Prayer isn't about closing oneself in a room with God "to put makeup on your soul -- that's not prayer, that's fake praying; to pray is to face God and allow yourself to be sent by him to help a brother or sister," Pope Francis said.
"The natural world is fading. It's happened in my lifetime. I've seen it with my own eyes. This film is my witness statement." That's the sobering message of "David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet."
In facing the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the efforts of the scientific community can serve as an example for the world on the importance of working together for the common good, Pope Francis said.
As early voting begins in some states for the coming presidential election, Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori is urging his parishioners to be guided by the principles of Catholic social teaching as they complete their ballots.
In the six months since the World Health Organization declared the worldwide spread of the novel coronavirus a pandemic, U.S.-based Catholic organizations have learned how to adjust to the changed landscape of the world in which they operate, and make adaptations that may outlive the global health emergency.