Posts Tagged ‘Pope Francis’

Italy’s ‘euthanasia in disguise’ law Comments 0

Monday, December 18th, 2017

Italy’s “euthanasia in disguise” bill has been passed into law 30 years after it was first mooted. The law allows citizens to create advance directives about their treatment. These directives express their final wishes for medical treatment in case they lose the ability to communicate their choice. The Italian senate passed the bill into law Read more

Happy birthday Papa Francis! Comments 0

Monday, December 18th, 2017

Happy birthday wishes greeted Pope Francis as he celebrated his 81st birthday on Sunday. Children were among his party guests in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall. The celebrations included an extra-long pizza, a cake, and a message urging the world — and children in particular — to join in the holiday mood and be joyful. Read more

New multimedia communications hub for Vatican Comments 0

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

A new multimedia communications hub for the Vatican will be launched before Christmas. The prefect of the Secretariat for Communication, Monsignor Dario Vigano, says – would be launched in beta form “in the coming days.” (According to Google, Beta software is usually the first version – a product preview stage. End users and testers Read more

Lord’s Prayer: temptation translation may change Comments 4

Monday, December 11th, 2017

The Lord’s Prayer translation may be changed. Pope Francis believes the current translation suggests God is capable of leading us “into temptation”. Most translations used throughout the world say: “lead us not into temptation”. Francis says he’d like this amended to the phrase used in France. In this, the French say: “do not let us Read more

South Sudan suffering: too much, too long Comments 0

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Conditions in South Sudan are appalling. United Nations (UN) officials have expressed concern about the fate of the South Sudanese people. The mandate for the UN peacekeeping mission in the country is set to expire. Jean-Pierre Lacroix told the UN Security Council the South Sudanese people “have simply suffered far too much for far too Read more

Divorced, remarried Catholics may receive Communion says Pope Comments 0

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Pope Francis has approved the Argentinian bishops’ interpretation of his apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (Joy of Love). The bishops have published a document saying some divorced and remarried Catholics may receive Holy Communion. Francis  says the document “explains precisely the meaning of Chapter VIII of ‘Amoris Laetitia.’ There are no other interpretations.” Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Read more

Jerusalem for all Abrahamic religions, not just one Comments 0

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Jerusalem was formally recognised by the United States (US) as the capital of Israel on Wednesday. At the same time, President Trump announced plans to eventually relocate the US Embassy to the holy city. Pope Francis responded to the change in US policy, saying he wants the “status quo” to remain. He says he is Read more

Suffering, faith and humanity: Pope speaks out Comments 0

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Suffering is an essential ingredient of our faith and humanity. One who doesn’t suffer with suffering brothers . . . must question himself on the sincerity of his faith and of his humanity, Pope Francis says. His comments were made in the context of the Rohingya minority, who are persecuted in Myanmar. Read more Related Read more

The Catholic Church’s first World Day of the Poor Comments 0

Monday, December 4th, 2017

When was the last time you shared a meal with a poor person? For Pope Francis, it was just a couple of weeks ago. On Nov. 19, the Holy Father celebrating the first World Day of the Poor broke bread with not only one poor person, but with some 1,200 poor brothers and sisters (see Read more

China bans tours to Vatican Comments 0

Monday, December 4th, 2017

China has banned its citizens from visiting the Vatican. The Vatican is a popular destination with Chinese tourists. The recent resumption of diplomatic talks between the Vatican and China has prompted an increase in the flow of tourists-pilgrims. If he realises they are at the Vatican, Pope Francis greets them personally and poses for selfies Read more