Pope Francis has offered us a lot of advice on how to be better Christians and people. He's also taken a hard look at some practices among the faithful that have long been accepted in different forms, but that are bad for spiritual health.
The Archdiocese of Boston has released a joint letter from Metropolitan Methodios and Cardinal Seán on the upcoming meeting between Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew during Pope Francis's visit to the Holy Land.
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
I'm excited to introduce a new series here at the CatholicTV blog: Faith Fridays! Each week we'll look at a tenet of Catholic faith, reflect on its meaning and consider ways to deepen the way we live that tenet.
This past weekend, Pope Francis travelled to the Holy Land, where he walked the steps of Jesus, prayed with Muslims and Jews for peace, and met with the Archbishop of Constantinople, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
Pope Francis' universal prayer intention for April 2016 is that "small farmers may receive a just reward for their precious labor."
Prayer for February 2016: Care for Creation and Encounter in Asia Universal
Pope Francis' universal prayer intention for February 2016 is "that we may take good care of creation–a gift freely given–cultivating and protecting it for future generations".
We're so happy that Pope Francis has begun releasing video prayer intentions. May this new media effort help the Holy Father reach even more people with his message of mercy and fraternity. We're glad to share this month's video with you here:
Pope Francis' universal prayer intention for July 2016 is that "That indigenous peoples, whose identity and very existence are threatened, will be shown due respect."
Prayer for March 2016: Families in Difficulty and Persecuted Christians
Pope Francis has released his message for Lent 2017, which begins on Wednesday, March 1. For this season of conversion, Pope Francis asks us to remember that "the Word is a gift" and "other persons are a gift," and calls to mind the parable of the rich man and Lazarus.
The Holy Father says: