Description: Speaking to a global gathering of priests in June, Pope Francis signaled an openness to changing the date of Easter in the West so that all Christians around the world could celebrate the feast on the same day. The Pope said “we have to come to an agreement” for a common date on Easter. The event drew priests from five continents. The Pope joked that Christians could say to one another: “When did Christ rise from the dead? My Christ rose today, and yours next week,” adding that this disunity is a scandal. The Orthodox churches normally celebrate Easter a week after the Catholics. We talk to Dr. Adam Deville about this gathering that received virtually no attention at the time.
Dr Adam Deville
Dr Adam Deville is chair of the Philosophy and Theology department at St Francis University in Ft Wayne, Indiana, where is also the Program Director of the Master of Arts in Theology. He’s the author of Orthodoxy and the Roman Papacy.
Description: As you know, Veterans Day is an annual United States holiday honoring military veterans. In other countries, the day is celebrated as Armistice Day. It recalls the ending of World War I at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice. But did you know the date was chosen in light of European cultural awareness of feast day of St. Martin? We hear the story from Karen McClellend
Description: As a response to the pastoral crisis brought about by the production and use of pornography, the USCCB intends to offer a comprehensive treatment of this important topic in a document titled “Create in Me a Clean Heart.” It is directed primarily at Catholic leaders and parents, though with an eye to all who struggle with or are affected by pornography. We talk to Bethany Meola, in the office of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth at the USCCB
Bethany Meola is Assistant Director for the Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth at the USCCB