Pope Will Sign New Encyclical in Assisi Oct. 3

Pope Francis will travel to Assisi Oct. 3 to sign an encyclical on the social, political and economic obligations that flow from a belief that all people are children of God and therefore brothers and sisters to one another.

Pope Urges Display of Nativity Scenes in Both Public and Private

In a document signed in the city where the Nativity crèche was born, Pope Francis on the first Sunday of Advent urged Christians to keep the “beautiful family tradition” of preparing these scenes in the days before Christmas, but also to keep the custom of setting them up in the workplace, in schools, hospitals, prisons and town squares.

Faith in Focus: October 12, 2019

For the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi on Oct. 4, furry friends and other diocesan pets were blessed by Msgr. David Cassato, pastor of St. Athanasius Church, Bensonhurst.

Stigmata of St. Francis

St. Francis of Assisi’s reception of the stigmata, the wounds of Christ, at La Verna in Italy and its depiction by artists beginning in the 15th century is the focus of a National Gallery of Art exhibit.