Slices | March 21, 2014
Slices | March 7, 2014
A new Pew Research Center poll has found that a majority of American Catholics believe Pope Francis is ushering in positive changes for the Church, but he hasn’t actually caused them to change their behavior. About 85% of Catholic polled have a favorable opinion of the leader, with 71% saying his shift in Vatican direction is improving things for the Church. However, when it comes to actually expressing their faith—through attending mass, going to confession or volunteering—little has changed. Rev. Thomas Reese, a senior analyst at The National Catholic Reporter told The New York Times that though the numbers aren’t exactly positive, the fact the church isn’t losing members could be an indication of Pope Francis’ positive influence: “This could be interpreted as showing that Francis has had no impact. On the other hand, since church attendance has been declining since the 1950s, the fact that it did not go down could be considered a victory” ... Discuss
Slices | January 2, 2014
In his first New Years Day message since becoming the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis challenged Christians and non-Christians alike to work together to end international conflicts. Speaking to those gathered in St. Peter’s Square, he said,
We are all children of one heavenly father. We belong to the same human family and we share a common destiny. This brings a responsibility for each to work so that the world becomes a community of brothers who respect each other, accept each other in one's diversity, and take care of one another.
For the Catholic Church, New Year's Day is traditionally dedicated to the promotion of world peace, but Pope Francis’ message echoed recent calls to work together to help those that are displaced by violence and wars. The message followed a massive peace march, in which thousands of people demonstrated the common message of ending global conflicts as they walked together to the Vatican. According to USA Today, several Syrians, who waved the flag of their war-torn country, were among those in the crowd ... Discuss