Pope Francis

 
Cardinal's Statement on Pope Francis's Encyclical:
Laudato Si: Protecting Our Common Home and the Dignity of the Poor
(Boston - June 18, 2015) - I welcome with joy and gratitude the encyclical letter, "Laudato Si" ("Praise be to You") on the urgent human, moral and religious issue of the environment. The first pope to take the name of Francis opens the letter with a phrase from St. Francis of Assisi whose spirit and vision is evident throughout the encyclical. (click here to continue)
 

 
The Eucharistic Miracle of Buenos Aires: A Modern Day Eucharistic Miracle
Fr. DiPerri shared this story in one of his homilies a few months ago. Seeing the video to go with the story is very powerful. A parishioner shared this link with us. We hope you enjoy it:
 



 
Father DiPerri’s Reflection on Pope Francis’s US Pilgrimage
 
Pope Francis’s pilgrimage to the United States was a true blessing to our nation as he re-echoed the Gospel Truth. It was a special privilege for me to join other priests in concelebrating the outdoor Mass with Pope Francis last Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia. Upwards of a million people joined to worship God, while hundreds of thousands lined the city’s streets, although thousands of others were unable to enter the parkway area due to the sheer volume of people trying to enter through security checkpoints. I was impressed by the numbers of young people and families of all backgrounds and status, yearning to join in these religious celebrations, as the breadth and depth of the Catholic Church was made manifest to the nation. The pope fulfilled his role in acting as a unifying force for God — challenging our society that yearns for God, with the timeliness of Gospel Truth that Jesus Christ is Lord.
 
Throughout Pope Francis’s visit, he highlighted the power of the Sacraments — especially the Eucharist — and God’s great Mercy in the sacrament of confession. The pope challenged our successful society to be more caring to those in need, while applauding our nation’s fundamental ideals, and its history of generosity toward caring for others. He clearly highlighted longstanding Church social teaching. He stressed the importance of the sanctity of human Life — at all stages — from the first moment of conception until natural time of death.
 
The pope noted the significance of all people — especially the most vulnerable in our culture — the unborn, sick, immigrant, poor, and the fundamental importance of marriage and family values. His visit to those in prison emphasized that we are all children of God in need of repentance and God's healing. The pope once again lamented crimes against children by individuals, especially as experienced by the clergy sex abuse scandal and the inappropriate hierarchical response that sadly marked the human dimension of our Church. He highlighted Church opposition to the death penalty as an affront to respect of the sanctity of Life, while emphasizing the importance of just laws and social order.
 
He has cautioned the world on the excesses of materialism and the problems associated with unrestrained capitalism — or Social Darwinism — that centers on the survival of only the fittest. He focused on the need to take proper care of God's creation, so that we may live in a world with clean air, land, and water. His visit to an inner city Catholic School emphasized the importance of Catholic education and raising our children in the Faith, by regular attendance of Mass, and home-centered religious instruction provided by each family. He clearly stressed the significance of religious freedom and for the Church and faith-filled individuals to freely exercise their faith in the public square, as symbolized by his unscheduled visit to the Little Sisters of the Poor, who are struggling with unfair government mandates that violate their sincerely held religious beliefs. His respect for people of other beliefs was clearly manifested, without compromising our belief in the primacy of the Gospel.
 
His remarks were profound — but not new — as the pope heralds the Truth in our belief in the One God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; and the Church’s mission that flows from our core belief — the conviction that each human being is called to holiness and each a child of God.
 
Rev. James DiPerri, Pastor
Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted
September 2015
 
 
For video clips and news about the Pope's visit, see the Papal Visit 2015 page on the USCCB website.