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  • Pope Francis News 2015: Vatican Makes Balloons New Symbol of Peace After Last Year's Dove Attack

    01/28/2015 11:21:28 AM PST · by Gamecock · 53 replies
    Latin Post ^ | 25/01/2015 | Roberto Ontiveros
    On Sunday in St. Peter's Square, balloons were released as a gesture of peace instead of the traditional symbol of flying doves. This comes one year after an attack by a seagull and a crow on the symbolic birds ignited protests by animal protection groups. Ever since Pope John Paul II started the tradition of releasing doves on the last Sunday of January every year, children have been at a window of the papal studio overlooking the square with the pope, setting free a pair of doves for world peace, according to the Associated Press. In 2014, the act of...
  • EPA chief headed to Vatican to talk climate change

    01/27/2015 6:19:33 PM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 28 replies
    The Fishwrap ^ | 01/27/15 | Brian Roewe
    EPA chief headed to Vatican to talk climate change Brian Roewe  |  Jan. 27, 2015 Eco Catholic The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is scheduled to make a brief Vatican visit at the end of the week on the topic of addressing climate change. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will meet there Friday with senior officials, among them Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. She is also slated to meet with Catholic journalists Friday morning and business leaders in Rome that afternoon. The agency initiated the meeting through U.S. Ambassador to the Holy...
  • Confront indifference to God and neighbor, Pope says in 2015 Lenten message

    01/27/2015 3:30:00 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | January 27, 2015 | Diogenes
    The Holy See Press Office has released the text of Pope Francis’s 2015 Lenten message. Entitled “Make Your Hearts Firm”-- a reference to a verse in the Letter of St. James-- the message, dated October 4, calls upon Christians to confront “the globalization of indifference.” “Indifference to our neighbor and to God also represents a real temptation for us Christians,” the Pope wrote. “Each year during Lent we need to hear once more the voice of the prophets who cry out and trouble our conscience.” He added: In the Incarnation, in the earthly life, death, and resurrection of the Son...
  • Pope mulls crossing U.S.-Mexico border to show solidarity with immigrants

    01/27/2015 11:28:02 AM PST · by lowbridge · 96 replies
    fox news ^ | january 26, 2015
    The U.S.-Mexico border may someday see a high-profile crosser – Pope Francis. The intrepid pontiff raised the possibility that among his future trips could be entering the U.S. border from Mexico. The pope, who made the comment while flying back recently from the Philippines, said he would do it to show solidarity with immigrants, according to the Latin Post. "To enter the U.S. from the Mexico border would be a beautiful sign of brotherhood and help for immigrants," the pope said, according to the Post and other outlets. There are some logistical factors, however, that the pope indicated he would have...
  • Pope Francis Is A Leftist And Must Be Called Out

    01/27/2015 7:12:51 AM PST · by libstripper · 33 replies
    The Federalist ^ | Jan. 26, 2015 | Mauren Mullarkey
    Don’t pick a political fight with Pope Francis? The title of Rachel Lu’s recent essay and the timidity behind it reminds me of a old Jewish joke. Max and Moishe are being escorted to the execution chamber in a Nazi prison. In a sudden gesture of defiance, Max raises his arm and gives the guards his middle finger. Horrified, Moishe pulls his arm down and blurts, “Please, Max, don’t make waves.” Just so all the reflexive excuses for Pope Francis’ dismaying behavior and increasingly obvious ideological bent. Lu forgets there exists such a thing as a loyal opposition. She cites...
  • Pope Francis Shocks Liberals on Same-Sex “Marriage”

    01/23/2015 2:45:00 PM PST · by NYer · 34 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 23, 2015 | PAUL KENGOR
    In his trip to the Philippines, Pope Francis once again defended marriage, and he again edged closer to a firm, unequivocal papal statement against same-sex “marriage.” As Francis clearly continues to carefully move in that direction, liberals, both secular and non-secular, non-Catholic and Catholic, are going to feel a severe sense of betrayal and grave disappointment, contrary to the most optimistic expectations they’ve eagerly imposed upon their first “gay-marriage” pope.Before considering what Francis said last week, I want to back up and reiterate related points I made in a piece posted here a few weeks ago, which created a...
  • Synod to study gays, 'sensitive' Church topics

    01/22/2015 9:58:42 AM PST · by aimhigh · 4 replies
    Gazzetta del Sud ^ | 01/22/2015 | Gazzetta del Sud
    Catholic bishops preparing for the next synod on the family in October will be studying the "most sensitive issues" raised at the last meeting in October 2014, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, synod secretary general, said Thursday. Those include the Church's stance on gays, communion for divorced and remarried Catholics, and cohabitation outside marriage. Divisions within the clergy on these issues came to the fore at last year's meeting, when a final document showed openings that appeared in a half-way working document had largely been reversed. Vote counts published by the Vatican showed that three controversial articles, including the final version of...
  • Pope Says Good Catholics Need Not Mate “Like Wasp Spiders”

    01/20/2015 9:40:25 AM PST · by millegan · 21 replies
    NBC News via ChurchPOP ^ | January 20, 2015
    While firmly upholding Church teaching regarding contraception, Pope Francis clarified that good Catholics need not mate “like rabbits, or wasp spiders, with the female devouring the male following the procreative act.” “Openness to life for the husband,” the pontiff said to reporters on his return flight from the Philippines, “is a condition for the sacrament of matrimony.” Catholic couples should practice mutual love and tenderness, he explained, rather than the female “catching her partner in a web and slowly gnawing on him while he’s still alive, resulting in his slow, agonizing death.”
  • Papal Text Says Man Betrays God by Destroying the Environment

    01/18/2015 3:38:10 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 112 replies
    Reuters and The New York Times ^ | 18 Jan 15 | Philip Pullella
    MANILA — Pope Francis waded into the global debate on climate change and the environment on Sunday, saying in the text of a speech that man was destroying nature and betraying God's calling to be stewards of creation. Francis offered his thoughts about the environment and climate change for the second time in four days at a rally with young people at a Manila university on the last full day of a week-long Asian tour that has taken him to Sri Lanka and the Philippines. He did not read all of a speech prepared for delivery at the university, improvising...
  • Exclusive: Details of the proposal for Pope Francis' US visit revealed

    01/18/2015 3:34:02 PM PST · by NYer · 27 replies
    cna ^ | January 18, 2015 | Alan Holdren and Elise Harris
    Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square before the Wed. general audience on April 16, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. Manila, Philippines, Jan 18, 2015 / 12:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Bernardito Auza – a member of the organizing committee for Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the U.S. – has revealed details of the proposed schedule, which includes visits to three cities. “He would arrive on the 22nd and he would leave the evening of the 27th. It’s really a full six days, plus the travel, so it’s really one week,” Archbishop Auza told CNA/EWTN News in Manila on Jan....
  • Manila: Biggest gathering of faithful ever for a Pope

    01/18/2015 5:34:59 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | January 18, 2015 | ANDREA TORNIELLI
    "Between 6 to 7 million" attended the final big mass in the Philippines on the feast of the Santo Nińo. In his homily, the Pope said: “the devil hides behind the allure of being ‘modern’, ‘like everyone else’. Francis also met the father of the volunteer who died in Tacloban yesterday “God created the world as a beautiful garden,” “but man has disfigured that natural beauty”, creating social structures which perpetuate poverty, ignorance and corruption”. Rain poured down on the millions of faithful that gathered in Rizal Park in Manila to attend the mass celebrated by Francis on the final...
  • A simple, intense encounter: Pope Francis and Manila's street kids

    01/17/2015 3:41:41 PM PST · by NYer · 124 replies
    cna ^ | January 17, 2015 | Elise Harris
    Pope Francis met with street children during his visit to the Philippines on Jan. 16, 2015. Credit: ANSA/OSSERVATORE ROMANO. Manila, Philippines, Jan 17, 2015 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Deviating from his schedule of events in the Philippines, Pope Francis had a brief but emotionally intense encounter with former street kids in Manila yesterday. “I saw a sense of paternity from the Pope, also physically in his embrace, his caress, his affection that the kids immediately noticed. So all of them wanted to be in contact with him,” Father Antonio Spadaro S.J. told CNA on Jan. 16. “It was a...
  • Pope Francis on Freedom of Speech: 'One Cannot Make Fun of Faith'

    Pope Francis suggested there are limits to freedom of expression, saying in response to the Charlie Hebdo terror attack that "one cannot make fun of faith" and that anyone who throws insults can expect a "punch." The pontiff said that both freedom of faith and freedom of speech were fundamental human rights and that "every religion has its dignity." "One cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people's faith, one cannot make fun of faith," he said. "There is a limit. Every religion has its dignity ... in freedom of expression there are limits." The pope was speaking to reporters on...
  • Obama to Host Global “Extremism” Summit; Tyranny on the Menu

    01/15/2015 8:56:15 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 24 replies
    The New American ^ | 1/12/2015 | Alex Newman
    Following the deadly Charlie Hebdo terror attacks in Paris last week, the Obama administration finally set a date for its global summit on dealing with “extremism.” However, the conclave will not be focusing on Western and Arab governments’ support for extreme jihadists in Libya, Syria, and beyond; or on extreme gun-control schemes that left French citizens defenseless in the face of terrorism last week; or on extreme anti-free-speech policies purporting to ban criticism of Islam pushed by the United Nations, the European Union, and the Socialist French government. Instead, the White House “extremism” summit will focus primarily on expanding the...
  • Pope on Climate Change: Man Has 'Slapped Nature in the Face'

    01/15/2015 8:03:19 AM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 47 replies
    ABC News ^ | 15 Jan 2015 | Nicole Winfield
    Pope Francis said Thursday he is convinced that global warming is "mostly" man-made and that he hopes his upcoming encyclical on the environment will encourage negotiators at a climate change meeting in Paris to make "courageous" decisions to protect God's creation.
  • Pope on Charlie Hebdo: There are limits to freedom of expression when faith is insulted

    01/15/2015 5:54:28 AM PST · by DaveMSmith · 140 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 15, 2015 | AP
    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE – Pope Francis said Thursday there are limits to freedom of expression, especially when it insults or ridicules someone's faith.[...]"If my good friend Dr. Gasparri says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch," Francis said, throwing a pretend punch his way. "It's normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others."[...]"There are so many people who speak badly about religions or other religions, who make fun of them, who make a game out of the religions of others," he said. "They...
  • 'Exhausted' pope cancels meeting with Sri Lanka bishops

    01/13/2015 9:17:44 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 50 replies
    AFP via Yahoo! ^ | 1/13/2015
    Colombo (AFP) - Pope Francis on Tuesday cancelled a planned meeting with Sri Lankan bishops, with one security official saying he was "exhausted" after a long journey from the airport exposed to the hot sun. The 78-year-old, who arrived in Colombo Tuesday on an Asia tour that will also take him to the Philippines, took over an hour to travel into the city from the airport on roads thronged with well-wishers.
  • The real crisis has scarcely begun [Joseph Ratzinger, 1969] (Catholic Caucus)

    01/10/2015 2:40:34 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    Vultus Christi ^ | January 10, 2015
    “The future of the Church, once again as always, will be reshaped by saints” — Joseph Ratzinger, 1969.Forty–six years ago, Father Joseph Ratzinger gave a series of conferences that were later published in book form under the title Faith and the Future (Ignatius Press). What was the future in 1969 has become the present. Joseph Ratzinger’s words are stunningly prophetic. Read them. The future of the Church can and will issue from those whose roots are deep and who live from the pure fullness of their faith. It will not issue from those who accommodate themselves merely to the passing...
  • Catholic Caucus: Four Things to Remember About the Pope’s Environment Letter

    01/08/2015 7:41:01 PM PST · by Coleus · 14 replies
    First Things ^ | 01.13.15 | Robert P. George
    So here we are waiting for Pope Francis to hand down his encyclical on our moral responsibility to care for the natural environment. Already there is lots of huffing and puffing, and ideological battle lines are being drawn. It seems that virtually nobody in the public media is interested in being taught by the Pope in his magisterial capacity. Instead, all the talk is about how the encyclical can or can’t be used to advance political agendas. Catholics who fear that the Pope is a secret (or perhaps not-so-secret) radical left-winger, are preemptively questioning the Pope’s authority as pope to address...
  • Pope and Obama: Alliance against Global Warming

    01/07/2015 4:19:45 PM PST · by juliosevero · 16 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Pope and Obama: Alliance against Global Warming By Julio Severo President Barack Obama increasingly is finding a powerful ally in the Vatican, with Pope Francis standing virtually shoulder to shoulder with the White House on income inequality and a historic diplomatic reapproach with communist Cuba, according to WND. This year the pope appears also poised to offer greater support to the U.S. president on climate change initiatives and reportedly wants to be a leading voice at a U.N. global warming summit in 2015, where Obama will make perhaps his greatest pitch to date for more dramatic action against global...
  • Pope Francis chooses 15 new cardinals reflecting diversity

    01/05/2015 10:25:43 AM PST · by CedarDave · 39 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | January 5, 2015 | Frances D'emilio (AP)
    VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis named 15 new cardinals Sunday, selecting them from 14 nations including far-flung corners of the world such as Tonga, New Zealand, Cape Verde and Myanmar to reflect the diversity of the church and its growth in places like Asia and Africa compared to affluent regions. Other cardinals hail from Ethiopia, Thailand and Vietnam. None came from the United States ...
  • Pope picks 15 new cardinals

    01/04/2015 5:35:02 PM PST · by ADSUM · 19 replies
    js online ^ | 1/4/2015
    Pope picks 15 new cardinals reflecting diversity By The Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis named 15 new cardinals Sunday, selecting them from 14 nations including far-flung corners of the world such as Tonga, New Zealand, Cape Verde and Myanmar to reflect the diversity of the church and its growth in places like Asia and Africa compared to affluent regions. Other cardinals hail from Ethiopia, Thailand and Vietnam. None came from the United States and only three European nations received new cardinals - Portugal and Spain in addition to Italy. Cape Verde, Tonga and Myanmar gained cardinals for...
  • Pope Francis, The Environ-Mentalist

    12/30/2014 3:56:32 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 21 replies
    Mundabor's Blog ^ | 30 Dec 2014 | Mundabor
    I smile already at seeing how much this enviro-moron in white will cover himself in ridicule if he dares to, as reported, dedicate no less than an encyclical letter to Environ-Mentalism; thus childishly trying to play Leo XIII as he consigns himself to public mockery for all centuries to come. He will be made into little pieces, ridiculed by everyone with a brain in front of everyone with a brain; not very many, perhaps, but enough to destroy this other dream of greatness of this petty, old, vain man. If the Synod has shown anything is that the world is,...
  • Queering the Church Some More

    12/29/2014 4:41:28 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 9 replies
    Mundabor's Blog ^ | 29 Dec 2014 | Mundabor
    Antonio Socci sounds the alarm concerning the Cardinals being rapidly appointed by Francis. Now, the number of Cardinals who can be elected Pope will be still roughly limited to 120 (a number Francis has to power to modify, but has not done up to now). One could, therefore, not say Francis is being overzealous. On the other hand, he is being certainly attentive to appoint as many Cardinals as he can within the framework set up by his predecessors since Paul VI. There is no doubt in my mind Francis does it in order to subvert the Church and make...
  • POPE: UN MUST FIGHT 'GLOBAL WARMING'

    12/29/2014 1:02:45 PM PST · by bestintxas · 333 replies
    the guardian ^ | 12/27/14 | j vidal
    He has been called the “superman pope”, and it would be hard to deny that Pope Francis has had a good December. Cited by President Barack Obama as a key player in the thawing relations between the US and Cuba, the Argentinian pontiff followed that by lecturing his cardinals on the need to clean up Vatican politics. But can Francis achieve a feat that has so far eluded secular powers and inspire decisive action on climate change? It looks as if he will give it a go. In 2015, the pope will issue a lengthy message on the subject to...
  • Pope Francis’s edict on climate change will anger deniers and US churches [Climate Hoax]

    12/28/2014 9:06:22 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 137 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 27 Dec 2014 | John Vidal
    Following a visit in March to Tacloban, the Philippine city devastated in 2012 by typhoon Haiyan, the pope will publish a rare encyclical on climate change and human ecology. Urging all Catholics to take action on moral and scientific grounds, the document will be sent to the world’s 5,000 Catholic bishops and 400,000 priests, who will distribute it to parishioners.
  • Tonight on CBS, a Peek Inside the Vatican Library

    12/28/2014 1:18:50 PM PST · by marshmallow · 41 replies
    Patheos ^ | 10/28/14 | Kathy Schiffer
    Tonight on CBS, viewers will be treated to a special hour of “60 Minutes Presents: Inside the Vatican.” Scott Pelley will profile Pope Francis, who is surprising the world by spurning tradition; and Morley Safer will lead viewers on a tour of the Vatican Library. The program will air at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time and Pacific Time. To whet your appetite for what is certain to be a fascinating disclosure of rarely seen documents, let me tell you a little about the things I’ve seen in that hallowed space. Center> * * * * It was my great privilege to...
  • Pope's role in Cuba deal fractures Cuban-American flock

    12/21/2014 9:29:07 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 40 replies
    wics abc 20 / ap ^ | 12-21-2014 | MATT SEDENSKY
    Though many Cuban-American Catholics praise the pontiff for encouraging progress, others feel betrayed by their spiritual leader. Those who equate Raul Castro with the devil are incensed by the pope's diplomacy. Cuban exile Efrain Rivas says he feels abandoned, calling himself "a Catholic without a pope."
  • Pope condemns ‘brutal persecution’ of minorities by Islamic State

    12/25/2014 8:14:56 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 6 replies
    DailyTimes.com ^ | December 25, 2014 | Unknown
    * Pope Francis says joy of Christmas has been marred by suffering of children in Middle East and around the world VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Thursday condemned the “brutal persecution” of minorities by Islamic State insurgents and said the joy of Christmas was marred by the suffering of children in the Middle East and around the world. Tens of thousands of people flocked to St. Peter’s Square to hear the Argentine pope deliver his “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) blessing and message, marking the second Christmas since his election last year. He condemned Islamic State...
  • Obama, Castro and the Pope

    12/18/2014 3:44:50 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/18/14 | Elvira Fernandez Hasty
    To the Catholic leaders who wish to help the Cuban people, my prayers, too, that you would realize the evil that has descended upon our country and the Church. Your purpose is to save souls, not to be used as pawns for the Devil Growing up as a child of conservative parents in a Catholic environment, today, after 53 years living in the USA, I find a new world that is upside down. When Fidel Castro came to Cuba, soon after there were rumors of the government takeover of private schools. I was sent as a young teen to the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: BABYLONIAN CAPTIVITY. 12-18-14

    12/18/2014 8:53:37 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 12-18-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:BABYLONIAN CAPTIVITY A term used by Petrarch and later writers of the exile of the popes at Avignon, France, from 1309 to 1377. Seven French popes--so called Clement V, John XXII, Benedict XII, Clement VI, Innocent VI, Blessed Urban V, and Gregory XI--were involved. Pope Gregory, the last one, yielded to the entreaties of St. Catherine of Siena (1347-80) to return to Rome in sprite of the protests of the King of France and most of the cardinals. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with...
  • Pope Francis Now Set on Closing Gitmo Prison Camp

    12/18/2014 5:08:38 AM PST · by servo1969 · 53 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 12-17-2014 | Jim Hoft
    On Wednesday Barack Obama thanked Pope Francis for playing a key role finalizing a deal between the US and Cuba.Pope Francis is now set on closing Gitmo.World Net Daily reported: Having helped broker the agreement to normalize relations between the United States and communist Cuba, Pope Francis plans next to turn his attention to closing the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, a goal he shares with President Obama.In a meeting last week at the Vatican with Secretary of State John Kerry, the Vatican secretary of state, Pietro Parolin, second in authority to the pope, offered to assist U.S. efforts to...
  • Pope Francis Offers US Help in Closing Guantanamo

    12/16/2014 5:50:38 AM PST · by Gamecock · 29 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 15 Dec 2014
    The Vatican on Monday offered to help the United States in its efforts to close Guantanamo prison, a goal fervently supported by Pope Francis. Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said the Holy See welcomed recent signs President Barack Obama appears to have accelerated efforts to close the controversial facility... He said the Vatican stood ready to "help find adequate humanitarian solutions through our international contacts...
  • Breakthrough on Cuba Highlights Pope’s Role as Diplomatic Broker

    12/17/2014 12:42:29 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 14 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 17, 2014 | Jim Yardley
    ROME — Pope Francis had quite a 78th birthday. The pontiff began Wednesday with prayers and a birthday celebration with tango dancers near St. Peter’s Square. His day ended with a historic diplomatic breakthrough between Cuba and the United States — and the disclosure that the Argentine pope played a key role as broker. Francis is being credited for helping bridge the divide by first sending letters to President Obama and President Raúl Castro of Cuba, and then having the Vatican host a diplomatic meeting between the two sides in October. “The Holy Father wishes to express his warm congratulations...
  • In Showdown with American Sisters, the Vatican Blinked

    12/17/2014 6:11:17 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 12/16/14 | Phil Lawler
    After a 3-year study of American women’s religious orders, undertaken because of problems that are both grave and obvious, the Congregation for Religious has released a report that avoids direct criticism of religious orders, instead suggesting that the communities should evaluate themselves. But for Catholics who long for a genuine revival of religious life in America, today’s report should not be too disheartening. First, because we knew this was coming. Second and more important, because another Vatican inquiry, aimed specifically at the Leadership Conference for Women Religious (LCWR), is still underway. This battle isn’t over yet. When the process began,...
  • Pope Francis and the Eucharistic fast

    12/16/2014 3:39:33 AM PST · by cleghornboy
    La Salette Journey ^ | December 16, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    In a review of Michael S. Rose's book entitled, "Goodbye, Good Men," Rev. Robert J. Johansen noted that, "There is too much evidence of the abuse of authority in certain dioceses and seminaries to dismiss Rose’s claims as baseless. It is still the case, even in a seminary with a reputation for orthodoxy such as St. Charles, that seminarians would not openly admit to members of the formation committee that they attended a licit (under the Ecclesia Dei indult) Tridentine liturgy for fear of being branded a “reactionary” and hounded out. I know many priests and seminarians who were subjected...
  • Pooper Scoopers in Heaven?

    12/13/2014 9:34:03 AM PST · by Keli Kilohana · 31 replies
    12/13/14/ | Self
    First it was that all atheists can go to Heaven. Then it was that communist economics is Biblical. Furthermore, he and the church believes theistic evolution--"God is not a magician." (God made everything, then everything made everything. Adam and Eve's parents were apes.) The church needs to dialogue about the Sacrament of Marriage concerning divorce and unnatural marriage. Basically, the church has become RC-Lite and "all things to all sheeple." Now, he says that all dogs go to Heaven! What about other pets? Let me tell you that cat fanciers are being rubbed the wrong way! Rumors are that the...
  • Pope Francis says all dogs do go to heaven

    12/12/2014 4:16:12 PM PST · by FR_addict · 210 replies
    Today.com ^ | 12/12/2014 | Matt Murray
    We've all heard the expression "all dogs go to heaven." On Wednesday, the spiritual leader of 1.2 billion people around the world gave it his imprimatur. During his weekly address in the Vatican on Wednesday, Pope Francis was consoling a little boy who had recently lost his dog, assuring the boy that he and his furry friend would reunite in heaven. “One day, we will see our animals again in the eternity of Christ. Paradise is open to all of God’s creatures,” the pontiff said, according to Italian news sources.
  • Time to Tackle Global Warming Running Out, Pope Tells Climate Summit

    12/11/2014 5:35:18 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 59 replies
    Catholic Register (Catholic News Service) ^ | December 12, 2014 00:16 GMT | Carol Glatz
    VATICAN CITY - Tackling the problem of climate change is a serious ethical and moral responsibility, Pope Francis told negotiators from around the world meeting for a climate summit in Lima, Peru. "The time to find global solutions is running out. We can find adequate solutions only if we act together and unanimously," he said in a written message to Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Peru's minister of the environment and host president of the 20th UN Climate Change Conference. Thousands of negotiators from 195 countries gathered for the meeting in Lima Dec. 1-12 to hammer out details of a new international agreement...
  • All Animals Go To Heaven, Says Pope Francis

    12/11/2014 7:59:05 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 211 replies
    The Dodo ^ | December 08, 2014 | Stephen Messenger
    In his weekly address at the Vatican late last month, Pope Francis issued a remarkable statement that’s sure to come as welcome news to anyone who’s ever lost a beloved pet. According to Francis, the promise of an afterlife applies not only to believers, but to all animals as well."The Holy Scriptures teach us that the realization of this wonderful plan covers all that is around us, and that came out of the thought and the heart of God," Pope Francis said, as quoted by Italian news site Resapubblica. The Pope then went on to say that “heaven is open to all...
  • Vatican: Bishops Should Move Forward on Family

    12/09/2014 1:53:11 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 3 replies
    ABC News ^ | Dec. 9, 2014 | NICOLE WINFIELD
    Among other things, the questionnaire asked how the church can care for families with gay children and discern "positive and negative elements" in heterosexual civil unions. It also asked how the church can better provide sacraments for Catholics who divorce and remarry outside the church. Church teaching holds that without an annulment, or a church decree that the first marriage was null, such Catholics are living in sin and are thus ineligible to receive communion. Francis has sought to end what he calls "de facto excommunication" for these Catholics, and the issue was a source of heated debate during the...
  • Pope Francis: Church Support For Families With LGBT Children [Babylon the Great]

    12/09/2014 10:18:02 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 78 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 12/08/2014 | Lora Moftah
    The Catholic Church must help parents stand by their gay children, Pope Francis said in a new interview about his papal ministry. The pontiff’s comments come a day after Francis urged top church officials to pay attention to the “signs of the times” and listen to ordinary Catholics, according to The Independent. “We come across this reality all the time in the confessional: a father and a mother whose son or daughter is in that situation. This happened to me several times in Buenos Aires.... We have to find a way to help that father or that mother to stand...
  • Pope Francis: God has gifted me with unawareness

    12/08/2014 3:18:40 PM PST · by cleghornboy · 21 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | December 8, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    "God is good to me, he's bestowed on me a healthy dose of unawareness." Pope Francis, see here. “From the start I said to myself: ‘Jorge, don't change, just keep on being yourself, because to change at your age would be to make a fool of yourself.’” (From the same article). Dr. Dietrich von Hildebrand reminds us that, "The capacity to grasp values, to affirm them, and to respond to them, is the foundation for realizing the moral values of man. Now these marks can be found only in the man who possesses reverence. Reverence is the attitude which can...
  • Christians being driven from American Society Too

    12/07/2014 10:34:57 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/07/14 | Judi McLeod
    Not just fleeing the Middle East: It’s not just the Mideast from which Christians are being driven. “Christians are being driven from the Middle East in suffering,” Pope Francis said in a video message yesterday as French Cardinal Phillipe Barbarin visited the Iraqi city of Irbil, where thousands of Christians have taken refuge. “And from America; and from the military, who need God’s protection, as we do in the USA,” adds Fred Abel of jfredabel@gmail.com. Abel is spot on. The main difference between Christians being driven out of the Middle East and those being driven out of America is that...
  • Pope says equating Islam with violence is wrong

    11/30/2014 5:42:21 PM PST · by juliosevero · 58 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Pope says equating Islam with violence is wrong By Julio Severo According to Reuters, Pope Francis said on Sunday that equating Islam with violence is wrong. Pope and Turkish mufti Francis, the leader of 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, told reporters aboard his plane returning from a visit to Turkey that it was wrong for anyone to react to terrorism by being enraged against Islam. Francis’ predecessor, Benedict XVI, caused, according to Reuters, storms of protest throughout the Islamic world in 2006, when he made a speech that suggested Islam espouses violence. Benedict said he had been misunderstood and apologized....
  • Pope Francis Asserts Islam Can’t Be Equated With Violence [Babylon the Great]

    12/05/2014 3:05:05 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 81 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | 12/04/2014 | Heather Clark
    ROME – On his flight back to Rome after visiting Turkey, the Roman Catholic Pontiff known as Pope Francis told reporters that Islam should not be equated with terrorism and violence–a statement that some may disagree with considering the teachings of the religion. “On Islamophobia, it is true that when one sees these terrorist acts, not only in this region, but also in Africa, there is this reaction [of], ‘If this is Islam, I am going to get angry,'” he said. “And so many Islamic people are offended.” “Many, many [Muslims] say, ‘No, we are not this. The Koran is...
  • Pope Francis Equates Christian Fundamentalists to Islamist Killers & Terrorists

    12/02/2014 9:40:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 123 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | December 2, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Pope Francis equated Christianity with Islam while leaving Turkey. “We have our share of fundamentalists” too. The pope also said fighting poverty and hunger were key to defeating Islamist killers. Ugh. The Jerusalem Post reported: Pope Francis said Sunday that equating Islam with violence was wrong and called on Muslim leaders to issue a global condemnation of terrorism to help dispel the stereotype. Francis, the leader of 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, told reporters aboard his plane returning from a visit to Turkey that he understood why Muslims were offended by many in the West who automatically equated their religion with...
  • Pope Francis removes Swiss Guard chief

    12/03/2014 8:56:59 AM PST · by Gamecock · 38 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 3 December 2014 | Stephanie Kirchgaessner
    The commander of the Swiss Guard at the Vatican has been removed from his post, The surprise news that Daniel Anrig, who had a reputation for being rigid and “teutonic The 42-year-old father of four was appointed by Pope Benedict in 2008 and his five-year contract had been extended indefinitely. Italian press reports said the pontiff wanted to see a less rigid military corp and one that was less obsessed by rules. The pope recently told his security personnel in a special service in their honour that the biggest threat facing the Vatican was not from a bomb or a...
  • Four young Christians beheaded in Iraq, Turkey's PM tells pope Islamophbia to blame for ISIS

    12/02/2014 1:04:20 PM PST · by Fali_G · 37 replies
    Lisa Daftari ^ | 12/02/14 | Lisa Daftari
    Pope Francis traveled on his first trip to Turkey over the weekend attempting to reach out to the Muslim community, warning that the Islamic State is a major threat to Christians in the Middle East and calling on moderate Muslims to join in constructive dialogue and solidarity with the rest of the world. Instead, Turkish President Recept Tayyp Erdogan, who had a message of his own for the Pope, greeted him at his $600 million palace and blamed the rise of ISIS and the recent violence in Syria and Iraq, including beheadings, enslavements, and the wholesale ethnic cleansing of the...
  • In Turkey, Pope Francis got a look at Christianity on the margins

    12/01/2014 2:03:21 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    cns ^ | November 30, 2014 | Francis X. Rocca
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Ankara and Istanbul were gray and cold, at least compared to Rome, during Pope Francis' Nov. 28-30 visit to Turkey. And the general reception, outside of the pope's official meetings, was hardly warmer. There were none of the enthusiastic crowds that usually greet him on his trips, no masses waving signs of welcome along his motorcade route or behind police barriers at the stops. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople kisses Pope Francis as they embrace during an ecumenical prayer service in the patriarchal Church of St. George in Istanbul Nov. 29. (CNS/Paul Haring) Pope Francis, who...