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  • Is Pope Francis an Ambassador of Mercy or of Scandal?

    10/09/2015 3:02:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Aletelia ^ | October 9, 2015 | LISA DUFFY
    I’ll never forget the morning I was leaving church after mass and noticed an elderly woman sharply berating a younger, recently divorced woman for receiving communion. While I understand the elder was most likely acting out of a desire to protect the sacrament, the young woman was not prohibited from receiving the Eucharist simply because she had a civil divorce decree. That divorcee’ left the church quite upset and who knows if she ever came back.As the first week of this second half of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family progresses, it’s stories like this that underscore Pope Francis’...
  • 'Flawed, inadequate' bishops skewer synod's working doc in new report

    10/09/2015 2:23:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cna ^ | October 9, 2015 | Elise Harris
    Extraordinary assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family. Oct. 2014. Credit: Mazur/ Vatican City, Oct 9, 2015 / 07:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A controversial working document for the Vatican's synod on the family took a hard hit from numerous bishops who've called the text overly negative, unclear, and possibly inaccurate in its translations. “While various elements of the (document) are admirable, we found much of the text to be flawed or inadequate,” says a new report from group “D” of the four English-speaking synod circles. The document – officially called an Instrumentum Laboris – also fell short “especially...
  • Polish Prelate Posts Summaries of Synod Talks, in Apparent Violation of Procedures

    10/08/2015 9:02:12 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The web site of the president of the Polish Episcopal Conference has published, in Polish and in French, summaries of short speeches delivered by 42 prelates at the Synod of Bishops on October 5. The report on the prelates speeches appears to violate the rules established for this years Synod. In a break from past procedures, the Vatican has not released reports on the Synod interventions, although individual bishops have been free to make public their own talks. The summaries of the speeches, whose length was limited to three minutes, came as a journalist expressed his concern at the October...
  • Nicholas II's Doctor, Servants May be Canonized

    10/08/2015 4:13:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Interfax ^ | 10/8/15
    Moscow, October 8, Interfax - The Russian Church may canonize the doctor of Russia's last emperor Nicholas II Yevgeny Botkin and his three servants. A proposal to this effect was made by the Yekaterinburg diocese. The issue is expected to be discussed at a meeting of the Holy Synod, Archpriest Alexy Kulberg, first aide to Metropolitan of Yekaterinburg and Verkhoturye Kiril, told Interfax-Religion. "We have no information that the life of these four loyal servants of the tsar was sinful and that they did anything in the course of their lives that would tarnish them as Christians. Enough materials have...
  • Is Catholicism about to break into three?

    10/07/2015 2:02:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 73 replies
    Crux ^ | October 6, 2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    In a recent letter to The New York Times, Marquette theologian Daniel Maguire suggested that the Catholic Church was headed toward a three-way schism.Writing about Pope Francis’ reforms to the annulment process, Maguire predicted: Catholicism is going the way of its parent, Judaism. In Judaism there are Reform as well as Conservative and Orthodox communities. This arrangement is not yet formalized in Catholicism, but the outlines of a similar broadening are in place …. While conservative and orthodox Catholics welcome this annulment concession by the Vatican, reform Catholics don’t need it. Their consciences are their Vatican. Reform Catholics, whose numbers are swelling,...
  • Letters from the Synod: October 7, 2015 (from various observers)

    10/07/2015 1:24:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | October 7, 2015
    FAULT LINES As has been noted in this space before, it’s virtually impossible to have a serious discussion when the basic materials allowed into the conversation are three-minute sound-bites. Nonetheless, that is the modus operandi the Synod general secretariat has devised for the Synod-2015’s general assemblies: three-minute speeches, with no follow-up questions, discussion, or debate.There is more openness and exchange in the Synod’s language-based discussion groups – the circuli minores, “or small circles” (memorably and mischievously mistranslated by the late Fr Richard John Neuhaus in Appointment in Rome as the “minor circuses”) – and in the hour of free discussion in...
  • Discerning a Vocation to a Trappist Monastery

    I am an Indian Catholic of Portuguese Descent. I am originally from Goa, India but I have lived all my life in Mumbai- formerly known as Bombay. I am 44 years old going on 45. I am interested in joining an English Speaking Trappist Monastery somewhere in the West as there are none in India. I still live in Mumbai. I am writing about Trappist Monasteries and about the Trappist Vocation as not much is known about them in the West as well as in the East. The Trappist Vocation : Trappists are Catholic - Christian Monks who live a...
  • Cardinals Emphatic Defense of Church Teaching Marks Day 1 of Synod

    10/06/2015 2:29:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    NC Register ^ | October 6, 2015 | EDWARD PENTIN
    VATICAN CITY — The first full day of the Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family was dominated by the introductory address of the synod’s general relator, Hungarian Cardinal Peter Erdö, who reasserted much of the Church’s traditional teaching and cast doubt on the prospect of a controversial proposal to readmit civilly remarried divorcees to holy Communion. The proposal, first raised by German Cardinal Walter Kasper at a consistory in February 2014 and which is based on the practice of Eastern Orthodox Churches, was one of the most controversial issues at last year’s extraordinary synod on the family. The current...
  • "The Church has no authority...: On the Limits of the Pope

    10/06/2015 9:22:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | October 5, 2015 | Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille
    Papal authority cannot be used to promote favored papal causes, no matter how noble. It is to be used to keep the Church one and focused on the one true God. Pope Francis celebrates the opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops on the family in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Oct. 4. (CNS/Paul Haring) The avalanche of media coverage of the Synod on the Family cannot be escaped, so rather than try to run from it, perhaps now is the time to try to provide some necessary context to what will (and will not) take place in the next few...
  • Key Synod Official Sounds Strong Conservative Theme at Opening Session

    10/05/2015 6:35:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    A key official of the Synod of Bishops set a strongly conservative tone, unambiguously supporting the traditional teachings of the Church on marriage and sexuality, in the opening session of the October meeting. Cardinal Peter Erdo of Budapestwho, as relator general, was responsible for summarizing the main themes of the working document to be discussed by the bishops tackled some of the most contentious issues directly during his Monday-morning address. The Hungarian cardinal stated that Catholics who are divorced and remarried cannot be admitted to Communion as long as they remain in a second conjugal union. He also rejected the...
  • Orthodox Living in the Modern World: Steps to Spiritual Transformation (Orthodox-Catholic Caucus)

    10/05/2015 3:53:08 PM PDT · by NRx · 6 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 10-05-2015 | Archimandrite Sergius (Bowyer)
    On August 22, 2015, Schema-Archimandrite Sergius, abbot of St. Tikhons Monastery delivered an address to the annual Womens Retreat sponsored by the Department of Curriculum and Education of the Diocese of Philadelphia and Eastern PA, held at St. Tikhons Monastery and Seminary in Waymart, PA, on the topic of Orthodox Living in the Modern World: Steps to Spiritual Transformation. In his talk Fr. Sergius spoke on several important themes, including the benefits of pilgrimage for helping us to encounter God, the power of the saints, moving away from an inner monologue towards a dialogue with God beginning with a consistent...
  • Cd Pell: Catholic Doctrine on Homosexuality Tantamount to Societal Heresy But Must be Proclaimed

    10/04/2015 11:02:34 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 10/2/15 | John Smeaton
    ROME, October 2, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - Our Voice of the Family team here in Rome for the Family Synod attended a lecture today from Cardinal Pell at the Angelicum, "Living the Truth in Love", an international conference and resource event to address pastoral approaches toward men and women with homosexual tendencies. In a powerful, compassionate, address, His Eminence said: "Too little is known about the Church's teaching on homosexuality*". Quoting in full the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2357 - 2359, Cardinal Pell said: "Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual...
  • Yayo Grassi, Gay Man and Pope's Former Student, Opens Up About Meeting with Francis in DC

    10/04/2015 10:51:40 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10/3/15 | Meredith McGraw and Emily Shapiro
    Yayo Grassi, a gay man and former student of Pope Francis who met with the pope in Washington D.C., said Francis "is not afraid to have a gay friend." "Me being gay is no different [to the pope] than me having blue eyes," Grassi told ABC News today. "It's not different than me living in Washington. It is part of my life. And the way he accepted my boyfriend, it is a validation of how happy he is that two people of the same sex can be together and happy and miss each other when we are not close to...
  • Gay Catholics Tell Synod to Promote Chastity for Everyone

    10/03/2015 4:13:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 10/3/15 | Ann Schneible
    Rome, Italy, Oct 3, 2015 / 04:04 am (CNA).- Same-sex attracted Catholics who have turned away from a homosexual lifestyle are urging participants at the upcoming Synod on the Family to defend the Church's teaching on chastity for everyone including for divorced and remarried. I fear that chastity does not have enough of a voice at the Synod, said Rilene Simpson, a member and spokesperson of Courage, an apostolate which offers pastoral support for men and women with same-sex attraction. She told CNA: We need to have the Churchs support. We're talking about chastity for everybody. We're talking about...
  • Cardinal Kasper Gears Up For Vatican Synod: "You Are Born Gay"

    10/03/2015 4:05:28 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/2/15 | Thomas D. Williams
    On the eve of the Vatican synod on marriage and the family, progressive German Cardinal Walter Kasper has come out publicly against doctrinal fundamentalism in the Church, while expressing his hope that the synod will open a dialogue on contraception for Catholics and reconsider the situation of homosexuals. At a recent launch in Rome for his new book Witness to Mercy, the Cardinal complained of those who want to close off dialogue on certain issues as if they were settled forever. In his book, released to coincide with the opening of the synod, the Cardinal deals with a number of...
  • African Prelates Urge Clear Teaching on Marriage in New Book

    10/02/2015 8:16:03 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    In another new book released just before the October meeting of the Synod of Bishops, ten African prelates call for a clear and vigorous affirmation of Catholic doctrine on marriage and the family. The book, entitled Christs New Homeland- Africa, emphasizes the need to resist the pressure of secularization in Africa; the prelates argue that the African continent will play a critical role in forming the Churchs response to secularization. In one of the featured essays, Cardinal Robert Sarah, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, critiques the instrumentum laboris, the working document for the Synod. He says that...
  • "God, or Nothing!: Exclusive Interview with Cardinal Robert Sarah

    10/02/2015 6:27:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 10/1/15 | Diane Montagna
    Talking about mercy, sin, participation in the Church, and the urgent need to respect the Holy EucharistROME The prodigal son left home in order to say, Im independent, Im autonomous from my father, and his father wants to forgive him. But if he doesnt return home, he cant be forgiven. And returning home means leaving sin behind. This was just one thought shared by Guinean Cardinal Robert Sarah, who spoke exclusively to Aleteia at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia last week. Appointed Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in 2014,...
  • The Folly of Comfortable Christianity (Ecumenical Thread)

    10/01/2015 4:45:13 PM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 10-01-2015 | Bishop Pitirim
    On diluted Christianity, the rapid spread of Islamization, new European values, hatred for true Christianity, and where it all may lead. Bishop Pitirim of Dushanbe and Tadjikistan Comfortable Christianity is not wanting to carry your cross. Your Eminence, what are the comfortable Christianity and pink Christianity you talk about in your sermons that we publish on our site []? Could it be said that comfortable Christianity is the spiritual illness of our times? What did the Lord say? Take up your cross and follow Me. This is the meaning of Christianity. Comfortable Christianity is, first of all, not wanting to...

    10/01/2015 6:22:25 AM PDT · by knarf · 22 replies
    FB ^ | October 1, 2015 | knarf
    I just received this and considering the escalation of muslim aggression, I have every reason to believe we, in safe America, MUST be prayer warriors
  • INTO THE BREACH (An Apostolic Exhortation to Catholic Men...) [CATHOLIC CAUCUS]

    09/30/2015 5:02:45 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Diocese of Phoenix ^ | 9/29/15 | +Thomas J. Olmsted
    I begin this letter with a clarion call and clear charge to you, my sons and brothers in Christ: Men, do not hesitate to engage in the battle that is raging around you, the battle that is wounding our children and families, the battle that is distorting the dignity of both women and men. This battle is often hidden, but the battle is real. It is primarily spiritual, but it is progressively killing the remaining Christian ethos in our society and culture, and even in our own homes.The world is under attack by Satan, as our Lord said it would...
  • Nearly 800,000 Sign Appeal Calling on Pope Francis to Clarify Church Doctrine

    09/30/2015 7:05:03 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 9/29/15 | Edward Pentin
    A petition of nearly 800,000 signatures from individuals and associations around the world including 202 prelates was presented to Pope Francis today, calling on the Holy Father to issue words of clarity on the Church's teaching on marriage and family. The filial petition, which has received 790,150 signatures since the appeal was launched in March, reflects concerns emanating from last years Extraordinary Synod. The appeal expresses concern about widespread confusion arising from the possibility that a breach had been opened within the Church at last year's meeting, one that would accept adulteryby permitting divorced and then civilly remarried Catholics to...
  • Gay Catholics Urge Synod Fathers to Reject Harsh Language

    09/30/2015 6:56:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/30/15 | Staff Reporter
    Appeal comes in briefing paper sent to English bishops attending family synodGay Catholics have sent a briefing paper to the two English bishops attending the family synod next week, urging them to reject harsh language about homosexuality. The LGBT Catholics Briefing Paper resulted from a reflection day, sponsored by the LGBT Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council, held in June 2013. The briefing paper is addressed to Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, and Bishop Peter Doyle, Bishop of Northampton and chairman of the bishops conference Committee for Marriage and Family Life, who will be at the synod which opens on Sunday....
  • Compassion: The Refugee Crisis

    09/29/2015 2:30:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | September 29, 2015 | Julie Machado' data-summary=''>While watching the movie The Good Lie about refugees from Sudan last weekend, I couldn’t help thinking about how vulnerable one must be as a refugee;  to have absolutely nothing, not even the basic necessities of life. It is not even to be dependent on another for these necessities, but to be looking for another to give them to you. It was poignant to see the depiction of Sudanese children surviving amidst death all around them, hunger, disease and unspeakable violence.This reflection was, of course, very relevant since I live in Europe and that is all we hear about...
  • Dissenters Express High Hopes for Synod

    09/29/2015 6:56:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 9/28/15 | Edward Pentin
    Meanwhile orthodox-thinking Catholics to reassert Church doctrine with four major Rome conferences scheduled for this weekAs the Synod on the Family approaches, those pushing for radical reform in the Church or rather dissent from established Church teaching and those upholding the Churchs doctrine, are both making their views more widely known. Beginning with the dissenters, Swiss Vaticanist Giuseppe Rusconi has helpfully summarized their views on Pope Francis and the synod. The heterodox views of 30 individuals including Italian priests, a bishop, and a leftist politician appear in a special issue of Micromega, a secularist journal, published in time...
  • Flashback: A Different Sort of Papal Address to the UN

    09/28/2015 6:16:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic Culture | 9/26/15 | Phil Lawler
    Almost exactly twenty years have passed since St. John Paul II addressed the UN on October 5, 1995. His message then contrasted vividly with the one delivered this week by Pope Francis, and the difference is not only a matter of calendar references. Notice this paragraph: As a Christian, my hope and trust are centered on Jesus Christ, the two thousandth anniversary of whose birth will be celebrated at the coming of the new millennium. We Christians believe that in his Death and Resurrection were fully revealed God's love and his care for all creation. Jesus Christ is for us...
  • Synods Turn To Speak. But Decisions Will Be Up To Francis

    09/28/2015 3:12:18 AM PDT · by markomalley
    Chiesa ^ | 9/28/15 | Sandro Magister
    Back in Rome after his journey to Cuba and the United States, culminating with the world meeting of families in Philadelphia, Pope Francis is now facing the much more exacting challenge of the synod that will open on October 4, the Sunday of the liturgical year on which - as if by a jest of providence - Catholic churches all around the world will resound with these words of Jesus: “Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” The synod will last for three weeks, and the procedures that will be adopted have not yet been made...
  • UNTO THE CHIEF MUSICIAN: Good Christian Music

    09/27/2015 6:06:52 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 3 replies
    Unto the Chief Musician ^ | Unto the Chief Musician
    This is the youtube channel of a wonder Christ honoring music ensamble
  • Holy Communion for the Divorced and Remarried but not for Those Who Refuse the Church Tax?

    09/27/2015 10:37:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Hermeneutic of Continuity ^ | 9/26/15 | Fr. Tim Finnegan
    Edward Pentin's "The Rigging of a Vatican Synod" (links below) is well worth reading. It is subtitled "An Investigation into Alleged Manipulation at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family." One commentator suggested that Ignatius Press must have insisted on the question mark in the main title and the "alleged" in the subtitle. I'm not sure this is fair. Edward Pentin does present a studiously balanced account, giving quotations and arguments from both sides. The evidence that is presented is clear enough, but it is not forced on the reader. We English are noted for understatement and it can be a...
  • China Bishops on Universal Church 'Reconciliation Mission'

    09/25/2015 6:10:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    UCA News ^ | 9/24/15
    US 'pilgrimage' coincides with state visits by Pope Francis, Xi JinpingThree bishops from the government-sanctioned bishops' conference in China have traveled to the United States to "seek reconciliation with the universal Church," religious observers say. The trip also coincides with visits to the U.S. by Pope Francis and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Conference President Bishops Joseph Ma Yinglin and his two vice presidents, John Baptist Yang Xiaoting and Vincent Zhan Silu, are in the U.S. for 10 days at the invitation of several universities and Church congregations. The Holy See does not recognize the bishops' conference. Bishops Ma and Zhan...
  • A New Ecclesiology for the Orthodox Church? (Eastern Orthodox Caucus)

    09/24/2015 6:37:05 PM PDT · by NRx · 10 replies
    Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy ^ | 09-23-2015 | Seraphim Danckaert
    Orthodox Christians often find themselves answering the following question: why is Orthodoxy divided along ethnic lines into different churches? At least officially, the answer to that question has been quite clear: we are not divided; we are one Church, united in faith and worship, with an administrative structure that organizes itself along local lines, in accordance with the ancient traditions and canon law of the first millennium of Christian history.In recent years, however, theres been a problem: while the answer given above is true in theory, its often not implemented in practice.Starting in the late 19th century, and in increasing...
  • Cardinal Danneels Congratulated Belgian Government for Legalizing Gay Marriage: New Book

    09/24/2015 6:40:20 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 9/23/15 | Jeanne Smits
    September 23, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- A new biography about Cardinal Godfried Danneels, former primate of Belgium, alleges that he congratulated Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt when same-sex marriage was made legal in the country in 2003. The book, which is coming out this week, says that while the cardinal was opposed to calling homosexual unions marriages, he expressed satisfaction over the disappearance of discrimination against LGBT couples. In an article presenting the forthcoming book by Jrgen Mettepenningen and Karim Schelkens about Cardinal Danneels, who headed the Catholic Church in Belgium from 1979 to 2010, De Standaard quoted their allegation in its...
  • Polish Bishops Warn Against 'Divorce Mentality' in the Church

    09/24/2015 6:22:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 9/24/15 | Edward Pentin
    Polish bishops have issued a statement ahead of next months Ordinary Synod on the Family in which they firmly reassert the Churchs teaching that the Eucharist cannot be given to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, and expressly warn against a divorce mentality. The indissolubility of marriage is the unchangeable teaching of the Catholic Church", the bishops say, quoting Mark 10:9: What God has joined together, let no man separate. Listing nine points of importance in the statement issued Monday, they also cite Pope Benedict XVI, Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Francis in addition to scripture and tradition, according...
  • Pope Francis made surprise stop at Little Sisters of the Poor to show support

    09/24/2015 8:51:43 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    cna ^ | September 23, 2015 | Matt Hadro
    Pope Francis greets Sister Marie Mathilde, 102 years old, at the Jeanne Jugan Residence in Washington, D.C., Sept. 23, 2015. Photo courtesy of the Little Sisters of the Poor. Washington D.C., Sep 23, 2015 / 08:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis paid a short visit to the Little Sisters of the Poor community in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to support them in their court case over the contraception mandate, the Vatican's spokesman revealed. It was a “short visit that was not in the program,” Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, said at an evening press conference...
  • Aleppo Prelate Reflects on His 20 Years as Archbishop, All That He's Lost in the Last 4 Years

    09/24/2015 4:20:21 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    "Comforting the people and encouraging them to persevere has become an indispensable effort. Helping the faithful in their distress has become a priority for me"Here is a letter from Aleppo, written by the archbishop of the city, Jean-Clment Jeanbart, reflecting on his 20 years of service here, as he now fights for his faithful to stay in Syria. The letter is made available by Aid to the Church in Need.* * * It has been 20 years, exactly. On Sept. 16, 1995, the Church saw fit to appoint me to lead the Diocese of Aleppo. It was a solemn day...
  • Baptists Excited and Hopeful About Papal Visit

    09/23/2015 6:22:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 43 replies
    Baptist Global News ^ | 9/21/15 | Jeff Brumley
    Pope Francis' visit to the United States this week is expected to showcase the pontiffs focus on a wide range of social, environmental and justice issues. Baptist observers say he demonstrates how to be missional in ministry. Think Catholics are pumped about Pope Francis U.S. visit this week? Turns out some Baptists are pretty excited, too. And those who arent, probably should be for a number of reasons, said Curtis Freeman. One reason is that Pope Francis I is the only Christian in the world who every other Christian and non-Christian recognizes, said Freeman, director of the Baptist House of...
  • Why the Pope's Plane Was Put Into a Holding Pattern (Hint .. POTUS)

    09/22/2015 4:44:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | September 22, 2015
    As the pope stalkers of the world watched his flight path on the Alitalia website, suddenly… the plane started making donuts. Several loops over North Carolina later, the pope is back on his way to D.C.:FlightAwareA source on the ground at Joint Base Andrews said several government officials told him the reason the plane started circling was that Obama and Biden were running late to the greeting ceremony. A White House spokesman disputed this account. He pointed out that the president did not actually arrive late. The Pope deplaned at 4 p.m., precisely as scheduled, and the president was on...
  • Pope blesses unborn children around the world while meeting with Cuban families

    09/22/2015 1:25:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | September 22, 2015
    Pope Francis greets a family at Our Lady of the Assumption Cathedral, Santiago de Cuba, Sept. 22, 2015. Credit: L'Osservatore Romano. Santiago de Cuba, Sep 22, 2015 / 09:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with families on Tuesday at Our Lady of the Assumption Cathedral in Santiago de Cuba, thanking those gathered for their warm witness and inclusive nature, reflecting that it is at home, in the family, that Christ shows the love of God. Going off script from his prepared remarks Sept. 22, the Pope recalled that at the General Audiences held each Wednesday in St. Peter's Square,...
  • Pope deeply moved by plight of Vatican-housed refugee family

    09/20/2015 10:21:32 AM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    cna ^ | September 19, 2015 | Alan Holdren
    Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight en route to South Korea on Aug. 14, 2014. Credit: Alan Holdren/CNA. Aboard the papal plane, Sep 19, 2015 / 04:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As he began his 10-day trip to Cuba and the United States, Pope Francis was seen off by a Syrian refugee family the Vatican is now housing through one of its parishes. The Pope described himself shortly after as “very moved.” “You could see the pain in their faces,” Pope Francis told journalists aboard the flight with him en route to Havana, Cuba on Sept. 19. They...
  • The story of Japan's hidden Christians emerges from the Vatican archives

    09/18/2015 3:59:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | September 17, 2015 | Angela Ambrogetti
    Vatican City, Sep 17, 2015 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Collected by a Salesian missionary to Japan in the early 20th century, letters and documents showing the history of Christians in the land of the rising sun have been recently restored by the Vatican archives and library. The collection conveys the story of the persecution of Christians in Japan, a story that Pope Francis has often recalled when speaking of the "hidden Christians" who knew how to keep and pass on the faith in a time of persecution, and even when deprived of priests. The Vatican Library and Secret...
  • Vatican parish welcomes first refugee family following Pope's appeal

    09/18/2015 3:12:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    cna ^ | September 18, 2015 | Elise Harris
    St. Anne's parish in Vatican City. Credit: Author Lalupa via Wikimedia Commons 3.0. Vatican City, Sep 18, 2015 / 11:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A family of four has been welcomed by the community of the Vatican's St. Anne parish after Pope Francis' made an appeal earlier this month for every church in Europe open their doors to refugees. Papal Almoner Bishop Konrad Krajewski issued a Sept. 18 statement that the family – a father, mother and two children – have already been received. Syrian Christians of Catholic Greek-Melkite rite, the family fled their war-torn city of Damascus, and arrived to...
  • Pope reveals he carries small cross held by Iraqi priest as he was martyred

    09/18/2015 2:46:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | September 18, 2015 | Carol Glatz
    Pope Francis addressed the World Meeting for Young Consecrated Men and Women yesterday. Pope Francis has revealed that he keeps a small cross held by an Iraqi priest who was being beheaded for refusing to renounce his faith.The Pope began his general audience yesterday by referring to “our martyrs in Iraq and Syria, our martyrs of today”. He said: “A few days ago in [St Peter’s] Square, an Iraqi priest came up to me and gave me a small cross. It was the cross being held by the priest who was beheaded for not renouncing Jesus Christ,” he said....
  • Family Leaders Alarmed at Pope Francis Personal Invitees for Synod

    09/18/2015 8:38:18 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 9/15/15 | Pete Baklinski
    ROME, September 15, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- Life and family leaders worldwide are alarmed by a list the Vatican released today containing the names of those who will participate in the upcoming Synod on the Family, including a special list of 45 prelates handpicked by Pope Francis, many of whom publicly support positions contrary to the teaching or practice of the Catholic Church. The Ordinary Synod has a heterodox agenda and many of the prelates attending it have already shown themselves either supportive of that agenda or unwilling to resist it, stated Voice of the Family, a group of Catholic laity...
  • German Synod Father Says Church Could Give Private Blessings to Same-Sex Unions

    09/18/2015 6:38:00 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/18/15 | Simon Caldwell
    Bishop Bode says the Church could do more to support people in stable unionsOne of the three German bishops who will attend next months Synod of Bishops on the Family has proposed that the Catholic Church might offer private blessings to same-sex couples. Bishop Franz-Josef Bode of Osnabruck said it was possible to see strengths as well as weaknesses in both gay relationships and in those of cohabiting heterosexuals. He said that the Catholic Church could not accept gay marriage because it understood marriage as a union between a husband and a wife that was open to the procreation of...
  • Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber On 'Finding God In All The Wrong People'

    09/17/2015 7:44:33 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 23 replies
    NPR Fresh Air ^ | sept. 17, 2015 | NPR
    Nadia Bolz-Weber was a stand-up-comic with a drinking problem who opened up a church for people who didn't belong. "My job is to ... remind people that they're absolutely loved," she says. Her new memoir is 'Accidental Saints.'
  • Pope Asks Cardinals to Review How the Church Vets Future Bishops

    09/17/2015 5:57:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/16/15 | Cindy Wooden
    Council of Cardinals will study the way the Church identifies and appoints bishopsPope Francis has asked his international Council of Cardinals to study the way the church vets, identifies and appoints bishops around the world, looking particularly at the qualities needed in a bishop today. The council met in Rome in the Popes presence from Monday to Wednesday. Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi said the nine-member councils main task is to assist Francis with the ongoing reorganisation of the Roman Curia. But from the beginning the Pope said he wanted the group to advise him on matters of Church governance...
  • Synod Leader: the Church Must Include, Not Exclude

    09/17/2015 5:49:12 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Speaking at a diocesan conference in Sessa Aurunca, Italy, the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops emphasized that the Church must include rather than exclude. In his September 15 address, which was summarized in a brief article in LOsservatore Romano, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri said that the crisis of the family is due also to the hiddenness of the Church, which is called to listen, accompany, and include, rather than exclude, so that all may experience the incomparable beauty of matrimony. Three serious challenges that foster an anti-family mentality, he continued, are individualism and emotional fragility, lack of faith, and...
  • Tender Heart

    All of us know, that when you love someone very much you want to be with the one you love. A Mother can hardly wait to hold her newborn infant. A Father's Joy is to be with his children. Friends treasure the moments they spend together. Sweethearts love so deeply they find it painful to part. We know that the more one loves, the more one wants to be with the object of one's affection. This explains the very mystery of our catholic faith the mystery of the "Real Presence". Jesus Christ stays with us day and night in the...
  • The New Annulment Norms and the American Experience

    09/16/2015 11:52:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 0/16/15 | Fr. Mark Pilon
    Pope Franciss new motu proprio, which streamlines the annulment process, has been both praised and criticized. It is being praised because it seems to be another act of generosity and mercy by this pope and a blessing on those in bad marriages, who can now go through a fast annulment process and marry again in the Church. It is being criticized because some see it as yet another step undermining the indissolubility of marriage and Church discipline. Some who praise it also seem to think that the pope has cleverly defused some of the controversy expected to surface at the...
  • Vatican Releases List of Participants for Synod on the Family

    09/15/2015 5:37:54 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/15/15 | Staff Reporter
    Cardinal Walter Kasper and retired Cardinal Godfried Danneels are among Pope Francis's nominationsThe Vatican has released the full list of participants for the upcoming synod on the family, which will take place from October 4 to 25. Among Pope Franciss personal nominations are Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Cardinal Walter Kasper and Fr Antonio Spadaro, editor of La Civilta Cattolica. The Pope has also nominated Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Cardinal Christoph Schnborn, and Mgr Bruno Forte, Archbishop of Chieti-Vasto, Italy. From Belgium, retired Cardinal Godfried Danneels has been selected by the Pontiff, while Belgium has also elected Bishop Johan Bonny to attend...
  • Orthodox Rabbi . . . Says Pope Emeritus Benedict Should Speak Out Before Synod

    09/11/2015 9:01:16 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Wanderer ^ | 9/10/15 | Peggy Moen
    ST. PAUL Orthodox Rabbi Yehuda Levin of Brooklyn, a longtime pro-life, pro-family activist, in a September 9 telephone interview with The Wanderer said he is calling upon the eminent Pope Benedictto weigh in before the Synod against same-sex marriage and civil unions, as well as on all the negative things that are going on. Rabbi Levin offered his view that Benedict has got to be a fighter for this, given the volume of the negative stuff and because God and His people are under attack in a vicious way, particularly in their efforts to defend marriage. He said he...