Marked with ashes, Christians set off on a Lenten journey where they strive to leave behind everything that will turn to dust and instead focus on drawing closer to God and God’s promise of eternal life, Pope Francis said.
Australian Cardinal George Pell, the highest-ranked Catholic clergyman to be found guilty of child sexual abuse, has had his appeal process fast-tracked and might spend only three more months behind bars before it is heard.
The figure comes from the Statistical Yearbook of the Church, which reported worldwide church figures as of Dec. 31, 2017.
The kingdom of God is being established slowly in the world through patience and gentleness and not by violence or force, Pope Francis said.
Last year the HOPE Appeal raised $4.528 million. This year’s goal is $4.5 million, Mensing said, and the theme is “Gratitude”: “We want to thank our supporters, our parishioners for the many years of support and loyalty that they have given to the HOPE Appeal. And the essence of Christian stewardship is giving thanks to our generous and merciful God for the many gifts he’s given to each of us.”