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  • How ISIS Plans to Sack Rome: E-Book Outlines Their Plans

    02/25/2015 7:08:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 02/25/2015 | Bridget Johnson
    An ISIS e-book on how to accomplish their caliphate goal of sacking Rome stresses enlisting “the Islamic State’s secret weapon = secret white converts” to take on Italy.Much of the book, “Black Flags from Rome,” is dedicated to laying out a case for why Muslims in Europe should rise up and assist ISIS from within, citing justifications for discontent from modern-day anti-immigration protests back to post-Ottoman creation of Muslim “ghettos.”The Rome title is one of a series disseminated online that includes Khorasan, Syria, Arabia and Persia, with a forthcoming “Black Flags from Palestine” title promised.It uses graphics from Pew...
  • Mystic, monk and poet meet the newest Doctor of the Church (Catholic/Armenian Caucus)

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

    02/25/2015 3:03:41 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 24 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 2/25/15 | Edward Pentin
    A Vatican department allegedly intercepted over a hundred copies of a new book written by five cardinals to prevent it being read by the majority of participants of a synod last October called by Pope Francis. Remaining in the Truth of Christ, a commercially successful book reaffirming Catholic teaching on marriage and the family, was mailed to all the synod fathers in the Paul VI Hall, where the meeting was taking place. Reliable and high level sources allege the head of secretariat of the synod of bishops, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, ordered they be intercepted because they would interfere with the...
  • The secrets of the Santa Priscilla catacombs

    02/25/2015 6:49:58 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | 25 February 2015 | Amanda Ruggeri
    The frescoes of the Santa Priscilla catacombs in Rome call our knowledge of the past into question and challenge the teachings of the Church. Amanda Ruggeri investigates. When archaeologists in Rome at the end of the 19th Century began to excavate the Catacombs of Santa Priscilla, they hoped to find treasure: intricately carved monuments and vibrant frescoes of the type found in other ancient, underground cemeteries. Instead, they found devastation.
  • Swiss Guard: We are ready to defend Pope from ISIS

    02/24/2015 8:27:23 PM PST · by Perdogg · 17 replies
    The commander of the Pontifical Swiss Guard says the group of soldiers charged with protecting the Pope is on high alert and ready to act if any threat from ISIS materializes. We are ready to intervene. Our job is security. and as gendarmes we are well organized. We are ready if anything happens, said Cristoph Graf. At age 54, Graf is married with two children. Yet he and the other members of the Swiss Guard are willing to lay down their lives to protect the Holy Father. In an interview with the Italian daily Il Giornale, published on Feb. 18,...
  • Vatican Suing Bloggers? Why Do People Who Promote Dissent Object to Being Called Dissenters?

    02/19/2015 7:50:08 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 6 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 2/19/15 | Tancred
    Edit: We thought being called a dissenter would be a badge of honor? It looks like Father Volpi is attempting to do the same. The blogger received a threatening letter insisting that he remove blog posts covering the Synod on the Family. How can you sue someone who says things about you that you've said about yourself? This blogger sounds absolutely terrified. Here's a portion of an article in response to Father Rosica's call for more civility in the blogosphere back in 2011 in support of the evil Father Gravel, a Pro-Abort, aberrosexual, Canadian priest then suing Life Site News,...
  • The Vatican Conspiracy Its Real

    02/11/2015 7:41:16 PM PST · by purcre · 117 replies
    Gloria tv ^ | 12/2/2015 | pucre
    The Vatican Conspiracy now happening shows the true nature of what and how people in this church are treated. A second shroud has been discovered in the Veronica Veil held at St Peters and they are refusing to tell their people and the world.
  • German Bling Bishop lands new Vatican job

    02/10/2015 7:30:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 10 Feb 2015 17:37 GMT+01:00
    Reports that the former Bishop of Limburg has received a new job at the Vatican, despite being ousted from his post for a 31-million spending spree, sparked bafflement on Tuesday. [] After several months living in an upscale 180-square-metre apartment in Regensburg, (Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst) is believed to have already relocated to Rome to take up a specially created post preparing catechetical materials for bishops conferences. The post was created for Tebartz-van Elst and has the hallmarks of a make-work job because the Vatican couldnt figure out what else to do with the prelate, the RNS Religion News Service wrote...
  • Fat Popes, Hunger, And Entitlement Mentality

    02/10/2015 10:46:54 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 15 replies
    Mundabor's Blog ^ | 2/10/15 | Mundabor
    There is no right to food. Food never was any sort of fundamental right. Saint Paul already warned us that to those who do not want to work, we shall give no food. You cant find any clearer evidence that food is not a fundamental right of the person. Of course, charity demands that we feed the hungry. But this is not a subjective right of the hungry, merely the result of the charitable help of those who feed them because let us say this once again consider them, in their charity, worthy of being fed. Charity is...
  • The True Veronica Veil Second Shroud Discovered (Shroud of Turin Connection)

    02/02/2015 7:38:19 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 48 replies
    GLoria TV ^ | 26/01/2015 | John Cage
    I appeal to Pope Francis to make this discovery known to the world, your people have kept this secret from you. The world needs to know. These incredible images of the abused and tortured face of Jesus Christ were processed from the St Peters Veronica Veil in 2011 by the experimental photographer myself Vincenzo Giovanni Ruello. The link to the Shroud of Turin has been made showing the identical same face. The discovery is gaining prominance world wide. The St Peters Veronica Veil has now been authenticated and is not a legend but the second true Shroud in existance predating...
  • Bergoglios List: An Unexpected Discovery

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

    The Vatican will offer homeless people in Rome not only showers but also haircuts and shaves when new facilities open next month, the head of Pope Francis' charity office said. The Vatican announced last year that it would provide shower facilities in St Peter's Square for homeless people. Bishop Konrad Krajewski told the Italian Catholic newspaper Avvenire on Thursday that it would also offer haircuts and shaves when the services start on Feb. 16 in an area under the colonnade of the square. Krajewski, whose official title is the pope's almoner, said barbers and hairdressers would volunteer their services on...
  • The Deadly Dangerous U.S.-Cuba Deal

    01/28/2015 7:21:52 AM PST · by Thistooshallpass9 · 9 replies
    The Phildelphia Trumpet ^ | 28 Jan 2015 | G. Flurry
    In December, U.S. President Barack Obama surprised the world by announcing that America would restore diplomatic ties with Cuba after 53 years of hostility. The terms of the deal completely favor Cuba. Cuba did not have to abandon communism or reform its dictatorial governance. The U.S. got nothing out of this deal. Then why did the president make this deal? Only our booklet America Under Attack fully answers that question! (Request your free copy.) What is this all about? We could write quite a bit about the president bypassing Congress and using yet another executive action to make this deal....
  • EPA chief headed to Vatican to talk climate change

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

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

    01/22/2015 9:58:42 AM PST · by aimhigh · 4 replies
    Gazzetta del Sud ^ | 01/22/2015 | Gazzetta del Sud
    Catholic bishops preparing for the next synod on the family in October will be studying the "most sensitive issues" raised at the last meeting in October 2014, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, synod secretary general, said Thursday. Those include the Church's stance on gays, communion for divorced and remarried Catholics, and cohabitation outside marriage. Divisions within the clergy on these issues came to the fore at last year's meeting, when a final document showed openings that appeared in a half-way working document had largely been reversed. Vote counts published by the Vatican showed that three controversial articles, including the final version of...
  • Papal Text Says Man Betrays God by Destroying the Environment

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

    01/12/2015 6:43:07 AM PST · by Biggirl · 64 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | January 12, 2015 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D
    In his yearly address to the Vatican Diplomatic Corps on Monday, Pope Francis decried the breakdown of society spawning violence and death. Referencing the tragic slayings which took place in Paris, Francis blamed enslavement to deviant forms of religion. This fundamentalism, Francis said, which uses religion as a pretext for evil, is born of a corrupt heart, a heart incapable of recognizing and doing good, of pursuing peace.
  • Financier Linked to Burkle And Clinton Is Charged (Raffaello Follieri)

    06/24/2008 6:12:47 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 12 replies · 362+ views
    Excerpt - Federal prosecutors charged Raffaello Follieri, an Italian entrepreneur and former business partner of California billionaire Ron Burkle, with funding a lavish lifestyle by using money from a real-estate venture that was supposed to capitalize on his alleged Vatican ties to redevelop surplus Catholic Church properties. ~ snip ~ A criminal complaint filed by the U.S. attorney in Manhattan Tuesday alleged that Mr. Follieri stole hundreds of thousands of dollars of investor money to pay for a $37,000-a-month New York apartment where he lived for a time with Ms. Hathaway; private jet travel; expensive restaurants and clothes; medical expenses,...
  • How A San Diego Scientist Helped Shape The Popes 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....
  • What Can a Popular Pope Do About Climate Change?

    12/31/2014 6:26:34 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | December 30, 2014 | Nicholas St. Fleur
    The pontiff plans to issue a rare and controversial plea for Catholics to consider the environment. Recent polls show his message just might resonate. Pope Francis has ambitious environmental plans for 2015. Come March, he will deliver a 50 to 60-page edict urging his 1.2 billion Catholic followers to take action against climate change. The Pontiff will make his announcement during his visit to the Philippian city of Tacloban, which was ravaged by typhoon Haiyan, which killed thousands in 2013. But within his global congregation, many conservative Catholics are expected to oppose the popes environmental views. The message comes months...
  • Tonight on CBS, a Peek Inside the Vatican Library

    12/28/2014 1:18:50 PM PST · by marshmallow · 41 replies
    Patheos ^ | 10/28/14 | Kathy Schiffer
    Tonight on CBS, viewers will be treated to a special hour of 60 Minutes Presents: Inside the Vatican. Scott Pelley will profile Pope Francis, who is surprising the world by spurning tradition; and Morley Safer will lead viewers on a tour of the Vatican Library. The program will air at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time and Pacific Time. To whet your appetite for what is certain to be a fascinating disclosure of rarely seen documents, let me tell you a little about the things Ive seen in that hallowed space. Center> * * * * It was my great privilege to...
  • 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."
  • Topless activist rushed the nativity scene in St Peters 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.
  • 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.
  • Distancing the Dalai Lama: Is Vatican playing into Beijing's hands?

    12/19/2014 1:10:41 PM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Nerve.in ^ | Friday, 19 December 2014 | Amit Dasgupta
    " It was his efforts at peace that brought him the Nobel Peace Prize. Despite the huge popularity and respect he enjoys, he is not unaware of his increasing isolation by global leaders since being in Beijing's good books appears to be the global fascination. It remains to be seen how India reacts. It would be a sad day, indeed, if New Delhi also lacks the moral fibre and toes Beijing's line." Nobel laureates gathered in Rome last week were dismayed that Pope Francis had surprisingly refused to grant an audience to the Dalai Lama so as to not incur...
  • Obama praises Vatican for very important role in deal to free American from Castros prison

    12/19/2014 6:29:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 18, 2014 | Francesca Chambers
    The Pope 'played a very important role' in opening up a dialogue between the United States and Cuba, says President Barack Obama. 'The Pope doesn't wield armies. He can't impose sanctions, but he can speak with great moral authority, and that makes a difference,' the U.S. president said in an interview that aired today on Good Morning America. 'And it certainly made a difference in this case,' he added.
  • Pope Francis, Canada brokered Cuba deal

    12/17/2014 1:32:39 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/17/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    >The conclusion of an agreement to normalize diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba has the White House treading cautiously, especially after bipartisan condemnation from Cuban-American Senators Marco Rubio and Bob Menendez. The latter, who chaired the Foreign Relations Committee until yesterday, accused Barack Obama of “vindicat[ing] the brutal behavior of the Cuban government” and of “set[ting] an extremely dangerous precedent.” Menendez is of course a Democrat and ostensibly an ally of the White House on foreign policy.In anticipation, at least one official in the Obama administration has decided it’s better to share the credit, and preferably with someone whose...
  • Vatican: Bishops Should Move Forward on Family

    12/09/2014 1:53:11 PM PST · by prairiebreeze · 3 replies
    ABC News ^ | Dec. 9, 2014 | NICOLE WINFIELD
    Among other things, the questionnaire asked how the church can care for families with gay children and discern "positive and negative elements" in heterosexual civil unions. It also asked how the church can better provide sacraments for Catholics who divorce and remarry outside the church. Church teaching holds that without an annulment, or a church decree that the first marriage was null, such Catholics are living in sin and are thus ineligible to receive communion. Francis has sought to end what he calls "de facto excommunication" for these Catholics, and the issue was a source of heated debate during the...
  • Pope Francis Asserts Islam Cant Be Equated With Violence [Babylon the Great]

    12/05/2014 3:05:05 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 81 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | 12/04/2014 | Heather Clark
    ROME On his flight back to Rome after visiting Turkey, the Roman Catholic Pontiff known as Pope Francis told reporters that Islam should not be equated with terrorism and violencea statement that some may disagree with considering the teachings of the religion. On Islamophobia, it is true that when one sees these terrorist acts, not only in this region, but also in Africa, there is this reaction [of], If this is Islam, I am going to get angry,' he said. And so many Islamic people are offended. Many, many [Muslims] say, No, we are not this. The Koran is...
  • Pope Francis Equates Christian Fundamentalists to Islamist Killers & Terrorists

    12/02/2014 9:40:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 123 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | December 2, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Pope Francis equated Christianity with Islam while leaving Turkey. We have our share of fundamentalists too. The pope also said fighting poverty and hunger were key to defeating Islamist killers. Ugh. The Jerusalem Post reported: Pope Francis said Sunday that equating Islam with violence was wrong and called on Muslim leaders to issue a global condemnation of terrorism to help dispel the stereotype. Francis, the leader of 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, told reporters aboard his plane returning from a visit to Turkey that he understood why Muslims were offended by many in the West who automatically equated their religion with...
  • China seeks agreement with Vatican on appointment of new bishops

    11/22/2014 3:31:12 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | November 21, 2014 | Diogenes
    The Chinese government has proposed a cooperative arrangement with the Vatican regarding the appointment of Catholic bishops. The Beijing regime has clashed repeatedly with Rome over the appointment of bishops. The Vatican insists that all bishops must be appointed with a mandate from the Holy See, and has announced the excommunication of Chinese bishops appointed without that mandate. China, on the other hand, claims that the government-backed Catholic Patriotic Association should appoint bishops. In his 2007 letter on the Church in China, Pope Benedict XVI said that the universal Church cannot recognize the authority of a group like the Patriotic...
  • Rick Warren Defends Marriage at Vatican. "Marriage: 'What Must We Do?'"

    11/22/2014 7:51:20 AM PST · by DWW1990
    Trevor Grant Thomas ^ | 11-19-14 | Trevor Thomas
    I found it very suspect that our King plus a huge trade delegation visited Japan a day before Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda announced the new extreme surprise round of stimulus. Gold Repatriation Stunner: Dutch Central Bank Secretly Withdrew 122 Tons Of Gold From The New York Fed http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-11-21/gold-repatriation-stunner-dutch-central-bank-secretly-withdrew-122-tons-gold-new-yor Need Tips on Sticking to your Trade Plan? Global Consequences The impact of the Dutch gold repatriation can be huge. First of all, because it underlines more and more countries are getting nervous about their gold reserves stored in the US. Venezuela repatriated most of its reserves from abroad in...
  • IS POPE FRANCIS DUPING LIBERALS ON MARRIAGE?

    11/21/2014 3:08:09 PM PST · by NYer · 37 replies
    The Spectator ^ | November 21, 2014 | Paul Kengor
    Its no secret that liberals adore Pope Francis. The more secular the progressive, the greater the reverence for the new man in the Vatican. Liberalswhich includes liberal Catholics and Protestants as well as secularistssee the pontiff as the long-awaited liberator of the reactionary Roman Catholic Church.And yet, if you think about it, there arent many things they actually want from Francis. What kind of wish-list do they have in mind as they celebrate his arrival? Francis is not calling for women priests, for abortion-on-demand, or for clowns dancing at the altar during consecration of the Eucharist. Sure, they relish his...
  • Doomsday pope warns man's greed will destroy world

    11/20/2014 3:07:21 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 63 replies
    France 24 ^ | 20 Nov 14 | AFP
    Pope Francis warned Thursday that planet earth would not forgive the abuse of its resources for profit, urging the world's leaders to rein in their greed and help the hungry -- or risk a doomsday scenario in which nature would exact revenge. "God always forgives, but the earth does not," the Argentine pope told the Second International Conference on Nutrition (CIN2) in Rome, a three-day meeting aimed at tackling malnutrition, a global scourge which afflicts poor and rich alike. "Take care of the earth so it does not respond with destruction," he warned representatives from 190 countries gathered for...
  • Topless Feminists Protest Abortion at The Vatican in St. Peters Square

    11/19/2014 1:47:07 PM PST · by NYer · 51 replies
    Life News ^ | November 19, 2014 | Steven Ertelt
    The pro-abortion fanatics from the activist group Femen are at it again. This time they took to St. Peters Square at the Vatican to make their views known and grab attention. Not only did they bare their breasts at the home of the Catholic Church, they simulated anal sex using crucifixes. Authorities quickly arrested them. Femen, the womens rights group known for topless protests, took their act to a new level of provocation on Friday with an explicitly sexually suggestive demonstration in front of the Vatican. In what they described as a protest over Pope Franciss upcoming visit to...
  • Brittany Maynards Mother Calls Vatican Assisted Suicide Opposition A Slap in the Face

    11/19/2014 1:36:25 PM PST · by NYer · 32 replies
    Life News ^ | November 19, 2014 | Steven Ertelt
    Shortly after Brittany Maynard took her own life, a leading Catholic Church official said assisted suicide was reprehensible because it violated the dignity of human life. Monsignor Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, the head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, said dignity is something other than putting an end to ones own life, when asked about Maynards decision to kill herself. Carrasco de Paula said Brittany Maynards act is in itself reprehensible, but what happened in the consciousness we do not know. brittanymaynardHe cautioned that he was not judging individuals but the gesture in and of itself should be condemned....
  • Right-to-die advocates mom blasts Vatican remarks

    11/18/2014 10:51:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 18, 2014 1:36 PM EST
    Brittany Maynards mother is responding angrily to the Vatican's criticism of Maynards decision to end her life early under an Oregon law written to let terminally ill patients die on their own terms. [] Maynards mother, Debbie Ziegler, issued a sharp written response Tuesday. She says the Vatican officials comments came as the family was grieving and were more than a slap in the face.
  • Pope Francis to Build Showers for Homeless in St. Peters Square

    11/15/2014 8:58:31 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 20 replies
    In his latest bid to ease the suffering of the poor and upend the expectations of the papacy Pope Francis plans to build showers for the homeless under the sweeping white colonnade of St. Peters Square. A homeless man sits close to where the showers are going to be built in St. Peters square. Photo via Josephine McKenna/RNS Related Reading VIDEO: Our Neighbors in the Pews by The Editors Left Behind by John A. Zukowski Compassion in the Stacks by Brittany Shoot Forty Shades of Green by Sean McDonagh The Rich Get Richer by Julie Polter Three showers...
  • Translation error? Final English Synod text cuts marriage between a man and a woman

    11/12/2014 11:17:44 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 9 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/11/14 | Hilary White
    Just at first glance, and without looking it up on Google Translate, what is the difference between these two passages of a recent important Vatican document, the final Relatio from Octobers Extraordinary Synod of Bishops? confronto alla luce del Signore Ges per discernere le vie con cui rinnovare la Chiesa e la societ nel loro impegno per la famiglia fondata sul matrimonio tra uomo e donna. and facing the situation, with an eye on the Lord Jesus, to discern how the Church and society can renew their commitment to the family. A little pared down, perhaps? The official Italian original...
  • US BISHOPS STRUGGLING UNDER FRANCIS' PONTIFICATE

    11/09/2014 12:27:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    AP ^ | 11/8/2014 | RACHEL ZOLL, AP RELIGION WRITER
    U.S. Roman Catholic bishops are gathering at a moment of turbulence for them and the American church, as Pope Francis moves toward crafting new policies for carrying out his mission of mercy - a prospect that has conservative Catholics and some bishops in an uproar. The assembly, which starts Monday in Baltimore, comes less than a month after Francis ended a dramatic Vatican meeting on how the church can more compassionately minister to Catholic families. The gathering in Rome was only a prelude to a larger meeting next year which will more concretely advise Francis on church practice. Still, the...
  • Conservative Cardinal Burke loses another Vatican post

    11/08/2014 7:59:58 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    VATICAN CITY American Cardinal Raymond Burke, who championed campaigns to deny Holy Communion to Catholic politicians who support abortion, was removed by Pope Francis from another top Vatican post on Saturday. The removal of Burke as head of the Holy See's supreme court was widely expected in Catholic Church circles. While he was archbishop of St. Louis, from 2003 to 2008, he led fellow American bishops in campaigns to stop giving Holy Communion to Catholic politicians who support legalized abortion. He has questioned some of the pontiff's pronouncements and approaches. Last year, Francis took Burke off the Vatican's powerful...
  • Let there be light: Sistine Chapel gets LED makeover

    11/03/2014 6:10:48 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    Visitors to the Vaticans Sistine Chapel will now be able to see its world-famous frescos in a new light 7,000 new LED lights to be exact. ... This type of LED lighting guarantees a homogeneous lighting, which is very precise and allows us to understand the Sistine Chapel as a whole and each fresco individually, in minute detail, says the Director of the Vatican Museums, Antonio Paolucci. The non-intrusive, energy-saving bulbs have been concealed along the edges of the ledge which runs around the chapel. Positioned to match the frescoes pigments, they can be adjusted to different levels. This...
  • Why is the Vatican Manipulating Results of the Synod on the Family?

    10/31/2014 3:46:50 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 11 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | 10/ 29/2014 | The Remnant Newspaper
    Catholics around the world need to know that the Vatican communications machine is still doing its best to manipulate the results of the Synod on the Family. As can be seen from the link here and below to the relevant page on the Vatican website, all the preliminary and more liberal documents of the Synod are up there in multiple languages, while the only one that matters de jure - the final and official relatio which did not even propose - much less approve - Communion for divorced-and remarrieds or "welcome" for homosexuals and their "gifts", is posted only in...
  • Cardinal Burke: I think Im out

    10/19/2014 3:57:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/19/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The departure of Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke from the Apostolic Signatura has been rumored for weeks, but nothing official had been forthcoming. Yesterday, Burke himself confirmed it in an interview with Buzzfeed – kind of. Actually, when one reads Burke’s response, it sounds as if he still hasn’t heard anything official about his future: In the interview with BuzzFeed News, Burke confirmed publicly for the first time the rumors that he had been told Francis intended to demote him from the church’s chief guardian of canon law to a minor post as patron to the Sovereign Military Order of...
  • Pope Francis Rents Out Sistine Chapel For Corporate Event

    10/16/2014 10:51:43 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 115 replies
    http://www.inquisitr.com ^ | October 16, 2014
    Pope Francis may believe that the current economic system is driving the world towards the idolatry of money but that wont stop the Holy Father from getting some corporate dollars. The pope rented out the Sistine Chapel to Porsche for a private concert for 40 high paying tourists. The Catholic church did not reveal how much they would get from the event, but insists that the proceeds will go to the popes various charities. The event is part of a 5 day tour around Rome arranged by the Porsche Travel Club that costs about 5,000 ($6,400) a person. According to...
  • Full Text of Cardinal Burke's Major Interview to Il Foglio on the Synod

    10/16/2014 10:45:22 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 7 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/13/14 | Alessandro Gnocchi
    The world likes Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke very little or not at all. And , if it is possible, the Church likes him even less than does the world. On the other hand, this 66 year- old American from Richland Center, Wisconsin, has done everything as a Catholic to successfully carry out his intent to set a fire under the consciences of Christians who are all too inclined to tepidity. He participates in the Marches for Life, he says that Communion is not to be given to those politicians who support abortion laws, he denounces the rapid progression of the...
  • Evidence Emerges of an Engineered Synod

    10/16/2014 7:29:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 10/15/14 | Edward Pentin
    More and more there is talk in Rome that this synod is being engineered by groups intent on steering the Church in a heterodox direction, and increasingly evidence is coming to light that points to it. . It still remains unclear who exactly wrote it and how many eyes had seen it before it was made public, but the strong criticisms of it from such Church leaders as Cardinals Raymond Burke and Gerhard Mueller are enough to point to a lamentable lack of scrutiny, with consequences for souls. Archbishop Bruno Forte, the synods special secretary, known to be a keen...
  • In the Churchs hour of greatest need, Dolan fails again

    10/16/2014 9:14:59 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 9 replies
    Seeing as this only has 500 views on Youtube, maybe most folks havent seen this, yet. Reader MFG sent this to me this morning. I find this interview disconcerting on many levels. First, his initial glad-handed chuminess is way over the top and appears just overtly insincere. Then he attempts constantly to minimize the divisions in the Synod and gives an unreserved approval of the attempt to redefine Church Doctrine with regard to the groinal issues so sacred to the modernists (adulterers receiving the Blessed Sacrament, regularizing and solemnizing divorce through reception of the Blessed Sacrament, gift-bearing sodomites, the whole...
  • MSN Headline: Vatican Alters Report Translation about Gays

    10/16/2014 9:44:06 AM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 10-16-2014 | AP
    Check it out http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/vatican-alters-draft-report-translation-about-gays/ar-BB9qgYh