Pope Francis to Visit Mexico, US Bishops to Draft Statement on Pornography


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Pope Francis to visit Mexico in February - Pope Francis will visit Mexico City in February 2016, Cardinal Norberto Rivera announced on Sunday. “I have a piece of news that everyone already knows: the Holy Father comes to visit us, and he comes on the afternoon of Feb. 12. So from that day we will receive him with much love,” the cardinal said. Read More...

Pope Francis on All Saints Day: Want to be holy? - Do what Jesus did - The beatitudes are the most direct path toward happiness and holiness, Pope Francis said during Mass on All Saints Day. He urged the congregation to imitate Jesus in walking the difficult, yet rewarding, road to heaven. The Pope said that the beatitudes make up “the path of holiness, and it is the same path of happiness. It is the path Jesus has taken; indeed, Jesus Himself is this path.” Read More...

Bishops To Vote On Formal Statement On Pornography At November General Assembly - The U.S. bishops will vote on a proposed formal statement, "Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography," at the annual Fall General Assembly, November 16-19, in Baltimore. The statement's development has been directed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth (LMFLY), in collaboration with other USCCB Committees and offices, as well as additional experts. "As a response to the pastoral crisis brought about by the production and use of pornography, the formal statement intends to offer a comprehensive treatment of this important topic," said Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, New York, chairman of the LMFLY Committee. "It is directed primarily at Catholic leaders and parents, though with an eye to all who struggle with or are affected by pornography." Read More...

Apparently St. Martin de Porres only had two teeth when he died - A new reconstruction of the face of St. Martin de Porres reveals that the Dominican brother had trouble eating toward the end of his life, due to the fact that he was missing most of his teeth. When St. Martin died, he had only two teeth, and would have had great difficulty chewing, said Dr. Paulo Miamoto, pointing to the distortions in the saint’s upper jaw. Read More...