Pope plays host to homeless

Pope Francis brings 4,000 homeless to Mass and then invites them to lunch

As it could not be otherwise: the poor and most needy were the protagonists of the first World Day of the Poor.

Thousands came and filled St. Peter’s Basilica, with several of them leading the procession that started the ceremony…

It was also the homeless who read the readings of the day.

During his homily, Pope Francis issued a warning.

From St. Peter’s Basilica and before 4,000 needy people, the pope said the sin of omission is on the rise. This is the sin of those who think to “be good” it is enough to simply not to do bad things.

“We often think that we haven’t done anything wrong, and so we rest content, presuming that we are good and just.”



Sister killed in Somalia in 2006

Pope recognizes martyrdom of sister killed in Somalia in 2006

Consolata Sister Leonella Sgorbati, pictured in an undated photo, and her bodyguard, were gunned down as they left the children's hospital where she worked in Mogadishu, Somalia, in 2006. (CNS/EPA)

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis formally recognized the martyrdom of an Italian Consolata sister murdered in Somalia in 2006 and the martyrdom of a 25-year-old priest in Hungary in 1957.

The Vatican announced the pope’s decisions Nov. 9, along with news that he had declared Pope John Paul I “venerable” and had advanced five other sainthood causes.

In the case of the two martyrs, the pope’s recognition clears the way for their beatification, the step before canonization.

Consolata Sister Leonella Sgorbati and her bodyguard were gunned down as they left the children’s hospital where she worked in Mogadishu. Their deaths in September 2006 came amid rising tensions in the Muslim world over a speech then-Pope Benedict XVI had given in Regensburg, Germany, quoting a Christian emperor’s criticism of Islam.

Pope recognizes martyrdom of sister killed in Somalia in 2006


Felician Sister travels to Texas

llSister Martha Janysek, CSSF   and four sister students from India, living with her in San Antonio, Texas,  drove the 30 miles to Sutherland Springs yesterday afternoon to pray for the victims of the shooting at the First Baptist Church.   Sister Martha shared that she passes the community when she visits her family, who live southeast of the town.  Sister wrote that the town consists of three businesses, a post office, two gas stations and a Dollar General.  Due to the vast number of media and police vehicles the sisters parked near the Dollar General Store parking lot and prayed.  Sister Martha plans to attend some of the services for the deceased and, after the media leaves the town, to return to pray and offer comfort to the small community.