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  • Pope calls family of US journalist James Foley

    08/21/2014 2:25:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies
    cna ^ | August 21, 2014
    Vatican City, Aug 21, 2014 / 03:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has reportedly called the family of U.S. journalist James Foley, who was beheaded by ISIS militants earlier this week. According to NBC News, a Vatican spokesperson said Thursday that the Pope called Foley’s family, who was grateful and moved by the gesture. On Aug. 19, the Islamic State (ISIS), a militant group that controls territory in Syria and Iraq, released a graphic video titled “A Message to America” which shows the beheading of Foley, who had gone missing in Syria in 2012. U.S. officials have now confirmed the...
  • One Cheer for Pope Francis on the Middle East

    08/20/2014 12:42:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 08/20/2014 | Lee Smith
    Yesterday Pope Francis endorsed military action to stop the Islamic State (formerly the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) from persecuting religious minorities, especially Christians and Yazidis, in Iraq. The popes statement is to be welcomedalbeit with serious reservations. As various experts noted, the Vatican is typically opposed to any sort of military action. James Bretzke, a priest and professor of moral theology at Boston College, told USA Today that popes in recent history have all lined up against any military intervention, including World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War and, most recently, the U.S. invasion of Iraq...
  • The End of Pax Romana: Can I Get a Big Portabella with that?

    08/20/2014 5:49:56 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 5 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 8-20-2014 | MOTUS
    Before I continue, I would just like to point out an important and widely recognized (unless you are a Truther) historical note: It was Bin Laden and his band of merry Islamic Fascists who started the War on Terror not George W. Bush.The IFs have been fighting non-Muslims since the eleventh century and show no signs of abating of their own volition. The barbaric genocides, ethno-religious cleansings, wholesale massacres and gruesome video execution of journalists may not be sufficient to get Big Guy to go all-in, butt it does seem to be sufficient to end the Pax Romana. While Pope...
  • Francis Outlook on the Conflict in Iraq

    08/19/2014 4:01:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | August 19, 2014 | ANDREA TORNIELLI
    The Pope recalls the teaching of the Catechism about the legitimacy of halting aggressors, but he does not endorse American bombings. He also reminds us of the consequences of recent wars waged by Western powers in the area and values the role of the United Nations ANDREA TORNIELLIVatican City Today we are in a world at war, everywhere! Someone told me: you know, Father, that we are witnessing the Third World War - but waged in chunks, in different chapters. Francis words on war, and on the bombs that kill both guilty and innocent alike, hitting women and children, describe...
  • Pope punts on American airstrikes in Iraq

    08/18/2014 11:54:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | 08/18/2014 | Daniel Burke, CNN
    Asked if he approved of the American airstrikes that began earlier this month against Muslim militants in Iraq, Pope Francis held back his weighty moral imprimatur, refusing to support or denounce the military campaign. "I can only say this: It is licit to stop the unjust aggressor," the pontiff said Monday during a press conference on the plane back to Rome from South Korea. "I underline the verb: stop. I do not say bomb, make war, I say stop by some means." But in an apparent reference to the United States, Francis said "one nation alone cannot judge" the best...
  • Pope Francis: 'There is only one Korea' (an insightful response to a teen's question)

    08/15/2014 2:02:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    cna ^ | August 15, 2014
    Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight en route to South Korea, August 14, 2014. Credit: Alan Holdren/CNA. Daejeon, South Korea, Aug 15, 2014 / 04:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Addressing the division between North and South Korea, Pope Francis emphasized that the two are “one family,” calling for prayers of re-unification while stressing repentance and forgiveness. “There is only one Korea, but this family is divided,” the Pope said to a large gathering of young people from across the continent. His off-the-cuff comments came during an Aug. 15 gathering with youth of Asia at Solmoe Shrine, birthplace of...
  • Pope to Asian youth: Are you ready to say 'yes' to Christ?

    08/15/2014 1:53:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | August 15, 2014
    Pope Francis speaks during his meeting with young people for Asian Youth Day August 15, 2014. Credit: EWTN. Daejeon, South Korea, Aug 15, 2014 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an Aug. 15 meeting with Asian youth, Pope Francis emphasized the need to respond joyfully to God’s call in order to carry the hope of Christ to a world that desperately needs it. “Dear young friends, in this generation the Lord is counting on you!” he told throngs of young people from across the Asian continent. “Are you ready to say ‘yes’ to him? Are you ready?” “Just as the...
  • Is the Pope Suggesting the Use of Force in Iraq?

    08/14/2014 3:34:35 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 12 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 14 August 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    The Vatican has found its voice. Pope Francis wrote a letter to Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary General, asking him to "do everything you can to stop the violence against Christians in Iraq". The letter, received by Ban Ki-Moon on 13 August, is the latest of the Pope’s interventions to stop the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq. He writes: It is with a heavy and anguished heart that I have been following the dramatic events of these past few days in Northern Iraq where Christians and other religious minorities have been forced to flee from their...
  • Be guardians of hope, Pope Francis tells Korea's bishops

    08/14/2014 2:13:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    cna ^ | August 14, 2014
    Pope Francis addresses the Korean Bishops' Conference in Seoul, South Korea on August 14, 2014. Credit: Alan Holdren/CNA. Seoul, South Korea, Aug 14, 2014 / 03:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the first day of his historic papal visit to South Korea, Pope Francis urged local bishops to not only remember their rich history of martyrdom but look to the future with hope and missionary zeal. “As pastors, you are responsible for guarding the Lord’s flock. You are guardians of the wondrous works which he accomplishes in his people,” the Pope said in his Aug. 14 address to the country's Catholic...
  • Pope to U.N.: Act to end the tragedy in Iraq

    08/13/2014 9:43:24 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 6 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 8/13/14 | Cindy Wooden
    Pope Francis formally asked U.N. agencies and the entire international community to take action to end the humanitarian tragedy now underway in northeastern Iraq. In a letter signed Aug. 9, but released by the Vatican only after it had been delivered, Pope Francis told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon immediate action was needed to stop and to prevent further systematic violence against ethnic and religious minorities. The papal letter was sent after militants of the Islamic State terrorist organization had captured Mosul in late July and Qaraqosh in early August, killing hundreds of people and forcing tens of thousands of Christians,...
  • Parolin: Papal visit to Korea is an initiative for Asias future (tv schedule)

    08/13/2014 5:04:38 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | August 12, 2014 | ALESSANDRO DI BUSSOLO*
    In an interview with the Vatican Television Centre (CTV), the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, talked about the issues Pope Francis will be focusing on during his visit to Korea: evangelization in Asia, the Asian youth gathering, the beatification of 124 Korean martyrs who are examples of lay saints and he Popes call for dialogue and reconciliation between the two Koreas. In the full version of the interview, Cardinal Parolin also speaks of Asias desire for God, the significance of Pope Francis encounter with suffering Koreans, from the disabled to relatives of victims of the Sewol ferry disaster...
  • Priest Pardoned by Pope Francis "The Holy Spirit Sends Us Jesus' Message through Fidel Castro."

    08/06/2014 9:07:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    No, the Maryknoll Sandinista priest Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, 81, who had his suspension a divinis -- first decreed by Pope John Paul II -- removed by Pope Francis in the past few weeks did not leave his absurd statements and government positions in the past, as one might gather from various news reports of the past couple of days that repeated his statements from many years ago. He repeated such statements yesterday on Nicaraguan television, and now on a whole new unheard-of level. For those who are unaware of its real meaning in practice and behind the theological fog, this...
  • Papal puzzler: Leo XIII anonymously published riddles in Latin

    07/23/2014 2:41:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cns ^ | July 22, 2014 | Carol Glatz
    Pope Leo XIII, born in 1810, is credited with being the founder of Catholic social teaching. (CNS/Library of Congress) By Carol GlatzCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Going by the pseudonym "X," Pope Leo XIII anonymously crafted poetic puzzles in Latin for a Roman periodical at the turn of the 19th century. The pope created lengthy riddles, known as "charades," in Latin in which readers had to guess a rebus-like answer from two or more words that together formed the syllables of a new word. Eight of his puzzles were published anonymously in "Vox Urbis," a Rome newspaper...
  • Pope in Caserta asks pardon for persecution of Pentecostals

    07/28/2014 11:37:55 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 80 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 7/28/14 | Vatican Radio
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis returned to the southern Italian city of Caserta on Monday for a private visit to the Pentecostal community known as the Evangelical Church of Reconciliation. The Pope first met the founder of the community, Pastor Giovanni Traettino, during his time as archbishop of Buenos Aires and over the past year he has met and received groups of Pentecostals at his Santa Marta residence here in the Vatican.
  • Pope will visit Philadelphia in 2015 for World Meeting of Families

    07/25/2014 2:06:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 25, 2014 | Diogenes
    Archbishop Charles Chaput has disclosed the Pope Francis plans to attend the World Meeting of Families, to be held September 2015 in Philadelphia. Although the Vatican has not made an official announcement, the Pope "has told me he is coming," Archbishop Chaput said. He said that the Pontiff would be in Philadelphia for the final 3 days of the meeting, September 25-27. (As a rule, the Vatican does not formally confirm papal trips until a few weeks before they take place.) The archbishop also announced that Pope St. John Paul II and St. Gianna Molla are the patron saints of...
  • Death row Christian woman flies out of Sudan, meets Pope

    07/25/2014 12:17:16 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies
    reuters.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Giselda Vagnoni and Khalid Abdel Aziz
    A Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for converting from Islam to Christianity, then detained after her conviction was quashed, flew into Rome on an Italian government plane on Thursday and hours later met the Pope. Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, whose sentence and detention triggered international outrage, walked off the aircraft cradling her baby and was greeted by Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi. Soon afterwards, Ibrahim, her husband and two children had a private meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican. "The Pope thanked her for her witness to faith," Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said.
  • Pope meets with Sudanese Christian woman who faced death sentence for apostasy

    07/24/2014 9:52:38 AM PDT · by GilGil · 19 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 7/24/2014 | Foxnews
    Pope Francis met privately Thursday with Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese Christian woman who faced a death sentence for refusing to renounce her faith, blessing the woman after she was flown to Italy on an Italian government jet. The Vatican characterized the visit with Ibrahim, 27, her husband and their two small children as "very affectionate."
  • What Did the Imam Really Say? Revisited

    07/21/2014 10:16:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Fr. John Zuhlsdorf ^ | 7/20/14 | Fr. Z's Blog
    I read at Il Giornale today that the prayer read by the Imam in the Vatican Gardens was indeed from the Sura 2, wherein Allah is asked to crush infidels (thats us) and let Islam triumph over the whole world (thats us, too). Vatican Radio, at the time, tried to give this an allegorical spin. It didnt work very well. At a certain point it seems they also tried to edit out the troubling passage. Suffice to say that an Imam sang: grant us victory over the heathen/disbelieving/infidel (Sura 2: 286) in the Vatican Gardens, in front of the Pope,...
  • Pope laments exodus of last Christians from Mosul

    07/21/2014 2:53:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    cna ^ | July 21, 2014 | Elise Harris
    Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience May 28, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. Vatican City, Jul 21, 2014 / 05:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis mourned the fleeing of the last Christians from the Iraqi city of Mosul, who were told by ISIS forces last week to either convert, pay the Jizya tax or leave. “They are persecuted; our brothers are persecuted, they are driven out, they have to leave their houses without having the possibility of taking anything with them,” Pope Francis voiced in his July 20...
  • Is There Growing Confusion over Church Teaching?

    07/16/2014 4:18:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 467 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 16, 2014 | Dr. William Oddie
    I begin with a piece, spotted by Fr Tim Finigan and reported in his indispensable blog The Hermeneutic of Continuity, which had been published in Sandro Magisters blognot his English one, Chiesa, but his Italian language blog for LEspresso, Settimo Cielo.A few days ago, Magister told the story of a parish priest in the Italian diocese of Novara, Fr Tarcisio Vicario, who recently discussed the question of Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried. This is how he explained the Churchs teaching on the matter: For the Church, which acts in the name of the Son of God, marriage...
  • Pope calls on U.S. to welcome illegals

    07/16/2014 4:38:34 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 38 replies
    brietbart ^ | 16 July 14 | Robert Wilde
    In his message to the Mexico/Holy See Colloquium on Migration and Development, Pope Francis characterized the tens of thousands of illegal immigrants that have crossed the U.S. southern border as a product of globalization, suggesting that the phenomenon is happening worldwide. Francis proclaimed, Despite the large influx of migrants present in all continents and in almost all countries, migration is still seen as an emergency, or as a circumstantial and sporadic fact, while instead it has now become a hallmark of our society and a challenge. Emmer McCarthy for Vatican Radio said Francis expressed his concern for the tens of...
  • Pope denounces 'racist, xenophobic' attitudes toward immigrants

    07/16/2014 3:56:12 PM PDT · by equalator · 47 replies
    CNA ^ | 7-15-2014 | Elise Harris
    This humanitarian emergency requires, as a first urgent measure, these children be welcomed and protected. Many people forced to emigrate suffer, and often, die tragically; many of their rights are violated, they are obliged to separate from their families and, unfortunately, continue to be the subject of racist and xenophobic attitudes, the Roman Pontiff stated in the July 15 message.
  • Pope: Kids Crossing US Border Illegally Should Be Welcomed

    07/15/2014 12:54:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 104 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | July 15, 2014 | Shannon McMahon
    In a Monday letter to a Mexico City Vatican conference, Pope Francis wrote that the tens of thousands of Central American children illegally crossing into the United States should be welcomed and protected. Just days after President Obama visited Texas and pledged a solution to the US border crisis, the Pope said migrant childrens human rights are being violated. Many people forced to emigrate suffer, and often, die tragically, he said. Many of their rights are violated. They are obliged to separate from their families and, unfortunately, continue to be the subject of racist and xenophobic attitudes. The Pope also...
  • The Hermeneutic of...Oh I Give Up.

    07/12/2014 8:50:54 AM PDT · by Legatus · 228 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 07/11/14 | Patrick Archbold
    Some Papal Quotes that somehow and in some way beyond my meager intellect are in continuity with each other, or something. First Quote Pope Eugene IV, the Bull Cantate Domino, 1441. ex cathedra (infallibly defined): “The most Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and preaches that none of those existing outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but also Jews and heretics and schismatics, can have a share in life eternal; but that they will go into the eternal fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels, unless before death they are joined with Her; and that so...
  • Pope Reportedly Says Two Percent of Priests Are Pedophiles, Vatican Balks

    07/14/2014 9:10:03 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 17 replies
    NBC News ^ | 07/14/2014
    Pope Francis on Sunday was quoted by an Italian newspaper saying that about two percent or 1 in 50 of Roman Catholic priests are pedophiles, but the Vatican quickly released a statement saying the pontiff had been misquoted. Church officials also said that the journalist who did the story for La Repubblica had a history of having long conversations with public figures without taking notes or taping them, and then reconstructing them from memory. ~snip~ "Many of my collaborators who fight with me (against pedophilia) reassure me with reliable statistics that say that the level of pedophilia in...
  • Pope Reportedly Promises "Solutions" to Priestly Celibacy

    07/13/2014 6:35:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 331 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 7/13/14 | AFP
    Pope Francis promised "solutions" to the issue of priestly celibacy in an interview on Sunday that raised the possibility the Catholic Church could eventually lift a ban on married priests, but was quickly refuted by the VaticanVATICAN CITY: Pope Francis promised "solutions" to the issue of priestly celibacy in an interview on Sunday that raised the possibility the Catholic Church could eventually lift a ban on married priests, but was quickly refuted by the Vatican. Interviewed by Italy's La Repubblica daily, Francis also condemned child sex abuse as a "leprosy" in the Church and cited his aides as saying that...
  • Pope's 3rd "conversation" with Italian liberal journalist E. Scalfari

    07/13/2014 12:12:04 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 9 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 7/13/14 | New Catholic
    Qu lo! - what a mess! First, the account of the media commotion (there seems to be one every single day) involving declarations by the Pope through unofficial means. The summary in English is by La Repubblica, the secularist newspaper co-founded by Italian liberal and atheist journalist Eugenio Scalfari himself -- our comment at the end. ________________________________ Francis says 2% of priests are paedophiles Once again, Pope Francis appears to be out of step with conventional wisdom in the Vatican. In his third conversation with Eugenio Scalfari, La Repubblicas founder and former editor-in-chief, the pontiff implied that there was room...
  • Lunch With The Pope

    07/13/2014 11:22:49 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 5 replies
    Dispatches From the Global Village ^ | 7/9/14 | Brian Stiller
    The inevitable question Im asked when one knows Ive been with the Pope is, And what is he like? Here are some personal observations from a recent visit. Impressions in the first moments so frame how we see an individual. This, my second meeting with Pope Francis, an almost three-hour conversation and lunch, allowed me to more carefully form impressions. From the outset his charm set us all at ease. As we moved from the greeting hall to the conversation room, he stood by the door to turn out the lights. I noticed that gone were the papal slippers and...
  • Pope Francis to visit Pentecostal church in Italy

    07/11/2014 5:57:34 AM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | July 11, 2014 | CINDY WOODEN
    The Pope's visit to the church is likely to be 'extremely quick' (CNS) Pope Francis will pay a brief “private visit” to the Italian church of a Pentecostal pastor he knew from Argentina, a Vatican spokesman has said.The visit to the Evangelical Church of Reconciliation in Caserta, about 130 miles south of Rome, “is under study and likely would take place July 26″, said Fr Federico Lombardi.Fr Lombardi said the Pope knew the church’s pastor, Giovanni Traettino, from Buenos Aires, where the Pentecostal pastor participated in ecumenical events with Catholics, especially Catholics belonging to the charismatic renewal movement. The then-Cardinal...
  • WILL THE FIFA SHOWDOWN BE A PAPAL THROWDOWN?

    07/10/2014 2:24:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | July 10, 2014 | KATE O'HARE
    Courtesy of the very funny folks at CatholicMemes.com.Who saw this coming? The papal craziness hits a new high on Sunday, July 13 — OMIGOSH, it’s 7/13, and Pope Francis was elected on 3/13/13, and my mind is blown — when Argentina goes up against Germany in the finals of the FIFA World Cup of Soccer/Football, in Rio de Janeiro, host city for Francis’ triumphal “Pope-acabana” phenomenon at 2013 World Youth Day.Some are even calling it the Pope Cup and hashtagging it #PopeCupSunday.The Catholic world now faces a dilemma of intercontinental proportions.Team Benedict XVI or Team Francis? And if you...
  • Pope: No-work Sundays good, not just for faithful

    07/05/2014 7:28:35 AM PDT · by delchiante · 129 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 5, 2014 | Associated Press
    CAMPOBASSO, Italy Pope Francis says abandoning the traditionally Christian practice of not working on Sundays isnt such a good change. Francis on Saturday traveled to Molise, an agricultural region in the heart of southern Italy where unemployment is chronically high. While he said poor people need employment to have dignity, he disagreed with opening stores and other businesses on Sundays as a way to create jobs.m
  • The Pope: We are Christians because we belong to the Church, "can't love God outside of the Church"

    07/03/2014 4:10:21 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 249 replies
    http://www.asianews.it ^ | June 25, 2014 | The Vatican
    Vatican City (AsiaNews) - "We are not isolated and we are not Christians individually, each on his or her own". Instead, we are all part of the Church, "a large family, where one is welcomed," where "one learns to live as believers and disciples of the Lord Jesus," Pope Francis said. Speaking in the last general audience before the July break, the Holy Father devoted his catechesis to the Church before a crowd of 35,000 in St Peter's Square. Despite a few drops of rain, he walked extensively among the assembled faithful. In his address, he warned against those who...
  • An Open Letter to Elton John: No, Jesus wouldnt support gay marriage

    07/02/2014 3:43:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 2, 2014 | KIRSTEN ANDERSEN
    Bottom line, Elton: You’re embarrassing yourself. Please leave the theology to the trained professionals. Mazzzur/Shutterstock Dear Elton, First of all, my apologies for not calling you ‘sir,’ but I’m an American and we don’t really go in for all that nobility stuff over on this side of the pond.  Don’t fret, however; we still worship celebrities, which is why every single news site I read breathlessly reported your comments regarding Jesus, the Pope and the Catholic Church this week.  As a Catholic myself, I have to take issue with a few of the things you said in your Sky News...
  • Rome will be conquered next, says leader of Islamic State

    07/01/2014 4:32:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 80 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/1/2014 | Damien McElroy
    Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed leader of the Islamic State stretching across Iraq and Syria, has vowed to lead the conquest of Rome as he called on Muslims to immigrate to his new land to fight under its banner around the globe. Baghdadi, who holds a PhD in Islamic studies, said Muslims were being targetted and killed from China to Indonesia. Speaking as the first Caliph, or commander of the Islamic faithful since the dissolution of the Ottoman empire, he called on Muslims to rally to his pan-Islamic state. "Those who can immigrate to the Islamic State should immigrate, as...
  • Pope asks Iraq leaders to use dialogue to avoid further warfare (with WHOM???)

    06/30/2014 5:30:56 AM PDT · by ScottinVA · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 29 June 2014 | Fox News
    Pope Francis asked Iraq leaders to use dialogue to avoid further warfare there, during his weekly address in St. Peter's Square after Mass -- his first major public ceremony since health problems forced a spate of canceled appointments. "The news from Iraq is unfortunately very saddening. I join the bishops from that country in calling on the rulers to preserve national unity and avoid war through dialogue," he said. "I express my closeness to the thousands of families, especially the Christian ones, who have had to leave their homes and are in serious danger. Violence generates more violence. Dialogue is...
  • Newt Gingrich : 2014-06-25 : The "Why Not" Pope -- A Visit with Pope Francis

    06/25/2014 6:01:21 PM PDT · by Patton@Bastogne · 9 replies
    Newt Gingrich ^ | 2014-06-25 | Newt Gingrich
    . June 25, 2014 Newt Gingrich The "Why NOT?" Pope -- A Visit with Pope Francis We were very fortunate to be in Rome last Wednesday for Pope Francis' weekly audience in St. Peters Square, along with more than 50,000 visitors. Papal Audiences are held on Wednesdays when the Pope is in Rome, giving visitors a chance to see the Holy Father and receive a blessing. We were doubly fortunate because at the conclusion of the papal audience, we had an opportunity to meet and briefly visit with Pope Francis. Pope Francis is very friendly and appears to be interested...
  • Pope Refuses to Meet Immigrants for Fear of Being Overtly Political (Feel-Good Story)

    06/21/2014 3:37:09 PM PDT · by equalator · 12 replies
    BreitBart ^ | 6-21-2014 | M.E.Synon
    Around 110 men, women and children from Eastern Europe and Africa have been living in the gold and marble splendour of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore for the past two weeks, ever since they were evicted by Italian authorities from a squat on the outskirts of the city. However, when the Pontiff was due for a visit yesterday to celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi, he had the squatters and all of their possessions moved to the car park by Vatican gendarmes.
  • Pope's View on Legalizing Drugs: Just Say No (Francis Condemns Legalization)

    06/20/2014 9:08:47 AM PDT · by xzins · 241 replies
    AP/ABC ^ | Jun 20, 2014 | NICOLE WINFIELD
    Pope Francis condemned the legalization of recreational drugs as a flawed and failed experiment as he lent his voice Friday to a debate that is raging from the United States to Uruguay. Francis told delegates attending a Rome drug enforcement conference that even limited steps to legalize recreational drugs "are not only highly questionable from a legislative standpoint, but they fail to produce the desired effects." Likewise, Francis said, providing addicts with drugs offered only "a veiled means of surrendering to the phenomenon." "Let me state this in the clearest terms possible," he said. "The problem of drug use is...
  • Pope Francis condemns legalization of marijuana, says it won't produce good results

    06/20/2014 4:27:44 AM PDT · by markomalley · 43 replies
    AP ^ | 6/20/2014
    Pope Francis condemns legalization of marijuana, says it won't produce good results
  • An Open Letter To Pope Francis

    06/18/2014 7:20:48 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 103 replies
    Christian Order ^ | September 23, 2013 | Lucrecia Rego de Planas
    Dearest Pope Francis, I am so pleased to have the opportunity to greet you. You'll surely not remember me and I understand, since, seeing so many new people every day, it must be very difficult for you to remember all the people with whom you have conversed and lived at some point during in your life. Over the past 12 years, we happened to meet, several times, you and I, in some meetings, gatherings, and Church congresses that were held in the cities of Central and South America on various topics (communication, catechesis, education). During these pastoral meetings I had...
  • One of the poorest, most atheistic places in Europe, Albania is a natural destination for Francis

    06/16/2014 3:03:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | June 16, 2014 | FR ALEXANDER LUCIE-SMITH
    Albanian Catholic women at prayer in northern Albania. The Pope visits the country in September (CNS) Pope Francis is making a day long pastoral visit to Albania this coming September, he has announced. His words at yesterdays Angelus were as follows: I want to confirm the Church of Albania in the faith, and bear witness to my encouragement and love for a country that has suffered for so long in consequence of the ideologies of the past.This will be the second trip of any Pontiff to the country. (Saint John Paul II was there in the spring of 1993, also...
  • My God Is So High, You Cant Get Over Him A Sermon for the Feast of the Holy Trinity

    06/15/2014 6:03:00 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 13 replies
    Archdiocese Of Washington ^ | June 15,2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    There is an old Spiritual that says, My God is so high, you cant get over him, hes so low, you cant get under him, hes so wide you cant get around him, you must come in, by and through the Lamb.
  • What Did the Imam Really Say? [At the Vatican with the Pope]

    06/13/2014 5:46:16 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 30 replies
    Fr. Z/ WDTPRS ^ | 06/13/14 | Fr. Z
    What Did the Imam Really Say? Posted on 13 June 2014 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf You probably know that, during the prayer for peace event in the gardens behind St. Peters basilica, held by Pope Francis with the leaders of Israel, Palestinians and also the Ecumenical Patriarch, one of the invited guests, an Imam, reportedlyprayed for Allah to grant victory over infidels.No, he didnt!, say some. Yes, he did!, say others.I read at Gates of Vienna: In his own words in the end he asked god to assist those in the state of weakness. He saidintasar al mustaDaafin fil ArD...
  • Who Edited the [Vatican Interfaith] Tape?

    06/13/2014 12:48:57 PM PDT · by wtd · 7 replies
    GatesofVienna ^ | June 13, 2014 | Baron Bodissey
    Post navigation← Older postsWho Edited the Tape? That’s what everyone wanted to know about the notorious 18½-minute gap in Richard Nixon’s Watergate tape, for which Rosemary Woods eventually took the fall. Now it appears that something similar happened with the Vatican’s tape of the interfaith prayers-for-peace from last Sunday, giving us even more reason to dub this controversy “Imamgate”. As we reported in last night’s post about the imam’s prayer at the Vatican, there seems to be nothing controversial in the chanted Arabic in the prayer and that spoken in his subsequent remarks. However, a reader and commenter named ritamalik...
  • Pope tells presidents only God can bring peace to Holy Land

    06/09/2014 8:45:24 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 46 replies
    Original source: Catholic News.com ^ | June 8, 2014 | Francis X. Rocca
    Praying for peace in the Holy Land alongside leaders of long-antagonistic nations, Pope Francis called on God to act where human efforts had failed, to end what he described as violence inspired by the devil. More than once we have been on the verge of peace, but the evil one, employing a variety of means, has succeeded in blocking it, the pope said June 8 at an evening ceremony in the Vatican Gardens. That is why we are here, because we know and we believe that we need the help of God. The pope addressed his remarks to Israeli President...
  • Islamic prayers to be held at the Vatican

    06/06/2014 5:24:13 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 259 replies
    Al Arabyia News ^ | June 6, 2004 | Staff writer
    For the first time in history, Islamic prayers and readings from the Quran will be heard at the Vatican on Sunday, in a move by Pope Francis to usher in peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Francis issued the invitation to Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during his visit last week to Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian Authority. Abbas, Peres, and Francis will be joined by Jewish, Christian and Islamic religious leaders, a statement released by Peress spokesperson said, according to the Times of Israel. Holy See officials on Friday said the evening prayers would be...
  • Pope, Orthodox Patriarch Look to New Council at Nicea

    05/30/2014 8:31:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 71 replies
    Pope Francis and Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople have agreed to plan for an ecumenical council to be held in Nicea in 2025, the AsiaNews service reports. Patriarch Bartholomew revealed that he and the Roman Pontiff had agreed to leave as a legacy to ourselves and our successors a gathering in Nicaea in 2025, to celebrate together, after 17 centuries, the first truly ecumenical synod, where the Creed was first promulgated. The Council of Nicea, held in 325, brought together over 300 bishops and approved the formula of faith now known as the Nicene Creed.
  • Different faiths, same witness: How Vatican explains prayers for peace

    06/05/2014 3:58:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    cns ^ | June 5, 2014 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Popes pray for peace; it is part of their ministry. And when war is raging or peace negotiations seem hopelessly bogged down, recent popes have invited leaders of other Christian traditions and other faiths to join them in prayer. Pope Francis has put a twist on the interreligious prayer gathering by inviting political leaders, Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, "to come to the Vatican to pray together with me for peace." The event was scheduled for June 8, the day many Christians celebrate Pentecost. Pope Francis embraces Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at...
  • Catholic and libertarian? Popes top adviser says theyre incompatible

    06/04/2014 7:58:25 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 65 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 4, 2014 | David Gibson
    WASHINGTON Taking direct aim at libertarian policies promoted by many American conservatives, the Honduran cardinal who is one of Pope Francis top advisers said Tuesday (June 3) that todays free market system is a new idol that is increasing inequality and excluding the poor.
  • [Satire] Pope Attends Charismatic Prayer Service To Experience What Torture Feels Like

    06/03/2014 4:03:13 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    ROME – Pope Francis led a pep rally yesterday in Rome’s Olympic Stadium in front of more than 50,000 Catholics who follow charismatic movements.While listening to what many have termed “the most heinous music ever prayed to,” 50,000 Catholics raised their hands in unison as they prayed for Francis, who silently and repeatedly asked God Almighty to just make it stop.Francis told the faithful that the devil wants to destroy the family, which he described as the “domestic church,” and went on to plead for the end of the use of torture.“We also call on the international community to put...