Posts Tagged ‘Pope Francis’

A Pope Francis gargoyle watches over Cologne cathedral Comments 0

Monday, November 12th, 2018

It took about a week for visitors to the massive Catholic cathedral in Cologne, Germany, to notice a small addition to its ornate Gothic entrance — a carved stone figure of Pope Francis leaning forward like a gargoyle. Continue reading Related Posts:Church ‘white ants’ accused of stalling…The Story Behind Pope Francis’s Airborne Marriage BlessingSmall acts Read more

Anticipating a reforming pope’s radical plan to curtail the Roman Curia Comments 0

Monday, November 12th, 2018
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Some are cautiously looking forward to it with hopeful expectations. Others are fearing it with dread and despair. It’s the upcoming reform and restructuring of the Roman Curia. As Massimo Faggioli recently pointed out, it could be one of the most significant structural changes Pope Francis makes in a determined effort — contested by some Read more

Pope told of profound dismay over Vatican-China deal Comments 0

Monday, November 12th, 2018

A joint open letter expressing profound dismay at the Vatican’s provisional agreement with Beijing has been sent to Pope Francis by a group of English Catholics. The letter criticises the Vatican for allowing the atheist Chinese government to have a role in choosing bishops at a time of increasing oppression by the Beijing government. “The Read more

South Korea’s Cardinal will go with Pope to North Korea Comments 0

Monday, November 12th, 2018

South Korea’s Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung says he would greatly welcome a visit from Pope Francis to North Korea and would be willing to accompany him during his trip. Yeom, who is the archbishop of Seoul, also serves as the acting chief of North Korea’s Pyongyang Diocese. According to Lee Hae-chan, the chief of the Read more

Let’s pledge to ban anti-Semitism from society says Pope Comments 0

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

All Christians must work to combat anti-Semitism until it is banned from society. We share common religious roots with Jews, Pope Francis says. Francis’s comments about anti-Semitism were made to the World Congress of Mountain Jews earlier this week. These Jews, who come from modern-day Iran, were targeted for extermination by German troops in World Read more

Married Catholic priests gain traction under pope Comments 0

Monday, October 29th, 2018

As the Vatican copes with the growing clergy sex abuse scandal and declining number of priests worldwide, it is laying the groundwork to open formal debate on an issue that has long been taboo: opening up the priesthood to married men in parts of the world where clergy are scarce. Pope Francis has convened a Read more

Vatican ‘suffragettes’. Women want a vote in a man’s Church Comments 0

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Catholic women say there’s a clerical stained glass ceiling in the Vatican, and they want to shatter it. They want to vote in major policy meetings. They want Pope Francis to deliver on his promise to put more women in senior positions in the Holy See’s administration. And some of them say they want to Read more

Irish primate says Viganò hijacked World Meeting of Families Comments 0

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Irish primate Archbishop Eamon Martin says Archbishop Carlo Mario Viganò hijacked the World Meeting of Families in August. Viganò achieved this by releasing an 11-page letter accusing Pope Francis of mishandling sexual abuse claims on the final day of his visit to Ireland. In the letter, Viganò claims Francis was aware of sexual misconduct concerns Read more

Chilean court rules archdiocese liable in covering up abuse Comments 0

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

A Chilean court has ruled the Archdiocese of Santiago prevented a thorough investigation into sexual abuses committed by a former priest, Fernando Karadima. Survivors believe they have won a major victory in their quest for justice as the original lawsuit they brought before the court was dismissed five years ago. However, new evidence obtained from Read more

Pope decries lack of progress fighting hunger Comments 0

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Fighting hunger shouldn’t be so difficult, Pope Francis says. At a time of technological and scientific progress, “we ought to feel shame” for not having advanced in “humanity and solidarity” enough to feed the world’s poor, he says. Just because we have faced emergencies and desperate situations of those most in need doesn’t mean we’ve Read more