These philanthropists are another group who will be looking for inspiration and challenge from the Holy Father on his visit to the United States.
Pope Francis has switched the focus of the Catholic Church away from a high-profile fight against abortion and gay marriage and onto a mission to serve the poor and extend mercy to all. He is far more concerned with issues related to money than to sex.
It is impossible, Holy Father, to be serious about doing anything for the poor and at the same time do little or nothing for women.
In a country where segregation is often said to be most evident on Sunday mornings, it is the Catholic Church that is not only one of the most racially and ethnically diverse religious groups, but the changing face of America is also being reflected in its pews.
Personally, as a Latin@ Catholic theologian who is una nieta de inmigrantes, I share your passion for justice for all migrants. I am particularly drawn to the attention you bring to cities in your theologizing, probably because I identify as hurban@́, Hispanic and urban, thanks in part to my New York roots and distinctive Bronx accent.
Much of the attention for Pope Francis' tour will be focused on the marquee events at which he will address the powerful members of governments from around the world and within the U.S. While these high-profile events matter, they are not the most important on the pontiff's agenda.
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When the Pope takes the stage in the heart of the nation's capital, Americans will be enthralled. He has done more than any other Vatican leader in our lifetime. And he has done so with grace, energy, and determination. Our political leaders will be watching him. They should learn from him too.
On Thursday evening, St. Mary's University dedicated and opened the Contreras Family Terrace, which includes a pub. But a few have questioned, "Why has a Catholic university established a gathering space that serves alcohol?"
The most amazing -- and decidedly Christian -- thing Francis has done since ascending to the papacy is his not-so-subtle attempt last week to welcome divorcees back to the church's fold. The move not only shows signs of a warmer, gentler Church, it also embraces and (literally) legitimizes people like me.
For every nine executions carried out in the United States, one person has been found to be innocent. What if an airline crashed one out of every 10 flights?
In an interview with Michael Tomae, Executive Producer and Director of the Owning Our Faith documentary and Father Gilbert S. Martinez, I explore some of the pressing questions surrounding the Catholic Church in regards to the LGBT issue.
As the United States prepares for an extended week-long visit from Pope Francis later this month, findings from a public opinion survey conducted earlier this year show that His Holiness is improving views of the Catholic Church among a wide swath of Americans.
Pope Francis will enter a nation with a proud history of opening its doors to the world's refugees and dispossessed, yet one experiencing the greatest level of animosity, skepticism and opposition toward its own refugee protection programs in decades.
On Tuesday, Pope Francis issued a letter decreeing priests could absolve women who have had an abortion who now seek forgiveness. The disapproving reactions from evangelicals may surprise observers since they have been the Catholic Church's closest allies on many political issues.
In this broken world we need mercy, we need redemption, and we most certainly need to be united. So as our Catholic brothers and sisters celebrate and mark their year of mercy, may we in the Protestant tradition be bold enough to share in that work of grace with them.