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  • Pope recognises martyrs who died at the hands of communist and fascist regimes

    03/29/2013 7:34:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | March 28, 2013 | FRANCIS X ROCCA
    <p>An Italian priest who died in a Nazi concentration camp and two victims of Soviet-bloc regimes during the Cold War were among those recognised as martyrs by Pope Francis.</p> <p>Pope Francis likewise recognised the martyrdom of Romanian Father Vladimir Ghika and Hungarian Salesian Brother Stephen Sandor, who were killed by their country’s communist regimes, in 1954 and 1953, respectively. The decrees prepare the way for the martyrs’ beatification, probably later this year.</p>
  • 'I do this with my heart,' Pope says before washing inmates' feet

    03/28/2013 1:58:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 88 replies
    cna ^ | March 28, 2013 | David Uebbing
    <p>Pope Francis kisses the foot of a young person at a detention facility on Holy Thursday 2013. Credit: CTV.</p> <p>Vatican City, Mar 28, 2013 / 12:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis recalled for around 40 young detainees how Jesus washed the disciples’ feet and said that he would willingly do the same for them because he is called to serve.</p>
  • Pope Francis Washed Feet Of Prisoners On Holy Thursday

    03/28/2013 2:05:45 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 9 replies ^ | March 28 2013 | FNS
  • Pope Francis: self-help courses can turn Catholics into Pelagians

    03/28/2013 5:58:16 AM PDT · by markomalley · 264 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | 3/28/2013
    Pope Francis has said in his Chrism Mass homily that self-help courses can turn Catholics into Pelagians who minimise the power of grace. The Pope said at a Mass in St Peters Basilica attended by about 1,600 priests that it is not in soul-searching or constant introspection that we encounter the Lord. He said: Self-help courses can be useful in life, but to live by going from one course to another, from one method to another, leads us to become Pelagians and to minimise the power of grace, which comes alive and flourishes to the extent that we, in faith,...
  • Pope washes feet of young detainees in ritual

    03/28/2013 12:21:53 PM PDT · by haffast · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 3-28-2013 | NICOLE WINFIELD
    Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of a dozen inmates at a juvenile detention center in a Holy Thursday ritual that he celebrated for years as archbishop and is continuing now that he is pope. Two of the 12 were young women, a remarkable choice given that the rite re-enacts Jesus' washing of the feet of his male disciples. The Mass was held in the Casal del Marmo facility in Rome, where 46 young men and women currently are detained. Many of them are Gypsies or North African migrants, and the 12 selected for the foot-washing rite included Orthodox...
  • Pope Francis shuns grand apartment for two rooms

    03/27/2013 4:04:14 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 25 replies
    BBC ^ | March 27 2013 | BBC
    Pope Francis has opted for the simpler surroundings of the Domus Santa Marta hotel-style residence rather than the traditional palatial papal quarters Continue reading the main story Pope Francis What does a pope do? New priorities Break with past The Pope's inbox Pope Francis has decided to shun a grand papal apartment on the top floor of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace in favour of a modest two-room residence. His spokesman said he was "trying out this type of simple living" in a communal building with other priests. In doing so he has broken a tradition which is more than a...
  • Is Pope Francis the final pope?

    03/26/2013 1:29:03 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 34 replies
    St. Malachy, an Irish archbishop born in 1094, reportedly was summoned to Rome by Pope Innocent II. While there, tradition holds that he had a vision in which details were revealed to him about all of the future popes. After he wrote the vision and gave it to the Pope, his document was filed in the Catholic Church archives and was left forgotten until it was discovered by Arnold de Wyon, a Benedictine historian, in 1590. In 1595, de Wyon published St. Malachy's vision in his Lignum Vitae.
  • Pope Francis to live in Vatican guesthouse, not papal apartments

    03/26/2013 11:48:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 176 replies
    cns ^ | March 26, 2013 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis has decided not to move into the papal apartments in the Apostolic Palace, but to live in a suite in the Vatican guesthouse where he has been since the beginning of the conclave that elected him, said Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman. "He is experimenting with this type of living arrangement, which is simple," but allows him "to live in community with others," both the permanent residents -- priests and bishops who work at the Vatican -- as well as guests coming to the Vatican for meetings and conferences, Father Lombardi said March...
  • Pope Francis popularity swelling on Twitter!

    03/24/2013 4:42:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Te Deum laudamus! ^ | 3/24/2013 | Diane Korzeniewski, OCDS
    Pope Francis is gaining popularity on Twitter. Headline from HuffPo:Pope Francis On Twitter: @Pontifex Account Blowing Up As New Pope Asserts Social MediaPresence Pope Francis is blowing up the Twitterverse. With many of his nine multilingual accounts actively pulling in thousands of new followers every day, the polyglot pope has already become a force to be reckoned with in the land of social media. Though the Argentine-born pope hastweetedonly a handful of times sincelast week's papal election, his few tweets garnered plenty of attention. On Tuesday, for example, Francis -- anative Spanish speaker who is conversant in English, Italian,...
  • Two popes, two Palm Sundays (a visual contrast)

    03/24/2013 2:39:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 68 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | March 24, 2013 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    An interesting study in contrasts.
  • Pope Francis urges Christians to have joy over Cross

    03/24/2013 1:58:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    cna ^ | March 24, 2013 | David Uebbing
    Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass on March 24 2013 in St. Peter's Square. Credit: Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images. Vatican City, Mar 24, 2013 / 05:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis declared on Palm Sunday that Christians must not be sad or discouraged but filled with joy because Jesus conquered evil and every sin “with the force of God’s love.” “Jesus on the Cross feels the whole weight of the evil, and with the force of God’s love he conquers it, he defeats it with his resurrection,” he said March 24. “Dear friends,” Pope Francis told the thousands of...
  • Pope Francis, humble like a donkey in all faithfulness on this Palm Sunday (Yikes!)

    03/24/2013 8:25:12 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Holy Souls Hermitage ^ | 3/24/2013 | Fr. George David Byers
    “He Defends His People!” Pope Francis departed from his prepared text many times in order to urge us all to be humble, humble, humble, faithful, faithful, faithful.Palm Sunday… Also the feast day of all donkeys… Sent in by email… One day there was an assassination attempt on the life of St Josemaria Escriva, the founder of OPUS DEI (“The Work of God.”) As Josemaria was climbing some steps through a busy crowd, a man came towards him with knife intent on killing him. Suddenly it seemed, out of nowhere, another large man passed in front of him and disarmed the...
  • Bergoglio makes mincemeat of journalist (socialism = evil)

    03/24/2013 8:49:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 59 replies
    The following is a transcript of an interview between an atheist American journalist and then-Cardinal Bergolio. It is clear why the interview was never broadcast. In it, Cardinal Bergoglio makes mincemeat of the typical leftist interview techniques of so many people in the broadcast media. CAMERA ON / BEGIN TRANSCRIPT REPORTER: Welcome Cardinal. BERGOGLIO: Thank you. Happy to speak with you. REPORTER: Well, let me get into it directly. Last conclave, you were almost elected Pope. Can this happen again? BERGOGLIO: What? That I will almost be the Pope, again? REPORTER: No. Will you be the next Pope? BERGOGLIO: Friend,...
  • The new Pope reinforces Obama doctrine and politics for the most part while putting the Republicans

    03/24/2013 1:10:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Nigeria Sahara Reporters ^ | March 23, 2013 | Dr. Wumi Akintide
    The Republicans, much to their own peril, continuously thrash and denigrate President Obama because they are just too dumb to appreciate that God is clearly on the mans side. The more they try to humiliate the President, the more they rubbish themselves and their future. Like the new Pope President Obama has recorded many a first in his life as a child of Destiny. He became the first American President to receive a Nobel Peace award within his very first year in office. He became the first President to sign into Law the first affordable Health Care Reform Law that...
  • Pope Francis Washes Prisoners' Feet on Holy Thursday

    03/22/2013 8:12:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | March 21, 2013 | Kate O'Hare
    As the Roman Catholic Church settles into its new era under its first pope named Francis, it seems the spirit of the pontiffs saintly namesake may be inspiring him to break with tradition. St. Francis of Assisi, whose association with the poor and with peace inspired the newly elected Pope Francis (formerly Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio) to take his name, not only began the practice of setting up a Nativity scene, representing the birth of Jesus in a stable in Bethlehem, but he was also the first person recorded to have developed the stigmata, wounds resembling those suffered by...
  • Finding St. Francis (we don't hear much about the saint who submitted to Church authority)

    03/22/2013 3:48:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | March 21, 2013 | STEPHEN BEALE
    St. Francis of Assisi today is often thought of in revolutionary, avant-garde images: the merchant’s son who stripped naked in public to renounce his worldly possessions and attachments, the mystic who preached to the birds, the friar who embraced lepers, and the erstwhile evangelist who crossed enemy lines during a crusade to preach to a sultan. St. Francis indeed was all these things. But as for the St. Francis who lamented abuses of the liturgy, submitted to Church authority, displayed the utmost respect for the clergy, and also debated the meaning of the gospels with the same sultan—we don’t hear...
  • Pope calls Argentine kiosk owner to cancel paper delivery

    03/22/2013 5:49:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    cna ^ | March 21, 2013
    A man in Rome holds a newspaper with Pope Francis' picture on it March 14, 2013, the day after the Holy Father was elected. Credit: Mazur/ Buenos Aires, Argentina, Mar 21, 2013 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis surprised the owner of a kiosk in Buenos Aires with a telephone call to send his greetings and explain that he will no longer need a morning paper delivered each day. Around 1:30 p.m. local time on March 18, Daniel Del Regno, the kiosk owner’s son, answered the phone and heard a voice say, “Hi Daniel, it’s Cardinal Jorge.” He...
  • Pope Francis says atheists can be 'allies' for the church

    03/21/2013 7:01:15 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 44 replies ^ | March 20, 2013 | Alessandro Speciale
    VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis extended a hand to those who don't belong to any religion, urging them on Wednesday to work with believers to build peace and protect the environment. In his first ecumenical meeting, the new pope greeted representatives from Christian churches and other religions, including Jewish and Muslim leaders, who had come to Rome to attend his inaugural Mass on Tuesday. Francis said that he intends to follow "on the path of ecumenical dialogue" set for the Roman Catholic Church by the Second Vatican Council (1962-65). But he also reached out to those who don't belong "to...
  • Bergoglio didnt suggest endorsing homosexual civil unions in 2010, says confidant of new pope

    03/21/2013 2:38:36 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 2 replies ^ | Mar 21, 2013 | Matthew Hoffman
    Miguel Woites, a confidant of Pope Francis while he was archbishop of Buenos Aires, is denying a widely publicized claim that the then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio suggested the endorsement of gay civil unions as an alternative to "homosexual marriage" during a private meeting with fellow bishops in 2010. In an interview granted to the Catholic news agency ACI Prensa, Woites said that the story "isn't true. It's a complete error."
  • Under the New Popes Teaching, Should Pelosi and Biden Be Ex-Communicated?

    03/21/2013 2:30:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | March 21, 2013 | Robert Stacy McCain
    Before he became Pope Francis, the Argentine cardinals doctrine would have excluded Vice President Joe Biden and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi from Communion. Father Shenan J. Boquet president of Human Life International explains: While we cannot know what is truly in someones heart, all too often political or other high-profile figures who profess to be members of the Catholic faith give rise to scandal when they publicly promote intrinsic evils such as abortion, euthanasia, the redefinition of marriage, and contraceptionseveral of which have been championed by Vice President Biden and Rep. Pelosi throughout their political careers. As Cardinal Bergoglio,...