TORVAIANICA, Italy—Pope Francis’ recent gesture of welcome for transgender Catholics has resonated strongly in this working class, seaside town south of Rome, where a community of trans women has found help and hope through a remarkable relationship with the pontiff forged during the darkest times of the pandemic.
“If Jesus gave, why not us too?” Thus, said The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as it encouraged and welcomed everyone to celebrate the birth and life of Jesus Christ through gift-giving during the kick-off of its 2023 Light the World Giving Machines on November 9.
The coffee table book titled “500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines” was garnered the “To Be a Patriot Award” by the Knights of Columbus (KofC) International Award.
Mike Dulak grew up Catholic in Southern California, but by his teen years, he began skipping Mass and driving straight to the shore to play guitar, watch the waves and enjoy the beauty of the morning. “And it felt more spiritual than any time I set foot in a church,” he recalled.
VATICAN—Pope Francis opened the Synod on Synodality’s three-week assembly last Wednesday with a call to remember that the Church exists to bring Jesus to the world and should face today’s challenges with a gaze fixed on God rather than “political calculations or ideological battles.”
The Chinese-Filipino Catholic Apostolate in the Philippines concluded its national convention on September 30, 2023, with a 4 PM Mass at the Binondo Chinese Parish of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, recognized as the Mother of all Chinese-Filipino Catholic parishes in the Philippines.