Lent is time to grow in faith, hope, love, pope says

Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service | March 3, 2021

VATICAN CITY — As Christians pray, fast, and give alms during Lent, they also should consider giving a smile and offering a kind word to people feeling alone or frightened because of the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis said.

“Love rejoices in seeing others grow. Hence it suffers when others are anguished, lonely, sick, homeless, despised or in need,” the pope wrote in his message for Lent 2021.

The message, released by the Vatican on Feb. 12, focuses on Lent as “a time for renewing faith, hope and love” through the traditional practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. And, by going to confession.
Throughout the message, Pope Francis emphasized how the Lenten practices not only promote individual conversion, but also should have an impact on others.

“By receiving forgiveness in the sacrament that lies at the heart of our process of conversion, we in turn can spread forgiveness to others,” he said. “Having received forgiveness ourselves, we can offer it through our willingness to enter into attentive dialogue with others and to give comfort to those experiencing sorrow and pain.”

The pope’s message contained several references to his encyclical “Fratelli Tutti, on Fraternity and Social Friendship Continue reading

Snow job

David Mayernik Jr. | March 3, 2021

by David Mayernik Jr. Editor I began typing this column at home, sitting on my couch as five-plus inches of snow was falling outside, making it too dangerous to drive to the Chancery on the North Side of Pittsburgh. Now, … Continue reading

Archbishop William attends Ordination of Sixth Bishop of Diocese of Greensburg

Editor | March 3, 2021

Bishop larry james Kulick ordained feb. 11 at blessed sacrament cathedral Archbishop William Skurla lays his hands on Bishop Larry Kulick, the Sixth Bishop of the Diocese of Greensburg, Pa., Feb. 11 at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. Archbishop William Skurla was … Continue reading

“The Liturgy Jerusalem”

Editor | March 3, 2021

Press release by the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of SS. Cyril and Methodius father deacon daniel galadza guest speaker at 21st annual ss. cyril and methodius lecture Father Deacon Daniel Galadza will deliver both in person and through livestream the 21st … Continue reading

God offers humanity a love with no equal on earth, pope says at audience

| March 3, 2021

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — There is no greater love in the world than the love God has for humanity, Pope Francis said. “What kind of God is prepared to die for people? What kind of God loves always and patiently, … Continue reading

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An Explantation of the Byzantine Rite Liturgical Practice of Observing All Souls Saturdays

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