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  • “The time has arrived to denounce the roots of the evil which is Islam and outlaw it”

    07/15/2016 6:27:11 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 39 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | July 15, 2016 | Magdi Christiano Allam
    Good day friends. Not to minimize in any way, the terrifying number of the dead, the tragic end of innocent citizens who thronged the promenade in Nice to watch the firework display on occasion of a national holiday and the identity of the criminal, the Islamic terrorist who perpetrated the massacre of at least 84 people, among them many children, what is extremely important right now is that we finally acknowledge we are at war and - most especially - the enemy we have to fight and defeat: Islam. If, however, those who govern us continue to absolve Islam by...
  • Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne: Muhammad "instrument of God's mercy" [Chrislam in Church]

    07/10/2016 2:32:27 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 53 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 7/10/2016 | Robert Spencer
    The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne has issued greetings to Muslims on the occasion of the feast of Eid al-Fitr. The Very Reverend Denis Stanley, Episcopal Vicar for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations for the Melbourne Archdiocese, wrote: The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne would like to extend its best wishes to the Muslim community in Victoria and Australia on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, the Feast of the Breaking of the Fast, celebrated at the end of the sacred month of Ramadan. The Holy Qur'an was first revealed in the month of Ramadan and had a special purpose: "And We sent down...
  • Pope and top imam embrace in historic Vatican meeting [Rev 13]

    05/26/2016 10:20:10 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 37 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 5/24/2016 | Staff
    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis embraced the grand imam of Cairo's Al-Azhar Mosque at the Vatican on Monday in a historic encounter both sides hope will lead to greater understanding and dialogue between the two faiths. The first Vatican meeting between the leader of the world's Catholics and the highest authority in Sunni Islam marks the culmination of a significant improvement in relations between the two faiths since Francis took office in 2013. "Our meeting is the message," Francis said in a brief comment at the start of his meeting with Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, shortly after he had hugged and...
  • Georgian Orthodox Church Rejects Ecumenical Document for Worldwide Orthodox Council

    02/27/2016 6:40:17 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Georgian Orthodox Church has rejected a document on ecumenism, prepared for the worldwide council of Orthodox leaders scheduled to take place in Crete in June. The rejection of the preparatory document by one of the world's fourteen autocephalous Orthodox churches poses the first serious challenge for the council's planners. A key organizing principle for the council has been that any statement or document produced by the participants must have unanimous support. The opposition of the Georgian hiearchy also illustrates the deep suspicions about ecumenical work within some Orthodox circles. Patriarch Ilia II of Tbilisi, the leader of the Georgian...
  • Francis and Kirill: Smoke and Mirrors [Catholic / Orthodox Caucus]

    02/15/2016 6:07:29 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Unam Sanctam Catholicam ^ | February 14, 2016 | Boniface
    Pope Francis has concluded his historic meeting with Patriach Kirill of Moscow and All Russia in Cuba this past week. Their Joint Declaration calls for Catholic and Russian Orthodox to stand together in support of persecuted Christians, and also to give a joint witness in favor of life and traditional marriage. There are many good things in this document, but paragraphs 24 and 25 in particular caught my attention vis-a-vis their implications for ecumenism. Here are the paragraphs in question: 24. Orthodox and Catholics are united not only by the shared Tradition of the Church of the first millennium, but...
  • The Francis / Orthodox Meeting in Cuba

    02/11/2016 4:57:28 PM PST · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | February 10, 2016 | John Vennarri
    Ecumenism is not really a union of religions. It is the union of non-doctrinal sentimentalists within various religions, whose principle of unity is A.B.T.D. (Anything But True Doctrine). Presently, the most visible case-in-point of A.B.T.D. activity is the highly publicized meeting between Pope Francis and Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow. The encounter is scheduled to take place at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport on February 12, a brief stopover during the Pope's upcoming trip to Mexico. Francis, following the A.B.T.D. principle of unity that emanates from Vatican II, has no intention of calling the Orthodox to "formal corporate reunion"1 based...
  • Will Pope Francis Become a Holy Man for the World? [Ephesians 4]

    01/07/2016 10:41:26 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 25 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 01/04/2016 | Deepak Chopra
    Pope Francis I is poised to be more than a very popular pontiff graced with humility and an approach of love and gentleness, two words he often uses. He could rise to become a symbol of holiness beyond the Catholic Church, as the Dalai Lama is a symbol of enlightenment beyond Tibetan Buddhism. Pope Francis has designated 2016 a Holy Year of Mercy, beginning on December 8 of last year. The specifically Catholic aspect of this announcement is that the Church will be "a witness of mercy," but for those of us who aren't Catholic, there's a universal message voiced...
  • Ecumenism: An Essay by Don Pietro Leone

    01/07/2016 10:14:41 AM PST · by ebb tide
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 1/06/2016 | Don Pietro Leone
    In the Arms and Armoury Department of his Infernal workshop, Satan certainly gives pride of place to Ecumenism. Ask him to show you on your trip around Hell, if you ever have the misfortune to end up there. This powerful weapon is of recent date. It has been elaborated for the present age when Faith is growing cold, and is designed to speed up the process.
  • What Did The Pope Really Say… about Lutherans and Communion?

    11/17/2015 12:56:37 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 14 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | November 16, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Here we go again. Pope Francis has offered some confusing observations about the possibility of Lutherans receiving Holy Communion in the Catholic Church.I'm getting email… angry… alarmed… confused… sad… above all demoralized.Edward Pentin has the best press breakdown I have seen so far. HERE You can read the whole of the answer that the Pope gave to a Lutheran woman Anke de Bernardinis. Here's the video of the whole event in the original language, Italian. The part under discussion here starts at 21:00:Here below are the Pope's comments in context (Pentin's working translation): Question: My name is Anke de Bernardinis...
  • Pope Cracks Door to Lutheran Communion

    11/16/2015 7:06:16 AM PST · by NRx · 21 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 11-16-2015 | Rod Dreher
    Now for Protestants too, says Francis (Martin Podzorny/Shutterstock) Francis continues to, um, amaze. From Rocco Palma’s report on the Pope’s meeting with Lutherans in Rome on Sunday, as part of an ecumenical dialogue: In an answer that’s almost certain to resonate broadly across the ecumenical scene (and elsewhere, quite possibly show his hand on his intended course following last month’s Synod on the Family), the pontiff – clearly wrestling with the plea – pointedly appealed less to the standard prohibition of the Eucharist for Protestant communities than to the woman’s discernment in conscience.As if to reinforce the point, in...
  • Catholicism's Aqua Regia

    11/08/2015 6:52:07 PM PST · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Dyspeptic Mutterings ^ | November 6, 2015 | DP
    Aqua regia ("the king's water") is a mixture of acids which dissolves gold. It does one heck of a job: A useful short history of the king's water can be found here. Since 1965, Catholicism has had its own version of aqua regia, and the Church has been guzzling it. It's called ecumenism, but it has gone well beyond rational discussion to a positive hysteria--ecumania, if you will. And it appears to have made ecumaniacs of the USCCB, what with their recommendation for expanded intercommunion. Sounds positively ecumaniacal, in fact. A better dissolver of Catholic teaching you will not find....
  • Rise Thou That Sleepest

    10/22/2015 3:23:11 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 6 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | 10/22/15 | Matthew Karmel
    Wherefore he saith: Rise thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead: and Christ shall enlighten thee. – Eph. 5:14 Despite the tremendously destructive threat posed by the Synod on the Family, it has accomplished – even before its completion – something of real value: it has given the entire world a front-row seat in the Modernist operating theater as they attempt to empty a well-established Church teaching of its authentic meaning and replace it with what can only be described as a diabolical lie. Day by day, more faithful Catholics are waking up to the fact that the Church’s...
  • Father Thomas J. Rosica, CSB - "Basilian deacon puts sharing at forefront of religious aims"

    10/11/2015 11:05:03 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Saturday Windsor Star via Vox Cantoris | January 18, 1986 | Marty Gervais
    Basilian Deacon puts sharing at forefront of religious aims THE WORD Thomas Rosica repeats over and over again is “scandalous.” He’s referring to the way in which churches tend to remain segregated, isolated, interested in their own. If you spend any time talking to Rosica, he will tell you just how frustrated he gets when he hears how Roman Catholic priests speak in such chauvinistic ways about salvation in the “Catholic Church.” He doesn’t even like it when they refer to themselves as Catholics, when the word “Christian” would not only have been good enough, but preferable. It’s not that...
  • Can Gay Marriage Lead To Polygamy & Can Opposition To Gay Marriage Lead to Religious Sectarianism?

    09/08/2015 1:21:55 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 34 replies
    9/8/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    For quite some time now I have stated that the same arguments that have been used in support of consensual gay marriage can also be used in support of consensual polygamy. With that in mind, I am also one of the few who has argued for some time now (long before Kim Davis appeared on the scene) against the dangers of religious sectarianism (i.e. pre-Cromwell RC times in Europe and also Cromwell using God's authority to close down the theaters, etcetera) and that the citing of scriptures in opposition to gay marriage can lead to or at least open the...
  • BREAKING: Pope takes major step toward formal heresy

    "I feel like saying something that may sound controversial or even heretical. But there is someone who knows that despite our differences we are one. It is he who is persecuting us. It is he that is persecuting Christians today; he who is anointing us with the blood of martyrdom, knows that Christians are disciples of Christ. That we are one, that we are brothers! He doesn't care if they are Evangelicals, Orthodox, Lutherans, Catholics or Apostolic. He doesn't care! They are Christians."
  • Pope Francis Says the Devil Is Keeping Evangelicals and Catholics Divided: 'We Are One'

    05/26/2015 1:02:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/26/2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Pope Francis has said that it's the devil himself who keeps evangelicals, Catholics, and Christians from other denominations divided, and rejected the notion that it's heretical to believe that all Christians are one. "Division is the work of the 'Father of Lies,' 'the Father of Discord,' who does everything possible to keep us divided," Francis said in a video message to a gathering sponsored by the John 17 Movement, according to Catholic Herald. "I feel like saying something that may sound controversial, or even heretical, perhaps," he added. "But there is someone who 'knows' that, despite our differences, we are...
  • Pope Francis and the Copts Blood and ecumenism

    02/18/2015 6:33:55 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 10 replies
    The Economist ^ | 2/17/15 | B.C.
    IT IS an almost provocative way of looking at things, but one that the pope has adopted several times. It came up yesterday when he was speaking to a delegation from Scotland about the 21 Coptic Christians from Egypt who were recently murdered by Islamist terrorists. According to Vatican Radio, he said: The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out to be heard...It makes no difference whether they be Catholics, Orthodox, Copts or Protestants. They are Christians! Their blood is one and the same. Their blood confesses Christ. Today the pope followed this by...
  • Searching for a Bible-believing Church in the Fort Worth Area

    02/08/2015 5:22:25 AM PST · by fwdude · 186 replies
    February 8, 2015 | fwdude
    With the appalling apostasy, both overt and subtle, engulfing many evangelical churches in these last days, I have found myself in search of a truly Bible-believing church body that is serious about the Truth taught by God through Jesus Christ. To be specific, these are the things I am trying to avoid: - The cultish "mega-church" mentality (though size doesn't not necessarily disqualify an otherwise orthodox church culture) - Any sympathy, working agreement, or tacit acknowledgement of any Christian legitimacy with Rome. - The hyper "grace only" heresy of the need just to "believe on Jesus Christ," nothing else matters...
  • Rick Warren And Catholics Together

    12/12/2014 8:42:11 AM PST · by Gamecock · 71 replies
    The Heidelblog ^ | December 10, 2014 | R. Scott Clark
    Darryl Hart has a thought-provoking post today on Rick Warren’s recent comments about what Rome and Protestants have in common. Warren’s comments are a sterling reminder of the importance of knowing our church history. Yes, Christians of all the major traditions receive the biblical and catholic truths of the Holy Trinity and the two natures of Christ. Yes, confessional Protestants are committed to the protection of unborn humans and the affirmation of a creational order for sex and marriage—is Pope Francis committed to the latter?—but we share these commitments with Mormons, Jews, and even some atheists.  Obviously, these concerns, as...
  • Rick Warren’s Call for Christians to Unite With ‘Holy Father’ Raising Concerns [Babylon the Great]

    12/05/2014 1:36:57 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 73 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | 12/02/2014 | Heather Clark
    In a new video, megachurch leader and author Rick Warren is calling for Christians to unite with Roman Catholics and “Pope Francis,” who Warren recently referred to as the “Holy Father”—a move that is raising concerns among Christians nationwide and is resulting in calls for Warren to repent. Warren made the comments following his visit to the Vatican last month, where he spoke at an interfaith conference on the “Complementarity of Man and Woman.”...
  • Pope Francis against common Eucharistic celebrations with Protestants

    12/01/2014 4:29:18 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 137 replies
    KathNet ^ | December 1, 2014 | Pope Francis
    (Google Translate)(Full Speech below) Vatican City (kath.net/KAP/red) Francis Pope has spoken out against a common celebration of the Eucharist by Catholics and Protestants. "If we have to hide our Eucharistic faith under the pretext of a certain accommodation by, then we take our own treasure neither nor our interlocutor seriously enough," he said on Monday in front of the Swiss bishops at the Vatican. In ecumenical dialogue, the bishops should make sure that the believers of all faiths could live their faith "unambiguous and free of confusion" and "without the differences at the expense of truth wegzuretuschieren". At the same...
  • Pope Francis: I seek communion with Orthodox Churches

    11/30/2014 3:00:37 PM PST · by NYer · 32 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | November 30, 2014
    Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I embraces Pope Francis at a celebration of the Divine Liturgy in Istanbul - REUTERS (Vatican Radio)  In an address upon conclusion of the Divine Liturgy celebrated by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I at the Orthodox Church of St. George in Istanbul, Pope Francis said “the one thing that the Catholic Church desires and that I seek as Bishop of Rome…is communion with the Orthodox Churches.” Below, please find the complete text of the Holy Father’s address:             When I was the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, I often took part in the celebration of the Divine Liturgy of...
  • Where Fundamentalists Are Right: 5 Things Catholics Need to Take Seriously Again

    11/14/2014 1:01:10 PM PST · by millegan · 240 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | Brantly Millegan
    The term “fundamentalist” is a pejorative term today, used to label someone the speaker believes is an irrational religious extremist of some kind. But a hundred years ago, the term was taken as a badge of honor by theologically conservative Protestants to distinguish themselves from liberal Protestantism. While liberal Protestants in mainline denominations were denying basic Christian teachings like the authority of the Bible and the bodily resurrection of Jesus, conservative Protestants called for going back to the “fundamentals” of the faith – hence the term. There are obviously a lot of issues on which Catholics and fundamentalists disagree, but...
  • Pope Albania visit showcases Muslim-Christian ties

    09/20/2014 10:01:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | September 20, 2014 | Llazar Semini
    DERVEN, Albania (AP) — The one-room, stone church of St. Nicholas has sat on the top of a hill here since the 16th century, destroyed three times and rebuilt in a testament to the Catholic presence in this region that dates to St. Paul. Its latest incarnation, however, is particularly poignant: 15 Muslim families chipped in to help rebuild it in a sign of the remarkable coexistence that exists in Albania between Christians and Muslims. Pope Francis will highlight this interfaith harmony when he makes a one-day trip to the Balkan nation on Sunday, holding it up as a model...
  • Committee says church remains committed to dialogue with Muslims, others

    08/21/2014 10:10:41 AM PDT · by scouter · 19 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | 8/20/2014 | Catholic News Service
    The U.S. bishops' Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs said the Catholic church remains committed to dialogue with leaders of other religions and Muslims in particular. ... "Sadly, in recent years, there has been a deliberate rejection of this call to engage in dialogue with our Muslim brothers and sisters by some in the Catholic Church and in other ecclesial families," said the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' committee, whose chairman is Auxiliary Bishop Denis Madden of Baltimore. "We understand the confusion and deep emotions stirred by real and apparent acts of aggression and discrimination by certain Muslims against non-Muslims,...
  • Is the “missio ad gentes” still a priority for Pope Francis’ Church?

    08/02/2014 9:20:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    MondayVatican ^ | July 21, 2014 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    That Pope Francis is very attentive to the dialogue with non-believers is clear from his most recent conversation with Eugenio Scalfari, the founder of the Italian leftist newspaper “La Repubblica”. Scalfari, a self-proclaimed atheist, who even wrote a book entitled “Me and God”, on his being a non-believer. The conversation published by “La Repubblica” on July 16 – which was partly downplayed and its content clarified by Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office – also showed that what the secular press think about him is very close to Pope Francis’ heart. This is ultimately the original...
  • Pope Francis And Ecumenicide

    08/02/2014 12:23:09 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 42 replies
    restore dc catholicism ^ | 7/31/14 | restore dc catholicism
    Ecumenicide - any dialogue between Catholics and those of other faiths in which Catholics participate without the express purpose of converting those of other faiths to the Roman Catholic Church, that is, the One True Church. I cannot claim credit for coining that term. I saw that on the facebook wall of Pat Archibald, one of the bloggers of Creative Minority Report. It is a brilliant term and it is an accurate description of what politically correct Catholics do when they "dialog" with no intent of bringing others home to Rome. Here is a curious and telling post from Rorate...
  • A SIMPLE, COMMON SENSE REBUTTAL to SSPX, SSPV and CMRI

    07/21/2007 6:19:13 AM PDT · by JosephJames · 48 replies · 1,534+ views
    My own work ^ | June 29, 2007 | Joseph Dwight
    The following article (with the university class reference documents) was written with the motive to help my sister and her husband, with seven children, to leave the traditionalist groups SSPX, SSPV and CMRI and to return to the one, true Catholic Church. If you want the reference documents (Ecclesiology.doc, Religious-Freedom.doc, Psy-Cult.doc and Subsists.doc), send an email to: josephdwight@hotmail.com; please specify if you want the documents in plain text format or MSWord format with the footnotes incorporated, or in one document all together in either format. A SIMPLE, COMMON SENSE REBUTTAL to SSPX, SSPV and CMRI When I was younger my...
  • My Church Loyalties

    07/28/2014 3:10:13 PM PDT · by The Grammarian · 78 replies
    Christian Century ^ | 28 July 2014 | D. Stephen Long
    My church loyalties Why I am not yet a Catholic Jul 28, 2014 by D. Stephen Long In 2005, after Benedict XVI was elected pope, I wrote an essay for the Century titled “In need of a pope?” That essay cost me a job at a Protestant evangelical institution. A Catholic friend told me at the time that I should think of that result as a gracious preemptive strike. Since then I have repeatedly been asked, “Why are you not Catholic?” The main reason I am not (yet) Catholic and remain a Methodist and an ordained Methodist elder is that...
  • What Did the Imam Really Say? Revisited

    07/21/2014 10:16:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Fr. John Zuhlsdorf ^ | 7/20/14 | Fr. Z's Blog
    I read at Il Giornale today that the prayer read by the Imam in the Vatican Gardens was indeed from the Sura 2, wherein Allah is asked to crush infidels (that’s us) and let Islam triumph over the whole world (that’s us, too). Vatican Radio, at the time, tried to give this an allegorical spin. It didn’t work very well. At a certain point it seems they also tried to edit out the troubling passage. Suffice to say that an Imam sang: “grant us victory over the heathen/disbelieving/infidel” (Sura 2: 286) in the Vatican Gardens, in front of the Pope,...
  • The Hermeneutic of...Oh I Give Up.

    07/12/2014 8:50:54 AM PDT · by Legatus · 228 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 07/11/14 | Patrick Archbold
    Some Papal Quotes that somehow and in some way beyond my meager intellect are in continuity with each other, or something. First Quote Pope Eugene IV, the Bull Cantate Domino, 1441. ex cathedra (infallibly defined): “The most Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and preaches that none of those existing outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but also Jews and heretics and schismatics, can have a share in life eternal; but that they will go into the eternal fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels, unless before death they are joined with Her; and that so...
  • Pope, Orthodox Patriarch Look to New Council at Nicea

    05/30/2014 8:31:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 71 replies
    Pope Francis and Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople have agreed to plan for an ecumenical council to be held in Nicea in 2025, the AsiaNews service reports. Patriarch Bartholomew revealed that he and the Roman Pontiff had “agreed to leave as a legacy to ourselves and our successors a gathering in Nicaea in 2025, to celebrate together, after 17 centuries, the first truly ecumenical synod, where the Creed was first promulgated.” The Council of Nicea, held in 325, brought together over 300 bishops and approved the formula of faith now known as the Nicene Creed.
  • Different faiths, same witness: How Vatican explains prayers for peace

    06/05/2014 3:58:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    cns ^ | June 5, 2014 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Popes pray for peace; it is part of their ministry. And when war is raging or peace negotiations seem hopelessly bogged down, recent popes have invited leaders of other Christian traditions and other faiths to join them in prayer. Pope Francis has put a twist on the interreligious prayer gathering by inviting political leaders, Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, "to come to the Vatican to pray together with me for peace." The event was scheduled for June 8, the day many Christians celebrate Pentecost. Pope Francis embraces Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at...
  • Bartholomew: With Francis, we invite all Christians to celebrate the first synod of Nicaea in 2025

    05/31/2014 8:09:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 42 replies
    Asia News ^ | May 29, 2014 | NAT da Polis
    Istanbul (AsiaNews) - On his return from Jerusalem , where he met with Pope Francis at the Holy Sepulchre, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, has revealed an important appointment for unity between Catholics and Orthodox: a gathering at Nicaea in 2025, where the first real ecumenical council of the undivided Church was celebrated. Speaking exclusively with AsiaNews, Bartholomew says that together with Pope Francis "we agreed to leave as a legacy to ourselves and our successors a gathering in Nicaea in 2025, to celebrate together, after 17 centuries , the first truly ecumenical synod, where the Creed was...
  • Honor of a lifetime -- performing at the Vatican for Pope Benedict, his brother

    02/26/2014 11:39:49 AM PST · by CedarDave · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 17, 2014 | Lauren Green
    Pope Benedict XVI is somewhat a forgotten man these days. The pope emeritus, who shocked the world when he resigned last spring, is usually referenced now only in stories about his successor, Pope Francis, who’s become the darling of the press, especially in the West. But in the cloistered Vatican City, Pope Benedict is still very much revered and respected. I know this because I was privileged enough to be invited to perform in a private concert there Wednesday, January 15th, in honor of Benedict’s brother’s 90th Birthday. The elderly brothers share a passion for their Catholic faith and music....
  • Cardinal Tagle apologizes for Church ‘sins’

    10/19/2013 11:35:16 AM PDT · by haffast · 5 replies
    The Manilla Times ^ | October 18, 2013 10:50 pm | Rose de la Cruz
    SHAKEN, if not humbled by the destruction of old Catholic churches in the provinces of Cebu and Bohol after a powerful 7.2 quake hit Central Visayas last Tuesday, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Friday apologized for the sins of the Church against non-Catholics and even the poor. Tagle made his apology on the last day of the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE) at the University of Santo Tomas, a 3-day event that sought to rekindle the Catholic faith. “In memory of Blessed Pope John Paul II and his collaborators before the year 2000, including Pope Emeritus Benedict...
  • Muslim leader says pope is model of what religious leader should be

    10/08/2013 1:24:33 PM PDT · by haffast · 33 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | Oct-8-2013 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis, like Islam's Sufi mystic theologians and poets, "is trying to do good for the sake of the Good One, motivated by love and compassion," said the president of the Islamic Affairs Council of Maryland. Mohamad Bashar Arafat, a Syrian who has lived in the United States for more than 20 years, was visiting the Vatican and speaking to groups in Rome in early October as a guest of the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See as part of the U.S. State Department's international speakers program. In an interview with Catholic News Service, Arafat said...
  • Bishop participates in ceremony for Slovenia’s 1st mosque (10-17-13)

    10/01/2013 6:22:38 PM PDT · by haffast · 13 replies
    CWN ^ | September 17, 2013 | CWN
    Bishop Andrej Glavan of Novo Mesto, the president of the Slovenian Bishops’ Conference, participated in the laying of the foundation stone for the nation’s first mosque on September 14, according to a statement from the conference. Bishop Glavan called the mosque a “symbol of the opening of the Slovenian society, but also a symbol of commitment to future generations to live in dialogue, mutual respect and friendship.” The bishop “also expressed the desire that Christians in the Muslim world could enjoy the same mode of religious liberty,” according to the conference. The nation’s bishops have found in Slovenia’s leading Muslim...
  • Pope Francis and Rabbi Skorka make history in the Vatican

    09/29/2013 8:03:20 PM PDT · by haffast · 25 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | 09/29/2013 | Gerard O’Connell
    Never before in the history of Christian-Jewish relations have a Pope and a Rabbi celebrated their friendship by living in the Vatican together for several days, sharing all meals, including on two Jewish festivals and the Sabbath at which the Rabbi said prayers in Hebrew, and discussing what more they can do together to promote dialogue and peace in the world. That is what actually happened over the past four days at the Vatican guesthouse (Santa Marta) where Pope Francis lives and where his friend from Buenos Aires, Rabbi Abraham Skorka, has been his guest from September 25 to this...
  • Pope Francis helps provide mooncakes for 10,500 prisoners in Hong Kong

    09/20/2013 6:21:42 PM PDT · by haffast · 13 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | 09/18/2013 | gerard o'connell
    More than 10,000 prisoners in Hong Kong will receive mooncakes on China’s Moon Festival, which this year falls on September 19, thanks also to the interest of Pope Francis in them. He not only endorsed this year’s Catholic initiative to provide mooncakes to the prisoners, he also gave a symbolic sum of money and, importantly too, encouraged the Catholic faithful in Hong Kong diocese to donate to the initiative. The Pope came to know about the project thanks to Cardinal Joseph Zen, the emeritus bishop of Hong Kong. He told me that he wrote to Pope Francis after the World...
  • Pope celebrates Ramadan with call for mutual respect between Muslims and Christians

    08/11/2013 4:33:18 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 143 replies
    PP Simmons ^ | Sunday, August 11, 2013 | PP Simmons
    Pope Francis on Sunday urged Christians and Muslims to promote mutual respect , especially through the education of new generations. His remarks came at the end of his Angelus address when he sent greetings to Muslims throughout the world who have just celebrated the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Text from page http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/08/11/pope_francis_greets_muslims_and_urges_both_christians_and_muslims_to/en1-718872 of the Vatican Radio website
  • US State Department creates office ‘to engage with’ world’s religious communities (Kerry)

    08/08/2013 7:46:49 PM PDT · by haffast · 19 replies
    CWN ^ | August 08, 2013 | CWN
    Secretary of State John Kerry has announced the creation of the Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives, whose mission, he said, is “to engage more closely with faith communities around the world, with the belief that we need to partner with them to solve global challenges.” “There is common ground between the Abrahamic faiths, and, in fact, between the Abrahamic faiths and all religions and philosophies, whether you’re talking about Hindu or Confucianism or any other of the many of the world’s different approaches to our existence here on the planet and to our relationship with a supreme being,” said Kerry....
  • Pope Francis shakes up Catholic Church (Brazil)

    07/24/2013 8:51:09 PM PDT · by haffast · 6 replies
    Deutsche Well ^ | 24.07.2013 | Astrid Prange / sst
    Many Catholics hope Pope Francis will strengthen laymen and women in church, who have been taking on responsibilities of priests in some rural areas. That might trigger a revolution, experts say. The Catholic Church in Latin America has a way of dealing with contradictions: Instead of discussing whether women should be allowed to be ordained to the priesthood or debating the celibate, laymen go ahead and create precedents in their religious communities. They've come up with new forms of church services - services without a priest. Hopes are high during this year's World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro that...
  • We need to grow in understanding of Muslims, English bishop says

    07/19/2013 4:35:08 PM PDT · by haffast · 52 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | Friday, 19 July 2013 | Staff Reporter
    Bishop Kieran Conry of Arundel and Brighton has written a pastoral letter urging Catholics in his diocese to reach out to Muslims. In the letter he quoted from the Second Vatican Council’s declaration on non-Christian religions, Nostra Aetate, which said: “The Catholic Church rejects nothing of what is true and holy in these religions.” Bishop Conry wrote: “These words and sentiments are very important for our time, when latent suspicions and hostility can easily be brought to the surface again by tragic events like the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich.” He continued: “I am writing this on the...
  • Op-Ed: Not the Same God

    07/12/2013 3:31:02 PM PDT · by haffast · 15 replies
    Arutz Sheva7 - Israel National News ^ | Published: Friday, July 12, 2013 7:55 AM | Tabitha Korol
    It was not so long ago, in 2008, that Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, welcomed Islam into the United Kingdom. He now speaks of having to adapt further to the growing Muslim population, now numbering two million, with 85 Islamic courts in the UK, where women are unequal to men and remain unprotected from the violence of their fathers and husbands. At least one cleric, Suhaib Hasan, is advocating stoning and amputation (one more adaptation to national acceptance of One Law for All). Apparently, English law has already evolved and adopted some aspects of Sharia law, yet Williams...
  • We must be ‘united in our differences’, Pope says as he bestows palliums on archbishops

    06/30/2013 7:42:30 PM PDT · by haffast · 7 replies
    CatholicHerald.UK ^ | Sunday, 30 June 2013 | Cindy Wooden
    Every bishop is called to be “a servant of communion” working tirelessly to overcome divisions so that differences become a treasure and not a source of conflict, Pope Francis has said. The Christian community should be “like a great mosaic in which every small piece joins with others as part of God’s one great plan”, the Pope said yesterdat as he celebrated the feast of Ss Peter and Paul and bestowed the pallium on 34 archbishops from 19 countries. snip Pope Francis said that when he gave the archbishops their palliums as a sign of communion, it was not a...
  • Archbishop of Canterbury: Israel the center of the world

    06/27/2013 6:32:03 PM PDT · by haffast · 7 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | June 27, 2013, 3:21 pm | Raphael Ahren
    Israel is the center of the world “in so many ways,” the archbishop of Canterbury said Thursday in Jerusalem. He stressed Israel’s legitimacy and right to security, and also spoke, in the context of persecution of Christians by Islamists in the Middle East, about the Christian imperative to “love our enemies.” It was his maiden visit to the region since being appointed to one of the highest positions in the Protestant Church. The Most Reverend Justin Welby, who has a Jewish father, is the leader of the Church of England and of 80 million Anglicans worldwide. He was enthroned in...
  • Islamic-Catholic Liaison Committee holds meeting in Rome

    06/26/2013 10:11:26 PM PDT · by haffast · 14 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | Vatican Radio | Vatican Radio
    (Vatican Radio) The Islamic-Catholic Liaison Committee held its 19th Meeting in Rome, on June 18th and 19th, presided over for the Catholic side by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and presided over for the Muslim side by Prof. Hamid bin Ahmad Al-¬Rifaie, President of the International Islamic Forum for Dialogue. The theme of the meeting was ‘Believers confronting materialism and secularism in society’ and at the conclusion of the meeting the Catholic and Muslim delegations agreed upon the following six points: 1) Christianity and Islam affirm the inseparability and complementarity between the material and...
  • London celebrates ‘mini Assisi’

    06/26/2013 9:14:30 AM PDT · by haffast · 3 replies
    The Tablet ^ | 24 June 2013 | The Tablet
    An interfaith gathering in London to pray for peace has been pronounced a welcome first by the president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran. The event, held at Westminster Cathedral Hall on 13 June, was the highlight of a four-day visit by the cardinal, who told The Tablet that the gathering was uniquely British and "beautiful". The London gathering was inspired by the Day of Prayer for Peace convened by Pope John Paul II in 1986 at Assisi. Representatives of nine religions delivered prayers and reflections in their own tradition, then placed a pot of white...
  • Fight Against Secularism Unites Jews, Catholics, Pope Says

    06/25/2013 6:40:09 PM PDT · by haffast · 4 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 06/25/2013 | CNA/EWTN NEWS
    VATICAN CITY — Christians and Jews can work together to challenge the contemporary problems of secularism and disrespect for the human person, Pope Francis told representatives of Judaism in a Vatican audience. “Humanity needs our joint witness in favor of respect for the dignity of man and woman created in the image and likeness of God and in favor of peace, which is, above all, God’s gift,” the Bishop of Rome told members of the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations June 24. “Friendly relations are, in a way, the basis for the development of a more official dialogue,” he...