At the dawn of this new liturgical year which began Dec. 1, Bishop John Noonan announces a new Diocese of Orlando video series that is aimed at helping people to know the core tenets of the Catholic faith and just as important, how to integrate those tenets into daily life.
What do the following have in common: a Greek Psalter from the late 15th Century, a Tehilim (psalter) and Birkat ha-mazon (Hebrew blessings following a meal) printed in 1477, a Sephardic Pentateuch datable to the late 11th–early 12th century and a 10th Century Greek Bible?
Pope Francis has called on Catholic organizations, other faith traditions and people of good will to join in a campaign to combat hunger under the banner: One Human Family, Food for All.
A perfect storm is brewing that has Catholic Charities of Central Florida struggling to meet requests for food assistance. A drop in donations, an increase of people needing help, and recent cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has made this already busy time of year especially challenging. As quick as donations come in, they are back out the door in the arms of hungry families.
Pope Francis' general prayer intention for December is: "That children who are victims of abandonment or violence may find the love and protection they need". His mission intention is: "That Christians, enlightened by the Word incarnate, may prepare humanity for the Savior's coming".
This morning's briefing on the work of the Council of Cardinals involved the extraordinary participation of Cardinal Sean O’Malley, archbishop of Boston, who communicated the Pope's approval of a proposal submitted by the eight cardinals – the creation of a Commission for the protection of minors.