At general audience, Pope speaks on Communion (Vatican Press Office) Continuing his weekly series of catechetical talks on the Mass, Pope Francis spoke on March 21 about the reception of Communion. Saying that the Eucharist is a remedy for sin and a path to salvation, he cited the words of St. Ambrose: “I who sin always, am always in need of medicine.” The Pope suggested that after receiving Communion, the faithful “are helped by silence: silent prayer.”
Pope confirms plan to visit Ireland for World Meeting of Families (Vatican News) At his regular weekly public audience on March 21, Pope Francis confirmed that he will travel to Ireland in August to participate in the World Meeting of Families. As expected, the Pontiff will arrive in Dublin on August 25 to join in a “festival of families,” then preside at Mass on August 26 at the close of the event.
Russian Orthodox patriarch congratulates Putin on reelection (Interfax) “May God keep you in good physical and spiritual health and give you strength to carry out what you have planned, which was so decisively backed up by our people,” Patriarch Kirill of Moscow said in a message to Vladimir Putin. “To you, national leader, on behalf of the Russian Orthodox Church, I declare: many good years!”
Brazilian bishop, priests accused of stealing $600,000 from church (Crux) Bishop José Ronaldo Ribiero of Formosa, Brazil, has been arrested and charged with taking $600,000 in church funds. Several other priests, including the vicar general of the Formosa diocese, were also charged, in what police said was a conspiracy to divert diocesan funds to the clerics’ personal purposes.
Study shows growing indifference to religion among millennials in Europe (Guardian) Among young people in Europe, a rising number profess no religious beliefs, a new survey finds. In the Czech Republic, 91% of “millennials” (aged 16 to 29) have no religious affiliation. In Sweden, Estonia, and the Netherlands, the number of millennials without religious ties is over 70%. Poland is Europe’s most religious country, with only 17% of young adults saying they have no religious ties.
In the United Kingdom, the survey found that Catholic millennials outnumbered Anglicans, by 10 to 7%. Anglicans in that age group barely outnumbered Muslims, who accounted for 6%.
Caritas devotes Easter message to migrants (Caritas Swaziland) “This Eastertime, we at Caritas would like to invite you to join us on a journey of faith, hope
and love with migrants,” begins the message from Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, the Philippine prelate who serves as president of the Church’s confederation of relief and development agencies.