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  • A helpful summary of the ApostolicExhortation, "Evangelii Gaudium" [Ecumenical]

    11/27/2013 4:58:30 PM PST · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Insight Scoop ^ | 11-27-13 | Carl E. Olson
    A helpful summary of the Apostolic Exhortation, "Evangelii Gaudium" A copy of the apostolic exhortation "Evangelii Gaudium" ("The Joy of the Gospel") by Pope Francis is seen during a news conference at the Vatican Nov. 26. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters)by Carl E. OlsonVia Vatican Information Services, a good guide to the Holy Father's Apostolic Exhoration, which is over 52,000 words long (Benedict XVI's Apostolic Exhoration, "Verbum Domini", was about 47,000 words long):SYNTHESIS OF THE APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION “THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL” Vatican City, 26 November 2013 (VIS) - “The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of...
  • (Pope) Francis challenged Islamic countries to grant religious freedom will west follow lead?

    11/27/2013 2:32:51 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | November 27, 2013 | FR ALEXANDER LUCIE-SMITH
    U.S. President Barack Obama wears a gift from Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah (CNS) The Popes apostolic exhortation on evangelisation, Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of the Gospel, will, I hope be closely studied in the next few weeks and months. A quick scan of some key quotes seems to indicate that any such study will be worthwhile. The first thing to catch my eye was the section on Islam. First and foremost the Pope tells the governments of countries such as Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan (he doesnt name them, but it is obvious whom he means) that they ought to...
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin Meets with Pope Francis

    11/25/2013 7:09:20 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 11/25/13 | Junno Arocho Esteves
    Discuss Current Situation in Syria, Promoting Peaceful Solution to ConflictRussian President Vladimir Putin was received in the Vatican Apostolic Palace by Pope Francis this evening. The meeting is the first between the Russian head of state and the Holy Father. During the meeting, which was said to have lasted roughly 35 minutes, President Putin and the Holy Father discussed several topics of interest, including the fundamental contribution of Christianity in Russia. A communique released by the Holy See stated that particular attention was placed on current situation in the Middle East, especially in Syria. President Putin, the communique cotinued, expressed...
  • Pope Francis takes veiled swipe at progressive Democrats

    11/26/2013 11:22:48 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 88 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 11-26-13 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Pope Francis said Tuesday in his first apostolic exhortation that no matter how progressive-minded the world turns, the Catholic Church can never compromise on its no abortion rule its a matter of human dignity. I want to be completely honest in this regard, he said, Catholic News Service reported. This is not something subject to alleged reforms or modernizations. It is not progressive to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life. The statement comes in sharp contrast to some in the political world, of mostly liberal and left-of-center progressive mind, who claim loyalty to the Catholic faith,...
  • Pope Francis: Catholic Church Will Never Compromise on Abortion

    11/26/2013 11:32:53 AM PST · by Morgana · 142 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Today, the Vatican released the text of Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), an Apostolic Exhortation by Pope Francis that specifically addresses pro-life and pro-family issues. The text of the message makes it clear that the Catholic Church cannot and will not compromise on its pro-life teachings on abortion. 214. Precisely because this involves the internal consistency of our message about the value of the human person, the Church cannot be expected to change her position on this question. I want to be completely honest in this regard. This is not something subject to alleged reforms or modernizations. It...
  • Pope Francis calls on Eastern-rite Catholics to reach out to Orthodox

    11/25/2013 9:05:16 AM PST · by AstralisLux · 6 replies
    Spero News ^ | 11/25/13 | Martin Barillas
    Speaking to the fierce devotion to the papacy shown by eastern Catholics, the pontiff said he hopes that the intense communion that you wish to deepen every day within the Catholic Church may help you also to build bridges of fraternity with other Churches and ecclesial communities in Ukraine and in other countries where your communities are present.
  • Pope Francis: We Wont Resign Ourselves to a Middle East Without Christians

    11/22/2013 9:02:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 22, 2013 - 4:23 AM | Patrick Goodenough
    Pope Francis expressed new concern Thursday for the situation faced by Christians who suffer in a particularly severe way the consequences of tensions and conflicts in many parts of the Middle East. Syria, Iraq, Egypt and other areas of the Holy Land sometimes overflow with tears, he told a gathering at the Vatican of leaders from Eastern rite churches that have links with the Roman Catholic Church. We wont resign ourselves to a Middle East without Christians who for two thousand years confess the name of Jesus, as full citizens in social, cultural and religious life of the nations to...
  • Putin's Meeting With Pope Important for Syria Catholic Priest

    11/22/2013 9:53:40 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 11/21/13
    MOSCOW, November 22 (RIA Novosti) A meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Pope Francis scheduled for next week is especially important in the context of the ongoing Syrian civil war, a senior Russian Catholic priest said. Igor Kovalevsky, a secretary general of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Russia, told RIA Novosti in a recent interview that the meeting has not only a religious aspect, but also humanitarian and political ones. He said that the Kremlin and Vatican share a similar stance on war-torn Syria and the protection of traditional Christian values in the modern world.
  • Pp Francis declares support for BXVIs vision of Church.. rejects 'Spirit of Vat II' (Shortened)

    11/20/2013 5:44:31 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 10 replies
    Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 19 November 2013 | William Oddie
    An important letter, from Pope Francis to Archbishop Agostino Marchetto, has just been published. It includes the following: With these lines I wish to be close to you and join myself to the act of presentation of the book 'Pontifical primacy and epicopate: from the first millennium to the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council.' [The book is a collection of essays, some by Archbishop Marchetto, in his honour]. I beg you to consider myself spiritually present [there] You have made your love for the Church manifest in many ways above all it is manifest in all your purity in the...
  • Catholics reject return of bling bishop

    11/19/2013 10:16:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies ^ | 18 Nov 2013 12:33 GMT+01:00 | Louise Osborne/AFP
    A cleric dubbed the bling bishop for his luxury lifestyle is unlikely to return to his diocese after Catholics in the area said he could not come back. An assembly of the diocese of Limburg decided on Saturday that their bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst had so damaged the relationship of trust between him and his congregation, that his return did not seem possible. Tebartz-van Elst became the subject of severe criticism for spending 31 million on a new headquarters in western Germany with 783,000 going on a garden, 25,000 on a table and 15,000 on a bath tub.
  • Pope: a nation that does not respect the elderly, has no future, because it has no memory

    11/19/2013 3:35:54 AM PST · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Asia News ^ | 11/19/2013
    In a era where "the elderly do not count", where they are often "discarded", "a nation that does not respect grandparents, has no future , because it has no memory", it forgets that "often they had a heroic role in the transmission of the faith in times of persecution". This is Pope Francis' lesson during Mass celebrated at Casa Santa Marta, inspired by the biblical story of the Elder Eleazar , who chose martyrdom for consistency with his faith.The Pope noted that Eleazar, as recounted in the Book of Maccabees, "faced with the choice between apostasy and fidelity has no...
  • 'It was like being in Paradise. I felt only love': Terribly disfigured man who was held by Pope

    11/18/2013 7:20:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | November 18, 2013 | Hannah Roberts
    The shockingly disfigured man, whose full-body tumours were lovingly kissed by the Pope, has been revealed as a 53-year-old Italian suffering from a rare genetic disease. Vinicio Rivas entire body has been ravaged by the growths, a symptom of neorofibramatosis, which is not contagious. Earlier this month his picture shot round the world, when he was emotionally embraced by Pope Francis, at one of the pontiffs weekly audiences in Rome. The severely disabled man, who is shunned in the street, and has induced horror even in his doctors, has for the first time described the encounter, saying that being caressed...
  • Vatican Website Removes Popes Interview with Founder of "La Repubblica" Newspaper

    11/17/2013 6:07:09 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The text had not been carefully reviewed, the director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico LombardiThe Holy See has decided to delete the interview between Pope Francis and Eugenio Scalfari, the founder of Italian newspaper La Repubblica from the Vaticans main portal ( Scalfari had met with Francis to thank him for the open letter received and published by the newspaper. In response to journalists questions about the reason for this decision, the Holy Sees spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi replied: The information in the interview is reliable on a general level but not on the level of each...
  • Papal Neutrality in the Culture War?

    11/15/2013 1:07:43 PM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies ^ | November 15, 2013 | Pat Buchanan
    "Pope Francis doesn't want cultural warriors; he doesn't want ideologues," said Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Wash.: "The nuncio said the Holy Father wants bishops with pastoral sensitivity, shepherds who know the smell of the sheep." Bishop Cupich was conveying instructions the papal nuncio had delivered from Rome to guide U.S. bishops in choosing a new leader. They chose Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., who has a master's degree in social work, to succeed Archbishop Timothy Dolan whom Laurie Goodstein of the New York Times describes thus: "[A] garrulous evangelist comfortable in front of a camera, [who] led...
  • The Pope Francis Effect: False compassion

    11/13/2013 7:35:58 AM PST · by cleghornboy · 3 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | November 13, 2013 | Paul Melanson
    Writing for the Associated Press, Rachel Zoll notes that, "The Vatican ambassador to the U.S., addressing American bishops at their first national meeting since Pope Francis was elected, said Monday they should not 'follow a particular ideology' and should make Roman Catholics feel more welcome in church. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano noted the challenges from broader society to Christian teaching....'the Holy Father wants bishops in tune with their people....He made a special point of saying that he wants pastoral bishops, not bishops who profess or follow a particular ideology.' In a September interview, Francis said Catholic leaders should give greater...
  • Flurry of Vatican-Russian Orthodox Talks Precede Putin Visit to Pope Francis

    11/12/2013 7:01:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 11/12/13 | Associated Press
    VATICAN CITY Pope Francis has met with the foreign minister of the Russian Orthodox Church ahead of a Nov. 25 visit to the Vatican by President Vladimir Putin. The Vatican released no details of Tuesdays meeting with Metropolitan Hilarion, in Rome for a Catholic-Orthodox conference on family values. Simultaneously in Moscow, a top Italian cardinal involved in Catholic-Orthodox dialogue, Cardinal Angelo Scola, met with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill.
  • Conservative U.S. Catholics Feel Left Out of the Popes Embrace [Catholic/Orthodox/SV Cauci]

    It seems hes focusing on bringing back the left thats fallen away, but what about the conservatives? said Ms. Kurt, a hospice community educator. Even when it was discouraging working in pro-life, you always felt like Mother Teresa was on your side and the popes were encouraging you. Now I feel kind of thrown under the bus.
  • Pope Francis approach reminds Catholic church leaders of Cardinal Bernardin

    11/08/2013 6:03:13 PM PST · by ebb tide · 31 replies
    Chicago ^ | November 8, 2013 | FRANCINE KNOWLES
    Pope Francis is raising the spirit of the late Chicago Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, say some local and national Catholic church leaders, who see parallels between the two as the 17th anniversary of Bernardins death approaches.
  • Confirmed: Putin to meet with Pope Francis

    11/08/2013 11:39:03 AM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | November 7, 2013 | Diogenes
    The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin later this month. The meeting will take place on November 25, although details are not yet in place and an exact time has not been set. Putin has sought to establish himself as a defender of Christianity, both in Russia and in nations where the faith is under attack, notably in the Middle East. The Russian leader has also played an active role in negotiations to avoid escalation of the war in Syria. Both subjects are likely to figure prominently in Putins conversation with the Pontiff....
  • Pope Francis Applauded for Kissing, Blessing Disabled Man Covered With Boils (Tumors)

    11/07/2013 4:01:50 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Life News ^ | November 7, 2013 | Steven Ertelt
    The praise for Pope Francis since becoming the leader of the Catholic Church has been consistent over the last several months. Catholics and Protestants alike have showered him with praise for not only his pro-life position but his willingness to show extended love and support for the disabled.Just days after getting international acclaim for letting a teen with Down Syndrome take a spin in the Popemobile, Pope Francis is drawing accolades for showing love to a disabled man covered in boils.The Pope wasted no time in kissing and blessing the man.Bill Hallowell at The Blaze has more on what happened:...
  • Illinois Catholic lawmakers cite Pope Francis in decision to back gay marriage (spinning words)

    11/07/2013 3:52:11 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 7, 2013 | PATRICK B. CRAINE
    SPRINGFIELD, IL, November 7, 2013 ( – In its report Wednesday on the Illinois legislature’s passage of same-sex “marriage,” the Chicago Tribune cited two developments since May that helped the bill’s backers get the final votes they needed: the Supreme Court’s DOMA ruling and Pope Francis’ comments on homosexuality. The paper quotes two Catholic state representatives who cited Pope Francis in explaining their decision to support the measure: Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia and House Speaker Michael Madigan. Madigan reportedly also secured between five and 10 additional votes to redefine marriage. The papal comments at issue came in an interview...
  • Pope Francis embraces guests with skin conditions at Vatican

    11/06/2013 2:50:01 PM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | November 6, 2013 | CAROL KURUVILLA
    Francis blessed the men during his weekly general audience in St. Peters Square. Too often we are arid, indifferent and detached, he told an estimated 50,000 people who had gathered to hear him speak on Wednesday morning. Pope Francis (L) hugs a sick person in Saint Peter's Square at the end of his general audience in Vatican City. Pope Francis received two special guests during his general audience at the Vatican on Wednesday. Two men with visible skin diseases came forward to receive blessings from the pontiff. Francis reached out and touched these men, as if they were no different...
  • Pope Francis' latest surprise: a survey on the modern family

    11/05/2013 1:59:45 PM PST · by IbJensen · 16 replies
    NBC News ^ | 11/5/2013 | Tracy Connor
    Pope Francis is shaking things up again. The pontiff with a penchant for surprises is making new waves by launching a survey of his flock on issues facing modern families from gay marriage to divorce. Very specific questions are being sent to parishes around the globe in preparation for next year's synod of bishops, a grassroots effort that experts say is unprecedented. "It's fascinating," said Thomas Groome, a professor of theology at Boston College. "It's pretty astonishing," agreed Marianne Duddy-Burke, executive director of the gay Catholic organization DignityUSA. Advertise | AdChoices Vatican watchers say Francis' polling attempt is extraordinary...
  • pe Francis says Mass ad orientem shock horror! Liberals will be shaking in their clown shoes

    11/01/2013 5:52:18 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 17 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/1/13 | Tim Stanley
    It seems that on Thursday morning Pope Francis celebrated Mass ad orientem at the tomb of John Paul II. For those not hip with the Catholic jargon, this means that he said Mass facing away from the people and towards the altar/God.
  • Vatican is an enormous soft power, says MP after visit

    10/28/2013 8:08:23 AM PDT · by haffast · 28 replies
    The Catholic Herald UK ^ | Friday, 25 October 2013 | Laura Gotti Tedeschi
    British parliamentarians have concluded their three-day visit to the Holy See. Eleven members of the All Party Parliament Group, accompanied by the chaplain to Parliament Canon Pat Browne, met with the Pope on Wednesday, after the General Audience. MP Edward Leigh declared after the three day visit that The Holy See is an enormous soft power, it represent a religion of 1.2 billion people and so the British government and the British parliament is very interested in what the Vatican says. The Group, made up of representatives of both House of Parliament and all the major political parties, has encountered...
  • Pope Francis speaks out against "Christians at half-speed"

    10/24/2013 2:54:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | October 24, 2013
    October 24, 2013 ( During his homily at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis explained that a person cannot be a Christian, but live like a pagan. In other words, he said a person cannot be a “Christian at half-speed.”    POPE FRANCIS  “Sometimes we say ‘Christians at half-speed’, who do not take this seriously. We are holy, justified, sanctified by the blood of Christ: Take this sanctification and carry it forward! Though people do not take it seriously! Lukewarm Christians: ‘But, yes, yes , but, no, no’. Neither here nor there - as our mothers said, ‘rosewater Christians’ - no!...
  • Simon Wiesenthal Center delegation electrified by meeting with Francis

    10/24/2013 3:31:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | October 24, 2013 | LISA PALMIERI-BILLIG
    The Pope’s personal warmth continues to amaze Jewish visitors “Unbelievable, extraordinary, electrifying!  I have never seen a Pope with such warmth” said Rabbi Marvin Hier immediately following a Papal  Audience of 62 members and friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Thursday, October 24. “Pope Francis stayed around after his remarks.  He wouldn’t leave.  He sat in our midst and spoke privately to every single individual. This is his great strength: when he talks to an individual nothing else exists in the world.” Rabbi Marvin Hier is Dean and founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center (named after the Austrian Holocaust survivor...
  • The secular media caricatures the Popes words, but the Holy Father must beware...

    10/24/2013 12:28:46 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | 10-24-2013
    Ever since Pope Francis initiated his own style of communicating his views on belief and the practice of the Faith through unrehearsed interviews and informal homilies during Mass at the Casa Sancta Marta it has generated a huge amount of debate. My Quaker friend who is spiritual rather than religious thinks the Pope is wonderful and can do no wrong; our parish priest valiantly preaches on what the Pope is really saying and how it is distorted in the press; a devout Catholic friend wishes he would just talk less and so on. David Manly, editor of Personal...
  • Get out your handkerchiefs: Fishwrap on the fading Francis Moment..

    10/22/2013 2:14:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | October 22, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Over at Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter), the editor is already starting to wring his hands.The editorial is a bit mawkish, but you can forgive that.Here is a sample: Francis is the exclamation point on Vatican II Thomas C. FoxI already hear concerns that the reformist church of 76-year-old Pope Francis might not survive his pontificate. I hear talk that the anti-reformists who took back the Second Vatican Council will likely do it again once Francis is gone from the scene. We ask: Will a church groomed by compassion and mercy, as Francis would have it, be the church of...
  • Nominees announced for USCCB leadership roles

    10/22/2013 7:13:08 AM PDT · by haffast · 5 replies
    NCR ^ | Oct. 21, 2013 | Michael Sean Winters
    The USCCB has announced the 10 candidates for presidency and vice presidency of the conference. The president is elected from these 10 nominees, and the vice president is elected from the remaining nine. Here are the candidates: - Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans - Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap., of Philadelphia - Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Wash. - Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston - Archbishop Jos Gomez of Los Angeles - Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky. - Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore - Archbishop Dennis Schnurr of Cincinnati - Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit - Archbishop Thomas...
  • Pope Francis describes ideological Christians as a serious illness within the Church

    10/21/2013 9:32:05 AM PDT · by armydoc · 94 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | October 21, 2013 | Sarah Rae Fruchtnicht
    Pope Francis called for a more open-minded Church on Thursday, suggesting that when a Christian becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost the faith. Francis said because ideology is rigid and non-inclusive, it pushes people away and leaves out the grace of God. And, even worse, the Lord cannot be close to the people, Francis said. The faith passes, so to speak, through a distiller and becomes ideology, he said. And ideology does not beckon [people]. In ideologies there is not Jesus: in his tenderness, his love, his meekness. And ideologies are rigid, always. Of every sign: rigid....
  • Pope Rejects Meeting with Bibi in Rome

    10/21/2013 1:25:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    INN ^ | 10/21/2013, 2:42 AM | Elad Benari
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will not be meeting with Pope Francis during his visit to Rome on Wednesday, a diplomatic source told AFP on Sunday. A statement last week from Netanyahus office had said he would be meeting Pope Francis next Wednesday at the Vatican and with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for updates on nuclear talks with Iran and negotiations with the Palestinian Authority. A diplomatic source on Sunday told AFP, however, that no such meeting with Pope Francis will be taking place. The source noted that audiences with the Pope must be arranged sufficiently in advance.
  • Dr. Deal W Hudson: Don't Call Me a Conservative Catholic Anymore

    10/21/2013 7:33:34 AM PDT · by haffast · 4 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 10/17/2013 | Deal W. Hudson
    WASHINGTON,DC (Catholic Online) - Labels in politics and religion serve a purpose: There are discernible groups and coalitions within and between the worlds of the Church and government. Words used as labels serve the purpose of enabling us to distinguish between one group and the other. But I don't want to be called a "Conservative Catholic" anymore. In the last few months, I've read two headlines beginning with the phrase "Conservative Catholic" which contained comments that have effectively made the label, if not meaningless, represent a group of Catholics who are now spreading the virus of an identity crisis....
  • Frank the Hippie Pope: A Lutheran Satire Production

    10/20/2013 8:41:47 PM PDT · by Conservaliberty · 34 replies
    YouTube ^ | 10-20-13 | Hans Fiene
    For those who have never heard of it, Lutheran Satire is a YouTube channel of informative and funny videos by a Lutheran pastor Hans Fiene. This video is his reaction to Pope Francis' antics. Just remember it is satire--and Fiene has a rather cutting sense of humor. Frank the Hippie Pope
  • "Focus" on Growing Resistance Against Pope Francis -- "This Pope Makes Our Church Kaputt"

    10/19/2013 6:23:38 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 22 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | October 19, 2013 | Giuseppe Nardi
    While Pope Francis was preparing "fundamental change" in the Church, there is " growing resistance to his brash nature." And not just in the Vatican, but also among bishops and Catholic groups around the world. There is also a "creeping nostalgia" detectable for Benedict XVI.
  • Bishop Fellay on Pope Francis-"We have in front of us a genuine Modernist"

    10/18/2013 7:10:02 AM PDT · by tomsbartoo · 31 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | October 14, 2013 | John Vennari
    Bishop Fellay on Pope Francis - We have in front of us a genuine Modernist! 14/10/13 10:26 Bishop Fellay on Pope Francis We have in front of us a genuine Modernist! by John Vennari Catholic Family News Bishop Bernard Fellay warned on October 12, The situation of the Church is a real disaster, and the present Pope is making it 10,000 times worse. He said this in an address at the Angelus Press Conference, the weekend of Oct 11-13, 2013, in Kansas City. Bishop Fellay, Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X, gave an extensive lecture on Saturday...
  • Pope consecrates world to immaculate heart of Mary

    10/13/2013 6:13:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 102 replies
    Radio Vaticana ^ | 10/13/2013
    The Pope celebrated mass in St Peters square this morning in honour of the Marian Day, an event organised as part of the Year of Faith on the anniversary of the final apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima (13th of October 1917). Please find below the full text of Pope Francis homily in English translation. In the Psalm we said: Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things (Ps 98:1). Today we consider one of the marvelous things which the Lord has done: Mary! A lowly and weak creature like ourselves, she was...
  • SSPX leader denounces Vatican II, Novus Ordo liturgy [Catholic/SSPX Caucus]

    10/16/2013 8:48:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 119 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | October 15, 2013
    The head of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) has denounced Vatican II, described the post-conciliar liturgy as evil, and said that he is grateful the group never reached an accommodation with the Holy See. In a provocative address to the Kansas City audience, Bishop Bernard Fellay said: It is has never been our intention to pretend either that the Council would be considered as good, or the New Mass would be legitimate. He said that although the Novus Ordo Mass introduced after Vatican II may be valid, The New Mass is bad, it is evil. Bishop Fellay...
  • PM headed to Rome for meetings with pope, John Kerry (Netanyahu - Israel)

    10/16/2013 7:27:43 PM PDT · by haffast · 5 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | October 16, 2013, 9:45 pm | Raphael Ahren
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to meet Pope Francis and US Secretary of State John Kerry in Italy next week. Netanyahu will meet Francis in the Vatican Wednesday, ahead of the pontiffs expected visit to Israel next year. In Rome, the prime minister will meet with Kerry to discuss the current nuclear negotiations between six world powers on Iran, and the peace process with the Palestinians, according to a statement from the Prime Ministers Office. The first round of renewed nuclear negotiations between the so-called P5+1 powers and the Islamic Republic concluded Wednesday with cautious optimism from both sides....
  • Pope Francis: The Devil Is on the First Page of the Bible

    10/15/2013 9:48:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 15, 2013 - 5:04 PM | Michael W. Chapman
    Pope Francis said it is true that in the past, people with epilepsy might have been mischaracterized as being possessed by demons, but that confusion did not refute the fact that the Devil exists and is so important that he is on the first page of the Bible and at the Bibles end, with the victory of God over the Devil. As for his comments on Satan and other demons, the Pope said, Some may say, But Father, youre too old-fashioned. Youre frightening us with these things. No, its not me! It is the Gospel! And these are not...
  • Finding a home in the confessional thanks to Pope Francis

    10/11/2013 2:45:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    NC Reporter ^ | October 10, 2013 | Rene Schafer Horton
    I went to confession on Saturday. I think the last time I celebrated the sacrament in a traditional Saturday afternoon setting was more than a decade ago. When someone asked me why I was going, the answer was simple: I was compelled to go because of the pope.Not because Pope Francis has asked Catholics to get back in the confessional, but because his recent interviews and heartfelt actions as pastor in chief have made me want to be a better person and a more fulfilled, better practicing Catholic. I've felt like I've not only been given hope for the church,...
  • Pope to Knights of Columbus: Seek new ways of being a leaven in society

    10/10/2013 5:16:19 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Radio Vaticana ^ | 10-10-2013
    Pope Francis met today with the Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, and later addressed the organizations Board of Directors. In his remarks, Pope Francis recalled the vision of the founder of the Knights of Columbus, Venerable Father Michael McGivney. He called on the Knights to continue to seek new ways of being a leaven of the Gospel and a force for the spiritual renewal of society. The Pope expressed his gratitude for the unfailing support which your Order has always given to the works of the Holy See. In particular, he drew attention to the Knights Vicarius Christi...
  • There is something strange going on in the Vatican

    10/09/2013 8:25:55 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 209 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | Mon Oct 07, 2013 | Hilary White, Rome Correspondent
    There is something strange going on in the Vatican by Hilary White, Rome Correspondent Mon Oct 07, 2013 18:28 EST ROME, October 3, 2013 ( I dont know if Im the only one to have noticed, but there seems to be something strange going on in the Vatican. No, Im not talking about all that, at least not directly. Im talking about the strange, long, almost awkward and, dare I say it, embarrassed silence, that has reigned from the Vaticans press office on all of Pope Franciss extraordinary statements and actions since his election. Im not going to go...
  • Guess the Saint: (Forgive him Lord, if he knows not what he is doing!)

    10/08/2013 9:49:38 AM PDT · by Repent and Believe · 9 replies
    Barnhardt (blog) ^ | Oct 5 2013 anno Dimini | Ann Barnhardt
    Guess the saint: This saint joined a Crusade to Egypt in the hopes of PROSELYTIZING as many musloids as he could before being killed. This saint was not killed, but was instead received into the court of a sultan. Our saint then offered to engage in a trial by fire literal fire with the sultans musloid scholars. Our saint offered to enter into a fire pit and if he emerged unscathed, the musloid scholars would then have to concede that the CATHOLIC GOD (the word catholic means universal, so of course God is Catholic, and of course His...
  • Pope Francis to youth: have the courage to get married, have children

    10/07/2013 7:33:42 AM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies
    life site news ^ | John Jalsevac
    ASSISI, Italy, Oct. 4, 2013 ( Pope Francis urged youth today to have the courage to get married and have children despite a culture that emphasizes individual rights over family. The pope made the remarks in Assisi during an energetic question and answer session with a number of young people. "Don't be afraid of taking definitive steps, like that of marriage," the pope told the crowds assembled in the square outside the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels, according to CNS. The pope pointed out that marriage is a "real vocation, just like priesthood and religious life are....
  • The Francis Transformation

    10/03/2013 6:13:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    Chiesa Online ^ | 10/3/13 | Sandro Magister
    He has unveiled the true program of his pontificate in two interviews and a letter to an atheist intellectual. With respect to the popes who preceded him the separation appears ever more clear. In words and in deedsROME, October 3, 2013 The first meeting, in these days, of the eight cardinals called to consultation by Pope Francis and his visit tomorrow to Assisi, the city of the saint whose name he has taken, are acts that certainly characterize the beginning of this pontificate. But even more characterizing, in defining its approach, have been four media events of the month...
  • Pope Francis: Shouldn't it be a welcoming Church for all?

    10/03/2013 7:43:41 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 4 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | October 3, 2013 | Paul Melanson
    It was the philosopher George Santayana who described Modernism thusly: " the love of all Christianity in those who perceive that it is all a fable. It is the historic attachment to his Church of a Catholic who has discovered that he is a pagan...The Modernists are men of the Renaissance, pagan, pantheistic in their profounder sentiment, to whom the hard and narrow realism of official Christianity is offensive just because it presupposes that Christianity is true...As for Modernism, it is suicide. It is the last of those concessions to the spirit of the world which half-believers and double-minded prophets...
  • Pope Francis, Theological Wreck

    10/02/2013 1:14:47 PM PDT · by Obadiah · 48 replies
    Its another week and thus another interview with Pope Francis. This one, Im sorry to say, is more than just confusing. Its a theological wreck. In an interview with La Repubblica, in response to a question about whether there is a single vision of good, the Pope said, Everyone has his own idea of good and evil and must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them. That would be enough to make the world a better place, and The Son of God became incarnate in the souls of men to instill the feeling of brotherhood....
  • Repentant abortionist lays his surgical instruments at the feet of the Pope -

    10/01/2013 6:45:17 AM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    On September 20th, during a Papal Audience, a man drew close to Pope Francis, carrying with him a somewhat suspicious looking bag. Inside were half a dozen surgical instruments of various types and sizes which he, Dr Antonio Oriente from Messina, ex-abortion gynaecologist, wanted to deliver at all costs to the Holy Father. This luggage had already created problems as he boarded the plane from Palermo. He then became the central protagonist in an event, that despite being unscheduled on the programme of the Mater Care International Conference in Rome had an enormous symbolic impact on the participants. These were...
  • Being Honest About Francis

    09/29/2013 4:51:20 AM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    Ethika Politika ^ | September 27, 2013 | Larry Chapp
    So much ink has been spilled on the Pope’s interview, and most of it has just been reactive tripe. On my hour and a half commute home today I did a lot of serious thinking on this interview one more time and I have some random thoughts I want to share. I know we have beat this to death and it is not as fun as talking about Bourbon and cigars, but here are my thoughts. My apologies in advance for their length.First, I think the analysis by Philip Lawler on this is the best, where he likens Pope Francis...