• Notre Dame youth on Synod, the Sacred Heart and Mother Teresa
    [Editor’s Note: As the Synod of Bishops on Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment draws to a close, twelve students from the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture’s Sorin Fellows program spent a week in Rome meeting with synod delegates, volunteering with the Missionaries of Charity, and ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Christopher White
  • A sabbatical at Saint Meinrad refreshes your mind, body and spirit
    “You want me to do what?” Picking up the Saint Meinrad Design Your Own Sabbatical brochure, the question races through Julia’s mind. Someone wanted her to see the brochure. That was obvious. Conflicting emotions welled up inside her. Family and career often left her feeling exhausted. Had she been short ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Father Luke Waugh, OSB
  • ‘Service’ at heart of priestly mission in the Church
    Some years ago, a friend of mine was ordained a priest. He has always been a jokester and so I was looking forward to attending his ordination festivities since I knew he’d have some type of humor or comical observations about things. And – true to form – the day ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Father Jeffrey F. Kirby
  • Bishops press for abuse scandals, women and more to be in final text
    ROME – As a monthlong summit of bishops in Rome enters its final week, the latest round of reports from small working groups organized by language released on Saturday suggests a growing impatience to get practical. Topics the groups want addressed range from clerical sexual abuse scandals and justice for ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Crux Staff
  • Bishops, sisters discuss declining numbers of U.S. women religious
    KANSAS CITY, Missouri — The precipitous decline in the number of women in religious life and what it means to the Church has people thinking about how to prepare for the future. Their actions stem from data gathered by the National Religious Retirement Office at the U.S. Conference of Catholic ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Dan Stockman
  • ‘Ugly cancer of racism’ infects U.S., bishops say in proposed pastoral
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — “Despite many promising strides made in our country, the ugly cancer of racism still infects our nation,” the U.S. bishops say in a proposed pastoral letter on racism. The proposed statement, “Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love — A Pastoral Letter Against Racism,” will ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Mark Pattison
  • Nuns mark 50 years of working with mentally challenged kids in India
    MUMBAI, India – For 50 years, the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus religious congregation has served the most marginalized in India pointing “to the presence of God” in their hearts. The religious congregation was founded in Spain in 1877 and first sent a group of sisters to India ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Nirmala Carvalho
  • JRS says trafficking victims being detained by UK immigration authorities
    LEICESTER, United Kingdom – Victims of human trafficking are being held in indefinite detention by the British government, according to a new report by the Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK. The JRS UK said the system used to determine whether an asylum seeker is a trafficking victim – called ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Charles Collins
  • World Mission Sunday to highlight evangelizing youth
    ROME – As the Church prepares to celebrate World Mission Day on Sunday, the head of the Vatican’s evangelization congregation said the timing of the day with the youth synod provides an opportunity to remind young people they too are called to spread the Gospel. “Together with young people, we ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Hannah Brockhaus
  • After sainthood for Romero, Salvadorans turn to Rutilio Grande
    ROME — While more than 5,000 pilgrims from El Salvador crowded St. Peter’s Square last Sunday for the long-anticipated canonization of St. Oscar Romero, some of those same attendees now have their sights on another El Salvadoran martyr in hopes that he might be next. Jesuit Father Rutilio Grande, who ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Christopher White
  • Moscow’s veto on Catholic/Orthodox dialogue may be slipping away
    ROME – Somewhere back in the early 2000s, I found myself in Russia and ran into a journalist who ran a Catholic newspaper. It turned out I was catching him at a bad moment, because the paper essentially was being shut down. The problem wasn’t circulation numbers or advertising income, ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy John L. Allen Jr.
  • Youth passion for social media may be cliche, but synod sees it’s real
    ROME – Considering how hard it can be for a family to pick what to watch for movie night, one can only imagine the massive challenge that bishops convening from all over the world at the Vatican this month are facing to decide upon a coherent path to reach young ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Claire Giangravè
  • Pope cites Indian prelate’s tale of modern-day martyrdom
    ROME – During the first two weeks of the Oct. 3-28 summit of bishops in Rome, some 200 people have shared four-minute reflections about what life is like in their countries, giving voice to their concerns and priorities. But on Thursday, there was one speaker who was quoted almost in ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Inés San Martín
  • Eastern prelate urges ‘prudence’ on married priests
    [Editors note: This is part two of a Crux interview with Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Ukraine. Part one can be found here.] ROME – So far there really haven’t been any great political battles during this month’s Synod of Bishops on young people, but when another group of 300 bishops or so gathers ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy John L. Allen Jr. and Ines San Martin
  • Hypocrisy can be a leaven impeding spiritual growth, pope says
    ROME — Hypocrisy is the leaven that causes men and women to be self-centered and indifferent to the world around them, Pope Francis said. “This leaven is dangerous,” the pope said Oct. 19 in his homily during Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae. “It is a leaven that grows inward, a ... read more
    Source: Catholic Pulse CommentaryBy Junno Arocho Esteves