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  • Suspects arrested in alleged ISIS plot to attack Vatican

    04/29/2016 3:19:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | April 29, 2016 | Junno Arocho Esteves
    Italian police officers patrol St Peter's Square (AP) Authorities monitored conversations between the suspects via WhatsAppItalian authorities have arrested six suspects who allegedly received orders from ISIS to attack the Vatican and the Israeli embassy in Rome.The arrests made in Lombardy and Piedmont were the result of a joint operation coordinated by the district attorney of Milan and the Italian anti-terrorism agency.According to the Italian news agency ANSA, authorities arrested Abderrahim Moutaharrik and his wife, Salma Bencharki; Abderrahmane Khachia, and three people who have maintained contact with a couple that left Italy to join ISIS in Syria. All of the suspects...
  • Italy arrests suspects in IS plot to attack Israeli embassy, Vatican

    04/28/2016 3:16:46 PM PDT · by Innovative · 5 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | Apr. 28, 2016 | Times of Israel Staff and Agencies
    Police make four arrests after intercepting communications between jihadist group and Moroccan-born man. Italian prosecutors said Thursday they had thwarted plans by at least three people to carry out terror attacks against the Israeli Embassy in Rome and the Vatican.
  • Kasper: Pope Intends "Not to Preserve Everything as it has Been"

    04/24/2016 10:25:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    OnePeter5 ^ | 4/23/16 | Maike Hickson
    On 22 April, Cardinal Walter Kasper gave yet another interview about Pope Francis and his reforms. This time, he spoke with the German regional newspaper Aachener Zeitung. In this interview, the German cardinal made some candid indeed, bold statements which are very important in the context of the current situation of the Catholic Church. Kasper speaks about the further Church-reform plans of Pope Francis and his intention not to preserve everything as it has been of old. With Pope Francis, things are not any more so abstract and permeated with suspicion, as it was the case in earlier...
  • Pope Francis Abandons Christian Syrian Refugees, Takes Only Muslims To Vatican Instead

    04/24/2016 10:36:52 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 43 replies
    Now The End Begins ^ | April 23, 2016 | Geoffrey Grider
    POPE FRANCIS ABANDONS CHRISTIAN SYRIAN REFUGEES, TAKES ONLY MUSLIMS TO VATICAN INSTEAD Spokesman Massimiliano Signifredi called the incident 'regrettable' - adding: 'The problem here is the three Syrians arrived after the March 20 deadline. They arrived just after the agreement between the European Union and Turkey. Mr Signifredi said: 'Our staff went to Lesbos and spoke with the people who were selected. But everything was decided by the Vatican. CHRISTIAN BROTHER AND SISTER REFUGEES FROM SYRIA SAY THEY HAVE BEEN LET DOWN BY POPE FRANCIS AFTER HE LEFT THEM BEHIND IN A LESBOS REFUGEE CAMP DESPITE PROMISES THEY WOULD BE...
  • The Vatican Just Put a Convicted Rapist Back in a Parish

    04/24/2016 7:07:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 103 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 04/23/2016 | Barbie Latza Nadeau
    ROME Just what is it that the Vatican does not get about predator priests? Apparently a lot. Father Joseph Jeyapaul is a priest from India who admitted to raping two adolescent girls in Minnesota when he served the Crookston diocese from 2004 to 2005. After being charged with the abuse, which included rape and forcing at least one of the girls to perform fellatio on him, he fled home to India, where he was eventually arrested on an Interpol warrant. He was then extradited back to Minnesota, where he admitted his heinous crimes and entered a plea bargain in...
  • Vatican Audit Suspended, Secretariat of State Announces [Catholic Caucus]

    04/20/2016 4:56:00 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | April 20, 2016 | EDWARD PENTIN
    Just over four months since the Vatican announced that the Vatican would be subjected to an external audit by one of the worlds leading accounting firms, the Secretariat of State has said that it is pulling the plug on the initiative. The Vatican announced the decision to suspend the audit, carried out by accountancy giant PricewaterhouseCoopers, in a letter sent to all Vatican entities this week.
  • Hillary, the Panama Papers, and the death of American kleptocracy

    04/19/2016 9:29:45 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 9 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 18 Apr, 2016 | Will Bunch
    Did you see that Sen. Bernie Sanders released his income taxes?....well, his 2014 income taxes, anyway. He did it around 7 p.m. on a Friday night, on the same day that the Democratic presidential hopeful was making international headlines by speaking at the Vatican and meeting Pope Francis, for at least a handshake. In journalism, releasing information at that off hour is what we call "a Friday news dump" -- usually an attempt to bury bad news. That's weird, because if I were handling PR for the Bernie Sanders campaign, I'd be shouting the news from the Green Mountain-tops. They...
  • Pope Francis: You realize I wasnt endorsing Bernie Sanders, right?

    04/18/2016 3:49:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | April 18, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    In a political season already chock-full of strange moments, another one took place last week when Bernie Sanders bailed out on the Empire State campaign trail to jet across the ocean to Rome. He was off to see the Pope, or so we were told. But before Bernie had even touched down near Vatican City I saw conflicting reports that His Holiness didn’t have the Vermont Senator on his schedule. Then the meeting was back on again, but reduced to a quick bit of face time in passing. In the end, Sanders did get to meet with Pope Francis, if...
  • The Vatican Takes in 12 Syrian Refugees as Pope Visits Greece Camp

    04/17/2016 6:54:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04/16/2016 | Bridget Johnson
    Pope Francis greets a group of Syrian refugees upon landing at Rome's Ciampino airport April 16, 2016. The Vatican City population of about 800 grew by 12 as Pope Francis put three families of Syrian refugees aboard the papal plane before leaving Greece.The Vatican said in a statement that the pope "desired to make a gesture of welcome regarding refugees" by taking in the families, which include six children. "These are all people who were already in camps in Lesbos before the agreement between the European Union and Turkey.""The Pope's initiative was brought to fruition through negotiations carried out by...
  • Pope: Sanders encounter sign of good manners, 'nothing more'

    04/16/2016 10:59:03 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 16, 2016 1:02 PM EDT | Ken Thomas
    Pope Francis said his brief encounter Saturday with U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was a sign of good manners, nothing more, and hardly evidence of interfering in American politics. [] This morning when I left, Sen. Sanders was there. He knew I was leaving at that time and I had the kindness to greet him and his wife and another couple who were with them, the pope told reporters traveling back with him to the Vatican. When I came down, I greeted them, shook their hands and nothing more. This is good manners. Its called good manners and not...
  • Pope Francis takes Syrian migrants to Vatican

    04/16/2016 5:34:56 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 35 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4/16/2016 | BBC
    Pope Francis has taken 12 Syrian migrants back with him to the Vatican after visiting a camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. The three families boarded the papal jet as the pontiff departed following his trip......
  • At the Vatican, Sanders blasts 'immoral' wealth inequality

    04/15/2016 10:32:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 16, 2016 12:47 AM EDT | Ken Thomas and Nicole Winfield
    Bernie Sanders issued a global call to action at the Vatican on Friday to address immoral and unsustainable wealth inequality and poverty, using the high-profile gathering to echo one of the central platforms of his presidential campaign. The Democratic senator from Vermont cited Pope Francis and St. John Paul II repeatedly during his speech to the Vatican conference commemorating the 25th anniversary of a landmark teaching document from John Paul on social and economic justice after the Cold War. [] We dont choose to politicize the pope, Sanders told attendees, but his spirit and courage and the fact, if I...
  • Sanders arrives in Rome to attend Vatican conference

    04/15/2016 9:47:08 AM PDT · by detective · 27 replies
    MSN News ^ | April 15, 2016 | KEN THOMAS,
    Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders arrived in Rome on Friday to attend a Vatican conference steeped in his lifelong passions of economic and social justice, briefly departing New York just days before its critical primary to show solidarity with the teachings of Pope Francis. Sanders made the trip hours after Thursday night's Brooklyn debate with rival Hillary Clinton and said the opportunity to address the Vatican conference was too meaningful to pass up. The roughly 24-hour visit will precede a crucial New York primary against the former secretary of state on Tuesday.
  • Why Are 2 Different Popes Telling Us to Read Lord of the World?

    04/11/2016 2:07:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    Aletelial ^ | April 8, 2016 | Colin O'Brien
    Its a somewhat obscure apocalyptic novel, much overlooked since its publication in 1907, and yet it comes with a recommendation that just about any best-selling author would covet: the spiritual leader of the whole world says its a good read. And not just the current pope, the previous one too.Pope Francis raised eyebrows in 2013 and again in 2015 when he recommended Robert Hugh Bensons Lord of the World to the faithful as a book that depicts a globalization of hegemonic uniformity. Similarly, then-Cardinal Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI, referred to the Universalism depicted in Lord of the...
  • Pastoral Discernment and Dead Members Alive - Francis' Exhortation [Catholic Caucus]

    04/07/2016 5:20:46 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 04/06/16 | John Vennari
    Pastoral Discernment and Dead Members Alive - Francis' Exhortation mortal_sin_cfn Francis' Apostolic Exhortation: Pastoral Discernment and Dead Members Alive In the case of divorcees who have remarried, we posed the question, what do we do with them? let us open the doors a bit more... Why cant they be godfathers and godmothers ? Things need to change, our standards need to change. - Pope Francis By John Vennari www.cfnews.org The Vatican has sent a letter to the worlds bishop with instructions on how to prepare the faithful for Francis post-Synodal Exhortation. Francis document, said to run about 200...
  • Pope Francis Departs from Church Teaching in New Exhortation

    04/08/2016 5:21:24 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 43 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | April 8, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    Pope Francis has just published his long-awaited Apostolic Exhortation on the Family, Amoris Laetitia. In it, he repeats many of the problematic and controversial statements of the previous 2014 and 2015 Synods of Bishops on the Family. Among these, one finds the law of gradualism with regard to sinful relationships, the claim that there are seeds of goodness in such relationships that are objectively contrary to Gods laws, and a general tone of not speaking of sin at all with regard to those ways of living that put the soul of the persistent sinner gravely at risk of not attaining...
  • Twelve Things that Caught My Eye about Pope Franciss New Document on Love and Marriage and Family

    04/08/2016 11:19:11 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | April 8, 2016 | KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ
    Twelve Things that Caught My Eye about Pope Franciss New Document on Love and Marriage and Family By KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ April 8, 2016 For search-engine optimization, I thought about titling this post: What Pope Francis Has to Say to Kim Kardashian about Her Dad Caitlyn. I didnt, but I imagined had Pope Benedict XVI issued the document Pope Francis did on marriage and family and society and accompaniment and reconciliation, the headlines might have read a lot differently, even with the same text. (I also never would use that title because while it might work on Google its not...
  • Bernie Sanders invited to Vatican by Pope

    04/08/2016 8:21:02 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 50 replies
    BBC ^ | April 8, 2016 | staff
    Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has accepted an invitation from the Pope to the Vatican. Mr Sanders, who is Jewish, accepted an invitation to Rome for a conference at the end of next week. The Vatican visit is four days before the primary contest in New York, a competitive battle between him and front-runner Hillary Clinton.
  • Pope Francis Asks Nations to Open Their Hearts and Their Doors to Migrants

    03/17/2016 7:41:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 67 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 17, 2016 | Thomas D. Williams
    In his general audience Wednesday, Pope Francis launched an appeal to the nations of the world to open their hearts and their doors to migrants who are standing at the border, in an apparent reference to the many migrants camped at key border positions trying to enter Europe.
  • Pope Emeritus Benedict breaks silence: speaks of deep crisis facing Church post-Vatican II

    03/16/2016 2:41:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    Life Site News ^ | March 16, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    March 16, 2016 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- On March 16, speaking publicly on a rare occasion, Pope Benedict XVI gave an interview to Avvenire, the daily newspaper of the Italian Bishops' Conference, in which he spoke of a “two-sided deep crisis” the Church is facing in the wake of the Second Vatican Council. The report has already hit Germany courtesy of Vaticanist Guiseppe Nardi, of the German Catholic news website Katholisches.info. Pope Benedict reminds us of the formerly indispensable Catholic conviction of the possibility of the loss of eternal salvation, or that people go to hell: The missionaries of the 16th...
  • Vatican set to approve Mother Teresa elevation to sainthood

    03/15/2016 3:12:35 AM PDT · by detective · 27 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | March 14, 2016
    The Vatican committee that approves elevations to sainthood will meet Tuesday to consider a recommendation that Mother Teresa of Calcutta becomes Saint Teresa, the Holy See announced on Monday. With the long-awaited decision seen as a formality, Pope Francis is expected to sign a decree approving the canonisation of the 1979 Nobel peace prize winner and set a date and venue for it to happen.
  • The Pope Video: Interreligious Dialog, Care For Creation, Etc. [Revelation 13]

    03/11/2016 10:18:27 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 6 replies
    The Pope Video ^ | January 2016 | Pope Francis
    That sincere dialogue among men and women of different faiths may produce the fruits of peace and justice...
  • Francis' Vulgar Comments on the Latin Mass

    02/28/2016 3:37:26 PM PST · by ebb tide · 38 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 2/28/16 | John Vennari
    It appears that a children's book titled Dear Pope Francis is to be released on March 1. Rorate Caeli obtained and posted a section of the book that is not only disturbing, but provides a snapshot into the mind of Francis concerning the ancient Mass of the Church. This is the excerpt: "Dear Pope Francis, Were you ever near the pries as the altar boy? Greetings from Alessio (Italy, age 9)" "Dear Alessio, yes, I was an altar boy. And you? What part among the altar boys do you have? It's easier to do now, you know: You might know...
  • The Pope and the Baby Killer [Catholic Caucus]

    02/28/2016 3:54:35 PM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | February 26, 2016 | Hilary White
    The Pope and the Baby Killer In 2010, after I had lived in Italy about two years and had begun to understand the byzantine complexities of this country's politics, Emma Bonino decided to run for the office of governor of the region of Lazio. Once I found out what kind of person she was, I was seized with the urge to buy a crate of spray paint and go around Rome writing, "10,000 bambini assassinati non abbastanza per Emma 'la Bicicletta' Bonino," on all her posters. "10,000 murdered babies not enough for Emma 'the bicycle' Bonino." I thought of it...
  • National Catholic Bioethics Center Directly Contradicts Pope Francis on Contraception

    02/25/2016 11:08:09 AM PST · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Manhound's Paradise ^ | February 24, 2016 | Manhound
    A few days ago, Pope Francis and his spokesman Federico Lombardi directly contradicted the traditional teaching of the Catholic Church on contraception, including directly contradicting the clear words of Pope Paul's 1968 encyclical Humanae vitae. Various "Catholic" individuals and groups quickly lined up to support Francis, including the often heterodox Filipino Catholic Bishops Conference. But a surprisingly large and strong set of Catholics--beyond the expected set of minority traditionalists--has now risen up to resist, as if Francis, after years of this this sort of thing, has now crossed an obvious line. Who knew that line would be you know where....
  • A parish priest writes to the Pope re: the confusion caused by his recent interview [Cath Cauc]

    02/24/2016 3:22:28 PM PST · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 2/24/16 | Father Richard G. Cipolla
    Dear Pope Francis: I write this letter to you as a priest to the Bishop of Rome and as a son to a father. I write with a heavy heart, and I know that heaviness of heart is shared by many of my Catholic brethren both clergy and laity. I watched the early news one morning last week to find that one of the headlines proclaimed that in an interview on the flight from Mexico to Rome you indicated that the Church's teaching on contraception may be undergoing a change. As in the past, I went to the official translation...
  • The errors in theology from the Pope's Plane Interview (and discussions that followed!)

    02/21/2016 11:51:53 AM PST · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    The Tenth Crusade | 2/21/16 | The Tenth Crusade
    I wanted to briefly mention a few observations of discussions about the Holy Father's latest plane interview. 1. Astoundingly, when Catholics raise concerns about Pope Francis suggestion to women that they can use birth control pills and condoms to prevent perfectly healthy babies from being conceived because of a remote chance of birth defects, I am still seeing Catholics claim the press is misinterpreting what is being said. I will not cite the dozens of examples, suffice it to say that the Father has accountability for his own words and actions. His contradiction of Humane Vitae was as clear as...
  • Philippine Bishops Back Pope's Remarks on Zika Contraception

    02/20/2016 3:19:55 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | 2/10/16 | Jim Gomez
    Despite their staunch opposition to contraceptives, Philippine Roman Catholic bishops expressed their full support Saturday to Pope Francis' remarks suggesting artificial contraception can be used by women threatened by the Zika virus. The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines also backed the pope's uncompromising position against abortion, even in cases when a pregnant woman carries an unborn child afflicted with a deformity. "We, your bishops, reiterate church teaching: no matter that the child in the womb may be afflicted with some infirmity or deformity, it can never be moral to bring a deliberate end to human life," Archbishop Socrates Villegas,...
  • Peters on reactions and claims about Francis’s off-the-cuff contraception remark

    02/23/2016 2:19:15 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | February 22, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From the canonist Ed Peter’s fine blog In The Light Of The Law. He doesn’t have a combox over there and doesn’t mind if we use his stuff here. DO, however, go over there to his place regularly. Emphases are from Peters, comments mine: Misunderstanding the (alleged) 'Congo contraception' caseEven by the standards of his reign, the presser Pope Francis conducted on his return flight from Mexico has provoked an unusual number of questions. [No kidding. You should see my inbox, too!] I wish to address only one of those here.Preliminarily, I note that the burden is not on the...
  • Pope calls Italy’s foremost abortion promoter one of nation’s ‘forgotten greats’

    02/25/2016 5:09:03 PM PST · by ebb tide · 46 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 2/25/2016 | John-Henry Westen
    In a February 8 interview with one of Italy's most prominent dailies, Corriere Della Serra, Pope Francis praised Italy's leading proponent of abortion - Emma Bonino -- as one of the nation's "forgotten greats," comparing her to great historical figures such as Konrad Adenauer and Robert Schuman. Knowing that his praise of her may be controversial, the Pope said that she offered the best advice to Italy on learning about Africa, and admitted she thinks differently from us. "True, but never mind," he said. "We have to look at people, at what they do." At 27, Bonino had an illegal...
  • Pregnant secretary of Pope Francis found dead in her Rome apartment

    02/24/2016 7:46:37 AM PST · by RummyChick · 43 replies
    mirror ^ | 2/24 | roberts
    The Pope's pregnant receptionist has been found dead in her apartment on the outskirts of the city. Miriam Wuolou, a 34-year-old of Eritrean origin, was seven-months pregnant when her body was discovered. She had worked at Pope Francis' home and a priests' guesthouse called Santa Marta for years.
  • Trump and the Pope: a Right-Wing Populist (Today) Clashing with a Left-Wing Populist

    02/22/2016 3:35:54 PM PST · by juliosevero · 6 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Trump and the Pope: a Right-Wing Populist (Today) Clashing with a Left-Wing Populist By Julio Severo In his recent trip to Mexico, Pope Francis said that that it was not right the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's attitude of surrounding the United States with a wall preventing the entry of illegal immigrants. Trump struck back by saying that the supreme leader of Catholics around the world is a shame -- evidently by his leftist stances. Francis does not want a wall surrounding the U.S. and keeping immigrants outside, but the Vatican itself is surrounded 100% by a wall preventing...
  • Catholic teaching on contraception cannot be changed by Pope Francis [Catholic Caucus]

    02/19/2016 8:56:40 PM PST · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Renew America ^ | February 19, 2016 | Jenn Giroux
    "There are times that lay Catholics have to step forward to say what we as priests cannot." These were the words spoken to me during a time in my life that I felt called as a Catholic to defend my Catholic Church from an assault from within. That time has come again this week. To do so is never easy. For nearly three years now Catholics have defended Pope Francis as being "taken out of context" or "misunderstood" by the media. We have watched and cringed at what has come out of the Vatican, been ignored by the Vatican, and...
  • Pope spokesman clarifies Trump comment

    02/19/2016 8:00:23 AM PST · by ironman · 72 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/19/016 | Lisa Hagen
    A spokesperson for Pope Francis clarified the pontiff's criticism of Donald Trump's plan to build a border wall, saying that the remark wasn't "a personal attack." "The Pope said what we already know, if we followed his teaching and positions: we shouldn't build walls, but bridges," the spokesperson said in a statement, according to CNBC. "It's his generic view, coherent with the nature of solidarity from the gospel." "This wasn't, in any way, a personal attack or an indication on who to vote for," the spokesperson continued. "The Pope has clearly said he didn't want to get involved in the...
  • My Work Here Is Done.

    02/19/2016 7:09:17 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 18 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 2-19-2016 | MOTUS
    A few random thoughts on the week. The Chinese built a wall, big deal. I’ll build one bigger, faster and stronger than any wall you’ve ever seen! The Pope takes on The Donald: “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian.” Ignoring the axiom “people who live in glass houses ought not throw stones” and ignoring the fact that the Vatican Wall was built specifically to keep the marauding Muslims away from the then seat of civilization, and that the Vatican has the most restrictive immigration and citizenship policies...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Pope attacks Trump saying he is 'not Christian' for wanting to build a wall (tr)

    U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is 'not Christian' because of his views on immigration, Pope Francis said on his way back to Rome from Mexico. The pope said, however, he did not want to advise American Catholics on whether or not to vote for Trump. In a freewheeling conversation with reporters on his flight back from a visit to Mexico, Francis was asked about Trump and some of his statements, such as vowing to build a wall between the United States and Mexico if he becomes president. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3453193/Pope-says-Trump-not-Christian-views-plans-immigration.html#ixzz40XceRvBf Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • The Pope in the Attic: Benedict in the Time of Francis

    02/18/2016 1:23:54 PM PST · by Typical_Whitey · 23 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 5/2014 | Paul Elie
    From the article: But what’s most odd is that the two popes are these two popes, and that the one who spent a third of a century erecting a Catholic edifice of firm doctrine and strict prohibition now must look on at close range as the other cheerfully dismantles it in the service of a more open, flexible Church.
  • Deconstructing History: The Vatican Did you know the Vatican is the smallest nation-state in the w

    02/18/2016 9:04:43 PM PST · by BridgeOutAhead · 23 replies
    Following an attack by Saracen pirates that damaged St. Peter’s in 846, Pope Leo IV ordered the construction of a wall to protect the holy basilica and its associated precincts. Completed in 852, the 39-foot-tall wall enclosed what was inaugurated Leonine City, an area covering the current Vatican territory and the Borgo district. The walls were continually expanded and modified until the reign of Pope Urban VIII in the 1640s.
  • Pope Open to Discuss Contraception as Response to Zika Epidemic

    02/18/2016 6:29:35 PM PST · by marshmallow · 54 replies
    Pope Francis hinted that the use of contraceptives may be morally acceptable as a response to the Zika epidemic, during an question-and-answer session on February 18. Speaking to reporters who accompanied him on his return flight to Rome, after a visit to Mexico, the Pope said that "avoiding pregnancy is not an absolute evil." While abortion cannot ever be justified, he suggested, avoiding pregnancy could be a "lesser evil" in light of the alleged dangers of birth defects. During an interview session that proved controversial even by the standards of this pontificate, the Pope said: * US presidential candidate Donald...
  • Pope Francis OK's Contraception Use in Zika-Affected Countries

    02/18/2016 12:27:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    VOA ^ | 02/18/2016
    Pope Francis has suggested it is acceptable to use artificial contraception methods in countries affected by the Zika virus. "Avoiding pregnancy is not an absolute evil," he told reporters en route to Rome following his five-day trip to Mexico. He cited Pope Paul VI's decree in the 1960s that allowed nuns serving in Africa to use contraception due to the threat of rape. He said, "In certain cases, as in this one, such as the one I mentioned of Blessed Paul VI, it was clear." But he maintained the church's stance against abortion calling it "an absolute evil". CDC's advice...
  • What did Pope Francis actually say about contraception?

    02/18/2016 1:52:34 PM PST · by NYer · 29 replies
    EWTN News ^ | February 18, 2016
    Despite a rush of headlines claiming Pope Francis is softening the Church's stance on contraception. A closer look at his recent remarks could suggest otherwise. During an in-flight press conference on his way back from Mexico, Pope Francis was asked by a reporter about the threat of Zika virus in many Latin American countries. Noting that the virus may be linked to birth defects when transmitted from a pregnant woman to her unborn baby, the reporter asked the Holy Father about proposals involving "abortion, or else avoiding pregnancy" in areas where Zika virus is prevalent. The Pope responded by emphatically...
  • Pope Francis Suggests Donald Trump Is ‘Not Christian’

    02/18/2016 9:09:29 AM PST · by NRx · 307 replies
    NY Times ^ | 02-18-2016 | JIM YARDLEY
    ABOARD THE PAPAL AIRLINER -- Inserting himself into the Republican presidential race, Pope Francis on Wednesday suggested that Donald J. Trump "is not Christian" because of the harshness of his campaign promises to deport more immigrants and force Mexico to pay for a wall along the border. "A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian," Francis said when a reporter asked him about Mr. Trump on the papal airliner as he returned to Rome after his six-day visit to Mexico.
  • Pope heads home from Mexican trip and attack on Trump's fence to the WALLED Vatican City

    02/18/2016 3:55:46 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 39 replies
    After warning Donald Trump that building a 'huge wall' on the Mexican border is 'not Christian', Pope Francis is returning home to Vatican City.... which is entirely surrounded by an enormous stone wall. The Pope made a direct dig at The Donald before he
  • Pope unleashes 'super confessors' to tackle special sins

    02/12/2016 3:00:24 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 41 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10 Feb 16 | Ella Ide
    Dubbed 'super confessors', for one year only they can absolve sins usually only pardoned by the pope himself. And on Wednesday over 1,000 of these "missionaries of mercy", handpicked by Pope Francis, were sent forth to win back the hearts of those who have left the Catholic Church and open the door to repentant sinners across the world. There are certain evils the Vatican ranks above other sins, from attempting to assassinate the pope to defiling the Eucharist -- the rite of consuming consecrated bread and wine in Church -- by spitting it out or using it in a...
  • Vatican Tells New Bishops They Don’t Have to Report Sexual Abuse to Police

    02/11/2016 11:21:34 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 56 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 2/11/16 | Lucy Westcott
    Updated | The Vatican has told new Catholic bishops that they have no obligation to report clerical child abuse, according to reports. During a presentation for newly appointed bishops, French Monsignor Tony Anatrella said they don't have a duty to report abuse because it should be the responsibility of victims and their families to go to the police. The comments were first reported by John L. Allen at the Catholic news site Cruxnow.com earlier this week. Anatrella, a psychtherapist and consultant to the Pontifical Council for the Family and the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers, is known for his...
  • Pope Francis Said to Bless Human-Animal Chimeras [Genesis 6, Luke 17]

    02/02/2016 9:23:25 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 25 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | 1/27/2016 | Antonio Regalado
    A Spanish scientist working at the Salk Institute in California told Scientific American that Pope Francis personally blessed his cutting-edge research to mix human cells into animal bodies. Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, a prominent stem-cell biologist, is engaged in efforts to grow human tissue inside of farm animals such as pigs, sheep, and cows. This type of research is sensitive because scientists have to inject human stem cells into early-stage animal embryos, then try to grow the mixtures inside surrogate animals. Much of Belmonte's work occurs in collaboration with a team in the province of Murcia in his native Spain,...
  • Michigan Bishop Inaugurates Program to Have Chant at All Parishes

    01/31/2016 1:45:08 PM PST · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Bishop John Doerfler of Marquette, Michigan, has issued directions for all parishes in the diocese to institute programs that will lead to the congregation chanting the Ordinary parts of the Mass. Following up on the work of his predecessor in Marquette, then-Bishop Alexander Sample (who is now Archbishop of Portland, Oregon), Bishop Doerfler has called for the action to carry out the vision of Vatican II, which encouraged the use of Gregorian chant and congregational involvement in the singing. In a pastoral letter released in 2013, Bishop Sample had also called attention to the Council's directives on liturgical music, as...
  • Vatican: Iran must join fight against terrorism (!!!)

    01/26/2016 12:34:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 26, 2016 3:22 PM EST | Frances D’Emilio
    Pope Francis held talks with Iran's president at the Vatican Tuesday, calling on Tehran to play a key role in stopping the spread of terrorism as Iran tries to improve its image in the global arena following an agreement on its nuclear program. The pontiff warmly clasped the hand of President Hassan Rouhani in the first official call paid on a pontiff by an Iranian president since 1999. They held 40 minutes of private talks before Rouhani met with other top Vatican officials. The talks "delved into the conclusion and application of the nuclear accord, and the important role that...
  • United Nations declares the Holy See legally responsible and accountable to Indigenous People...

    01/17/2016 9:34:59 AM PST · by walford · 40 replies
    International Organization for Self-Determination and Equality ^ | 01/15/2016 | Apache-Nde-Nnee Working Group
    UNITED NATIONS DECLARES THE HOLY SEE LEGALLY RESPONSIBLE AND ACCOUNTABLE TO INDIGENOUS PEOPLES FOR EFFECTS AND LEGACY OF RACIST COLONIAL BULLS AND DOCTRINES 14 January 2016 As the result of a comprehensive shadow report and presentations by members of the Apache-Nde-Nnee Working Group submitted to the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) for the Committee's review of the Holy See, the UN CERD Committee has recognized that the Doctrine of Discovery, the Holy See's Inter Caetera and related Papal Bulls are within the legal scope of racial discrimination under...
  • Germany's Vatican ambassador: 'Islam is part of the solution'

    01/17/2016 6:39:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 63 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 17.01.2016 | (Astrid Prange/gro)
    Germany's ambassador to the Vatican, Annette Schavan, still sees religion as a peacemaker, despite wars and terrorism. In an interview with DW, she calls for more interfaith dialogue and respect between all religions. [...] 'There are warmongers who embrace religion. But that does not mean that religion promotes war. Religion has the great power to bring peace. People are upset by the numerous attacks and wonder, "Should we equate these images of violence with Islam?" One gets the impression that Islam is part of the problem. But that's not true. It must become clear that it is part of the...