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  • Pope Francis Named Vanity Fair Italy's 'Man of the Year'

    07/10/2013 9:03:22 PM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    newsmax ^ | staff
    Vanity Fair in Italy on Wednesday named Pope Francis its "Man of the year", saying the pontiff's first 100 days at the Vatican had already made him one of the world's top leaders. Splashing on its front page a picture of the 76-year-old in his simple white robes, the magazine said his words and actions were "heavier than boulders." "The first 100 days of his pontificate have already propelled him to the top of the list of world leaders who are making history," said Vanity Fair Italy, adding: "The revolution continues." The magazine also published interviews with five celebrities, including...
  • Does Pope Francis want a Muslim Europe?

    07/10/2013 11:14:01 AM PDT · by ClaytonP · 24 replies
    OZ Coservative ^ | 7-10-2013 | OZ Coservative
    Pope Francis has chosen as his first papal visit the island of Lampedusa. This is an island belonging to Italy but close to the African coastline. It is where Muslim Africans seeking to enter Europe illegally head for. In a sermon on Lampedusa, Pope Francis made it clear that he supports the migration of Muslims into Europe "on their voyage toward something better". He said, I give a thought, too, to the dear Muslim immigrants that are beginning the fast of Ramadan, with best wishes for abundant spiritual fruits. The Church is near to you in the search for a...
  • Pope greets Muslim migrants on Ramadan

    07/08/2013 11:03:06 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 15 replies ^ | July 08, 2013
    Pope Francis, on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan, Monday said Muslim migrants in Italy had the support of the Catholic Church. "I sent heartfelt greetings to dear Muslim immigrants who, this evening (Monday), will begin the Ramadan fast, and wish them abundant spiritual rewards," Pope Francis said as he held mass on the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa. "The Church is close to you in your search for better lives for yourselves and your families," Francis said. During his visit to Lampedusa, his first outside Rome as pontiff, Francis said he came to the island to "awaken...
  • Pope Francis meets with Scioli, urges him to 'fight against wild capitalism'

    07/06/2013 12:47:03 PM PDT · by Celtic Cross · 36 replies
    Buenos Aires Herald ^ | Thursday, July 4, 2013 | none given
    The new Pope had a meeting today with Buenos Aires governor Daniel Scioli, at the Santa Marta residence in the Vatican City. “We should fight against wild capitalism and confront social injustice”, expressed the official in a press release.
  • Marriage One Man And One Woman For Nurturing Children: Pope Francis’ First Encyclical

    07/05/2013 3:42:30 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 8 replies ^ | July 5, 2013 | Hillary White
    ROME, July 5, 2013 ( – In his first encyclical letter, released this morning, Pope Francis has reiterated that marriage is a union of one man and one woman for the procreation and nurturing of children.
  • Pope Francis issues first 'joint' encyclical [Says Same Sex Behavior is a Sin]

    07/05/2013 5:37:06 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 38 replies
    BBC ^ | 7/5/13
    Pope Francis has paid tribute to his predecessor Benedict XVI in his first letter to clergy, acknowledging that most of it was written by Benedict. The encyclical to Roman Catholic bishops, called Light of Faith ("Lumen Fidei" in Latin), speaks of faith as a beacon of hope for those who suffer... ... the document says that modern society tends only to accept the truths of technology and science. In a passage relating to faith and family life, the Pope restates the Church's opposition to gay marriage.
  • Pope Francis: prayer requires courage, tenacity

    07/01/2013 9:00:20 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Radio Vaticana ^ | 7-1-2013
    We must pray with courage to the Lord, and with tenacity just as Abraham did. That’s what Pope Francis said to the faithful gathered for early morning Mass in the chapel of the Vatican guest house Santa Marta Monday. The Pope reiterated that praying is also “negotiating with the Lord,” even coming “out of left field” as Jesus teaches us. Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and Secretary Bishop Brian Farrell concelebrated today’s mass which was attended by members and staff of the same council. In his homily, Pope Francis referred to Abraham’s courage...
  • Pope Francis and the drama of sodomy in the Church and in the Diocese of Rome

    06/27/2013 2:27:40 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 99 replies
    RorateCaeli blog ^ | 6/27/2013 | New Catholic
    Pope Francis and the drama of sodomy in the Church and in the Diocese of Rome The explosive report by La7 network The affirmation by Pope Francis that there is a “gay lobby” in the Vatican, should not be reduced to an extemporaneous quip, but evaluated and weighed in all of its tragic consequences. “There are truly some saintly people in the Curia, but there is also a current of corruption. There is talk of a “gay lobby” , and it is true, it exists. We have to see what we can do about it.” The Holy Father pronounced...
  • Pope at Mass: The joy of fatherhood

    06/26/2013 4:05:55 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Radio Vaticana ^ | 6/26/2013
    The desire to be a father is ingrained in all men, even priests, who are called to give life, care, protection to their spiritual children entrusted to them. This was the focus of Pope Francis homily at morning Mass Wednesday, in the chapel of Casa Santa Marta. Mass was concelebrated by the Cardinal Archbishop Emeritus of Palermo, Salvatore De Giorgi, who was celebrating the 60th anniversary of his priestly ordination. "When a man does not have this desire, something is missing in this man. Something is wrong. All of us, to exist, to become complete, in order to be mature,...
  • Pope: “True Christian Cannot Be Anti-Semite”

    06/25/2013 2:00:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    INN ^ | 6/25/2013, 2:16 AM | Rina Tzvi
    Pope Francis has condemned anti-Semitism, saying that it has no place in the church. “Because of our common roots, a true Christian cannot be anti-Semitic,” Francis said on Monday at a meeting with a delegation of the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC). …
  • Pope Francis Invites Teen With Down Syndrome for a Ride in the Popemobile

    06/19/2013 7:56:09 PM PDT · by Morgana · 26 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    In what pro-life advocate are cheering as another celebration of life from newly-minted Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church invited a teen with Down Syndrome for a ride on the famous Popemobile. As the Associated Press reports: Pope Francis has given a 17-year-old boy with Down Syndrome the ride of his life — sort of. Francis invited Alberto di Tullio up onto his open-top Mercedes at the end of his general audience Wednesday, letting him spin around on the pontiff’s white chair while tens of thousands of people looked on. The boy’s father, Celestino di Tullio, told The...
  • Op-Ed: Imminent: Israel's Capitulation to the Vatican

    06/13/2013 6:27:11 PM PDT · by haffast · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | June 13, 2013 6:20 AM | Giulio Meotti
    A long-awaited agreement between the Vatican and Israel appears to be near finality. The two main points revolve around the Church's requests to build two centers in Israel: a church in a section of the Caesaria National Park where a site dedicated to Paul once stood, and the use of a plot on Mount Zion in Jerusalem. The structure on Mt. Zion, the highest point of Jerusalem, is known as the Cenacle, where the Last Supper is believed to have taken place, and according to the deal which will be signed in the coming months, it will become open to...
  • Pope Is Quoted Referring to a Vatican ‘Gay Lobby’

    06/12/2013 1:57:37 PM PDT · by lbryce · 4 replies
    New York times ^ | June 12, 2013 | RACHEL DONADIO
    For years, perhaps even centuries, it has been an open secret in Rome: Some prelates in the Vatican hierarchy are, in fact, gay. But the whispers were amplified this week when Pope Francis himself, in a private audience, appeared to have acknowledged what he called a “gay lobby” operating inside the Vatican, vying for power and influence. Speaking to a meeting of the Latin American and Caribbean Confederation of Religious Men and Women on June 6, Francis discussed a dossier he had received from his predecessor, Benedict XVI. “The ‘gay lobby’ is mentioned, and it is true, it is there....
  • Pope admits there is a ‘gay lobby’ at the highest levels of the Vatican

    06/11/2013 11:34:20 AM PDT · by NCjim · 63 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | June 11, 2013
    <p>Pope Francis has acknowledged the existence of a 'gay lobby' inside the Vatican's secretive administration for the first time.</p> <p>Speaking during an audience with Latin American Catholics, the Argentine Pontiff said that there was a 'current of corruption' in the Roman Curia - the central governing body of the Catholic Church.</p>
  • Pope Francis Provides Inspiration for All Faiths

    06/10/2013 9:22:15 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 6/6/13 | Michael Gerson
    We tend to remember leaders in characteristic poses. For Pope Benedict XVI, the college professor, it was delivering a much-misunderstood lecture at the University of Regensburg, which made controversial reference to Islam. For Pope Francis, it is kneeling to wash the feet of a young Muslim woman in a prison on Holy Thursday. With due respect to Benedict’s learning, Francis’s symbolic act managed to more effectively communicate the essence of the Christian gospel. The Catholic tradition, from catacombs to cathedrals, is filled with potent symbols. There is the cross, the fish, the dove and the lamb. There is Mary’s blue,...
  • Nicklin' and Dimin' Pope Francis

    05/29/2013 7:53:41 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 41 replies
    Vivificat - from Contemplation to Action ^ | 29 May 2013 | Teófilo de Jesús (@vivificat)
    David Gibson wrote a very good piece for the Religious News Service which was republished by the Washington Post’s On Faith blog which I think you all ought to read. It is titled Is Pope Francis is a heretic? No, but he does raise questions and here’s an excerpt: Drawing of Pope Francis courtesy of Graphic News Speaking on Wednesday (May 22), Francis said that as human beings created in the image of God, everyone has a “duty to do good.” “The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not...
  • Pope Francis takes aim at the Mafia

    05/26/2013 4:12:08 PM PDT · by skimbell · 22 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 26, 2013 | CBS Interactive Inc
    ...The pontiff exhorted Mafiosi to change their ways, issuing the call Sunday, a day after the beatification of an Italian priest in Palermo who was slain in 1993 by mobsters after he defiantly preached against the Mafia...
  • Pope Francis's Economics: Yes, He Has A Leftist View Of Free Markets

    05/26/2013 7:28:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Forbes ^ | 05/25/2013 | Jerry Boyer
    When Cardinal Bergoglio was first chosen as Pope, my immediate reaction was that, although he would probably not tamper with the Church’s views on sexual issues, he would likely move it to the left in terms of economic rhetoric. I based that to some small degree on his choice of name: Saint Francis is something of a favorite of progressives in the Church due to his vow of poverty and his love of animals. But even more important to me was the intellectual milieu out of which he came: Argentine populism, and his own public statements as a cardinal in...
  • Pope Francis says atheists can do good and go to heaven too!

    05/24/2013 2:25:17 AM PDT · by DaveMSmith · 312 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 5/24/2013 | Catholic Online
    LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Holy Father is full of surprises, born of true and faithful humility. On Wednesday he declared that all people, not just Catholics, are redeemed through Jesus, even atheists. However, he did emphasize there was a catch. Those people must still do good. In fact, it is in doing good that they are led to the One who is the Source of all that is good. In essence he simply restated the hope of the Church that all come to know God, through His Son Jesus Christ. Francis based his homily on the message...
  • Pope Francis says atheists can be good

    05/22/2013 12:04:19 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 30 replies
    Reuters/The Guardian ^ | Wednesday 22 May 2013
    Atheists should be seen as good people if they do good, Pope Francis has said in his latest urging that people of all religions, and none, work together. The leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics made his comments in the homily of his morning mass at his residence, a daily event at which he speaks without prepared comments. He told the story of a Catholic who asked a priest if even atheists had been redeemed by Jesus. "Even them, everyone," the pope answered, according to Vatican Radio. "We all have the duty to do good," he said. "Just...