"Come and See" Vocation Weekend: Jan. 20-22

For men discerning God's call to religious life. Weekend begins on Friday at 5:00 p.m. at St. Conrad Friary (1534 Arch Street, Berkeley, CA). For more information, please email olacapuchinsvoc@gmail.com.


Missa solemnis for Saint Agnes
Saturday, January 21, 5:00 pm in the Shrine Church

After the Walk for Life, a High Mass in the Extraordinary Form will be celebrated for life by Father Anthony Lajato, OFM Conv. The Mass will start at 5:00 p.m. after the Walk for Life participants continue up from their ending point at Justin Herman Plaza.


Begining January 18, 2017

Vatican City, Jan 9, 2017 / (Catholic News Agency).

Pope Francis has decided to begin 2017 in much the same way as he did last year: praying for Christian unity. And it is this drive for unity — not only among Christians but with other religions as well — that has emerged as a sort-of personal manifesto from practically the moment he took office. In his newest and first prayer video for the year, Pope Francis prayed for Christian unity, specifically "that all Christians may be faithful to the Lord's teaching by striving with prayer and fraternal charity to restore ecclesial communion and by collaborating to meet the challenges facing humanity."

Both ecumenical and interfaith dialogue have been major priorities for Pope Francis in general. But 2016, which happened to coincide with the Jubilee of Mercy, was especially packed with ecumenical and interfaith meetings and encounters, some marking historic new steps. Almost monthly, the Pope made some sort of new gesture or held a landmark meeting.

In addition to highlighting this priority, the Pope's prayer intention this month is also a clear reflection of his preference to focus on shared areas of interest and collaboration in ecumenical and interfaith discussions, rather than points of theological division, as a means of providing both sides the common ground on which to move forward.

For Francis, while questions of theology and doctrine are important, working together to serve the poor and vulnerable is the privileged place where ecclesial unity is expressed, even if the theological wrinkles have yet to be ironed out. And if his prayer intention this month is any indication, as we look ahead to 2017 we can anticipate that the type of events and encounters we saw in 2016 won't slow down, but will likely continue to gain steam.