Posts Tagged ‘Pope Francis’

Catholicism’s two-party system Comments 0

Thursday, July 27th, 2017
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Although Crux’s John Allen likes to pretend otherwise, Roman Catholicism is now clearly divided between the Party of Francis and the Party of Benedict. Not since the days of the Jesuits and the Jansenists has the Catholic elite — clerical and lay intellectual — been at daggers drawn as it is now. Yesterday, the New York Times nicely encapsulated the partisan Read more

Pope turns off Vatican fountains Comments 0

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

The Vatican fountains are unusually quiet at present. That’s because Pope Francis has had them turned off  to show solidarity and conserve water during the drought affecting much of Italy. Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si denounces wasteful practices and highlights the importance of clean drinking water. The prolonged drought has hit two-thirds of farmland and has Read more

The rubbish man and the Pope Comments 0

Monday, July 24th, 2017

A rubbish man from from Buenos Aires who was severely hurt in an accident early this year received a surprise phone call from Pope Francis last week. Maximiliano Acuña was at work when he was left without legs after a speeding car ran over him. Acuña, who is 33 years old and has five young Read more

Pope – pray for peace and reconciliation at Temple Mount Comments 0

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Pope Francis is urging people to pray for peace and reconciliation and has called for “moderation and dialogue” during an upsurge in violence between Israel and the Palestinians over Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. Francis says it is with “trepidation” he is following the “grave tensions and violence” that erupted at the holy site on 14 July. Read more

Pope’s Twitter followers hit 35 million Comments 0

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Pope Francis’s use of social networking tools has seen him attract 35 million Twitter followers. Launched by Benedict XVI in December 2012, the account is available in nine languages. Since taking over the @Pontifex account, Francis’s followers have grown steadily, especially in English, which has 11 million followers. There are a further 13 million Spanish language Read more

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s new man Comments 0

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has a new undersecretary, with Pope Francis appointing Monsignor Giacomo Morandi to be its second highest-ranking official. Morandi, who is from Italy, is a Biblicist (i.e. a person who interprets the Bible literally). He had already been chosen by the pope in 2015 to be the Read more

Ideas Benedict is anti-Francis are “fantasy” Comments 0

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI’s aide Archbishop Georg Gänswein says it’s a “fantasy” to publish reports that set Benedict up against Pope Francis. Those who do so are “stupid people,” he adds. The reports originated after Gänswein read a message from Benedict at last week’s funeral of German Cardinal Joachim Meisner. In the message, Benedict alluded Read more

Pope puts a notice on his door… don’t whinge Comments 0

Monday, July 17th, 2017

“You are forbidden to complain,” reads a notice attached recently to the door of Pope Francis’s apartment in Saint Martha’s House in the Vatican. The notice was reported by “Vatican Insider” and confirmed to ZENIT newspaper by the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke, on July 14, 2017. Read more  and click Read more

Pope endorses signing the pledge – for the environment Comments 0

Monday, July 17th, 2017

The Global Catholic Climate Movement aims to persuade a million Catholics to pledge their support for Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si. Signatories agree to pray with and for creation, live more simply and to advocate to protect the environment – our common home. Francis has given the “Laudato Si‘ Pledge Campaign” his Read more

Strengthening all family types a Church priority Comments 0

Monday, July 17th, 2017

The Church is doing whatever it can to strengthen all family types, including those often considered non-traditional, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn said during a recent visit to Ireland. Speaking last week at the “Let’s Talk Family: Let’s Be Family” conference in Ireland, Schönborn endorsed family life. “[Family is]the survival network of the future” and “will remain Read more