Francis’ Mass for the canonization of the two visionaries, the first holy children who were not martyrs: “God effects a general mobilization against the indifference that chills our hearts”. Greeting to the sick: “Do not be ashamed of being a precious treasure of the Church.”
The secretary-general of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences has criticized the lack of commitment on behalf of members of the European Union in the implementation of religious freedom guidelines set in 2013. “Freedom of religion is an absolute principle, and diplomatic and economic pressure should be used to defend it,” he said.
Declarations in the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy’s recent document “The Gift of the Priestly Vocation” have been called “disrespectful,” “ambiguous” and “insulting” by the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests.
In a newly-released interview Pope Francis discussed the shortage of vocations to the priesthood, saying the first response must be prayer. He also mentioned working with youth, the low birthrate, and the ordination of married men.
US-based Pew Research Centre analysed demographic change among the world’s major religions and found that the world’s population of Muslims will grow by 73 per cent between 2010 and 2050, compared to 35 per cent for Christians, the next fastest-growing faith.
The Holy Father wisely chose not to respond to the five dubia, or questions, posed to him by four cardinals who objected to Amoris Laetitia. Unlike our president, Pope Francis can’t be easily baited. “The dubia are not really expressions of doubt or questions but rather assertions that ‘Amoris Laetitia’ appears to have abandoned or altered key teachings of Catholic tradition”…
Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher said he was ashamed and humiliated by revelations that 7 percent of Australia’s Roman Catholic clergy may have abused children between 1950 and 2010. The alarming figure was presented by the church to an Australian inquiry looking into institutional sex abuse.
À Doha, une grande communauté d’immigrés vit sa foi sans montrer de symboles religieux, mais la question de la liberté de culte est matière à controverse.
Si on cherche Mesaymir sur n’importe quelle carte géographique du Qatar, on trouve un regroupement de constructions isolées et de couleur sable. Le panneau sur la voie à six bandes dans le désert indique « compound religieux », parce que ici, à environ 40 kilomètres de Doha, sont regroupées les huit minorités chrétiennes reconnues dans le pays.
The head of the Vatican’s financial watchdog agency has revealed that the city-state began pursuing prosecutions against people accused of financial crimes for the first time in 2016, in what may be seen as a breakthrough for Pope Francis’ continuing reforms.
Two stories this week, one in Italy and the other in the States, both highlight missed opportunities for real reform on clerical sexual abuse, born of trafficking in stereotypes and straw men rather than engaging the nitty-gritty of reality in the Catholic Church.
My Dear Young People,
I am pleased to announce that in October 2018 a Synod of Bishops will take place to treat the topic: “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.” I wanted you to be the centre of attention, because you are in my heart. Today, the Preparatory Document is being presented, a document which I am also entrusting to you as your “compass” on this synodal journey.
Pope Francis on Thursday lashed out against high-level Catholic prelates who have been opposing his efforts to reform the Vatican’s central bureaucracy, using an annual pre-Christmas meeting to say that while some cardinals and archbishops offer questions in a spirit of goodwill others practice a “malevolent resistance.”
Some revealing details have surfaced concerning the affair involving the so-called “clandestine” bishop ordained without the Pope’s consent. Negotiations between Beijing and the Holy See seem to be targeted. But the reaction of many “clandestine” bishops, priests and lay people is enlightening and comforting
Francis and Patriarch Ilia II embraced during the meeting at the Patriarchal Palace and the Pope said: May the saints of this country encourage us “to put the Gospel before all else and to evangelize as in the past, even more so, free from the restraints of prejudice and open to the perennial newness of God”
An alliance of Church of England parishes meeting this week for the first time could be the first step towards a split, the vicar leading the talks has suggested.
30 August marks the commemoration of the anti-Christian massacres: bishops are expected to make a statement and a delegation representing the Indian government will be coming to Rome for the canonization rite on 4 September
The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, today confirmed that “there are many hopes and expectations for new developments and a new stage in the relations between the Apostolic See and China.”
Rieti, Italy, Aug 9, 2016
In keeping with his spontaneous personality, Pope Francis made a surprise visit Tuesday to two convents north of Rome.
It is highly unusual for the Vatican to publicly slap down a Prince of the Church, yet not entirely surprising given how Cardinal Sarah has operated since his appointment to lead the Holy See’s liturgy department.
Written in Ge’ez an ancient dead language of Ethiopia, it’s nearly 800 years older than the King James Version and contains 81-88 books compared to 66. It includes the Book of Enoch, Esdras, Buruch and all 3 Books of Maccabee…
The incredible relic has been kept ever since in the Garima Monastery near Adwa in the north of the country, which is in the Tigray region at 7,000 feet.
Experts believe it is also the earliest example of book binding still attached to the original pages.
The survival of the Gospels is incredible considering the country has been under Muslim invasion, Italian invasion and a fire in the 1930s destroyed the monastery’s church.
A horrific catalogue of human rights abuses of Christians and other believers is listed in the latest freedom of religion or belief report from the European Union.
The report calls on the EU to “use political and financial power to end persecution of religious minorities worldwide.” It finds “significant restrictions” exist on religion worldwide, including the near extinction of Christians in Syria and Iraq.
Many non-Catholics fear that unity with Rome would mean being swamped by the papacy, but by treating the head of the small Armenian Apostolic Church as a complete equal over the last three days, Pope Francis, in effect, suggested that in the end, size doesn’t matter.
At its regular meeting from 8 to 10 June in Brussels, the CEC Governing Board approved an open letter addressed to its membership and partner organisations on the current situation in Europe, where we are facing an increasing number of challenges.
A Harvard professor who caused a huge splash when she unveiled a small fragment of papyrus that she said referred to Jesus being married now says it’s likely a forgery.
Harvard Divinity School professor Karen King presented the piece of papyrus in Rome in 2012. The fragment, written in Coptic, includes the phrase, “Jesus said to them, My wife.”
Right from the beginning, it sparked controversy and debate among scholars. Doubts about its authenticity were raised almost immediately.
Pope Francis will send high-level observers to the pan-Orthodox council meeting in Crete as a gesture of support for the Orthodox Church.
The Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church was scheduled to open June 19, which is Pentecost on the Julian calendar, and run through to June 26.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople invited Pope Francis to send observers to the meeting on the Greek island of Crete, and the Pope chose Cardinal Kurt Koch and Bishop Brian Farrell, respectively the president and secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
On June 6, the fate of The Holy And Great Synod Of the Orthodox Church is being decided.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is calling an emergency meeting of the prelates at Phanar, due to the serious complication which has arisen at the last-minute. The Synod is scheduled to begin in Crete on June 16th.
There was yet another hubbub a couple weeks back about the Third Secret of Fatima, one that involved Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and claims that he did not reveal all of the secret — claims that set Fatima devotees abuzz and forced the former pope himself to deny the assertions.
But that neverending topic overshadowed what I think was a much more important assertion regarding the former pope, namely that he is not quite a former pope but continues to serve in an “expanded” Petrine ministry alongside the actual pope, Francis.
The nearly unanimous conclusion of people following the situation of religious freedom around the world is that matters have been getting worse, not better.
Pope Francis has announced he will create a commission to study the possibility of allowing women to serve as deacons in the Catholic church, signaling an historic openness to the possibility of ending the global institution’s practice of an all-male clergy.
Pope Francis has forcefully reprimanded European leaders, urging them to reject calls for the re-nationalization of the continent, to remember the devastating history that preceded their unification, and to “build bridges and tear down walls” in the face of the continuing migrant crisis.
As the Pope shook the hands of refugees at Lesbos’ Moria camp, word circulated that Francis could be taking about 10 or so refugees currently living on Lesbos, back to the Vatican with him. 12 are in fact going to be boarding the papal plane to Rome this afternoon and will be hosted by the Community of Sant’Egidio.
According to the Archbishop of Agrigento (Italy), Cardinal Montenegro, the Pope will leave his mark with his visit to the Greek island too; he is among the few who have realised that the history of the world is changing. Europe is the home of people’s rights and cannot act as it is doing. Italy too, would be a poorer place without migrants. It is wrong and unfair to say that every migrant could be a potential terrorist, in fact their wars are caused partly by the need to fulfil our interests
Francis’ “Amoris Laetitia” goes beyond the “artificial, superficial, clear division between ‘regular’ and ‘irregular’” placing everyone under the common lens of the Gospel. This is according to the Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, who presented the Pope’s Apostolic Exhortation in the Vatican. The cardinal underlined that Francis text is “innovative and in continuity ” with John Paul II’s “Familiaris Consortio” and pointed to the “experience of the poor” as a key factor in interpreting the text. This is because poor families illustrate that “small steps along the path of virtue can be far greater than the virtuous success of those living a comfortable life”.
(08/04/2016 Vatican Radio) The Vatican on Friday published Pope Francis’ eagerly-awaited Apostolic Exhoratation on the family, drawing together almost three years of consultations with Catholics in countries around the world. … Continua a leggere
(09/04/2016 Vatican Radio) The Holy See Press Office has announced that Pope Francis will visit Armenia in June of 2016, accepting the invitation of His Holiness, Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch … Continua a leggere
JHS … me complazco de enviarte mi Exhortación “Amoris laetitia” para el bien de todas las familias y de todas las personas, jóvenes y ancianas, confiadas a tu ministerio pastoral. Franciscus.
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The Russian Orthodox Church spokesman officially announces anticipated conference, organized with the Evangelical Bill Graham, who will bring a thousand delegates from 150 countries to Moscow. Large Catholic delegation expected.
Supporters of Mumtaz Qadri, who murdered Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, began a sit-in on Sunday, which later turned into a call for Asia Bibi’s hanging, the application of Sharia, and the maintenance of the blasphemy law. Interior Minister denies that any deal was struck with protesters, who left “on their own accord.”
Pope Francis, Bartholomew I and the Archbishop Hieronymos with migrants in Lesbos on 14 or 15 April. Maybe…
The Vatican press office said that the idea is being considered, but does not confirm dates or details. The Pope has been invited by the Greek-Orthodox Synod and the Greek president. Both Orthodox primate of Greece Hieronymos and Bartholomew, confirm their presence on Lesbos.
Addressing faithful in St. Peter’s Square at a Saturday evening prayer vigil for the Jubilee of Divine Mercy — 11 years to the day after the death of St. John Paul II — the pope announced his wish that, in every diocese, “a hospital, a home for the elderly or abandoned children, a school …, a home for recovering addicts” or some similar structure be established as “a living reminder” of the Year of Mercy.
With Palm Sunday right around the corner, Catholics across the globe will soon be handed leaves as they walk into church. Some might fold them into elaborate little crosses. Kids will poke each other with them. But it’s safe to say most won’t know where they came from.
Indian bishops are shaken by the murder of the nuns in Yemen and are keen to launch an inquiry for the canonization of the victims of the 2008 massacres.The 180 bishops of the world’s largest democracy are united in their wish to proclaim the victims of the anti-Christian massacres in Orissa in 2008 martyrs.
“Heretic and traitor”: Fundamentalists term Orthodox Patriarch Kirill who met with Pope Francis in Cuba.
The meeting took place 10 thousand kilometers distance from Moscow, perhaps to avoid the objections of the traditionalists. Kirill accused of being “nikodimico”, too ecumenical. An “appeal to the Orthodox youth” claims that orthodoxy is being “sold out” to the Pope of Rome. Others say that Pope Francis is about to “convert” to Russian Orthodoxy. Urgent need for information and education.
For Mgr Paul Hinder, the “signal is clear: it has something to do with religion”. A clergyman who lived at the nuns’ convent was abducted. The facility’s superior saved herself by hiding. Four nuns and ten civilians were killed. For the Vicar, they “sacrificed their lives by following their own charism.”
There is only one word capable of capturing what is happening to the Christians in the Middle East: martyrdom. The unarmed witness exposes the jihadist’s counter-testimony and reveals the virus … Continua a leggere
Following the session of the Holy Synod of the Georgian Apostolic Orthodox Church held on February 16, 2016, His Holiness Ilia II, Patriarch and Catholicos of Tbilisi and All Georgia … Continua a leggere
At his meeting with over 100,000 young people at the “José María Morelos y Pavón” Stadium in Morelia, Francis said: “Jesus would never ask us to be assassins; rather, he … Continua a leggere
“My innermost wish,” Francis said on the flight from Rome to Havana “is to stand before Our Lady of Guadalupe, that mystery that has been the object of so much study and yet no human explanation can be found”. Francis mentioned the mystery of how the image of the mestizo (mixed-race) Virgin was formed. “Even the most scientific of studies says: ‘This is an object of God’.”
Flight from Rome to Havana: At one point during the papal flight a Mexican journalist suddenly stooped down to polish the Pope’s shoes. Why? “My family was poor and when I was a child,” the journalist explained, “I was able to buy my suit for my first communion by working as a shoeshiner”. For the shoeshiner-turned-correspondent, to be able to polish the Pope’s shoes on board the papal flight from Rome to Havana, is a cause of immense pride, gratification, not to mention liberation.
The Pope and the Patriarch of Moscow are to meet in Cuba before Bergoglio’s visit to Mexico, which begins next week: the Vatican and the Russian Patriarchate both announced the … Continua a leggere
Pope Francis gave his first-ever interview on China and the Chinese people on Jan. 28 to Asia Times columnist and China Renmin University senior researcher Francesco Sisci. The Pope urged … Continua a leggere
Poll shows for first time more Anglicans supporting gay couples marrying than opposing it, despite leadership’s opposition. Attitudes to same-sex marriage within the pews of the Church of England are … Continua a leggere
On the eve of his 84th birthday, Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun wrote an article in AsiaNews in which he spoke about the ongoing Sino-Vatican dialogue and expressed concern that the … Continua a leggere
The pope in Mexico, the Russian patriarch in Cuba. Both on visits to these countries in mid-February. Ready to surprise the world, with a meeting (by Sandro Magister) ROME, January … Continua a leggere
January 22, 2016 (KHARTOUM) – South Sudanese and Sudanese archbishops who visited Pope Francis of Catholic Vatican city said they had extended invitation to him to visit the two neighbouring, … Continua a leggere
Bombay (Agenzia Fides) – Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay, President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) and President of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC), wants … Continua a leggere
The Church has been constant through crises and conflicts this year, writes Paul Keenan. Both Pope Francis and the Universal Church were undeniably stretched by matters on the international stage … Continua a leggere
“Overcome Indifference and Win Peace” The text of the pope’s World Peace Day message in English: World Peace Day message VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis called for abolishing the … Continua a leggere
Israel: Catholic Bishops react to shocking statements of a Rabbi against “Christian vampires” Jerusalem (Agenzia Fides) – The Assembly of Catholic Ordinary Bishops of the Holy Land has learned “with … Continua a leggere
Legal resolution may force hand of Europe over persecution in Syria, Iraq and Pakistan. Lithuania has become the first EU country to legally call the persecution of Christians in the … Continua a leggere