Never Again War

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Prayer

In his Sunday Angelus message yesterday, Pope Francis reminded the pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square near the end of his message that today, July 28th, marks the one hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. It is easy for us to look back on the Great War and call it, as the Holy Father did, a great …

Blessed Are the Peacemakers

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Pope Francis

Pope Francis asked that pilgrims assembled in St. Peter’s Square for the Sunday Angelus yesterday take a few moments and pray for peace in the Holy Land, a place where there seems to be no peace to be had, merely a whole lot of suffering for a lot of people on all sides, who in turn blame the other side …

Practice Preaching

David Oatney Diocese of Knoxville, Vocations

If you read Catholic blogs on a regular basis, you have probably noticed that many clergy blogs have something in common. Whether it is Monsignor Charles Pope and his official work for the Archdiocese of Washington (Monsignor Pope does the same thing in Washington that myself and Father Christian Mathis have done here at Life At 25 for the Diocese …

The Pope Who Leads By Example

David Oatney Catechism, New Evangelization, Prayer, Year of Faith

Pope Francis not only called for a vigil of prayer and fasting this past weekend, but the Holy Father has continued a recurring theme of rejecting what he likes to call “false religiosity,” telling people not to keep certain devotions merely for the sake of those devotions, but to engage in devotional practices and works of charity that draw them …

Praying, fasting for peace in Syria

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

Catholics across East Tennessee and around the country are encouraged to join a “Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in Syria, the Middle East and the World” on Saturday, Sept. 7, as the U.S. government considers its role in the ongoing struggle in Syria. Pope Francis has called on the world’s Catholics to fast and pray for peace on …

Pope Francis calls for peace, worldwide vigil Sept. 7

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

VATICAN CITY (Catholic News Agency/EWTN News) — Departing from his typical reflections on the Sunday gospel, Pope Francis used his Angelus audience Sunday to call for peace throughout the world, particularly in conflict-ridden Syria. “I appeal strongly for peace, an appeal which arises from the deep within me,” he said to the crowds in St. Peter’s Square on Sept. 1. …