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St. Padre Pio’s feast was celebrated this week, and Father Gus Puleo retraces the mystic’s remarkable ministry in the 20th century – one with roots in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, where devotion to the saint remains strong.
Father Ken Doyle answers the plea of a Catholic who finds people’s conversations in church disrespectful, and at times downright rude. He describes striking a balance where people can “catch up a bit” and maintain an atmosphere of prayerful silence.
Tuck the Gospel in your pocket and put on your walking shoes to share Christ’s love, peace and joy with the world, Pope Francis said. The faithful, he said, must “not be indifferent to or removed from the fate of our brothers and sisters.”
Christians are called to help those who have nothing to give and love those who don’t love back, Pope Francis said.
“Every face turned to him grows brighter,” wrote the psalmist, probably on a fall afternoon. For columnist Effie Caldarola, the autumn is a beautiful time for volunteering, learning and praying together.
Do not be afraid to change and let go of obsolete structures, Pope Francis said, because Jesus has brought new wine that needs fresh wineskins.
Father Ken Doyle feels for the reader who asks why she and her husband are not offered the chalice at Communion. They should be invited to drink the Blood of Christ even if they remain in the front pew, he writes. Also, he writes of the apparent journalistic skill of St. Luke’s Gospel reporting on Mary.
Father Ken Doyle enlightens a Catholic convert about the annulment process and reveals its Scriptural roots. Divorce, he writes in his weekly Q & A column, is not always a sin that needs to be forgiven.