Don’t be afraid to show concern, fight poverty, pope tells global leaders

January 20, 2016 VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Don’t be afraid of acting fairly and compassionately toward the poor, Pope Francis said in a written message to global business leaders attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. And do not let the sweeping innovations in robotics, science and technology “lead to the destruction of the…

Dialogue, remembrance, peace highlighted as pope visits synagogue

January 18, 2015 ROME (CNS) — While the Catholic Church affirms that salvation comes through Jesus, it also recognizes that God is faithful and has not revoked his covenant with the Jewish people, Pope Francis said. Interrupted repeatedly with applause at Rome’s main synagogue Jan. 17, the pope said the church “recognizes the irrevocability of…

Couples’ grief deepens compassion for others experiencing loss

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Jim Wenner is well trained in the funeral home business. For more than 150 years, his family has owned and operated funeral homes in the Cold Spring and Richmond areas. Ever since he could walk, he remembers watching his father direct funerals and offer solace to grieving families. While earning…

New listening sessions scheduled for February

January 14, 2016 An allegation of past sexual misconduct involving Father Antonio Marfori was recently made. Because of this allegation, Bishop Kettler has asked a Diocesan Response Team to hold listening sessions for the people of all the parishes in which Father Marfori served. There will be listening sessions on the following dates: Tuesday, Feb….

Supreme Court rules Florida’s death penalty system unconstitutional

January 13, 2016 WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Supreme Court Jan. 12 said the state of Florida’s death penalty system is unconstitutional because it allows judges, rather than juries, to determine whether a convicted criminal should get a death sentence. Michael B. Sheedy, executive director of the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops in Tallahassee, said…

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

January 13, 2016 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…

USCCB files amicus brief on behalf of Little Sisters of the Poor

January 12, 2016 WASHINGTON (CNS) — The general counsel for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the Little Sisters of the Poor, who have asked the court for relief from being forced to comply with the federal contraceptive mandate. The brief was filed…

Pope: Prayers of the faithful, not clergy, can make miracles happen

January 12, 2016 VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The prayers of the faithful, not the pope, bishops, priests or nuns, have the power to make miracles happen in the most impossible situations, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass. Saints, like St. Monica, have proven that lives can change if people pray courageously and believe that…

Comedian, cardinal, inmate present Pope Francis book on mercy

January 12, 2016 VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Arms flailing, the exuberant and perhaps hyperactive Italian actor and comedian Roberto Benigni described Pope Francis as a masterful minister of God’s mercy, which is always active and always on the move. Benigni brought the house down Jan. 12 during the presentation of the new book-length interview with…