Diocese of Brooklyn Non-Partisan Voter Registration Drive!
The Diocese is undertaking a massive voter registration drive, with schools and academies registering parents of students from June 6 through June 10, and our parishes featuring voter registration tables outside of Sunday Masses on June 12. This service to our parishioners and parents is useful for those who need to register for the first time, update their registration, change their party affiliation, or simply make sure they are registered voters. To participate or volunteer, see your pastor or school principal for details.
Dear brothers and sisters,
I thank God for being here, on Chiapaneca soil. It feels good to be here on this soil, on this land; it is good to be here in this place which, with you here, has a family flavour, a home flavour. I give thanks for your faces and your presence; I give thanks to God because of the heart-beat of his presence in your families. I also thank you, families and friends, for giving us your witness, for opening to us the doors of your homes, the doors of your lives; you have allowed us to sit with you sharing both in the bread that nourishes you and in the sweat of your brow as you face the difficulties of every day. It is the bread representing the joys, the hopes and the hard sweat with which you confront sadness, disillusion and failings. I thank you for allowing me to enter into your families, your homes, and to sit at your tables.
Below is the full text of Pope Francis’ words to the youth of Mexico at José María Morellos y Pavón Stadium, Morelia, Mexico:
Dear young friends,
Good afternoon. When I arrived in this country I received a warm welcome. I saw something which I have sensed for a long time: the vitality, the joy, and the festive spirit of the Mexican people. And now [ahorita]… after listening to you, but particularly after seeing you, I am also certain about something else, something I said to the President of the nation when I arrived. One of Mexico’s greatest treasures is that it has a youthful face: its young people. Yes, you are the wealth of this land. I did not say the hope of this land, but its wealth.
When Pope Francis visits Cuba and Mexico City on February 12-17, 2016, DeSales Media will be there to bring you live coverage in English and Spanish.
The Tablet, Currents and Nuestra Voz reporters will be in Mexico City and New York City to provide exclusive commentary throughout the week. They will be joined by leading Catholic journalists and experts including Austen Ivereigh, Fr. Agustino Torres and Fr. Joseph Espaillat, who also contributed to our Pope in Cuba/USA coverage this past September.
Head over to netny.tv/pope-mex-schedule/ for full information on Pope Francis’ trip to Mexico.
By A.M. Brier
With the 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops currently underway, it can be challenging to decipher Vatican reports from the press, and even more confusing to follow what’s going on in the Synod Hall. No need to break out encyclicals or dust off your Latin dictionaries (although we hope you do both anyway!). Without further ado, here are eight key Vatican phrases to better understand the Synod.
In a visit to a Philadelphia prison, Pope Francis encouraged inmates to turn to Jesus in their quest to get “back on the right road.”
The pope spent more than an hour Sunday at the maximum-security Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, where he spoke to about 100 men and women gathered in the prison gym.
He acknowledged that they are going through a “painful time” for themselves and their families, and said the Gospel offers lessons on rehabilitation and redemption.
“Jesus seeks us out. He wants to heal our wounds,” the pope said. “He doesn’t ask us where we have been, he doesn’t question us about what we have done.”
All that is beautiful leads us to God. Because is God is good, God is beautiful, God is true. Thank you all those who have offered their witness. And for the presence of all of you, that is also great witness…a real witness that it’s worth being a family.
[Very emphatic]: Once a child asked me – you know that kids ask difficult questions – he asked me Father, what did God do before creating the world?
I assure you, I found real difficulty in answering the question. So I said what I’m now going to say to you: Before creating the world, God loved. Because God is love.
When Pope Francis spoke to Congress, he did so in his dual roles as a foreign head of state and as a spiritual leader. It would have been easy for him to encounter the same skepticism that Bibi Netanyahu did during his own address — as someone foreign, whose goals weren’t necessarily aligned with our own, who was getting a high profile chance to lobby our government.
USA – Philadelphia – 26.09.2015 – 10.30
Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul
Holy Mass with the Bishops, Clergy, Men and Women Religious of Pennsylvania
This morning I learned something about the history of this beautiful Cathedral: the story behind its high walls and windows. I would like to think, though, that the history of the Church in this city and state is really a story not about building walls, but about breaking them down. It is a story about generation after generation of committed Catholics going out to the peripheries, and building communities of worship, education, charity and service to the larger society.