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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:...