Two things out of the Vatican today:
1) Pope Francis issued a letter
to families asking for their prayers as he and his advisers prepare for October's extraordinary synod on the family. An excerpt: "In your journey as a family, you share so many beautiful moments: meals, rest, housework, leisure, prayer, trips and pilgrimages, and times of mutual support… Nevertheless, if there is no love then there is no joy, and authentic love comes to us from Jesus. He offers us his word, which illuminates our path; he gives us the Bread of life which sustains us on our journey."
2) Using strong words in his homily this morning
, Pope Francis called war a "scandal to be mourned every day."
"Think of the children starving in refugee camps," Pope Francis continued, "these are the fruits of war. And then think of the great dining rooms, of the parties held by those who control the arms industry, who produce weapons."
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced on Feb. 23
that Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has found two priests unsuitable for ministry based on "substantiated allegations" of sexual abuse. Both crimes allegedly took place 40 years ago.
Women in the Diocese of Syracuse held a meeting Feb. 24 to discuss the role of women in the Church
, including the priesthood and diaconate.
The Associated Press reports on the tragic Muslim-Christian conflict
in the Central African Republic.
With Ash Wednesday a little more than a week away, the USCCB has posted online resources
for the season. Our Sunday Visitor, too, has a GREAT resource for praying your way through Lent, including an interactive online calendar and an opportunity to journey through Lent by meditating on the Our Father.
Blessings on your day!
Gretchen R. Crowe is editor of OSV Newsweekly.