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  • Papal puzzler: Leo XIII anonymously published riddles in Latin

    07/23/2014 2:41:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cns ^ | July 22, 2014 | Carol Glatz
    Pope Leo XIII, born in 1810, is credited with being the founder of Catholic social teaching. (CNS/Library of Congress) By Carol GlatzCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Going by the pseudonym "X," Pope Leo XIII anonymously crafted poetic puzzles in Latin for a Roman periodical at the turn of the 19th century. The pope created lengthy riddles, known as "charades," in Latin in which readers had to guess a rebus-like answer from two or more words that together formed the syllables of a new word. Eight of his puzzles were published anonymously in "Vox Urbis," a Rome newspaper...
  • Pope in Caserta asks pardon for persecution of Pentecostals

    07/28/2014 11:37:55 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 76 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 7/28/14 | Vatican Radio
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis returned to the southern Italian city of Caserta on Monday for a private visit to the Pentecostal community known as the Evangelical Church of Reconciliation. The Pope first met the founder of the community, Pastor Giovanni Traettino, during his time as archbishop of Buenos Aires and over the past year he has met and received groups of Pentecostals at his Santa Marta residence here in the Vatican.
  • Pope will visit Philadelphia in 2015 for World Meeting of Families

    07/25/2014 2:06:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 25, 2014 | Diogenes
    Archbishop Charles Chaput has disclosed the Pope Francis plans to attend the World Meeting of Families, to be held September 2015 in Philadelphia. Although the Vatican has not made an official announcement, the Pope "has told me he is coming," Archbishop Chaput said. He said that the Pontiff would be in Philadelphia for the final 3 days of the meeting, September 25-27. (As a rule, the Vatican does not formally confirm papal trips until a few weeks before they take place.) The archbishop also announced that Pope St. John Paul II and St. Gianna Molla are the patron saints of...
  • Death row Christian woman flies out of Sudan, meets Pope

    07/25/2014 12:17:16 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies ^ | July 24, 2014 | Giselda Vagnoni and Khalid Abdel Aziz
    A Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for converting from Islam to Christianity, then detained after her conviction was quashed, flew into Rome on an Italian government plane on Thursday and hours later met the Pope. Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, whose sentence and detention triggered international outrage, walked off the aircraft cradling her baby and was greeted by Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi. Soon afterwards, Ibrahim, her husband and two children had a private meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican. "The Pope thanked her for her witness to faith," Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said.
  • Pope meets with Sudanese Christian woman who faced death sentence for apostasy

    07/24/2014 9:52:38 AM PDT · by GilGil · 19 replies ^ | 7/24/2014 | Foxnews
    Pope Francis met privately Thursday with Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese Christian woman who faced a death sentence for refusing to renounce her faith, blessing the woman after she was flown to Italy on an Italian government jet. The Vatican characterized the visit with Ibrahim, 27, her husband and their two small children as "very affectionate."
  • 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 (thatís us) and let Islam triumph over the whole world (thatís us, too). Vatican Radio, at the time, tried to give this an allegorical spin. It didnít 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: ďgrant us victory over the heathen/disbelieving/infidelĒ (Sura 2: 286) in the Vatican Gardens, in front of the Pope,...
  • Pope laments exodus of last Christians from Mosul

    07/21/2014 2:53:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    cna ^ | July 21, 2014 | Elise Harris
    Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience May 28, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ib√°√Īez/CNA. Vatican City, Jul 21, 2014 / 05:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis mourned the fleeing of the last Christians from the Iraqi city of Mosul, who were told by ISIS forces last week to either convert, pay the Jizya tax or leave. ‚ÄúThey are persecuted; our brothers are persecuted, they are driven out, they have to leave their houses without having the possibility of taking anything with them,‚ÄĚ Pope Francis voiced in his July 20...
  • Is There Growing Confusion over Church Teaching?

    07/16/2014 4:18:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 467 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 16, 2014 | Dr. William Oddie
    I begin with a piece, spotted by Fr Tim Finigan and reported in his indispensable blog The Hermeneutic of Continuity, which had been published in Sandro Magisterís blogónot his English one, Chiesa, but his Italian language blog for LíEspresso, Settimo Cielo.A few days ago, Magister told the story of a parish priest in the Italian diocese of Novara, Fr Tarcisio Vicario, who recently discussed the question of Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried. This is how he explained the Churchís teaching on the matter: ďFor the Church, which acts in the name of the Son of God, marriage...
  • Pope calls on U.S. to welcome illegals

    07/16/2014 4:38:34 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 38 replies
    brietbart ^ | 16 July 14 | Robert Wilde
    In his message to the ďMexico/Holy See Colloquium on Migration and Development,Ē Pope Francis characterized the tens of thousands of illegal immigrants that have crossed the U.S. southern border as a product of globalization, suggesting that the phenomenon is happening worldwide. Francis proclaimed, ďDespite the large influx of migrants present in all continents and in almost all countries, migration is still seen as an emergency, or as a circumstantial and sporadic fact, while instead it has now become a hallmark of our society and a challenge.Ē Emmer McCarthy for Vatican Radio said Francis expressed his concern for ďthe tens of...
  • Pope denounces 'racist, xenophobic' attitudes toward immigrants

    07/16/2014 3:56:12 PM PDT · by equalator · 47 replies
    CNA ^ | 7-15-2014 | Elise Harris
    ďThis humanitarian emergency requires, as a first urgent measure, these children be welcomed and protected.Ē ďMany people forced to emigrate suffer, and often, die tragically; many of their rights are violated, they are obliged to separate from their families and, unfortunately, continue to be the subject of racist and xenophobic attitudes,Ē the Roman Pontiff stated in the July 15 message.
  • Pope: Kids Crossing US Border Illegally Should Be ĎWelcomedí

    07/15/2014 12:54:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 104 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | July 15, 2014 | Shannon McMahon
    In a Monday letter to a Mexico City Vatican conference, Pope Francis wrote that the tens of thousands of Central American children illegally crossing into the United States should be ďwelcomed and protected.Ē Just days after President Obama visited Texas and pledged a solution to the US border crisis, the Pope said migrant childrenís human rights are being violated. ďMany people forced to emigrate suffer, and often, die tragically,Ē he said. ďMany of their rights are violated. They are obliged to separate from their families and, unfortunately, continue to be the subject of racist and xenophobic attitudes.Ē The Pope also...
  • 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 Reportedly Says Two Percent of Priests Are Pedophiles, Vatican Balks

    07/14/2014 9:10:03 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 17 replies
    NBC News ^ | 07/14/2014
    Pope Francis on Sunday was quoted by an Italian newspaper saying that about two percent ó or 1 in 50 ó of Roman Catholic priests are pedophiles, but the Vatican quickly released a statement saying the pontiff had been misquoted. Church officials also said that the journalist who did the story for La Repubblica had a history of having long conversations with public figures without taking notes or taping them, and then reconstructing them from memory. ~snip~ "Many of my collaborators who fight with me (against pedophilia) reassure me with reliable statistics that say that the level of pedophilia in...
  • Pope Reportedly Promises "Solutions" to Priestly Celibacy

    07/13/2014 6:35:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 331 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 7/13/14 | AFP
    Pope Francis promised "solutions" to the issue of priestly celibacy in an interview on Sunday that raised the possibility the Catholic Church could eventually lift a ban on married priests, but was quickly refuted by the VaticanVATICAN CITY: Pope Francis promised "solutions" to the issue of priestly celibacy in an interview on Sunday that raised the possibility the Catholic Church could eventually lift a ban on married priests, but was quickly refuted by the Vatican. Interviewed by Italy's La Repubblica daily, Francis also condemned child sex abuse as a "leprosy" in the Church and cited his aides as saying that...
  • Pope's 3rd "conversation" with Italian liberal journalist E. Scalfari

    07/13/2014 12:12:04 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 9 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 7/13/14 | New Catholic
    °Quť lŪo! - what a mess! First, the account of the media commotion (there seems to be one every single day) involving declarations by the Pope through unofficial means. The summary in English is by La Repubblica, the secularist newspaper co-founded by Italian liberal and atheist journalist Eugenio Scalfari himself -- our comment at the end. ________________________________ Francis says 2% of priests are paedophiles Once again, Pope Francis appears to be out of step with conventional wisdom in the Vatican. In his third conversation with Eugenio Scalfari, La Repubblicaís founder and former editor-in-chief, the pontiff implied that there was room...
  • Lunch With The Pope

    07/13/2014 11:22:49 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 5 replies
    Dispatches From the Global Village ^ | 7/9/14 | Brian Stiller
    The inevitable question Iím asked when one knows Iíve been with the Pope is, ďAnd what is he like?Ē Here are some personal observations from a recent visit. Impressions in the first moments so frame how we see an individual. This, my second meeting with Pope Francis, an almost three-hour conversation and lunch, allowed me to more carefully form impressions. From the outset his charm set us all at ease. As we moved from the greeting hall to the conversation room, he stood by the door to turn out the lights. I noticed that gone were the papal slippers and...
  • Pope Francis to visit Pentecostal church in Italy

    07/11/2014 5:57:34 AM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | July 11, 2014 | CINDY WOODEN
    The Pope's visit to the church is likely to be 'extremely quick' (CNS) Pope Francis will pay a brief ‚Äúprivate visit‚ÄĚ to the Italian church of a Pentecostal pastor he knew from Argentina, a Vatican spokesman has said.The visit to the Evangelical Church of Reconciliation in Caserta, about 130 miles south of Rome, ‚Äúis under study and likely would take place July 26‚Ä≥, said Fr Federico Lombardi.Fr Lombardi said the Pope knew the church‚Äôs pastor, Giovanni Traettino, from Buenos Aires, where the Pentecostal pastor participated in ecumenical events with Catholics, especially Catholics belonging to the charismatic renewal movement. The then-Cardinal...

    07/10/2014 2:24:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | July 10, 2014 | KATE O'HARE
    Courtesy of the very funny folks at saw this coming? The papal craziness hits a new high on Sunday, July 13 ‚ÄĒ OMIGOSH, it‚Äôs 7/13, and Pope Francis was elected on 3/13/13, and my mind is blown ‚ÄĒ when Argentina goes up against Germany in the finals of the FIFA World Cup of Soccer/Football, in Rio de Janeiro, host city for Francis‚Äô triumphal ‚ÄúPope-acabana‚ÄĚ phenomenon at 2013 World Youth Day.Some are even calling it the Pope Cup and hashtagging it #PopeCupSunday.The Catholic world now faces a dilemma of intercontinental proportions.Team Benedict XVI or Team Francis? And if you...
  • Pope: No-work Sundays good, not just for faithful

    07/05/2014 7:28:35 AM PDT · by delchiante · 129 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 5, 2014 | Associated Press
    CAMPOBASSO, Italy ó Pope Francis says abandoning the traditionally Christian practice of not working on Sundays isnít such a good change. Francis on Saturday traveled to Molise, an agricultural region in the heart of southern Italy where unemployment is chronically high. While he said poor people need employment to have dignity, he disagreed with opening stores and other businesses on Sundays as a way to create jobs.m
  • The Pope: We are Christians because we belong to the Church, "can't love God outside of the Church"

    07/03/2014 4:10:21 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 249 replies ^ | June 25, 2014 | The Vatican
    Vatican City (AsiaNews) - "We are not isolated and we are not Christians individually, each on his or her own". Instead, we are all part of the Church, "a large family, where one is welcomed," where "one learns to live as believers and disciples of the Lord Jesus," Pope Francis said. Speaking in the last general audience before the July break, the Holy Father devoted his catechesis to the Church before a crowd of 35,000 in St Peter's Square. Despite a few drops of rain, he walked extensively among the assembled faithful. In his address, he warned against those who...
  • An Open Letter to Elton John: No, Jesus wouldnít support gay Ďmarriageí

    07/02/2014 3:43:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 2, 2014 | KIRSTEN ANDERSEN
    Bottom line, Elton: You¬íre embarrassing yourself. Please leave the theology to the trained professionals. Mazzzur/Shutterstock Dear Elton, First of all, my apologies for not calling you ‚Äėsir,‚Äô but I‚Äôm an American and we don‚Äôt really go in for all that nobility stuff over on this side of the pond.¬† Don‚Äôt fret, however; we still worship celebrities, which is why every single news site I read breathlessly reported your comments regarding Jesus, the Pope and the Catholic Church this week.¬† As a Catholic myself, I have to take issue with a few of the things you said in your Sky News...
  • Rome will be conquered next, says leader of Islamic State

    07/01/2014 4:32:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 80 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/1/2014 | Damien McElroy
    Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed leader of the Islamic State stretching across Iraq and Syria, has vowed to lead the conquest of Rome as he called on Muslims to immigrate to his new land to fight under its banner around the globe. Baghdadi, who holds a PhD in Islamic studies, said Muslims were being targetted and killed from China to Indonesia. Speaking as the first Caliph, or commander of the Islamic faithful since the dissolution of the Ottoman empire, he called on Muslims to rally to his pan-Islamic state. "Those who can immigrate to the Islamic State should immigrate, as...
  • Pope asks Iraq leaders to use dialogue to avoid further warfare (with WHOM???)

    06/30/2014 5:30:56 AM PDT · by ScottinVA · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 29 June 2014 | Fox News
    Pope Francis asked Iraq leaders to use dialogue to avoid further warfare there, during his weekly address in St. Peter's Square after Mass -- his first major public ceremony since health problems forced a spate of canceled appointments. "The news from Iraq is unfortunately very saddening. I join the bishops from that country in calling on the rulers to preserve national unity and avoid war through dialogue," he said. "I express my closeness to the thousands of families, especially the Christian ones, who have had to leave their homes and are in serious danger. Violence generates more violence. Dialogue is...
  • Newt Gingrich : 2014-06-25 : The "Why Not" Pope -- A Visit with Pope Francis

    06/25/2014 6:01:21 PM PDT · by Patton@Bastogne · 9 replies
    Newt Gingrich ^ | 2014-06-25 | Newt Gingrich
    . June 25, 2014 Newt Gingrich The "Why NOT?" Pope -- A Visit with Pope Francis We were very fortunate to be in Rome last Wednesday for Pope Francis' weekly audience in St. Peterís Square, along with more than 50,000 visitors. Papal Audiences are held on Wednesdays when the Pope is in Rome, giving visitors a chance to see the Holy Father and receive a blessing. We were doubly fortunate because at the conclusion of the papal audience, we had an opportunity to meet and briefly visit with Pope Francis. Pope Francis is very friendly and appears to be interested...
  • Pope Refuses to Meet Immigrants for Fear of Being Overtly Political (Feel-Good Story)

    06/21/2014 3:37:09 PM PDT · by equalator · 12 replies
    BreitBart ^ | 6-21-2014 | M.E.Synon
    Around 110 men, women and children from Eastern Europe and Africa have been living in the gold and marble splendour of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore for the past two weeks, ever since they were evicted by Italian authorities from a squat on the outskirts of the city. However, when the Pontiff was due for a visit yesterday to celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi, he had the squatters and all of their possessions moved to the car park by Vatican gendarmes.
  • Pope's View on Legalizing Drugs: Just Say No (Francis Condemns Legalization)

    06/20/2014 9:08:47 AM PDT · by xzins · 241 replies
    AP/ABC ^ | Jun 20, 2014 | NICOLE WINFIELD
    Pope Francis condemned the legalization of recreational drugs as a flawed and failed experiment as he lent his voice Friday to a debate that is raging from the United States to Uruguay. Francis told delegates attending a Rome drug enforcement conference that even limited steps to legalize recreational drugs "are not only highly questionable from a legislative standpoint, but they fail to produce the desired effects." Likewise, Francis said, providing addicts with drugs offered only "a veiled means of surrendering to the phenomenon." "Let me state this in the clearest terms possible," he said. "The problem of drug use is...
  • Pope Francis condemns legalization of marijuana, says it won't produce good results

    06/20/2014 4:27:44 AM PDT · by markomalley · 43 replies
    AP ^ | 6/20/2014
    Pope Francis condemns legalization of marijuana, says it won't produce good results
  • An Open Letter To Pope Francis

    06/18/2014 7:20:48 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 103 replies
    Christian Order ^ | September 23, 2013 | Lucrecia Rego de Planas
    Dearest Pope Francis, I am so pleased to have the opportunity to greet you. You'll surely not remember me and I understand, since, seeing so many new people every day, it must be very difficult for you to remember all the people with whom you have conversed and lived at some point during in your life. Over the past 12 years, we happened to meet, several times, you and I, in some meetings, gatherings, and Church congresses that were held in the cities of Central and South America on various topics (communication, catechesis, education). During these pastoral meetings I had...
  • One of the poorest, most atheistic places in Europe, Albania is a natural destination for Francis

    06/16/2014 3:03:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | June 16, 2014 | FR ALEXANDER LUCIE-SMITH
    Albanian Catholic women at prayer in northern Albania. The Pope visits the country in September (CNS) Pope Francis is making a day long pastoral visit to Albania this coming September, he has announced. His words at yesterdayís Angelus were as follows: ďI want to confirm the Church of Albania in the faith, and bear witness to my encouragement and love for a country that has suffered for so long in consequence of the ideologies of the past.ĒThis will be the second trip of any Pontiff to the country. (Saint John Paul II was there in the spring of 1993, also...
  • My God Is So High, You Canít Get Over Him Ö A Sermon for the Feast of the Holy Trinity

    06/15/2014 6:03:00 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 13 replies
    Archdiocese Of Washington ^ | June 15,2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    There is an old Spiritual that says, My God is so high, you canít get over him, heís so low, you canít get under him, heís so wide you canít get around him, you must come in, by and through the Lamb.
  • What Did the Imam Really Say? [At the Vatican with the Pope]

    06/13/2014 5:46:16 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 30 replies
    Fr. Z/ WDTPRS ^ | 06/13/14 | Fr. Z
    What Did the Imam Really Say? Posted on 13 June 2014 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf You probably know that, during the prayer for peace event in the gardenís behind St. Peterís basilica, held by Pope Francis with the leaders of Israel, Palestinians and also the Ecumenical Patriarch, one of the invited guests, an Imam, reportedly†prayed for Allah to grant victory over infidels.ďNo, he didnít!Ē, say some. †ĒYes, he did!Ē, say others.I read at Gates of Vienna: In his own words in the end he asked god to assist those in the state of weakness. He said†intasar al mustaDaafin fil ArD...
  • Who Edited the [Vatican Interfaith] Tape?

    06/13/2014 12:48:57 PM PDT · by wtd · 7 replies
    GatesofVienna ^ | June 13, 2014 | Baron Bodissey
    Post navigation‚Üź Older postsWho Edited the Tape? That¬ís what everyone wanted to know about the notorious 18¬Ĺ-minute gap in Richard Nixon¬ís Watergate tape, for which Rosemary Woods eventually took the fall. Now it appears that something similar happened with the Vatican¬ís tape of the interfaith prayers-for-peace from last Sunday, giving us even more reason to dub this controversy ¬ďImamgate¬Ē. As we reported in last night¬ís post about the imam¬ís prayer at the Vatican, there seems to be nothing controversial in the chanted Arabic in the prayer and that spoken in his subsequent remarks. However, a reader and commenter named ritamalik...
  • Pope tells presidents only God can bring peace to Holy Land

    06/09/2014 8:45:24 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 46 replies
    Original source: Catholic ^ | June 8, 2014 | Francis X. Rocca
    Praying for peace in the Holy Land alongside leaders of long-antagonistic nations, Pope Francis called on God to act where human efforts had failed, to end what he described as violence inspired by the devil. ďMore than once we have been on the verge of peace, but the evil one, employing a variety of means, has succeeded in blocking it,Ē the pope said June 8 at an evening ceremony in the Vatican Gardens. ďThat is why we are here, because we know and we believe that we need the help of God.Ē The pope addressed his remarks to Israeli President...
  • Islamic prayers to be held at the Vatican

    06/06/2014 5:24:13 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 259 replies
    Al Arabyia News ^ | June 6, 2004 | Staff writer
    For the first time in history, Islamic prayers and readings from the Quran will be heard at the Vatican on Sunday, in a move by Pope Francis to usher in peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Francis issued the invitation to Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during his visit last week to Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian Authority. Abbas, Peres, and Francis will be joined by Jewish, Christian and Islamic religious leaders, a statement released by Peresís spokesperson said, according to the Times of Israel. Holy See officials on Friday said the evening prayers would be...
  • 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 ďagreed 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.Ē 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...
  • Catholic and libertarian? Popeís top adviser says theyíre incompatible

    06/04/2014 7:58:25 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 65 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 4, 2014 | David Gibson
    WASHINGTON ó Taking direct aim at libertarian policies promoted by many American conservatives, the Honduran cardinal who is one of Pope Francisí top advisers said Tuesday (June 3) that todayís free market system is ďa new idolĒ that is increasing inequality and excluding the poor.
  • [Satire] Pope Attends Charismatic Prayer Service To Experience What Torture Feels Like

    06/03/2014 4:03:13 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    ROME ¬Ė Pope Francis led a pep rally yesterday in Rome¬ís Olympic Stadium in front of more than 50,000 Catholics who follow charismatic movements.While listening to what many have termed ¬ďthe most heinous music ever prayed to,¬Ē 50,000 Catholics raised their hands in unison as they prayed for Francis, who silently and repeatedly asked God Almighty to just make it stop.Francis told the faithful that the devil wants to destroy the family, which he described as the ¬ďdomestic church,¬Ē and went on to plead for the end of the use of torture.¬ďWe also call on the international community to put...
  • Pope Francis: The devil wants to destroy the family

    06/02/2014 2:42:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 2, 2014 | JOHN-HENRY WESTEN
    VATICAN CITY, June 2, 2014 ( ‚Äď The devil is trying to ‚Äúdestroy‚ÄĚ the family because that is where children are born and learn to love, said Pope Francis this weekend. On two successive days, Pope Francis focused his remarks on the family and its importance in the Church and the world today. Speaking to a large gathering of charismatic Catholics in the Rome Olympic Stadium on Sunday, Pope Francis spoke of how the devil ‚Äúattacks the family so much. The demon does not love it and seeks to destroy it.‚ÄĚ‚ÄúAmen! The battle for marriage and the family is...

    06/02/2014 4:10:46 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 30, 2013 | Francis D'Emilio
    ROME (AP) -- Pope Francis has led a pep rally to boost faith at Rome's soccer stadium, packed with more than 50,000 Catholics who follow charismatic movements, which he jokingly likened to samba dancing.Hands raised in unison, the faithful prayed in Olympic Stadium Sunday for Francis, who repeatedly has asked his church for prayers.
  • 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...
  • Pope Francis Says He Might Retire

    05/29/2014 7:23:35 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 63 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 05/28/2014 | Barbie Latza Nadeau 
    In little-noticed remarks aboard the papal plane this week, the pontiff said he wouldnít rule out following Pope Benedict XVIís path. Pope Francis gave a candid midair press briefing to reporters traveling from back from the Middle East to Rome during which he talked about sex, money, and satanic Massóand retirement. After a grueling but ultimately successful three-day visit to one of the most complicated regions on the planet, the idea of retirement probably sounded pretty good to Francis. So it is no surprise that when reporters traveling with him on the papal plane asked if he would consider resigning...
  • Peres, Abbas accept papal invitation to pray for peace at Vatican

    05/27/2014 11:41:26 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 5 replies
    President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas immediately accepted a surprise invitation by Pope Francis in Bethlehem on Sunday to join him at the Vatican to pray for peace. He issued his call on the second day of his Middle East trip, in the midst of a large public Mass he celebrated in Manger Square, the site of Jesusís birth. ďHere, at the birthplace of the Prince of Peace, I wish to invite you to join me in heartfelt prayer to God for the gift of peace. I offer my home in the Vatican as a place for this...
  • Pope calls Muslims 'brothers' at Dome of the Rock

    05/27/2014 7:17:59 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 132 replies
    Yahoo ^ | May 26, 2014
    Francis took off his shoes to step into the gold-topped dome, which enshrines the rock where Muslims believe the Prophet Mohammad ascended to heaven. Speaking to the grand mufti of Jerusalem and other Muslim authorities, Francis deviated from his prepared remarks to refer not just to his "dear friends" but "dear brothers." "May we respect and love one another as brothers and sisters," he said, and added, "May we learn to understand the suffering of others! May no one abuse the name of God through violence!"
  • Pope prays at Holocaust memorial, Western Wall

    05/26/2014 2:45:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cna ^ | May 26, 2014
    A chandelier of candles hangs in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, Israel. Credit: Lauren Cater / CNA. Jerusalem, Israel, May 26, 2014 / 02:35 am (CNA).- On the last day of his Holy Land pilgrimage Pope Francis stopped to pray at two sacred sites in Jerusalem. The Pontiff visited the the Western Wall in Jerusalem on the morning of May 26, pausing to pray at the site and leaving the Our Father in Spanish tucked into one of the cracks. The Wall is a sacred place for Jews, the only remains of second temple. Deviating from his...
  • Pope, Netanyahu spar over Jesus' native language

    05/26/2014 10:50:43 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 91 replies
    Reuters ^ | 26 May 2014 | Reuters
    Pope Francis and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traded words on Monday over the language spoken by Jesus two millennia ago. "Jesus was here, in this land. He spoke Hebrew," Netanyahu told Francis, at a public meeting in Jerusalem in which the Israeli leader cited a strong connection between Judaism and Christianity. "Aramaic," the pope interjected. "He spoke Aramaic, but he knew Hebrew," Netanyahu shot back. Like many things in the Middle East, where the pope is on the last leg of a three-day visit, modern-day discourse about Jesus is complicated and often political. A Jew, Jesus was born in...
  • Pope kisses the hand of, concelebrates mass with pro-homosexual activist priest

    05/24/2014 3:42:57 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 45 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/23/14 | Hilary White
    ROME, May 16, 2014 ( Ė Pope Francis raised eyebrows earlier this month by concelebrating Mass with and kissing the hand of a leading homosexual activist priest campaigning for changes in the Churchís teaching on homosexuality. On May 6, Francis received the 93 year-old priest who has cofounded the homosexualist activist organization, Agedo Foggia, that is opposed to Catholic Church teaching. Fr. (Don) Michele de Paolis concelebrated Mass with Pope Francis at the Domus Santa Martha and then presented the pontiff with gifts of a wooden chalice and paten and a copy of his most recent book, ďDear Don Michele...
  • Pope Francis arrives in Jordan to begin Middle East trip

    05/24/2014 5:24:05 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | May 24, 2014
    Pope Francis arrived in Jordan on Saturday to kick off his first visit to the Middle East since becoming the head of the Catholic Church, bringing hope to the dwindling Christian population and an appeal to members of all religions to work together for peace.With a Rabbi and a Muslim leader in tow, the pontiff left Rome earlier on Saturday to begin his first visit to the Middle East, a delicate mission to push his vision of inter-religious dialogue as a vehicle for peace in the region.Security was tight on the streets of the Jordanian capital Amman on Saturday in...
  • Pope Francis Entrusts Holy Land Pilgrimage to Mary

    05/23/2014 7:05:24 PM PDT · by delchiante · 186 replies
    NC Register ^ | 5/23/2014 | BY CNA/EWTN NEWS
    Pope Francis privately visited the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome this morning to pray and entrust to the Virgin Mary his pilgrimage to the Holy Land. After 15 minutes of meditation and prayer before the image of Mary known as Salus Populi Romani, Pope Francis†offered a bouquet of white and yellow roses at the feet of the Virgin. Since the beginning of his papal ministry in March 2013, this is the eighth visit Pope Francis has made to the Virgin Mary, under whose protection he has placed his pontificate. Speaking to Vatican Radio, the archpriest of the basilica,...
  • Robert Spencer in FrontPage Mag: Pope Francis: ĎThe Che Guevara of the Palestiniansí?

    05/23/2014 7:48:40 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 43 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 5/22/14 | Robert Spencer
    In FrontPage today I discuss the ill winds blowing as Pope Francis prepares to visit ďthe state of PalestineĒ: ďThe Che Guevara of the PalestiniansĒ is set to visit Palestinian Authority-controlled Judea and Samaria next week, beginning in Bethlehem, and the city of Jesusís birth is already in high excitement. The bearer of that illustrious title is none other than Pope Francis. According to Israel National News, ďRabbi Sergio Bergman, a member of the Argentinian parliament and close friend of Pope FrancisÖsaid that the pope intends to define himself as the ĎChe Guevera of the Palestiniansí and support their Ďstruggle...