An hour after the white smoke billowed from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, the world learned the name of the man who was elected to be the 265th successor to St. Peter: Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the Jesuit cardinal of Buenos Aires. He chose the name Francis.
Known for his surprises, nobody saw Pope Benedict’s resignation coming.
Fifty years ago, Pope John XXIII famously opened the windows of the Church. With Twitter, Pope Benedict XVI is doing the same for a new, more plugged-in generation of Catholics.
We at The Catholic Sun receive a great deal of feedback from you, our faithful readers. During election seasons, the comments tend to split between two different camps: Some think that we are too conservative, while others are convinced that we are too liberal.
So perhaps we are right where we are supposed to be.
America’s got a weight problem. It’s only getting worse. Today more than a third of U.S. adults are considered obese, according to studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By 2030, that number jumps to 42 percent. Obesity is a serious issue that brings with it an increased likelihood of health problems, including [...]
Our Catholic faith is under attack. Some say that we are at war. But this is nothing new. For hundreds of years, our Catholic mothers and fathers who carried on the faith have been subject to ridicule, scorn and derision. It is well documented that Catholic immigrants, those who sacrificed everything to cross oceans and [...]
President Obama picked a fight with Catholics last month when he announced his administration would force nearly all religious organizations to fully subsidize contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs as part of its health care coverage for employees. This unprecedented move by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has been widely criticized by many, [...]
Editor’s note: A version of this editorial appears in the Dec. 15, 2011, print edition of The Catholic Sun. Experts are prognosticating that the Arizona economy will improve next year. A full recovery, though, is still some ways out. Jobs, incomes, sales and housing are expected to improve in 2012, according to Arizona State University [...]