Pope Francis is a good shepherd. The "Good Shepherd" knows his sheep and calls them by name. Today the Holy Father has presented his much awaited Post Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, "Amoris Laetitia," "The Joy of Love," On Love in the Family.
The oldest international collection for the Catholic Church is the Good Friday Collection for the Holy Land; it is the only offering that the Holy Father asks of Catholics worldwide on one given day. This offering dates back hundreds of years.
I am writing this column a week before you receive the Texas Catholic Herald. As this time, the Holy Father has already come to Mexico to begin his pilgrimage of faith to that important country, a place dear to the many parishioners in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston who are from Mexico.
The Season of Lent arrives early in 2016. Ash Wednesday is February 10. Easter Sunday is March 27. Because this is the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has placed very special emphasis on the celebration of the forty days leading to Easter.
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