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  • 7 History-Making Breakthroughs of Pope Francis that Werenít

    01/29/2015 9:18:44 PM PST · by millegan · 24 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2015 | ChurchPOP
    Pope Francis has not been re-inventing the Church as much as the media would like people to believe. To say this isnít to detract from Francisí pontificate. He has certainly been a unique pope in many respects. As the first bishop of Rome to hail from South America, he has his own personality, style, and priorities Ė as does every pope. And itís not his job to re-invent the faith anyway. As the bishop of Rome, itís his job to simply defend and preach the faith that was passed on to him. Yet time and time again, weíve seen headlines...
  • Pope Francis approved family synodís controversial mid-term report before publication: synod chief

    01/29/2015 6:06:09 PM PST · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 29, 2015 | Hillary White and Patric B Craine
    The lead organizer of the Vaticanís Synod on the Family has revealed that Pope Francis approved the controversial mid-term report from the meeting before it was published. Until now, Pope Francisí role in the documentís publication has been left to conjecture. The Relatio post disceptationem, as it is called, was intended as a provisional summary of the debate from the Synodís first week. But after it was released it was strongly criticized by numerous Synod fathers, including Cardinals Raymond Burke, Gerhard Muller, George Pell, and Wilfrid Napier, some publicly and some behind meeting doors. Some critics have even described it...
  • 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 Ė 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 · 33 replies
    The Federalist ^ | Jan. 26, 2015 | Mauren Mullarkey
    Donít pick a political fight with Pope Francis? The title of Rachel Luís 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, ďPlease, Max, donít make waves.Ē Just so all the reflexive excuses for Pope Francisí dismaying behavior and increasingly obvious ideological bent. Lu forgets there exists such a thing as a loyal opposition. She cites...
  • My challenge to Pope Francis: One which will, of course, go unanswered

    01/25/2015 11:25:21 AM PST · by cleghornboy · 12 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | January 25, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    Most of you are aware of Pope Francis' concern over the size of Catholic families. The pontiff suggested the use of Natural Family Planning while quipping that married couples do not have to "breed like rabbits." As I said on Facebook: "It's true that married people do not have to "breed like rabbits." But then, priests don't have to float around the altar like Liberace around his Steinway or resemble Judy Garland." Where is the Holy Father's concern over homosexual priests? At the onset of his pontificate, when asked about the Vatican's alleged "gay lobby" [read Lavender Mafia] the Pope...
  • Pope Francis' Visit Promises a Busy Day in NYC (addressing UN summit on sustainable development

    01/25/2015 10:37:41 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 5 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | 21 Jan 2015 | Elliot Jager
    Church officials continue to work on the agenda of Pope Francis' planned visit to the United States in September, The New York Times reported. The schedule for the Sept. 22-27 papal visit calls for stops in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and one very busy day in New York City, the Times said.
  • New-World-Pope Francis Climate Change 'Encyclical' Coming In 2015 To Push Agenda 21 On Catholicism

    01/25/2015 10:30:42 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 19 replies
    Another Voice (Rev. 18:4) ^ | 12/29/14 | Tom M.
    Follow up on: New Pope Arrives 3-13-13: Bergoglio Anagram and "Last Pope Prophecy", A21, Purpose Driven, Seagull Symbolism 3-13-13 "This post...in general, [is] to look at the result of the selection of the new pope to try and determine whether what happened fits the basic scenario with regard to the "Zionist global agenda"... Three things are apparent right of the bat. They are (1) the name of the selected pope, (2) the papal name chosen by the selected pope, and (3) the meaning of that name as indicative of what his mission will be and the significance of that "mission"...First...
  • Pope Francis Will Fight for Climate Change Funded by Wealth Redistribution

    01/25/2015 10:26:50 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 22 replies
    Independent Sentinal ^ | December 29, 2014 | Sara Noble
    Christians are being martyred worldwide but Pope Francis is focused on†fiscal and climate matters. He seems to see the problems facing Christians as rooted in†capitalism and global warming.Pope Francis is planning to fight for climate change goals as outlined by the statists in the U.N. The only way the goals will be paid for is from wealth redistribution.The U.S. will distribute and the statists will collect.In May, Pope Francis called for governments to redistribute wealth to the poor in a new spirit of generosity to help curb the ďeconomy of exclusionĒ. He called on the U.N. to promote ďworldwide ethical...
  • Pope Francis Pushes Limited Free Speech and UN Agenda 21 (YouTube video)

    01/25/2015 10:18:29 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 10 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | Jan 15, 2015 | grindall61
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4YHaD882TM
  • Losing Patience With the New Pope

    03/20/2013 2:29:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 20, 2013 | Brent Bozell
    Many millions of Catholics around the world were joyous with the naming of a new pope -- a holy man from the Third World no less. Even in choosing his name, Pope Francis is emphasizing a devotion to the poor, and humility in his clothing and manners. The liberal media should be lapping this up. There was an accurate recounting of the global rejoicing, especially in Argentina. There were hopeful words about his pastoral modesty. But as the day came for the pope to be installed, the natural secular liberal nastiness toward the oldest Christian faith bubbled up in demands...
  • Palestinian Liberation Theology Exposed

    01/20/2015 4:51:09 AM PST · by SJackson · 10 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 20, 2015 | Susan Warner
    Palestinian Liberation Theology ExposedPosted By Susan Warner On January 20, 2015 @ 12:15 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 3 Comments It is not a secret that Jesus was Jewish.  Reliable scholarly sources validate this incontestable fact.His genealogies are posted in the books of Matthew and Luke. These alone are sufficient to corroborate the authenticity of Jesus’s Jewish lineage.Archeology and historical geography confirm that the regions of Judea and Samaria are the ancient stomping grounds of Jewish heroes. The Romans plowed under the city of Jerusalem, which Hadrian renamed Aelia Capitolina in 135 CE. He subsequently renamed the entire region Syria Palestina....
  • Who Am to Judge Your Carbon Footprint? Pope Francis and Climate Change

    01/17/2015 2:32:45 PM PST · by ebb tide · 49 replies
    Catholic Family News | 1/16/15 | John Venarri
    Pope Francis is in the news for speaking out on the alleged dangers of man-made Climate Change. Unfortunately, Francis is outside his field in making comments on this topic, and seems to have accepted uncritically the unproven pop-science of the moment. Francis himself is not a climatologist, and no one would expect a Pope to be so. Francis, however, is also not a theologian, (no Doctorate, that is) but was a teacher of literature in Argentina, who went on to become Novice Master, Jesuit Provincial and then Rector of the Jesuit Collegio Maximo, prior to his elevation to the episcopacy....
  • Gary Sinise is Not Lieutenant Dan

    01/16/2015 11:39:40 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 49 replies
    http://www.crisismagazine.com/ ^ | January 16, 2015 | Austin Ruse
    Word is now circulating around the Catholic world that conservative hero Gary Sinise, along with Fox News anchor Bret Baier, both publicly professed faithful Catholics, cancelled their appearances at a Legatus Summit at the last minute under pressure from the LGBT crowd. Legatus is the organization of Catholic CEOs founded by pizza billionaire Tom Monaghan to advance the spirituality of Catholic men and women in the higher echelons of American business. The primary work of Legatus and its members is the increased holiness of the members and spreading the gospel within corporate America. Certainly there is a conservative tinge to...
  • Pope Francis says global warming is 'mostly manmade'

    01/15/2015 7:34:11 PM PST · by ebb tide · 181 replies
    Mashable ^ | 1/15/15 | Andrew Freedman
    As the United States Senate prepares to vote on a non-binding resolution on whether or not manmade global warming exists, Pope Francis weighed in on the issue with his most extensive and forceful comments on the subject to date. Let's just say that the pope is not aligned with many Senate Republicans, who doubt the reality and threat of manmade global warming, on this issue. Speaking to reporters aboard his plane while flying to Manila from Sri Lanka, Pope Francis said the "majority" of global warming is manmade, which is a view that is consistent with mainstream climate-science findings. ďI...
  • Pope says concern for poor is Gospel, not communism

    01/10/2015 11:56:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 73 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 11, 2015 1:44 AM EST
    Pope Francis is insisting that his concern for the poor and critique of the global economic system isnít some novel, communist-inspired ideology but rather the original and core ďtouchstoneĒ of the Christian faith. Some U.S. conservatives have branded the first Latin American pope a Marxist for his frequent critiques of consumerism and focus on a church ďthat is poor and for the poor.Ē But in an interview contained in a new book, Francis explains that his message is rooted in the Gospel and has been echoed by church fathers since Christianityís first centuries. ďThe Gospel does not condemn the wealthy,...
  • Francis' Pro-Life Words Censored by Translator

    01/05/2015 6:34:06 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 7 replies
    Presentation Right 2 Life ^ | 1/5/2015 | Presentation Right to Life
    Francis ‚ÄėUrbi et Orbi‚Äô Pro-Life Words Censored by Translator According to a source at Priests for Life: Something I wanted to bring to your attention is the address that Pope Francis gave on Christmas day at noon during his ‚ÄúUrbi et Orbi‚ÄĚ (to the city and to the world) blessing. He mentioned the babies in the womb, and his exact words in that section of his address were as follows: ‚ÄúThe Child Jesus. My thoughts turn to all those children today who are killed and ill-treated, be they infants killed in the womb, deprived of that generous love of their...
  • POPE: UN MUST FIGHT 'GLOBAL WARMING'

    12/29/2014 1:02:45 PM PST · by bestintxas · 333 replies
    the guardian ^ | 12/27/14 | j vidal
    He has been called the ďsuperman popeĒ, and it would be hard to deny that Pope Francis has had a good December. Cited by President Barack Obama as a key player in the thawing relations between the US and Cuba, the Argentinian pontiff followed that by lecturing his cardinals on the need to clean up Vatican politics. But can Francis achieve a feat that has so far eluded secular powers and inspire decisive action on climate change? It looks as if he will give it a go. In 2015, the pope will issue a lengthy message on the subject to...
  • Pope Francis makes phone call to Israel, Palestine presidents

    07/18/2014 2:01:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    cna ^ | July 18, 2014 | Elise Harris
    Palestinian soldier stands guard during Pope Francis' May 25, 2014 Mass in Bethlehem's Manger Square. Credit: Lauren Cater/CNA. Vatican City, Jul 18, 2014 / 08:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In wake of the rising death toll in Gaza due to increased tensions between Israel and Palestine, Pope Francis made a personal call to both presidents in order to ask for peace. ‚ÄúFollowing last Sunday‚Äôs heartfelt appeal for continued prayer for peace in the Holy Land, this morning the Holy Father Francis personally telephoned President Shimon Peres and President Mahmoud Abbas,‚ÄĚ a July 18 statement from the Vatican read. During the calls,...
  • The Vatican and Cuba: Some More Background

    01/01/2015 5:46:27 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 1, 2015 | Andrew Stuttaford
    With the latest crackdown in Cuba showing just how Havana has Ďreadí Obamaís policy shift towards the Castro dictatorship, this new Foreign Affairs article by Victor Gaetan giving some background to the Vaticanís involvement in the deal that was eventually struck makes timely reading. Hereís an extract (my emphasis added): In Cuba, in other words, the church is still strong. Havanaís Cardinal Archbishop Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino has followed a strategy of reconciliation on the island, avoiding confrontation with the state while winning more independence to carry out the Churchís religious mission. Under Ortegaís 35-year leadership, the Catholic Church,...
  • How A San Diego Scientist Helped Shape The Popeís Climate Change Plans

    12/31/2014 11:01:03 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 81 replies
    KPBS ^ | 12/29/14 | David Wagner
    ...The church is prioritizing climate change just months after the Scripps Institution of Oceanography's Veerabhadran "Ram" Ramanathan organized a Vatican meeting on the issue. Ramanathan said the discussion, which spanned four days in May, was encouraging. "The Vatican agreed that we need a massive mobilization of public opinion about the seriousness of the issue, and why it's our responsibility to be good stewards of the planet," he said. Ramanathan is a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. He believes religious leaders are now in a better position than scientists to inspire action....
  • RI SC Rules Catholic Firefighters' Rights Not Violated When Forced to Drive Gay Parade Fire Truck

    12/31/2014 11:38:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/31/2014 | BY SAMUEL SMITH
    The Supreme Court of Rhode Island has unanimously ruled that that the constitutional rights of two Catholic Providence firefighters were not violated when they were forced to drive a fire truck in a gay pride parade despite their religious objections to the homosexual lifestyle. Prior to the 2001 Providence gay pride parade, Roman Catholic firefighters Theodore Fabrizio and Stephen Deninno were assigned by the city to drive a fire truck in the parade. Although the two men asked city officials to to be reassigned in light of their religious objection to homosexuality, their request for reassignment was denied. After 10...
  • Vatican archaeologists unearth St. Paul's tomb

    12/06/2006 6:18:21 AM PST · by NYer · 501 replies · 6,271+ views
    Pravda ^ | December 6, 2006
    Vatican archaeologists have unearthed a sarcophagus believed to contain the remains of the Apostle Paul that had been buried beneath Rome's second largest basilica. The sarcophagus, which dates back to at least 390 A.D., has been the subject of an extended excavation that began in 2002 and was completed last month, the project's head said this week. "Our objective was to bring the remains of the tomb back to light for devotional reasons, so that it could be venerated and be visible," said Giorgio Filippi, the Vatican archaeologist who headed the project at St. Paul Outside the Walls basilica....
  • Summing Up the Year: ABC Praises Pope Francis for Something He Didnít Say

    12/28/2014 3:13:21 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | December 28, 2014 | Patrick Brennan
    ABCís Sunday show, This Week, used its last edition of the year to review 2014ís key stories, and given the media coverage of the Catholic Church and Pope Francis this year, itís fitting that one of This Weekís contributors, radio host Michael Smerconish, labeled a few things Pope Francis didnít say as one of the key stories. Smerconish dubbed Pope Francis a ďgame changerĒ of the year ďbecause on issues from the treatment of women to the treatment of gays to even whether our pets are going to make it through the pearly gates, he put a soft, overdue face...
  • Pope Francisís edict on climate change will anger deniers and US churches

    12/27/2014 3:36:41 PM PST · by ebb tide · 103 replies
    The Guardian ^ | December 27, 2014 | John Vidal
    He has been called the ďsuperman popeĒ, and it would be hard to deny that Pope Francis has had a good December. Cited by President Barack Obama as a key player in the thawing relations between the US and Cuba, the Argentinian pontiff followed that by lecturing his cardinals on the need to clean up Vatican politics. But can Francis achieve a feat that has so far eluded secular powers and inspire decisive action on climate change? It looks as if he will give it a go.
  • Vatican Storylines: Those Who Are Resisting Benedict XVI

    01/19/2006 12:33:10 PM PST · by NYer · 117 replies · 1,486+ views
    Chiesa ^ | January 19, 2006 | Sandro Magister
    ROMA, January 19, 2006 ‚Äď The first words of Benedict XVI‚Äôs first encyclical letter, almost the motto of his papacy, are ‚ÄúDeus Caritas Est,‚ÄĚ God is love. But not everyone in the upper levels of the Church is full of love and solidarity for this new pope. Resistance to his guidance is tenacious and widespread, and in some places it is on the rise. And almost all the resistance shields itself behind the protection of anonymity. The only open and avowed resistance is that of the Neocatechumenal Way, which has opposed a papal directive issued last December, which struck at...
  • Why the Next Pope Needs to Be Italian

    01/11/2004 12:42:37 AM PST · by Destro · 37 replies · 179+ views
    nytimes.com ^ | January 11, 2004 | ROBERTO PAZZI
    OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR Why the Next Pope Needs to Be Italian By ROBERTO PAZZI Published: January 11, 2004 FERRARA, Italy--For years Vatican specialists in Italy have, in delineating the uncertain features of John Paul II's successor, been fueled by a silent question: will the new pope be Italian? Why, one might ask, should Italy hope for an Italian pope, given the almost universal praise for the pontificate of Karol Wojtyla? The origins of this question go back in time and deserve examination. I was watching on that unforgettable Roman evening of Oct. 16, 1978, when, on the state television network, RAI,...
  • Did Pope Francis really give his own Curia a 'blistering attack' for Christmas?

    12/26/2014 10:58:43 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 10 replies
    GetReligion ^ | December 24, 2014 | Dawn Eden
    Call it truth in advertisingĖthough not in reporting. Religion News Service's story on Pope Francis's Christmas address to the Curia bears a headline that aptly sums up its spin: "Pope Francis to Curia: Merry Christmas, you power-hungry hypocrites." The lede signals that we have before us the mainstream media's familiar "Francis as radical" meme: VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis launched a blistering attack on the Vatican bureaucracy on Monday (Dec. 22), outlining a ďcatalog of illnessesĒ that plague the churchís central administration, including ďspiritual AlzheimerísĒ and gossipy cliques. The popeís traditional Christmas greeting to the cardinals, bishops and priests who...
  • Cultural Winner and Losers, 2014

    12/26/2014 4:09:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 26, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    Looking back at our popular culture in 2014, it appears that Hollywood's power is on the wane. Politically, the leftist celebrities and the "Rock the Vote" gang couldn't help dig the Democrats out of their rut. Even that paragon of permissiveness Sandra Fluke couldn't exploit her Limbaugh-victim aura to win a state Senate seat in libertine California. The year's biggest loser was Sony, which looked pathetically powerless in the wake of an alleged North Korea's hack attack. Worst yet were the people involved. A clearly frustrated George Clooney announced there was no one in that industry willing to sign a...
  • Topless activist rushed the nativity scene in St Peterís Square

    12/25/2014 2:13:46 PM PST · by redreno · 79 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 12/25/2014 | By Stephanie Linning
    A feminist activist ran topless through St Peter's Square and rushed the nativity scene before attempting to flee with the baby Jesus figurine. The woman, who had the words 'God Is Woman' written on her chest, started her protest just one hour after Pope Francis delivered his Christmas message. Thousands of pilgrims were still standing in the famous square when the woman, who is a member of Femen, was ambushed by a guard on her way off the platform. She was quickly arrested by officers from the Vatican police.
  • Cardinal Kasper on Pope Francis' condemnation of the Curia

    12/25/2014 2:10:39 PM PST · by cleghornboy · 5 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | December 25, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    Religion News Service is reporting that: "Cardinal Walter Kasper, one of Pope Francisí closest advisers, has sought to downplay the pontiffís scathing critique of the Curia earlier this week. Kasper, who previously led the Vatican body responsible for promoting Christian unity, said the pope was asking the Curia, or Vatican administration, to examine their conscience in a bid to promote spiritual renewal. The German cardinal, joined by Argentine Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, said Francis was asking the Curia to set an example. 'The fundamental thing is he wants spiritual reform of the Curia,' Kasper told the Italian daily Corriere della Sera...
  • Text Of Pope Francis' Homily During Christmas Eve Mass

    12/25/2014 3:37:10 AM PST · by Biggirl · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 25, 2014 | Associated Press
    VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican's official English-language translation of Pope Francis' prepared homily, to be delivered in Italian, during Christmas Eve Mass on Wednesday in St. Peter's Basilica. Spelling and style are the Vatican's.
  • Pope's role in Cuba deal fractures Cuban-American flock

    12/21/2014 9:29:07 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 40 replies
    wics abc 20 / ap ^ | 12-21-2014 | MATT SEDENSKY
    Though many Cuban-American Catholics praise the pontiff for encouraging progress, others feel betrayed by their spiritual leader. Those who equate Raul Castro with the devil are incensed by the pope's diplomacy. Cuban exile Efrain Rivas says he feels abandoned, calling himself "a Catholic without a pope."
  • Pope Francis, Cuba and the emerging Socialist State

    12/19/2014 8:45:39 AM PST · by cleghornboy · 7 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | December 19, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    Writing for the Acton Institute, Joe Carter explains that, "The U.S. began imposing sanctions against Cuba after Fidel Castro seized power in 1959, nationalized the economy, and stole more than $1 billion in American assets on the island. Diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba broke off in 1961 as tensions between the two nations increased after Cuba signed a trade agreement with the Soviet Union. Even though the Cold War ended, not much has changed in the relationship between Cuba and the U.S." Why is it that even though Cuba hasn't changed at all and is as repressive...
  • Cardinal Timothy Dolan cuts ties with anti-abortion crusader Frank Pavone

    12/17/2014 7:24:59 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 11 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 12/15/14 | David Gibson
    NEW YORK (RNS) In the latest clash between the Catholic hierarchy and one of the churchís leading anti-abortion crusaders, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan accused the Rev. Frank Pavone of continuing to stonewall on financial reforms, and Dolan said he is cutting ties with his group, Priests for Life. In a Nov. 20 letter to other U.S. bishops, Dolan said he did not know if the Vatican would now step in to take action against the New York-based priest, who for years has angered various bishops by rejecting oversight of the organization by church authorities and for refusing to sort...
  • Pope says Salvationists and Catholics meet at peripheries of society

    12/15/2014 7:36:03 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 12/14/2014
    Greeting warmly a delegation led by General Andrť Cox, the Pope said Catholics and Salvationists, together with other Christians, recognise that those in need have a special place in Godís heart Ė so much so, that the Lord himself became poor for our sake. As a result, the Pope said, Catholics and Salvationists often meet at the same peripheries of society. I pray, he concluded, that all of Christís disciples can contribute with the same conviction and dynamism that the Salvation Army demonstrates in its devoted and highly appreciated service. Founded by former Methodist minister William Booth in 1865 as...
  • The Pope prayed at a mosque last weekend Ė Is this the cool, progressive thing to do?

    12/06/2014 6:04:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    Naija - The Internet Newspaper for Young Nigerians ^ | December 2, 2014 | Adedayo Ademuwagun
    Picture the Pope praying in a mosque alongside top Muslim leaders. Thatís what happened in Turkey last weekend. Pope Francis was at the Blue Mosque in Instabul on Saturday as part of his three-day visit to the predominantly Muslim country. He also celebrated Mass at the Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in the city. The visit to the mosque is significant as the Pope tries to promote peace and unity between Muslims and Christians. Heís the second Pope to worship at the Blue Mosque. The first was his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, who was there in 2006 for a...
  • In Turkey, Pope Francis got a look at Christianity on the margins

    12/01/2014 2:03:21 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    cns ^ | November 30, 2014 | Francis X. Rocca
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Ankara and Istanbul were gray and cold, at least compared to Rome, during Pope Francis' Nov. 28-30 visit to Turkey. And the general reception, outside of the pope's official meetings, was hardly warmer. There were none of the enthusiastic crowds that usually greet him on his trips, no masses waving signs of welcome along his motorcade route or behind police barriers at the stops. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople kisses Pope Francis as they embrace during an ecumenical prayer service in the patriarchal Church of St. George in Istanbul Nov. 29. (CNS/Paul Haring) Pope Francis, who...
  • Four young Christians beheaded in Iraq, Turkey's PM tells pope Islamophbia to blame for ISIS

    12/02/2014 1:04:20 PM PST · by Fali_G · 37 replies
    Lisa Daftari ^ | 12/02/14 | Lisa Daftari
    Pope Francis traveled on his first trip to Turkey over the weekend attempting to reach out to the Muslim community, warning that the Islamic State is a major threat to Christians in the Middle East and calling on moderate Muslims to join in constructive dialogue and solidarity with the rest of the world. Instead, Turkish President Recept Tayyp Erdogan, who had a message of his own for the Pope, greeted him at his $600 million palace and blamed the rise of ISIS and the recent violence in Syria and Iraq, including beheadings, enslavements, and the wholesale ethnic cleansing of the...
  • Obamaís Onslaught Against Non-Profits

    12/14/2014 5:04:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2014 | Bruce Bialosky
    With the attempt to limit the deductibility of contributions to charities by high-earners, the Obama Administration has opened a multi-front attack against the American tradition of ďneighbor helping neighborĒ and financially successful people turning large portions of their wealth over to charities that improve the American culture in august manners. The governmental power grab competes with the attempts to control the financial sector for its significance and may exceed it in the long-term effect upon our culture. One first has to marvel at how liberals can twist logic to rationalize a tax increase. It happens regularly from the local government...
  • In Europe They Are Anxious to Get Rid of Israel

    12/13/2014 7:01:29 AM PST · by kindred · 49 replies
    israelnationalnews.com ^ | 12-12-14 | Giulio Meotti
    In Ireland, taking the name of Israel means becoming a war criminal. A popular Dublin restaurant, The Exchequer, no longer stocks Israeli goods. In the Irish town of Kinvara, retailers, restaurants and pharmacies operate a boycott of Israeli goods. The leading Irish supermarket chain SuperValu removed the Israeli carrots from its shelves. And I have mentioned just a few examples of the new Irish anti-Semitism. It is the same everywhere in Europe: Israel is disappearing from European shelves. Practically and symbolically. The material cancellation of Israeli goods from Europe's shelves anticipates Israel's physical suppression. The French city of Lille suspended...
  • Cardinal Kasperís Disbelief In The Gospel Accounts Of Christís Miracles

    12/13/2014 3:50:34 PM PST · by ebb tide · 31 replies
    The Wanderer ^ | December 13, 2014 | JAMES LIKOUDIS
    Walter Cardinal Kasper has been regarded in liberal circles as a profound theologian and an expert on ecumenism and Jewish-Catholic relations, as well as an authority on Vatican II. At the center of a recent storm of controversy over his views on the possibility of change concerning the doctrine of the Church on sexual morality, his views were unfortunately echoed by some other bishops at the recent Extraordinary Synod of Bishops in Rome. The result? Other cardinals and bishops were prompted to publicly denounce such attacks on Catholic teaching crying out, ďEnough of this!Ē They referred to calls from Cardinal...
  • US Nuns Resisted Vatican Investigation into Religious Life, Admits Head of Inquiry

    12/13/2014 1:56:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | 12/12/14 | Abigail Frymann Rouch
    The woman tasked with carrying out the Vaticanís three-year investigation into the health of Religious life in the US admitted she faced resistance and criticism from fellow sisters. Writing in this weekís Tablet Mother Mary Clare Millea said the Vatican allowed her to select her own collaborators to carry out the apostolic investigation of the nearly 400 institutes of women Religious. She said she felt she had ďthe complete trust of the congregation in RomeĒ to formulate a strategy for carrying out the investigation. The long-awaited report from the investigation is to be released on Tuesday. Mother Clare, who is...
  • Beware the Red Kettle: The Salvation Army and Abortion

    12/13/2014 5:24:46 AM PST · by NYer · 149 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | December 12, 2014 | Birgit Jones
    It’s Advent and our thoughts naturally turn toward less fortunate souls, longing for basic niceties, and the call for selfless giving. Christ-like love, almsgiving, and prayer are staples of this anticipatory time which brings in the new Church year. The scripture readings at Mass remind us of those in need and our moral obligation toward them. What a sad statement about current times, then, that we are forced to look a gift horse in the mouth.No, not the gifts we receive, but the gifts we give.As the giving season continues, as well as the rest of the year, we are often...
  • Time to tackle global warming running out, Pope tells climate summit

    12/12/2014 3:40:43 AM PST · by An American in Turkiye · 58 replies
    The Catholic Register ^ | December 11, 2014 | Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service
    VATICAN CITY - Tackling the problem of climate change is a serious ethical and moral responsibility, Pope Francis told negotiators from around the world meeting for a climate summit in Lima, Peru. "The time to find global solutions is running out. We can find adequate solutions only if we act together and unanimously," he said in a written message to Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Peru's minister of the environment and host president of the 20th UN Climate Change Conference. Thousands of negotiators from 195 countries gathered for the meeting in Lima Dec. 1-12 to hammer out details of a new international agreement...
  • Time to Tackle Global Warming Running Out, Pope Tells Climate Summit

    12/11/2014 5:35:18 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 59 replies
    Catholic Register (Catholic News Service) ^ | December 12, 2014 00:16 GMT | Carol Glatz
    VATICAN CITY - Tackling the problem of climate change is a serious ethical and moral responsibility, Pope Francis told negotiators from around the world meeting for a climate summit in Lima, Peru. "The time to find global solutions is running out. We can find adequate solutions only if we act together and unanimously," he said in a written message to Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Peru's minister of the environment and host president of the 20th UN Climate Change Conference. Thousands of negotiators from 195 countries gathered for the meeting in Lima Dec. 1-12 to hammer out details of a new international agreement...
  • Marquette Univ. Encouraging Catholic Profs. to Report Gay Marriage Opposition as 'Harassment'

    12/11/2014 8:36:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/11/2014 | Samuel Smith
    Catholic professors and other faculty members at a prominent Wisconsin Catholic university are now being trained to report any school employees who voice their opposition to same-sex marriage as a form of harassment to the university's human resources office. Marquette University has begun requiring its employees to attend workplace anti-harassment training, where they are taught that it is imperative for them to quickly report faculty members who discuss openly their opposing view of same-sex marriage. As the Catholic News Agency reports, Marquette's anti-harassment training includes a comic-style story presentation where a fictional character named "Harassed Hans," who overhears his co-workers,...
  • Catholic Profs Told to Report Opposition to 'Gay Marriage' as Harassment

    12/09/2014 3:03:19 PM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 12/9/14 | Kevin J. Jones
    Milwaukee, Wis., Dec 9, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An anti-harassment training presentation at a Catholic college encourages employees to report critics of ďgay marriageĒ Ė and could reflect recent federal decisions that the belief in marriage as a union of a man and a woman is discriminatory. Part of the employee anti-harassment training at the Wisconsin-based Marquette University includes a presentation with a comic strip-style story about a fictional employee named ďHarassed Hans,Ē a man in a wheelchair. The training encourages Hans to report to the university human resources his co-workers Becky and Maria who ďhave been talking...
  • Tortured in Ukraine: Christians Living a Nightmare

    12/07/2014 3:06:24 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 18 replies
    CBN ^ | 9/19/2014
    EASTERN UKRAINE -- Ukraine's evangelical Christians are bearing the brunt of the country's conflict, often with deadly consequences. It's a scene that has played in Elena Velichko's head over and over. Pro-Russian rebels took over her hometown in early April. Her husband Vladimir told her to take the kids and leave the city. "He took us to the train station and we said goodbye. He said, 'I love you.' He kissed me and kissed the children and left," Elena said. Several days later, her life and that of her eight children, ages 2 to 16, suddenly turned upside down. Surreal...
  • Hereís Why You Hate Round (Catholic) Churches

    12/07/2014 5:36:40 AM PST · by NYer · 54 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | December 5, 2014 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Have you noticed that nobody loves modern churches? Nobody. I mean NOBODY.Seriously. Have you ever met anyone who sees a church like this and and heard them whisper, ‚ÄúI just love that church! It is so inspiring!‚ÄĚ.No. Never.Have you ever gone into a ‚Äúworship space‚ÄĚ like this and heard someone say how awed they were to be in the presence of God? I doubt it. ¬†That‚Äôs because these buildings were not designed to inspire awe or to remind you about the presence of God. They are people centered, not God centered. They are auditoria not temples.There is a gut level...
  • More of what's been lost with the dismantling of the Franciscans of the Immaculate

    12/02/2014 5:25:08 PM PST · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | December 2, 2014 | Adfero
    The following account from a former Franciscans of the Imnaculate (FI) seminarian shows just how purposely destructive the intervention of the FI has been -- at the hands of Commissioner Volpi and approved by Pope Francis: It was a win, win, win situation: 1) People could give the gift of Christ to family and friends by enrolling them in a Novena of Latin Masses celebrated according to the 1962 Missal; 2) Those enrolled received spiritual graces from the Masses, plus a Christmas novena card and a gift-wrapped CD of sacred music; and 3) The proceeds went to assist the contemplative...