Posts Tagged ‘Pope Francis’

Pope declines cardinal’s letter of resignation

Monday, June 14th, 2021

Pope Francis has written declining German Cardinal Reinhard Marx’s 21 May letter of resignation. In his letter Francis says he agrees with Marx that Catholic leaders cannot adopt an “ostrich policy” in the face of the clerical sexual abuse crisis. “If you are tempted to think that, by confirming your mission and not accepting your Read more

Days of the traditional Mass in Latin may be numbered

Thursday, June 10th, 2021

Catholics who prefer the traditional Mass in Latin may find their days of worship in that language and style are numbered. The Congregation for the Divine Worship is rumoured to be preparing a document modifying some of the provisions of Benedict XVI ’s July 2007  Summorum Pontificum, specifying the circumstances in which priests may celebrate Read more

Synodality is not a walk in the park

Thursday, June 3rd, 2021

There are many ideas about what synodality means, says Pope Francis. “It’s not a walk in the park”. It is “an ecclesial journey that has a soul, which is the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit, there is no synodality,” he explains. Francis is promoting a synodal process that involves the whole church. It will Read more

All Catholics invited – commit to Laudato Si’ and save creation

Thursday, May 27th, 2021

Pope Francis is inviting all Catholics to a seven-year journey to become totally sustainable. The “predatory attitude” toward the planet must end, he says. The new initiative, the Laudato Si’ Action Platform, is “a seven-year journey that will see our communities committed in different ways to becoming totally sustainable, in the spirit of integral ecology,” Read more

Pope Francis photographed with Holocaust survivors, not Rockefellers and Rothschilds

Monday, May 24th, 2021

An image of the pope kissing a man’s hand while other men look on has been portrayed as a moment involving Rockefellers and Rothschildslies and the Pope “Do you see it now? The Vatican is run by the Jesuits, the Real Mafia of this world, but even they have Overlords…” But the man whose hand Read more

The new synodal process is under-thought and oversold

Monday, May 24th, 2021
synodal process

By now, you’ve probably heard that Pope Francis postponed the upcoming synod on synodality for a full year, from October 2022 to October 2023, and ordered every ecclesiastical jurisdiction and single member of the faithful to participate in an expanded “preparatory” process. If the incongruity of making the Church more synodalitous by papal diktat ever Read more

Francis grateful for peace in Holy Land

Monday, May 24th, 2021
grateful for peace

Pope Francis expressed gratitude, Friday, for the cease-fire in the Holy Land. “My thoughts turn to the events taking place these days in the Holy Land,” Francis said, referring to the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. “I thank God for the decision to halt the armed conflicts and acts of violence, and I Read more

Pope Francis tips for when prayer is difficult

Thursday, May 20th, 2021
Difficulties in prayer

Today’s focus is the lived experience of prayer, trying to show some very common difficulties in prayer, which must be identified and overcome. Praying is not easy: many difficulties present themselves in prayer. It is necessary to know them, recognise them and overcome them. Distraction The first problem that emerges to those who pray is distraction (see CCC, Read more

Pope implores Israeli and Palestinian leaders – spare the children

Thursday, May 20th, 2021

Pope Francis is urging Israeli and Palestinian leaders to put down their arms and spare the children, in the latest round of hostilities between Israel and the Gaza Strip. The injury and death of so many innocent people puts the entire area at risk of sinking into “a spiral of death and destruction,” he says. Read more

Put your guitars away and consecrate yourself daily to dialogue with reality

Thursday, May 20th, 2021

It is good to get together and sing and play the guitar, but that’s not what consecrated life is about, Pope Francis told two religious institutes celebrating 50 years of consecrated life. Consecrated life means “consecrating oneself every day” and should be understood in “dialogue with reality,” he says. Pope Francis made the comments in Read more