Posts Tagged ‘Pope Francis’

‘The fragile world’: Church teaching on ecology before and by Pope Francis Comments 0

Monday, September 16th, 2019

How does Pope Francis’ thinking about ecology compare with that of Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI? Catholic teaching on ecology prior to Pope Francis In 1971 the document Justice in the World, issued by the Synod of Bishops, represented a major step in the development of Catholic teaching on the environment; Barbara Ward-Jackson Read more

Vatican challenges plans for a synod in Germany Comments 0

Monday, September 16th, 2019

The Vatican says plans for a binding Church synod in Germany are “not ecclesiologically valid.” However, Cardinal Reinhard Marx is defending the “synodal procedure” the German bishops have initiated with the Central Committee of German lay Catholics, against Rome’s attempts to question its canonical legality. He says the German bishops have the right to debate Read more

Pope heads to Asia seeking dialogue, peace and ecological solidarity Comments 0

Monday, September 16th, 2019

For experts and locals alike, it seems Pope Francis’s upcoming visit to Thailand and Japan will not only highlight the Vatican’s strong ties with interreligious communities in each country, but it could also help the pope advance his ecological and peace-making agenda. Speaking to Crux, Adul Smanyaphirak, a Muslim living in Bangkok, said that for Read more

Patriarch Bartholomew: The gift of the relics is a crucial step Comments 0

Monday, September 16th, 2019

In an exclusive interview, Patriarch Bartholomew, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople speaks of his surprise at Pope Francis’ unexpected gift, and says how the key to evangelization is through service.’ He also mentions the fires in the Amazon, and explains the spiritual and theological reasons why we need to be committed to the environment. Read Read more

Pope speaks openly about possible schism Comments 0

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

Pope Francis spoke openly for the first time this week about the possibility of a US Catholic conservative-led schism. His frank comments were made during a press conference while he was flying home after visiting Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius. There have been many schisms in the Church’s 2,000-year history, he noted. Although he said he Read more

LGBTQ-friendly cleric named cardinal; far-right Catholics appalled Comments 0

Monday, September 9th, 2019

An LGBTQ-friendly Italian archbishop has been promoted to cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church, and right-wing Catholics are losing it. Pope Francis announced Sunday that Archbishop Matteo Zuppi of Bologna and 12 other clerics were being elevated to cardinal, a rank that gives them great influence in the church and, for those under age 80, Read more

Pope Francis pushes his climate theology Comments 0

Thursday, September 5th, 2019
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Thirty years ago, Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople put September 1 on the Orthodox calendar as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. Last month, Pope Francis did the same for the Catholic Church and on Sunday marked the occasion by issuing a new message on climate change. Moving beyond his 2015 encyclical Read more

Pope honoured to be attacked by Americans Comments 0

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

Pope Francis says it is an honour to be attacked about issues ranging from theology to climate change and for US Church conservatives and their Catholic media allies to ask for his resignation. Commenting on a new book (“How America Wants to Change the Pope”) that he’s heard of but has not yet read, Francis Read more

Widening budget deficit at the Holy See Comments 0

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

Pope Francis has ordered Vatican officials to close a widening budget deficit at the Holy See. They have to stop poorly managed spending and investments from undermining the operations of the Catholic Church’s global headquarters. The forthcoming financial statements will be the Vatican’s first to completely follow international public sector accounting standards. The Holy See’s Read more

Euthanasia is not an expression of personal freedom, pope says Comments 0

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

Medical advancements do not help if they treat people as objects or when they are applied only to those people who are not considered a burden and “deserve” to be helped, Pope Francis said. In addition, euthanasia, which is legal in a number of places, “only seemingly promises to promote personal freedom; in reality it Read more