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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,...
  • Social Justice And Pope Francis: Choosing Freedom Over Serfdom

    03/21/2013 11:37:59 AM PDT · by bronxville · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | 03/20/2013 | Alejandro Chafuen
    Having spent most of his life in Buenos Aires, Pope Francis has given proof that he can rise above his environment. As his compatriot Bishop Alberto Bochatey remarked, he is a man of few words. I lived half of my life in Buenos Aires. Few things are more difficult there than finding leaders with his humble demeanor and his preference for teaching by example. Most in his native Argentina have been captured by a political and economic environment ruled by a government dominated social justice mentality. Hopefully, Pope Francis will also rise above his culture and help recover a different...
  • Pope greets Jesuit superior general: He insisted I treat him like any other Jesuit

    03/21/2013 8:03:18 AM PDT · by haffast · 22 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | March 19, 2013 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    A statement from Jesuit Superior General Father Adolfo Nicholas, following yesterdays meeting with his fellow Jesuit, Pope Francis: At the personal invitation of the Pope Francis, I went to the Santa Marta House, which had been used for the Cardinals present at the Conclave, at 5:30 p.m. He was at the entrance and received me with the usual Jesuit embrace. We had a few pictures taken, at his request, and at my apologies for not keeping protocol he insisted that I treat him like any other Jesuit at the Tulevel, so I did not have to worry about treatments, Holiness...
  • A Pope Named Francis? Well, its About Time (Francis of Assisi is an example for all Christians)

    03/21/2013 8:58:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Townhall ^ | 03/21/2013 | Jerry Newcombe
    One thing amazed me about the new pope being appointed last week. For the first time in Church history---after about 800 years---a pope chose the name Francis, in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. I hadnt realized this was the first time ever. Well, its about time. Francis of Assisi, for whom one of our great cities is named (San Francisco) was a delightful Christian example for Catholics, Protestants, and Orthodox Christians alike. If more of us who profess to follow Christ were more like him, we would have a much stronger witness before the watching world. Francis Bernardone (1182-1226)...
  • Letter #54: My Brother Andrew (Bartholomew I, Encyclical on Faith, Benedict XVI)

    03/20/2013 7:43:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    The Moynihan Letters ^ | March 20, 2013 | Robert Moynihan, PhD.
    “My Brother Andrew”The key thing that Pope Francis did today was to greet Patriarch Bartholomew I, ecumenical patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church, based in Constantinople, as “my brother Andrew.”Now, Andrew was the brother of Simon Peter, the first Bishop of Rome. They were fishermen together on the Sea of Galilee, 2,000 years ago.So Pope Francis, the successor of Peter, in 2013, is expressing the sense of friendship he feels toward the Orthodox, a friendship which reaches the level of fraternal feelings: the two men, Francis and Bartholomew, are as the brothers Peter and Andrew.The patriarchs of Constantinople are considered...
  • Canon Law and Two Popes

    03/21/2013 7:23:43 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 2 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | March 21, 2013 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q1: Could you please outline the canonical problems inherent in the fact that now we have two living Popes? Rhonda Q2: Considering that all priests and bishops must belong to a diocese or religious order, my question would be this: now that Benedict has renounced the Chair of Peter but will be living on the Vatican grounds, as a Bishop, what diocese must he belong to? Michael A: Now that we Catholics are gradually getting used to the notion that we have a Pope from Argentina named Francis, its only natural that many are also starting to wonder what its...
  • Pope Francis's unexpected encounter with an Ulsterman

    03/21/2013 6:30:55 AM PDT · by bronxville · 3 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 17th March, 2013 | John Bingham
    Pope Francis's unexpected encounter with an Ulsterman The Telegraph's John Bingham, an Ulster Protestant, was in the Vatican City on Sunday when, suddenly, he found himself face to face with the new Pope. He describes what happened next. By John Bingham, Vatican City 6:14PM GMT 17 Mar 2013 Mr Paisley, I hope you are sitting down if you read this. In an unwitting ecumenical gesture, Pope Francis shook hands with the first Ulster protestant of his reign today: me. Pope Francis greets crowds, including the Daily Telegraph's reporter John Bingham (circled), before his Angelus prayer in the Vatican (Reuters) I...
  • Pope Francis did not denounce me to Argentinian junta, says priest

    03/21/2013 4:47:34 AM PDT · by bronxville · 8 replies ^ | March 20, 2013 | Jonathan Watts
    Pope Francis did not denounce me to Argentinian junta, says priest Francisco Jalics, who was imprisoned for five months in the 1970s, says he and the new pope reconciled in 2000" Jonathan Watts The Guardian, Wednesday 20 March 2013 ..."I myself was once inclined to believe that we were the victims of a denunciation," Jalics said. "[But] at the end of the 90s, after numerous conversations, it became clear to me that this suspicion was unfounded. It is therefore wrong to assert that our capture took place at the initiative of Father Bergoglio."... ...The latest comments follow a less categorical...
  • The Media's Dirty War Of Words Against Pope Francis

    03/20/2013 4:56:38 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 5 replies
    Media: The left has been trying to paint the new Pope Francis as someone with a dark past dating to Argentina's dirty war. One problem: Their allegations are falling apart. So now it's all about endlessly repeated innuendo. Tell a lie often enough, and it becomes truth. That seems to be the premise for the constant references to "persistent doubts," "raising questions," "alleged charges" and other weasel-word qualifiers the press uses about the new pope. They can be found in the likes of the New York Times, the Daily Beast, the BBC, Der Spiegel and others. The idea seems to...
  • What Pope Francis Means for Latin America

    03/20/2013 6:28:17 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 2 replies
    PJMedia ^ | March 20, 2013 | Jaime Daremblum
    Jorge Mario Bergoglio has fought both poverty and radical leftism. Liberation theology is a radical, pseudo-Marxist school of Catholic social thought that first emerged in Latin America during the mid20th century. On March 5, one of its strongest advocates died in Venezuela. Eight days later, one of its strongest critics was named pope. Each event could represent a watershed moment for Latin America.The late Hugo Chvez frequently clashed with Venezuelas top Catholic authorities, who broadly opposed his efforts to create a socialist dictatorship in their overwhelmingly Catholic country. In 2005, for example, Archbishop Baltazar Porras of Mrida, who was then...
  • Will Pope Francis fulfill Benedict's legacy on abortion and Communion?

    03/20/2013 5:23:44 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 39 replies ^ | 3/20/13 | John-Henry Westen
    One of the little-known legacies of Pope Benedict XVI is his consistent push to have pro-abortion politicians given the opportunity to repent and come back to a right relationship with God by refusing them Holy Communion. Benedicts public role in the matter began in 2004 prior to his pontificate, while head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under Pope John Paul II.
  • Behind closed doors, pope supported civil unions in Argentina, activist says

    03/20/2013 4:12:52 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 8 replies ^ | 3/20/13 | Rafael Romo, Jose Manuel Rodriguez and Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN
    Buenos Aires (CNN) -- Less than an hour after he fired off an angry letter to Catholic Church leaders about their handling of Argentina's same-sex marriage debate, Marcelo Marquez says his phone rang. He was surprised to hear the voice on the other end of the line. It was Jorge Mario Bergoglio, then the archbishop of Buenos Aires, and now the pope. What Bergoglio said to him at a meeting soon afterward that year, 2010, was even more surprising, Marquez said.
  • Pro-abortion Biden and Pelosi receive communion, but not from Pope at inaugural Mass

    03/20/2013 11:03:38 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 35 replies
    Life Site News ^ | March 20, 2013 | John-Henry Westen
    Pro-abortion Catholics Vice President Joe Biden and House Leader Nancy Pelosi both received Holy Communion at the inauguration Mass of Pope Francis in the Vatican yesterday. However, while the Pope did administer Communion to deacons assisting at the altar, he did not distribute Communion to any of the dignitaries present. Pope Benedict XVI stressed throughout his pontificate and before it began that pro-abortion politicians should be denied Communion. Monsignor Ignacio Barreiro, the head of the Rome office of Human Life International told LifeSiteNews that While some Americans were perfectly entitled to received Communion, like Congressman Smith, as Cardinal Raymond Burke...
  • Sister Alicia Torres discusses symbolism of new popes name and more

    03/20/2013 9:47:43 AM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies ^ |
    Along with the tradition of naming a new pope, theres the symbolism. The name Francis is in reference to St. Francis of Assisi who shares much in common with the new pope. Sister Alicia Torres from the Franciscans of the Eucharist spoke about the importance. VIDEO AT LINK.
  • Pope Francis the real deal has Audience with Cardinals

    03/15/2013 2:49:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | March 15, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Today I took in the Audience Pope Francis held for the College of Cardinals in the Sala Clementina. It was entirely charming.There was a little scare, however. After the first greeting by the Dean of the College, Card Sodano, the Pope rose to go down to him and he almost fell on the stair. I noticed that in during the Mass yesterday he also had a little help going down the step from his chair.He again came in only the white cassock… I hope he will bend to decorum over time… and gave a talk that was partly prepared and...
  • Losing Patience With the New Pope

    03/20/2013 2:29:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies ^ | March 20, 2013 | Brent Bozell
    Many millions of Catholics around the world were joyous with the naming of a new pope -- a holy man from the Third World no less. Even in choosing his name, Pope Francis is emphasizing a devotion to the poor, and humility in his clothing and manners. The liberal media should be lapping this up. There was an accurate recounting of the global rejoicing, especially in Argentina. There were hopeful words about his pastoral modesty. But as the day came for the pope to be installed, the natural secular liberal nastiness toward the oldest Christian faith bubbled up in demands...
  • Argentina's Fernandez raises Falklands with Pope Francis

    03/20/2013 8:02:58 AM PDT · by haffast · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 18 March 2013 Last updated at 13:10 ET | BBC
    Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner says she has asked for the Pope's intervention in the Falklands dispute between her country and the UK. Visiting the Vatican, Ms Fernandez said she had asked the Pope to promote dialogue between the two sides. Argentine Pope Francis was elected last week and will be formally installed as pontiff at a Mass on Tuesday. In the past he has said the Falkland Islands, a UK overseas territory, belong to Argentina. Before Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected, the 76-year-old was Archbishop of Buenos Aires. Relations between him, Ms Fernandez, and her late husband...
  • Does anyone have any pictures of Joe Biden or Nancy Pelosi receiving communion?

    03/20/2013 7:45:56 AM PDT · by dangus · 101 replies
    Baby-killing advocates Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi have told the press that they received communion at the papal mass. And I've seen loads of pictures of both at the papal mass. Seeing how the big news story their presence spurs is whether they'd receive communion, is there any evidence that they did? It's not like both have not directly lied about their relationships with the Catholic faith. Please understand that I am not making an assertion that they did NOT. I am only trying to find confirmation that they DID.
  • On Gay Unions, a Pragmatist Before He Was a Pope

    03/20/2013 7:13:04 AM PDT · by bronxville · 15 replies
    NY Tlimes ^ | May 19th, 2013 | SIMON ROMERO and EMILY SCHMALL
    On Gay Unions, a Pragmatist Before He Was a Pope By SIMON ROMERO and EMILY SCHMALL Published: March 19, 2013 BUENOS AIRES The very idea was anathema to many of the bishops in the room. Argentina was on the verge of approving gay marriage, and the Roman Catholic Church was desperate to stop that from happening. It would lead tens of thousands of its followers in protest on the streets of Buenos Aires and publicly condemn the proposed law, a direct threat to church teaching, as the work of the devil. But behind the scenes, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio,...
  • President Mugabe says new Pope must visit Africa

    03/19/2013 9:40:33 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies ^ | March 20, 2013
    ZIMBABWEAN President Robert Mugabe said on Tuesday the newly elected Roman Catholic Church leader, Pope Francis, should take time to visit the African continent during his tenure as well as treat all believers in the church equally. President Mugabe, a devout Catholic, joined scores of international leaders and hundreds of thousands of Catholics who thronged St Peters Square in the Vatican City, for Pope Franciss inauguration mass, Zimbabwe's news agency New Ziana reported. Pope Francis, formerly the Arch-Bishop of Buenos Aires in Argentina was appointed to the helm of one of the worlds oldest churches last week, replacing 85-year-old Pope...
  • Pope Francis lauded for interfaith dialogue

    03/19/2013 10:01:34 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe
    AP ^ | March 19, 2013
    The election of Pope Francis has thrilled Jewish leaders in Argentina, who predict that their friend will continue to foster warm relations and open dialogue between Catholicism and other faiths during his pontificate. They've seen it firsthand as recently as December, when then-Buenos Aires Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio lit the first candle on the menorah at Temple NCI-Emanu El during a Hanukkah ceremony. "He's got a very deep capacity for dialogue with other religions," Rabbi Alejandro Avruj told The Associated Press on Monday, recalling the moment. "He spoke of light as renovation, of the re-inauguration of the temple of Jerusalem...
  • CBS Follows ABC to Airing Ugly Accusations Against Pope

    03/19/2013 10:29:54 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 12 replies
    Monday night's CBS Evening News followed CNN and ABC to the ugly decades-old accusations against Pope Francis from his time in Argentina. CBS featured the same critic of Pope Francis that ABC did on Sunday. CNN, meanwhile, was the only one of the three networks to seriously question the accusations. "There are still questions, though, about the Pope's relationship with Argentina's former government, a military dictatorship that kidnapped and killed thousands in the '70s and '80s," reported fill-in anchor Bob Schieffer. CBS centered the story around Francis' accuser, with only one quote in his defense.
  • Disapproving Joe Biden: 5 Memes from Pope Francis Inaugural Mass

    03/20/2013 6:53:10 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 11 replies
    St. Peter's List ^ | Mar 19, 2013 | SPL Staff
    Life & Leisure Credit: Disapproving Joe Biden: 5 Memes from Pope Francis Inaugural Mass by SPL Staff on Mar 19, 2013 3:10 pm 1 Comment Listers, on the Solemnity of St. Joseph 2013 His Holiness Pope Francis celebrated his inauguration to the Petrine Ministry. In his expected style, Pope Francis charmed the crowd by stopping the popemobile to kiss a baby and bless a handicapped man. His Holiness homily spoke of the poor and weakest amongst us to the delegations from over 130 countries and hundreds of thousands of people. Everyone described their experience of the papal inauguration...
  • Pope Francis and Secularist Stereotypes

    03/19/2013 9:27:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 3/18/13 | Michael Coren
    Don't be surprised that the honeymoon lasted just a few hours.The Catholic Church looks neither right nor left but up. In other words, the Church is not a vehicle for conservatism or liberalism, capitalism or socialism, but a vehicle for Catholicism. Anyone who thinks and believes otherwise has surely misunderstood the teaching and purpose of the institution left us by Christ Jesus. I say this because within hours of Pope Francis taking to the balcony in Rome, commentators were trying to shape the man in their own image. Its an outrageous, but inevitable, thing to do. Pope Francis the friend...
  • Majority of Members of Congress Attending Catholic Colleges Back Abortion

    03/19/2013 3:29:49 PM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    LN ^ | Matthew Archbold
    A majority of members of Congress who were educated at Catholic colleges and law schools are pro-abortion. Thats the finding of a new report from The Cardinal Newman Society. In all, 52 of 92 (56 percent) elected officials in the last Congress and current Congress that attended Catholic colleges, according to their congressional websites, have voted for pro-abortion rights and/or related funding. In the 112th session of the House of Representatives there were 65 congressmen and women who attended Catholic colleges or law schools. Out of those, 35 support abortion rights. Out of the 12 Catholic-educated congressmen in the incoming...
  • EXCLUSIVE EWTN Interview with Pope Francis -- "The Voice of the Pastor"

    03/19/2013 4:52:51 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | 3/19/2013
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  • Letter #51: Mystical experience

    03/19/2013 6:24:45 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 7 replies
    The Moynihan Letters ^ | 3/18/13 | Robert Moynihan, PhD.
    Pope Francis, the Mystic The more we love God and enter into intimate contact with Him through prayer, the more He makes Himself known and enflames our hearts with His love. Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, speaking on mystical union with God at his Wednesday General Audience on January 12, 2011 Why is Pope Francis so simple, so genuine, so evidently filled with the love of Christ? Part of the answer may be because God filled him with His love.
  • Pope Francis: Protect the poor and the Earth

    03/19/2013 5:27:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer / The Associated Press ^ | March 19, 2013 | Nicole Winfield
    VATICAN CITY - After a week marked by acts of simplicity and openness, Pope Francis finally let his words do the talking as he officially began his stewardship of the Catholic Church on Tuesday. "Please," he implored the tens of thousands, both poor and powerful, gathered outside St. Peter's Basilica. "Let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God's plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment." --snip-- At one point, as he neared a group of people in wheelchairs, he signaled for the jeep to stop, hopped off and approached a disabled man held up...
  • Dominican Sisters first hear about Pope Francis

    03/19/2013 3:11:28 PM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    youtube ^ | Dominican Sisters of Mary While recording for an upcoming album with De Montfort Music, the Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist, received news that rocked the world. "White Smoke!" Spirit Juice Studios, filming for their EPK, was there to capture the excitement. Dominican Sisters of Mary
  • Pope begins ministry with biblical symbols, signs of universal ministry

    03/19/2013 2:31:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    cns ^ | March 19, 2013 | Cindy Wooden
    Pope Francis waves from the popemobile as he greets people in St. Peter's Square before celebrating his inaugural Mass at the Vatican March 19. (CNS/Paul Haring) By Cindy WoodenCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Although attempts were made to simplify the ceremony, Pope Francis officially inaugurated his ministry as pope and bishop of Rome in a liturgy filled with biblical symbolism and signs of the universality of his mission. But before the solemn rites began March 19, Pope Francis -- known for choosing public transport over chauffeur-driven limousines -- took his first spin in the popemobile, blessing the...
  • CNN Poll: American Catholics approve of new pope (.... but ....)

    03/19/2013 2:09:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    politicalticker ^ | March 19, 2013
    Washington (CNN) – American Catholics are very enthusiastic about the choice of Pope Francis to head the Roman Catholic Church, according to a new national survey. But a CNN/ORC International survey also indicates that you shouldn't expect them to pay any more attention to the new pope's teachings on issues like birth control than they paid to his predecessors."Pope Francis is starting off with a huge reservoir of goodwill in the U.S. Eighty-eight percent of American Catholics questioned in our survey approve of his selection as pope," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.By contrast, an ABC News/Washington Post poll in...