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  • The day Pope Francis embraced my disabled son

    04/04/2013 5:50:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 3, 2013 | PAUL GONDREAU
    April 3, 2013 ( - “Small acts with great love,” Mother Teresa was fond of saying. On Easter Sunday, Pope Francis bestowed an extraordinary Easter blessing upon my family when he performed such an act in embracing my son, Dominic, who has cerebral palsy. The embrace occurred when the Pope spied my son while touring the Square, packed with a quarter million pilgrims, in the “pope mobile” after Mass. This tender moment, an encounter of a modern Francis with a modern Dominic (as most know, tradition holds that St. Francis and St. Dominic enjoyed an historic encounter), moved not...
  • Pope Francis General Audience focused on women. Feminists arent going to be happy

    04/03/2013 8:59:06 AM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | April 3, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The text of Pope Francis’ general audience:Feminists and proponents of women’s ordination aren’t gonna be happy.My emphases and comments: Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today we turn to the Catechism of the Year of Faith. [Well! He mentioned it again.] In the Creed we repeat this phrase: “He rose again on the third day, in accordance with the Scriptures”. This is the very event [a historical event] that we are celebrating: the Resurrection of Jesus, the center of the Christian message that has resounded since the beginning and has been handed down so that it may reach us today. Saint Paul...
  • Rhode Island parents moved to tears after Pope Francis kisses their disabled son, 8,

    04/02/2013 1:42:08 PM PDT · by envisio · 30 replies
    DM ^ | 4/2/13 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A Rhode Island couple has revealed how they were moved to tears when Pope Francis kissed their disabled eight-year-old son in front of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square on Easter Sunday. Paul and Christina Gondreau of Johnston and their five children, including son Dominic who suffers from cerebral palsy, attended Easter Mass at the Vatican. An usher directed Dominic and his mother to an area designated for handicapped children, said Paul Gondreau, a theology professor at Providence College who is teaching this semester in Rome. When the pope's vehicle arrived, the usher motioned to the driver to stop...
  • Pope recites St. Peter's Gospel professions of faith at apostle's tomb

    04/02/2013 9:14:31 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    cns ^ | April 1, 2013 | Cindy Wooden
    Pope Francis visits the excavated necropolis below St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican April 1. The necropolis is where St. Peter's tomb has been venerated since early Christian times and where the first church dedicated to him was built. The tomb is two levels below the main altar of the modern basilica. (CNS/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters) By Cindy WoodenCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Kneeling before the tomb of St. Peter, Pope Francis repeated the three professions of faith the Gospels report the apostle making: "Lord, you are the Christ, the son of the living God," "Master, to...
  • Insight: Pope to review Vatican bureaucracy, scandal-ridden bank

    04/02/2013 10:50:14 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 9 replies
    reuters ^ | 4/12 | pullella
    (Reuters) - Pope Francis, who has said he wants the Catholic Church to be a model of austerity and honesty, could restructure or even close the Vatican's scandal-ridden bank as part of a broad review of its troubled bureaucracy, Vatican sources say.
  • Pope Francis tours excavated area near St. Peter's tomb

    04/01/2013 2:23:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cns ^ | April 1, 2013 | Cindy Wooden
    Pope Francis visits the excavated necropolis below St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican April 1. The necropolis is where St. Peter's tomb has been venerated since early Christian times and where the first church dedicated to him was built. The tomb is two levels below the main altar of the modern basilica. (CNS/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters) By Cindy WoodenCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis became the first pope to tour the excavated necropolis where St. Peter is buried, said Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman. With explanations from the two directors of the necropolis, the pope...
  • Pope plans stargazing show at St Peter's Basilica

    04/01/2013 11:16:03 AM PDT · by CMB_polarization · 6 replies ^ | Apr 1, 2013 | Ken Hartly-Wright
    The new Pope is considering letting astronomers use the dome of St Peter's Basilica in Vatican City as a makeshift planetarium, in a bold attempt to heal the long-standing rift between science and religion. Pope Francis has already given his blessing to the plan, which would see the constellations being projected onto the dome's interior as they would have appeared around the time of Jesus's death. The Pope's interest in the cosmos is said to have been sparked after he was shown recent images of the cosmic microwave background dubbed the echo of the Big Bang obtained by...
  • Pope Francis Tells Priests: Keep Churches Open, Hear Confessions

    04/01/2013 6:23:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Pope Francis joined a prominent Vatican official and seven priests for lunch on Holy Thursday and emphasized the importance of hearing confessions, according to a priest who was present at the meeting Archbishop Giovanni Becciu has a longtime custom of inviting priests to join him for lunch on Holy Thursday a custom that predates his 2011 appointment as sostituto, the deputy secretary of state responsible for the internal affairs of the Roman Curia. When Pope Francis heard about the meal with the priests, most of whom work with the poor, he said he wanted to attend.
  • Pope: Easter Vigil Homily [Full text]

    03/31/2013 5:25:41 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Vatican News Agency ^ | March 31, 2013
    (Vatican Radio) Below we publish the definitive text of Pope Francis Easter Vigil Homily, March 30th, 2013:Dear Brothers and Sisters, In the Gospel of this radiant night of the Easter Vigil, we first meet the women who go the tomb of Jesus with spices to anoint his body (cf. Lk 24:1-3). They go to perform an act of compassion, a traditional act of affection and love for a dear departed person, just as we would. They had followed Jesus, they had listened to his words, they had felt understood by him in their dignity and they had accompanied him...
  • Rockne and the Resurrection: celebrating Easter and the Irish "feast"

    03/31/2013 10:11:08 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 2 replies
    Fighting Irish Thomas ^ | 3-31-13 | Tom O'Toole
    Two weeks ago, you could say St. Patrick got the short shrift, for because March 17 fell on a Lenten Sunday, the patron saint of Ireland was not celebrated in church, at least not liturgically. Of course, while some priests did in fact mention Patrick (the wise ones, that is) I doubt on this greatest Christian feast of the year, that few will even think about the "feast" of that other great (Fighting) Irish icon, Knute Rockne. For as 3-31-31 (the day Rockne died) flips around to 3-31-13, Christ's triumph over death and evil certainly trumps over Rockne's victories over...
  • Pope Francis Leads First Easter Celebrations

    03/31/2013 3:19:03 AM PDT · by Biggirl ^ | March 31,2013 | Dario Thuburn, Agence France Presse
    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis led his first Easter Sunday celebrations in front of tens of thousands of people in St Peter's Square at a mass marking the holiest day in the Christian calendar. The pope will then deliver a special blessing for Rome and the world from the same balcony where he made his first public appearance after being elected this month.
  • How Should We Understand Pope Francis Washing Women's Feet?

    03/30/2013 10:44:48 AM PDT · by Salvation · 43 replies
    NCRegister ^ | March 28, 2013 4:28 | Jimmy Akin
    How Should We Understand Pope Francis Washing Women's Feet? by Jimmy Akin Thursday, March 28, 2013 4:28 --snip-- This Year's Mass of the Lord's Supper It was surprising but not surprising when the Holy See announced that Pope Francis had chosen to celebrate this year's Mass of the Lord's Supper not in one of the papal basilicas of Rome but, instead, in its juvenile prison.That's precisely the kind of gesture that we have come to expect from the new pope in the short time we've been getting to know him.It's not traditional, but it's humble and evangelistic.And...
  • Pope Francis Sermon for the Vigil of Easter

    03/30/2013 5:18:39 PM PDT · by vladimir998 · 2 replies
    The Vatican | March 30, 2013 | Pope Francis
    Here's the text of Pope Francis Sermon for the Vigil of Easter
  • Pope Francis Links Turin Shroud To Jesus Christ As Relic Is Shown On Television For Easter

    03/30/2013 11:28:23 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 23 replies
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | March 30, 2013 | Nick Squires
    Pope Francis Links Turin Shroud To Jesus Christ As Relic Is Shown On Television For Easter Francis has drawn an explicit link between Christ and the ghostly image imprinted on the Turin Shroud but stopped short of declaring the holy icon the true burial cloth of Jesus. Nick Squires 30 Mar Francis made his first remarks on the mysterious relic since being elected Pope in a special video message as the shroud was shown live on television for only the second time in its history. His remarks came on Holy Saturday, which falls between the commemoration of Christs crucifixion on...
  • Does This Finding Prove Jesus Resurrection? New Book Offers Stunning Details About the Shroud

    03/30/2013 1:29:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 120 replies
    The Blaze ^ | March 28, 2013 | Billy Hallowell
    The Shroud of Turin continues to spark intense theological debate. While one side believes that the cloth is nothing more than a medieval forgery, the other contends that the x-ray-like image imprinted on it was supernaturally created during Jesus Christs resurrection. In the past, claims that it was the work of a renaissance artist, an optical illusion or, as mentioned, a legitimate, faith-inspired phenomenon have abounded. Without a doubt, the cloth has confounded supporters and detractors, alike, for decades. Now, The Mystery of the Shroud, a book that examines new chemical and mechanical tests that were more recently conducted on...
  • Pope Francis: Never speak poorly of others

    03/29/2013 11:34:24 AM PDT · by NYer · 36 replies
    Vatican News Agency ^ | March 28, 2013
    2013-03-28 LOsservatore Romano Speaking poorly of someone else is equivalent to selling them. Like Judas, who sold Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. And it was precisely by drawing inspiration from the Gospel passage from Matthew which foretells the betrayal of Judas Iscariot that Pope Francis in his brief Homily at the Mass he celebrated on Wednesday morning, 27 March, in the Chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae put people on guard against gossip with an explicit invitation: Never speak poorly of other people.Present at the celebration, as has now become a tradition, were several Vatican employees...
  • 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...