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  • Global Warming? The Pope is Wrong

    04/27/2015 9:10:34 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/27/15 | Al Caruba
    Vatican conference incomprehensively would advocate policies whose only result would be the reduction of human life in order to “sustain” the Earth I have devoted the better part of more than two and a half decades speaking out against the charlatans that have created and maintained the greatest hoax ever imposed on modern man. At the heart of this hoax has been the United Nations environmental program and at the heart of that program is an agenda to initiate a massive redistribution of wealth from industrialized, successful nations to those who have suffered, as often as not, from being ruled...
  • Heartland Institute Heads to Rome to Advise Pope Francis on Climate Policy

    04/27/2015 1:14:33 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    WUWT Watts Up With That? ^ | April 24, 2015 | Anthony Watts
    The Heartland Institute is sending a team of climate scientists to Rome next week to inform Pope Francis of the truth about climate science: There is no global warming crisis! Monday, April 27, 1:00 p.m. GMT +2 (7:00 a.m. ET) Hotel Columbus Via della Conciliazione 33 – 00193 Rome, Italy A slate of independent scientists and policy experts offer a “prebuttal” to the Vatican’s April 28 “Climate Summit.” Tuesday, April 28, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. GMT +2 (7:00 a.m. ET) Palazzo Cardinal Cesi Via della Conciliazione n. 51 (Piazza S.Pietro) 00193 Rome, Italy
  • The Pope and Rome – Synonymous, Right? Hmm … Let’s “See”

    02/12/2015 8:00:05 AM PST · by Salvation · 24 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-11-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Pope and Rome – Synonymous, Right? Hmm … Let’s “See” By: Msgr. Charles PopeMost Catholics understandably link the Church, the Papacy, and Rome. We are “Roman” Catholics. The Pope lives in Rome. He is the Bishop of Rome and of the universal Church. Rome, the Papacy, and the Church are solidly linked terms and almost interchangeable. To say, “Rome has spoken … ” is to say the Pope has spoken, the Church has ruled.But this connection has not always held and the popes, for various reasons, have chosen or been “forced” to live outside of Rome.Among the lesser...
  • Pope Francis meets with gay French ambassador nominee

    04/24/2015 3:18:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    cna ^ | April 24, 2015 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. Vatican City, Apr 24, 2015 / 11:00 am (CNA).- Pope Francis met April 17 with Laurent Stefanini, the openly gay foreign service officer named by France to be ambassador to the Vatican. News of the private audience, which was kept strictly confidential, was reported April 22 by the French magazine Le Canard Enchainé, although the magazine said that the meeting took place April 18. A source from the Vatican Secretariat of State told CNA that the meeting actually took place in the late evening of April 17, and confirmed that it...
  • Pope Angers Turkey by Calling Armenian Genocide a Genocide

    04/24/2015 12:07:31 PM PDT · by lbryce · 8 replies
    Slate ^ | April 12, 2015 | Daniel Politi
    He said the G word. And Turkey is none too happy. Pope Francis sparked a diplomatic row on Sunday when, as had been widely expected, he called the mass killing of Armenians in World War I, “the first genocide of the 20th century.” The pontiff went even further though, and called on the international community to stop beating around the bush when talking about the slaughter of Armenians a century ago and call it a genocide once and for all. Turkey’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Vatican ambassador in Ankara in protest, reports BBC News. Although Turkey recognizes many Christian Armenians...
  • Pope Francis to Host Major Summit on Climate Change

    04/16/2015 10:51:29 AM PDT · by FR_addict · 61 replies
    EcoWatch.com ^ | Apr. 16, 2015 | Cole Mellino
    The Vatican announced Tuesday that it will host a major conference on climate change on April 28, featuring some of the world’s leading climate scientists and an opening address by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The conference, Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity: The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Development, will also feature Jeffrey Sachs, a prominent American economist and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. The summit hopes to “help build a global movement across all religions for sustainable development and climate change throughout 2015 and beyond,” and to highlight “the intrinsic connection between respect for the...
  • The Catholic Dogma of Infallibility

    04/16/2015 8:47:22 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 84 replies
    Apologitics Press ^ | 2005 | Moisés Pinedo
    When the Roman Pontiff speaks EX CATHEDRA...he possesses, by the divine assistance promised to him in blessed Peter, that infallibility which the divine Redeemer willed his Church to enjoy in defining doctrine concerning faith or morals. Therefore, such definitions of the Roman Pontiff are of themselves, and not by the consent of the Church, irreformable (Vatican I, 1869b, chap. 4, s. 9). This is the dogma declared by Pope Pius IX, and approved by the Vatican I Council, in regard to the alleged infallible teaching authority of the Roman pontiff. For more than a century, this dogma has pressed greatly...
  • The Pope, Turks & Armenians: A Lesson for America (Caution: Graphic Content)

    04/15/2015 2:24:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | April 15, 2015 | Stephen Masty
    Pope Francis, recently referring to horrific slaughter of Armenians a century ago, set off a diplomatic incident with Turkey when he used the word genocide.* Considering that the Vatican lobbies the Turkish Government for better treatment of its small Christian minority, this is a brave and perhaps costly decision. The controversy holds an unexpected lesson for American conservatives.Armenians call it Metz Yegern, or The Great Evil. In a level-headed article, an Armenian English-language daily wrote: “The killings are recognized as genocide by a number of countries around the world, but Turkey’s allies Italy and the United States have avoided...
  • Pope Francis 'refuses' gay French ambassador

    04/11/2015 9:09:32 AM PDT · by NRx · 44 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 04-10-2015 | Henry Samuel
    Pope Francis has reportedly barred the nomination of a close aide of President Francois Hollande as new French ambassador to the Vatican because he is gay. The apparent rejection calls into question the pope's reputation as holding more liberal views on homosexuality. Laurent Stefanini, 54, a senior diplomat and Mr Hollande's chief of protocol, was nominated in early January but the Vatican has maintained a stony silence over whether it accepts his credentials, officials in Paris said. The usual time frame for their acceptance is a month and a half. After that, a prolonged silence after a nomination is normally...
  • Equal in Dignity and Responsibility: Ministering to Those With Same-Sex Attraction

    04/08/2015 7:42:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-07-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Equal in Dignity and Responsibility: Ministering to Those With Same-Sex Attraction By: Msgr. Charles PopeA conference is being planned in August to ponder an authentic pastoral response in ministering to those with same-sex attraction. Dr. Janet Smith is the organizer; Courage International and the Archdiocese of Detroit are the sponsors. It looks to be a  fine gathering of solid speakers. Though I am clearly a “back-bencher” among the fine speakers being lined up, I was asked to submit a paper for possible inclusion in the book that will likely be published by Ignatius Press just prior to the conference.As a...
  • What Effect Will Pressure to Accept Same Sex Acts or “Marriage” Have on Church Teaching? None!

    04/07/2015 7:48:05 AM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-06-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Effect Will Pressure to Accept Same Sex Acts or “Marriage” Have on Church Teaching? None! By: Msgr. Charles PopeLast week was Holy Week, so sure enough there were many critical issues in the news that needed attention but we in the Church were off doing more important things like worshipping God and pondering our need for salvation. Permit a brief summary and some predictions from me based on the latest unpleasantness in Indiana last week.I am not a lawyer and neither know nor understand all the legal implications of the law signed by the Indiana governor and then later...
  • A look at Pope Francis' summer trip to the Shroud of Turin

    03/27/2015 4:11:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | March 26, 2015 | Ann Schneible
    Shroud of Turin negative. Vatican City, Mar 26, 2015 / 12:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has released the schedule for Pope Francis' upcoming pilgrimage to Turin – home to what is believed to be the burial shroud of Jesus – with a program that largely centers on young people. The pontiff's June 21-22 visit to the northern Italian city also marks the bicentenary of the birth of Saint John Bosco, founder of the Salesian order and patron saint of youth. According to the Vatican, which released the schedule during a March 25 press briefing, the Pope will venerate the...
  • Pope Francis To Address Congress Accepting Invitation To Visit Whitehouse

    03/27/2015 6:43:33 AM PDT · by jonatron · 12 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/26/2015 | AFP
    The announcement comes after US President Barack Obama's invitation to visit the White House September 23 The 78-year-old confirmed late last year that he would visit the US to take part in a Catholic Church congress in Philadelphia During the trip, he will also address the United Nations in New York and become the first pontiff to address the US Congress Pope Francis will become the first pontiff to address the US Congress after accepting an invitation to visit the White House. US President Barack Obama will host the Pope on September 23, after extending an invitation during talks at...
  • 'They are going to eat him!': nuns stun Pope

    03/22/2015 2:52:45 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 21 replies
    the telegraph ^ | 3/22 | vogt
    Pope Francis was mobbed by a group of overexcited nuns, let out from their convents during his visit to Naples. The nuns had to be reined in by the Archibishop of Naples after swarming the pontiff, to his evident bemusement, and showering him with gifts and greetings.
  • Getting It Wrong about the Death Penalty

    03/21/2015 1:06:05 AM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 24 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | 150320 | Steve Scojec
    This is why I use the word “attempted” in describing the pope’s desire to eradicate capital punishment: because he lacks the authority to make such a change. Shocking, I know, but I said it before and I’ll repeat it again: the teaching on this matter is settled. In order to advance this position, Pope Francis would have to declare several of his predecessors as well as St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Thomas More (who prosecuted heretics in an England where that was a capital offense), a papal decree, an apostolic constitution, and also St. Paul’s own divinely-inspired writing in...
  • Pope Francis and the politics of a (maybe) short papacy

    03/15/2015 2:30:54 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 5 replies
    CruxNow.com ^ | 14MAR2015 | John L. Allen, Jr.
    Pope Francis marked the second anniversary of his election on Friday with yet another blockbuster media interview, this one with the Mexican network Televisa. One headline from the conversation with veteran Vatican reporter Valentina Alazraki focused on his expectations for a short papacy. As he has on other occasions, Francis hinted that he doesn’t expect to be around very long. “I have the feeling that my pontificate will be brief … four or five years. I don’t know, even two or three,” he said. The pontiff called this nothing more than a “vague sensation.” “Maybe it’s like the psychology of...
  • Pope grieves Pakistan bombings, says world hides Christian persecution

    03/15/2015 1:57:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    cna ^ | March 15, 2015 | Elise Harris
    Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight en route to South Korea on Aug. 14, 2014. Credit: Alan Holdren/CNA. Rome, Italy, Mar 15, 2015 / 06:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis lamented today’s terrorist attacks against two Christian churches – one of them Catholic – in Pakistan, and prayed that such violence will stop. “With suffering, with much suffering, I have learned of today's terrorist attacks against two churches in the city of Lahore, Pakistan, which have caused numerous deaths and injuries,” the Pope told pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square March 15....
  • Pope says Koran is a book of peace and Islam is a peaceful religion

    03/13/2015 6:41:54 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 162 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/13/15 | The Pope himself
    People need to examine whether the faith they claim is really Biblical.
  • 2015 "Family Synod" Preparatory Document: - "Vague, secular, naive, sentimental, discouraging."

    03/10/2015 6:37:11 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 42 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 150310 | Rev. James W. Jackson, FSSP
    A response to the [Lineamenta, the preparatory] document on the Synod of the Family, submitted to the Very Rev. Michael Pavlakovich, V.F. at the request of the Archbishop of Denver. 1. In the Preface the desire is expressed to "find concrete solutions to so many difficulties and innumerable challenges that families must confront." I suggest concentrating on one or two difficulties, and trying to solve those. For example, if the Universal Church tried to stop cohabitation of couples, and was at all successful, then many other problems would improve. This would mean a united effort, with at least the Pope...
  • ‘Afraid of Pope Francis’: A Sobering Email from Father Anonymous

    03/10/2015 4:31:30 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 61 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | 3/10/15 | Michael Matt
    Editor’s Note: There has been a tendency among some recent critics of The Remnant to confuse our editorial concern over the troubling pontificate of Pope Francis with expressions of indignation over mere personal effrontery. Nothing could be further from the truth. When we note the fact that the Holy Father, for example, appears to be “scolding” traditional Catholics on something of a regular basis, we are not particularly concerned about his less-than-favorable opinion of us as individuals. We are a remnant, after all, whose stock-in-trade is opinion which tends to struggle against the current. An attack on traditionalists by the...
  • Jude Law ‘in talks to play US pope in new TV series’

    03/09/2015 2:01:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | March 9, 2015
    The British actor will reportedly star as a conservative Italian-American pontiff in The Young Pope Jude Law is in negotiations to play a fictional pope in a TV series about the first Italian-American pontiff in history, according to unconfirmed reports.According to reports in the Italian media, Law is in talks to play the lead in The Young Pope, the new series by Italian director Paolo Sorrentino, whose film, The Great Beauty, won an Oscar in 2014 for best film in a foreign language.Tony Grisoni, one of the co-writers on the series, told Variety that The Young Pope will be...
  • Pope Francis Rails Against Modern ‘Throwaway Culture’ (calls for collectivism as solution)

    02/28/2015 1:59:01 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 53 replies
    Time ^ | 02/28/2015 | Daniel D’Addario
    Pope Francis has once again spoken out about the global economic climate, decrying an economic system that “seems fatally destined to suffocate hope and increase risks and threats.” Speaking in Rome, the Pope condemned what he called a “throwaway culture created by the powers that control the economic and financial policies of the globalized world.”
  • Pope Francis attacks 'throw-away' economic globalization

    02/28/2015 1:21:42 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 16 replies
    Reuters and Yahoo News ^ | 28 Feb 15 | James Mackenzie
    Pope Francis launched a fresh attack on economic injustice on Saturday, condemning the "throw-away culture" of globalization and calling for new ways of thinking about poverty, welfare, employment and society. In a speech to the association of Italian cooperative movements, he pointed to the "dizzying rise in unemployment" and the problems that existing welfare systems had in meeting healthcare needs. For those living "at the existential margins" the current social and political system "seems fatally destined to suffocate hope and increase risks and threats," he said. The Argentinian-born pope, who has often criticized orthodox market economics for fostering unfairness and...
  • Mystic, monk and poet – meet the newest Doctor of the Church (Catholic/Armenian Caucus)

    02/24/2015 10:27:51 AM PST · by NYer · 33 replies
    cna ^ | February 24, 2015 | Kevin Jones and Ann Schneible
    St Gregory of Narek. Credit: Public Domain/Wikimedia Commons. Vatican City, Feb 23, 2015 / 04:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- St. Gregory of Narek – a tenth century priest, monk, mystic, and poet beloved among Armenian Christians – has become the first Armenian to be named a Doctor of the Church. “It is a great honor for the Armenian Church to contribute to this very important rank of saints who have enriched the Catholic Church with their teachings,” Armenian Catholic priest Father Thomas Garabedian told CNA Feb. 23. “Certainly this is a big honor for us Armenian-Americans,” said Fr. Garabedian, who is...
  • Hindus Ask Pope Francis To Punish Priest Who Said Yoga Leads To Satanism, 'Kingdom Of Darkness'

    02/24/2015 8:03:21 AM PST · by Steelfish · 72 replies
    IBTimes ^ | February 25, 2015 | Bruce Wright
    Hindus Ask Pope Francis To Punish Priest Who Said Yoga Leads To Satanism, 'Kingdom Of Darkness' By Bruce Wright @bctw on February 23 2015 The pope has been asked by some Hindus to discipline a Catholic priest who equated yoga and the devil. Reuters/Max Rossi A group of Hindus is appealing to Pope Francis to intervene after a Catholic priest from Northern Ireland insinuated that the ancient discipline of yoga is tantamount to Satanism and paganism. Rev. Roland Colhoun from Glendermott parish was delivering a sermon in the village of Drumsurn on Feb. 8 dealing with the devil and exorcism...
  • Swiss Guard: We are ready to defend Pope from ISIS

    02/24/2015 4:36:20 AM PST · by NYer · 22 replies
    cna ^ | February 24, 2015
    Swearing in of the Swiss Guard at the Vatican on May 6, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. Vatican City, Feb 24, 2015 / 02:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The commander of the Pontifical Swiss Guard says the group of soldiers charged with protecting the Pope is on high alert and ready to act if any threat from ISIS materializes. “We are ready to intervene. Our job is security. and as gendarmes we are well organized. We are ready if anything happens,” said Cristoph Graf. At age 54, Graf is married with two children. Yet he and the other members of the Swiss...
  • Gay Catholic group gets VIP treatment at Vatican for first time

    02/18/2015 7:40:25 AM PST · by thetallguy24 · 43 replies
    Reuters ^ | 02/18/2015 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - A prominent American Catholic gay rights group was given VIP treatment for the first time at an audience with Pope Francis on Wednesday, a move members saw as a sign of change in the Roman Catholic Church. "This is a sign of movement that's due to the Francis effect," said Sister Jeannine Gramick, co-founder of New Ways Ministry, which ministers to homosexual Catholics and promotes gay rights in the 1.2 billion-member Church. Gramick and executive director Francis DeBernardo led a pilgrimage of 50 homosexual Catholics to the audience in St. Peter's Square. They told Reuters in...
  • “Their blood confesses Christ”: Pope Francis on the murder of Egyptian Christians by ISIS *UPDATED*

    02/17/2015 2:31:54 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 16, 2015 | Catherine Harmon
    A screen shot from a video released by Islamic State militants on Feb. 15. “They were killed simply for the fact that they were Christians. … The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out to be heard.” Pope Francis responded today to the news that 21 Egyptian Christians have been beheaded by Islamic State militants. “Their blood confesses Christ,” the Holy Father said to a visiting delegation representing the Church of Scotland. “The martyrs belong to all Christians.” On Sunday, ISIS released a graphic video showing the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians on...
  • Papacy built on pious fiction and forgery 2

    02/14/2015 8:26:46 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 27 replies
    Beggars All Reformation Blogspot. ^ | May 28,2010 | John Bugay
    Papacy built on pious fiction and forgery 2 The right way to understand history is to start from the beginning. What was it like to be a Christian in the earliest church in Rome? We have a marvellous picture of this earliest church, provided by the New Testament scholar Peter Lampe, author of the work "From Paul to Valentinus: Christians in Rome in the First Two Centuries."The Catholic historian Eamon Duffy writes in his work, "Sinners and Saints": "All modern discussion of the issues must now start from [this] exhaustive and persuasive analysis by Peter Lampe.” Lampe seemingly searched...
  • Cardinals, archbishops, and even an African king urge Pope to defend the faith at the family synod

    02/13/2015 6:59:25 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 8 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/12/15 | Steve Weatherbe
    Several cardinals and archbishops, numerous academics, and even an African king are joining an alliance of conservative, pro-family Catholic groups in a petition campaign asking Pope Francis to “clarify the growing confusion among the faithful” about the Church’s teaching on sexuality, and in particular, the sanctity of marriage and sinfulness of homosexual relations. Among the over 90,000 signers are American Cardinal Raymond Burke, Chilean Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estévez, Latvian Cardinal Janis Pujats, Archbishop Wolfgang Haas of Vaduz (Liechtenstein), and Archbishop Aldo di Cillo Pagotto of Paraíba (Brazil). Among the groups gathering those signatures are the 30 worldwide pro-family and...
  • Pope declares couples who don’t want kids ‘selfish,’ says they are part of a ‘greedy generation’

    02/12/2015 1:07:09 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 66 replies
    National Post ^ | February 12, 2015 | Josh Visser
    Pope Francis, who presumably has not been woken up at 4 a.m. on a workday by the howls of a tiny human who wants to be fed and/or changed, says that couples who don’t want to have kids are “selfish” and are part of a “greedy generation.” Pope Francis told an audience in St Peter’s Square, Rome Wednesday that it’s a depressed society that considers children to be a burden. “A society with a greedy generation, that doesn’t want to surround itself with children, that considers them above all worrisome, a weight, a risk, is a depressed society,” he said....
  • Pope Francis to address U.S. Congress in September

    02/05/2015 2:42:17 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 24 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 02/05/2015 | Stephen Dinan
    Pope Francis will address a joint session of Congress during his September visit to the U.S., House Speaker John A. Boehner said Thursday. Mr. Boehner said the speech, slated for Sept. 24, is the first time a pope will have spoken to Congress.
  • Bergoglio’s List: An Unexpected Discovery

    01/30/2015 4:05:21 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | January 30, 2015 | K. V. Turley
    The story of the Pope’s actions during Argentina’s Dirty War is as riveting as it is inspiring. Pope Francis is pictured in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in a undated file photo. (CNS photo/courtesy of Maria Elena Bergoglio via Reuters) There is so much being written and said about Pope Francis that one is left trying to separate what is real from the hyperbole, the accurate from what is manipulated. It appears the more that is published, the more the man himself becomes an enigma. Nevertheless, a new book from St. Benedict Press, titled Bergoglio’s List: How a Young Francis Defied a...
  • For the Record: As everyone knew, Pope approved most shocking document in the History...

    01/30/2015 7:04:38 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 62 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 1/30/15 | New Catholic
    "For the Record: As everyone knew, Pope approved most shocking document in the History of the Church of Rome" It was what Italians call a "segreto di Pulcinella", that is, not a secret at all: the Pope was personally aware and personally approved the relatio post disceptationem, the "midterm" report released on Monday following the first week of the 2014 Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops "on the Family". What has been called by many prelates a "disaster" or "unacceptable", the first official document of the Church of Rome ever accepting of very curious notions (including the "positive" aspects...
  • Confraternity of Catholic Clergy Statement: "No...one can change Catholic teaching on Marriage."

    01/29/2015 11:45:32 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 2 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 19 Jan 2015 | Confraternity of Catholic Clergy
    Marriage was instituted by God, not invented by man (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, n.1603). The Creator has built it into human nature, even into the human body, in its two complementary forms, male and female. ‘Male and female He created them’ (Gen.1: 27): man for woman, and woman for man, united in marriage as ‘one flesh’ for the procreation of new life: ‘Be fruitful and multiply’ (Gen. 1: 28). God has given marriage its essential characteristics and proper laws: unity (one man married to one woman); indissolubility (nothing but death can end a marriage); and openness to procreation...
  • Pope Francis News 2015: Vatican Makes Balloons New Symbol of Peace After Last Year's Dove Attack

    01/28/2015 11:21:28 AM PST · by Gamecock · 55 replies
    Latin Post ^ | 25/01/2015 | Roberto Ontiveros
    On Sunday in St. Peter's Square, balloons were released as a gesture of peace instead of the traditional symbol of flying doves. This comes one year after an attack by a seagull and a crow on the symbolic birds ignited protests by animal protection groups. Ever since Pope John Paul II started the tradition of releasing doves on the last Sunday of January every year, children have been at a window of the papal studio overlooking the square with the pope, setting free a pair of doves for world peace, according to the Associated Press. In 2014, the act of...
  • EPA chief headed to Vatican to talk climate change

    01/27/2015 6:19:33 PM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 29 replies
    The Fishwrap ^ | 01/27/15 | Brian Roewe
    EPA chief headed to Vatican to talk climate change Brian Roewe  |  Jan. 27, 2015 Eco Catholic The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is scheduled to make a brief Vatican visit at the end of the week on the topic of addressing climate change. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will meet there Friday with senior officials, among them Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. She is also slated to meet with Catholic journalists Friday morning and business leaders in Rome that afternoon. The agency initiated the meeting through U.S. Ambassador to the Holy...
  • Confront indifference to God and neighbor, Pope says in 2015 Lenten message

    01/27/2015 3:30:00 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | January 27, 2015 | Diogenes
    The Holy See Press Office has released the text of Pope Francis’s 2015 Lenten message. Entitled “Make Your Hearts Firm”-- a reference to a verse in the Letter of St. James-- the message, dated October 4, calls upon Christians to confront “the globalization of indifference.” “Indifference to our neighbor and to God also represents a real temptation for us Christians,” the Pope wrote. “Each year during Lent we need to hear once more the voice of the prophets who cry out and trouble our conscience.” He added: In the Incarnation, in the earthly life, death, and resurrection of the Son...
  • Pope mulls crossing U.S.-Mexico border to show solidarity with immigrants

    01/27/2015 11:28:02 AM PST · by lowbridge · 96 replies
    fox news ^ | january 26, 2015
    The U.S.-Mexico border may someday see a high-profile crosser – Pope Francis. The intrepid pontiff raised the possibility that among his future trips could be entering the U.S. border from Mexico. The pope, who made the comment while flying back recently from the Philippines, said he would do it to show solidarity with immigrants, according to the Latin Post. "To enter the U.S. from the Mexico border would be a beautiful sign of brotherhood and help for immigrants," the pope said, according to the Post and other outlets. There are some logistical factors, however, that the pope indicated he would have...
  • Pope Francis Is A Leftist And Must Be Called Out

    01/27/2015 7:12:51 AM PST · by libstripper · 34 replies
    The Federalist ^ | Jan. 26, 2015 | Mauren Mullarkey
    Don’t pick a political fight with Pope Francis? The title of Rachel Lu’s recent essay and the timidity behind it reminds me of a old Jewish joke. Max and Moishe are being escorted to the execution chamber in a Nazi prison. In a sudden gesture of defiance, Max raises his arm and gives the guards his middle finger. Horrified, Moishe pulls his arm down and blurts, “Please, Max, don’t make waves.” Just so all the reflexive excuses for Pope Francis’ dismaying behavior and increasingly obvious ideological bent. Lu forgets there exists such a thing as a loyal opposition. She cites...
  • Pope Francis Shocks Liberals on Same-Sex “Marriage”

    01/23/2015 2:45:00 PM PST · by NYer · 34 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 23, 2015 | PAUL KENGOR
    In his trip to the Philippines, Pope Francis once again defended marriage, and he again edged closer to a firm, unequivocal papal statement against same-sex “marriage.” As Francis clearly continues to carefully move in that direction, liberals, both secular and non-secular, non-Catholic and Catholic, are going to feel a severe sense of betrayal and grave disappointment, contrary to the most optimistic expectations they’ve eagerly imposed upon their first “gay-marriage” pope.Before considering what Francis said last week, I want to back up and reiterate related points I made in a piece posted here a few weeks ago, which created a...
  • Synod to study gays, 'sensitive' Church topics

    01/22/2015 9:58:42 AM PST · by aimhigh · 4 replies
    Gazzetta del Sud ^ | 01/22/2015 | Gazzetta del Sud
    Catholic bishops preparing for the next synod on the family in October will be studying the "most sensitive issues" raised at the last meeting in October 2014, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, synod secretary general, said Thursday. Those include the Church's stance on gays, communion for divorced and remarried Catholics, and cohabitation outside marriage. Divisions within the clergy on these issues came to the fore at last year's meeting, when a final document showed openings that appeared in a half-way working document had largely been reversed. Vote counts published by the Vatican showed that three controversial articles, including the final version of...
  • Pope Says Good Catholics Need Not Mate “Like Wasp Spiders”

    01/20/2015 9:40:25 AM PST · by millegan · 21 replies
    NBC News via ChurchPOP ^ | January 20, 2015
    While firmly upholding Church teaching regarding contraception, Pope Francis clarified that good Catholics need not mate “like rabbits, or wasp spiders, with the female devouring the male following the procreative act.” “Openness to life for the husband,” the pontiff said to reporters on his return flight from the Philippines, “is a condition for the sacrament of matrimony.” Catholic couples should practice mutual love and tenderness, he explained, rather than the female “catching her partner in a web and slowly gnawing on him while he’s still alive, resulting in his slow, agonizing death.”
  • Papal Text Says Man Betrays God by Destroying the Environment

    01/18/2015 3:38:10 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 112 replies
    Reuters and The New York Times ^ | 18 Jan 15 | Philip Pullella
    MANILA — Pope Francis waded into the global debate on climate change and the environment on Sunday, saying in the text of a speech that man was destroying nature and betraying God's calling to be stewards of creation. Francis offered his thoughts about the environment and climate change for the second time in four days at a rally with young people at a Manila university on the last full day of a week-long Asian tour that has taken him to Sri Lanka and the Philippines. He did not read all of a speech prepared for delivery at the university, improvising...
  • Exclusive: Details of the proposal for Pope Francis' US visit revealed

    01/18/2015 3:34:02 PM PST · by NYer · 27 replies
    cna ^ | January 18, 2015 | Alan Holdren and Elise Harris
    Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square before the Wed. general audience on April 16, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. Manila, Philippines, Jan 18, 2015 / 12:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Bernardito Auza – a member of the organizing committee for Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the U.S. – has revealed details of the proposed schedule, which includes visits to three cities. “He would arrive on the 22nd and he would leave the evening of the 27th. It’s really a full six days, plus the travel, so it’s really one week,” Archbishop Auza told CNA/EWTN News in Manila on Jan....
  • Manila: Biggest gathering of faithful ever for a Pope

    01/18/2015 5:34:59 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | January 18, 2015 | ANDREA TORNIELLI
    "Between 6 to 7 million" attended the final big mass in the Philippines on the feast of the Santo Nińo. In his homily, the Pope said: “the devil hides behind the allure of being ‘modern’, ‘like everyone else’. Francis also met the father of the volunteer who died in Tacloban yesterday “God created the world as a beautiful garden,” “but man has disfigured that natural beauty”, creating social structures which perpetuate poverty, ignorance and corruption”. Rain poured down on the millions of faithful that gathered in Rizal Park in Manila to attend the mass celebrated by Francis on the final...
  • A simple, intense encounter: Pope Francis and Manila's street kids

    01/17/2015 3:41:41 PM PST · by NYer · 124 replies
    cna ^ | January 17, 2015 | Elise Harris
    Pope Francis met with street children during his visit to the Philippines on Jan. 16, 2015. Credit: ANSA/OSSERVATORE ROMANO. Manila, Philippines, Jan 17, 2015 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Deviating from his schedule of events in the Philippines, Pope Francis had a brief but emotionally intense encounter with former street kids in Manila yesterday. “I saw a sense of paternity from the Pope, also physically in his embrace, his caress, his affection that the kids immediately noticed. So all of them wanted to be in contact with him,” Father Antonio Spadaro S.J. told CNA on Jan. 16. “It was a...
  • Pope Francis on Freedom of Speech: 'One Cannot Make Fun of Faith'

    Pope Francis suggested there are limits to freedom of expression, saying in response to the Charlie Hebdo terror attack that "one cannot make fun of faith" and that anyone who throws insults can expect a "punch." The pontiff said that both freedom of faith and freedom of speech were fundamental human rights and that "every religion has its dignity." "One cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people's faith, one cannot make fun of faith," he said. "There is a limit. Every religion has its dignity ... in freedom of expression there are limits." The pope was speaking to reporters on...
  • Obama to Host Global “Extremism” Summit; Tyranny on the Menu

    01/15/2015 8:56:15 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 24 replies
    The New American ^ | 1/12/2015 | Alex Newman
    Following the deadly Charlie Hebdo terror attacks in Paris last week, the Obama administration finally set a date for its global summit on dealing with “extremism.” However, the conclave will not be focusing on Western and Arab governments’ support for extreme jihadists in Libya, Syria, and beyond; or on extreme gun-control schemes that left French citizens defenseless in the face of terrorism last week; or on extreme anti-free-speech policies purporting to ban criticism of Islam pushed by the United Nations, the European Union, and the Socialist French government. Instead, the White House “extremism” summit will focus primarily on expanding the...
  • Pope on Climate Change: Man Has 'Slapped Nature in the Face'

    01/15/2015 8:03:19 AM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 47 replies
    ABC News ^ | 15 Jan 2015 | Nicole Winfield
    Pope Francis said Thursday he is convinced that global warming is "mostly" man-made and that he hopes his upcoming encyclical on the environment will encourage negotiators at a climate change meeting in Paris to make "courageous" decisions to protect God's creation.