in the discussions and debates that shape our common life together. For Catholics, our civic engagement must always be rooted in our faith in Jesus and in the moral principles and social teachings he entrusted to his Church.
Our faith in Jesus Christ is deeply personal. But we do not have faith as solitary individuals. We do not believe on our own.
For me, Día de los Muertos is a beautiful example of the Church’s rich traditions of popular piety and devotion, expressing in deeply personal ways how our faith and spirituality are lived in our families and homes.
I am happy to be writing you this week from Los Angeles. It’s great to be back home!
As synod 2015 began its final week of work, Pope Francis canonized a married couple, Louis and Zélie Martin, whose nine children included the Doctor of the Church, St. Thérèse of Lisieux.
I am writing to you again this week from Rome, at the start of the second week of the Synod of Bishops on the family, which will run for two more weeks, when Pope Francis will celebrate the closing Mass on Oct. 25.
I am writing to you this week from Rome, where we have just begun the second day of the Synod of Bishops on the family, which will run Oct. 4–25.
Governor Brown’s decision to allow doctors to help their patients kill themselves is deeply disturbing. This is the wrong decision for California.
What a privilege I felt to be in Washington and Philadelphia for Pope Francis’ visit to America and the World Meeting of Families.
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