Posts Tagged ‘Pope Francis’

Vatican says China should not fear Church Comments 0

Monday, March 18th, 2019

A Vatican official says China’s government should not fear “distrust or hostility” from the Roman Catholic Church, amid speculation over whether President Xi Jinping will meet Pope Francis this week. Read more Related Posts:Vatican mishandling ChinaChina’s five year plan to develop Catholic ChurchBeijing deal silences Vatican on repression for nowChinese bishops praise Pope and Vatican-China Read more

The good, the bad and the merciful: Pope Francis after six years Comments 0

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

Six years ago, on March 13, the College of Cardinals surprised the world with the election of the Argentine Jesuit Jorge Bergoglio as pope. Taking the name Francis, he won the admiration and respect of Catholics and non-Catholics alike with his simplicity and concern for the poor and marginalized. With each passing year, however, criticism Read more

Lent, a time for a little less hypocrisy Comments 0

Monday, March 11th, 2019
Lent hypocracy Pope Francis

Lent is a time to ask for God’s grace to chip away at hypocrisy, which is seen in the natural human attempt to appear “worthier than we are,” Pope Francis said. “I must appear to be what I am, and that is our work in Lent,” the pope said March 8 during his early morning Read more

Historic meeting between prophet and pope Comments 0

Monday, March 11th, 2019

Last Saturday’s meeting between Pope Francis and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Latter Day Saints) president Russell M. Nelson was the the first such meeting between leaders of the two churches. The historic meeting was held the evening before the Latter Day Saints dedicated a new temple in Rome. Although the Vatican Read more

Female leaders speak positively of pope and church Comments 0

Monday, March 11th, 2019

Female leaders from the secular world and some of the highest-ranking women in the Vatican spoke positively of the pope and the church at International Women’s Day events in Rome last week. One of those women, Australian journalist Geraldine Doogue, lent her support to major institutions including the Catholic Church. Speaking at an event organised Read more

Vatican opening archives on Holocaust-era pope Comments 0

Thursday, March 7th, 2019

Pope Francis says the Vatican archives on Holocaust-era Pope Pius XII will be opened next year. Pius’s role – helping or ignoring the plight of Jews during the holocaust – has been much debated. On the one hand, he has often been criticised by Jews for his apparent silence during the holocaust. On the other, Read more

What makes a politician Catholic? Comments 0

Thursday, March 7th, 2019

Pope Francis says service, not party affiliation, makes a politician Catholic. This involves dedication to promoting the common good, particularly through listening to and empowering people who are often overlooked. The pope was speaking to a group of young Latin American leaders attending a course on politics and the social teaching of the church. The Read more

Mary is most feared by the devil Comments 0

Thursday, March 7th, 2019

A priest and author of a new book on the “Hail Mary” says papal devotion to Mary reflects their belief that she’s most feared by the devil. Read more Related Posts:Weeping statue of Mary being investigatedThe Devil’s favourite sinExorcism takes longer because church lacks faithMary Magdalene has some NZ connections

Pope says to remember our own faults before correcting others Comments 0

Monday, March 4th, 2019

Catholics must be recognise their own sins and shortcomings when giving correction and guide to others, Pope Francis says. “So many times, we all know, it is easier or more convenient to discern and condemn the defects and sins of others, without being able to see our own with just as much clarity,” he said Read more

“All-out battle” to eradicate sexual abuse needed Comments 0

Monday, February 25th, 2019

The Vatican summit on the protection of minors has ended and the Church’s future direction is set. In his final address at the Summit, Pope Francis committed the church to do everything possible to eradicate sexual abuse. He said he wants it gone – not just from the church itself but from society as a Read more