Posts Tagged ‘Pope Francis’

Communion for the divorced and remarried; ‘Amoris Laetitia’ at 5 years

Thursday, April 15th, 2021
Amoris Laetitia

Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation “Amoris Laetitia” was released five years ago. The 264-page document, whose title is Latin for “The Joy of Love,” is one of the longest papal writings in history. It meanders through an introduction and nine chapters, offering everything from grandfatherly advice on family life to Scripture reflections to South American love Read more

Pope praises Duke of Edinburgh’s ‘distinguished’ public service

Monday, April 12th, 2021

Pope Francis has offered the Queen “heartfelt condolences” for the loss of her husband and praised the Duke of Edinburgh for his devotion to marriage and “distinguished record” of public service. In a telegram sent by the Vatican’s secretary of state and made public on Saturday, Francis said he was “saddened” to learn of Philip’s Read more

‘In drawing close to those ill-treated by life, we are loving Jesus’

Monday, March 29th, 2021
ill-treated by life

Pope Francis opened Holy Week celebrations the Palm Sunday ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica. “For the second time we are living in the context of the pandemic. “Last year we were more shocked, this year we are more tried, and the economic crisis has become heavier,” he said after reciting the Angelus at the end Read more

Cardinals’ pay cuts at the Vatican to save lay jobs

Monday, March 29th, 2021

Pay cuts at the Vatican will see cardinals working at the Holy See taking a 10 per cent pay cut. Most other Vatican-based clerics’ salaries are also being reduced. Department heads and secretaries will have their salaries reduced by eight percent and clergy and religious by three percent. In addition, almost all employees will have Read more

Ministry to families must meet their real needs, pope says

Thursday, March 25th, 2021

If people are providing a ministry to families, they must make sure they actually know what the families need, Pope Francis says. The Catholic Church cannot claim to safeguard marriage and family life if it simply repeats its traditional teaching without supporting, encouraging and caring for real families. This is especially when families are struggling Read more

Mislabeled  photo shows Pope Benedict, not Pope Francis 

Monday, March 22nd, 2021

Some users on social media are claiming a photograph shows Pope Francis  wearing designer clothing. The image is incorrectly captioned: the photograph from 2007  shows  his predecessor  , Pope Benedict, in a white and golden  outfit  wearing red loafers. Related Posts:Angry Benedict: There is only one PopeMan wearing face shield upside down like a pope hatPope Read more

Pope Francis’ pilgrimage to Iraq improves relations with Muslims

Monday, March 22nd, 2021

Despite the naysayers who opposed the pope’s visit, Pope Francis’ pilgrimage to Iraq (March 5-8) went beyond expectations in achieving the three goals of his trip: showing pastoral solidarity with his suffering Christian flock, calling for peace and reconciliation for the Iraqi people and establishing improved relations between Christians and Muslims. In the run-up to Read more

Finding hope in the people of Iraq

Monday, March 15th, 2021

In the past few days, the Lord allowed me to visit Iraq, carrying out a project of Saint John Paul II. Never before has a Pope been in the land of Abraham. Providence willed that this should happen now, as a sign of hope, after years of war and terrorism, and during a severe pandemic. Read more

Pope hints at an encyclical letter about sport

Thursday, March 11th, 2021

An extensive conversation with Pope Francis has been appropriately called “una ‘enciclica laica,’ ” a “secular encyclical” by his interlocutor, the journalist Pier Bergonzi. In the course of the interview, Francis was asked if he might consider writing an encyclical on sports. His response leaves open an intriguing possibility: “Perhaps this conversation can be defined Read more

How Pope Francis is transforming Catholic-Muslim relations

Thursday, March 11th, 2021

When did the church commit itself to better relations between Muslims and Catholics? I suppose the church really committed to dialogue and positive engagement at the Second Vatican Council, with the famous declaration on the relationship of the church to non-Christian religions, “Nostra Aetate.” There’s a paragraph in there dedicated to Islam and opening up Read more