Posts Tagged ‘Pope Francis’

John Paul II Institute on marriage and family updated for modern life Comments 0

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Pope Francis has updated the John Paul II Pontifical Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family. One of the most obvious changes Francis has made is to the Institute’s name. It is now called the John Paul II Pontifical Theological Institute for the Sciences of Marriage and the Family. Francis says the Institute needs Read more

The “High Sparrow” takes on the role of Pope Francis Comments 0

Thursday, September 21st, 2017
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A New Zealand-born novelist, filmmaker and playwright Anthony McCartin has written a play examining the unusual situation in which there are two living Popes. In a soon-to-be-made Netflix movie version of the play, Jonathan Pryce, who played the role of the High Sparrow in season 6 of The Game of Thrones, will play the part Read more

How Pope Francis reframes the politics of being ‘pro-life’ Comments 0

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Not that long ago conservative politicians in the United States could get away with touting their “pro-life” bona fides solely because of their opposition to abortion. Political leaders on the right who slashed safety nets for the poor, denied climate change and made life harder for pregnant women rarely felt any real heat from bishops, never mind Read more

Hillary Clinton and the Pope’s helpful advice Comments 0

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Hillary Clinton was left feeling devastated and angry after losing the US presidential election to Donald Trump. Six months later she was still struggling to understand why she and her supporters should be judged so differently from Trump and his supporters. However in a new book she has just published, Clinton explains how Pope Francis Read more

Latin Mass fans celebrate their version of liturgy Comments 0

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Fans of the Latin Mass are in Rome on their annual pilgrimage at present. At the conference last Thursday marking the 10th anniversary of Benedict’s decree liberalizing use of the Latin Mass, the meeting organizer, the Rev. Vincenzo Nuara, didn’t even mention Pope Francis in his opening remarks. Among those at the conference was Cardinal Read more

Pope Francis’ new liturgy document Comments 0

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

“Magnum Principium” is one of the major documents of Francis’ pontificate. For this reason it deserves an analysis that is not only one of historical-theological context—and not just from the point of view of its possible consequences for the liturgical texts in English—but also an analysis of the institutional context in which it was decided and published. Read more

Kidnapped Catholic priest rescued Comments 0

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

A Catholic priest who was kidnapped by militants 18 months ago in Yemen has been rescued. Fr Tom Uzhunnalil was freed on Tuesday. He is staying with a Salesian community in Rome for a few days before going home to India. He met Pope Francis on Thursday morning. At the meeting Francis embraced and encouraged Read more

Vatican reform nears completion Comments 0

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Major Vatican reform is almost finished says Secretary of the Pope’s international Council of Cardinals, Bishop Marcello Semeraro. Adding, the work is “nearly complete at the level of proposals made to the Pope. “I think that within a few months this revision will be more or less complete. “Then the Pope will have at his disposition Read more

Pope’s nod to civil unions isn’t agreement to gay marriage Comments 0

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Balancing homosexual demands for legal recognition, marital status and church law has led Pope Francis to argue privately that the Church should come out for civil unions as the “lesser of two evils,”. Sergio Rubin, who is Francis’s authorised biographer, says Francis has suggested this would mean rather than homosexual “marriage”, the term “civil unions” Read more

Pope condemns chauvinism, physical violence, wants respect for women Comments 0

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Pope Francis condemned “verbal and physical violence towards women” and called for “respect” for them at a Mass he was celebrating during his visit to Columbia last week. Colombia’s mainly Catholic population is known for its macho culture and high levels of gender violence. During his homily that was repeatedly interrupted by applause, Francis asked Read more