St. Monica is honored in the Church for her holy example and dedicated prayerful intercession for her son, St. Augustine, before his conversion.
Archbishop Cruz was the author of 54 books, including works on Catholic marriage, the call of the laity, administration of the temporal goods of the Church, and a critique of the Philippine bishops’ guidelines on sexual abuse cases.
South Korea’s president is Catholic, but has not taken a public stand on the abortion law.
In his address, the pope reflected on the day’s Gospel reading (Matthew 16:13-20), in which Peter professes his faith in Jesus as the Messiah and Son of God.
Pope Francis called Bishop Lisboa on Aug. 19 after the Islamic State declared that it had taken two military bases near Cabo Delgado’s port city Mocimboa da Praia.
Archbishop Kondrusiewicz called on the government of Belarus to allow priests to visit imprisoned protesters earlier this week and appealed to the country’s interior minister to release the detainees.
An estimated 6,700 people were arrested in violent protests as demonstrators clashed with police forces, who used tear gas and rubber bullets.
Speaking via livestream from the library of the Vatican’s apostolic palace, Pope Francis said that the pandemic has “shed light on broader social ills,” including “a distorted view of the person” that ignores human dignity and “fosters an individualistic and aggressive throw-away culture, which transforms the human being into a consumer good”.
The twins’ mother wanted her daughters to be baptized by the Holy Father.
Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai delivered a homily Aug. 9, calling for an international investigation into the explosion at the Lebanese port.