Pope Francis teaches discernment for coping with spiritual battles
(RNS) — Spirituality frequently uses the language of battle, so it is not surprising that Pope Francis promotes the Christian equivalent of a spiritual jihad. Many in the West think jihad only means warfare, whereas it can also mean the struggle within oneself against sin.
Pope Francis’ five loves to combat the ills of today’s culture
(RNS) — Our modern culture breeds anxiety, negativity, says Francis, while asking us to content ourselves with consumerism and ersatz spirituality. Love for God and neighbor is the way to fight back.
‘Rejoice and be glad’: Catholics respond to pope’s letter
(RNS) — Pope Francis published the third apostolic exhortation of his papacy: ‘Gaudete et Exsultate,’ or ‘Rejoice and Be Glad.’ The first two riled conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church. How will this one be received?
Pope seeks ‘saints next door,’ not doctrinaire perfectionists
VATICAN CITY (AP) — In a new document, Pope Francis says defending the poor and migrants is “equally sacred” to defending the unborn — a not-so-veiled critique of the conservative right in the U.S. for whom opposition to abortion trumps the Gospel mandate to love and welcome the stranger.