Posts Tagged ‘Pope Francis’

Anglicans and Presbyterians ‘valued traveling companions’

Monday, May 16th, 2022

Members of the Anglican and Presbyterian Churches are among the Catholic Church’s “valued traveling companions”, says Pope Francis. Speaking to the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Dialogue Commission (ARCIC) last Friday, Francis said he hoped that Anglicans would contribute to the two-year initiative leading to the Synod on Synodality in Rome in 2023. “For this common journey Read more

Make the past the source of inspiration, not the destination

Monday, May 16th, 2022

We need to use the past as a source of inspiration while moving forward, instead of wanting to go back to the way things were in the past, says Pope Francis. It’s not Christian. Wanting to go back in time is different from drawing inspiration from one’s roots in order to move forward with Christ. Read more

Analysing Pope Francis’ comments on LGBTQ Catholics

Thursday, May 12th, 2022
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Pope Francis’ recent “mini-interview” on the topic of LGBTQ Catholics provides some of the building blocks for a re-imagined ministry to gay people. “A ‘selective’ church, one of ‘pure blood,’ is not Holy Mother Church, but rather a sect,” the Pope explained in a handwritten reply to questions from Fr James Martin, a Jesuit priest Read more

War produces new unity in Ukraine Christian Churches

Thursday, May 12th, 2022

War is creating a new unity between the various Christian Churches in Ukraine, Catholic Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk told the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity last Friday. It also poses two big challenges to the global Church. War is everyone’s responsibility “First, there is a need for a new reflection on the social doctrine of Read more

Yes! New Zealand sending delegates to World Youth Day 2023

Thursday, May 12th, 2022
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The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference’s Council for Young People is making plans to send delegates to World Youth Day (WYD) 2023. They have received the go-ahead from the bishops and are now on a countdown to the big event. Although the Covid epidemic delayed the international get-together for a year, Pope Francis has confirmed Read more

God ‘does not disown any of his children’, pope tells LGBTQ Catholics

Thursday, May 12th, 2022

Pope Francis said he wants LGBTQ Catholics to know that God is a father who “does not disown any of his children.” The pope’s comment came in response to a question asked by Jesuit Father James Martin, a prominent catholic priest involved in gay ministry. Martin posed three questions to the pope for the America Read more

Don’t be religious hypocrites — young people are watching us elderly

Thursday, May 5th, 2022

On the path of these catecheses on old age, today we meet a biblical figure—and old man—named Eleazar, who lived at the time of the persecution of Antiochus Epiphanes. He is a wonderful character. His character gives us a testimony of the special relationship that exists between the fidelity of old age and the honour Read more

Pope mandates annual audit on each country’s abuse protection measures

Thursday, May 5th, 2022

Pope Francis has asked for an annual audit providing a “reliable account on what is presently being done and what needs to change” to protect children and vulnerable adults from predator clergy. Each country will contribute to the audit evaluating how national Catholic Churches are implementing such measures. “Without more transparency the faithful will continue Read more

Pope agrees to treat painful knee with therapeutic injections

Thursday, May 5th, 2022

Pope Francis will have therapeutic injections to try to alleviate the pain in his right knee, he told an Italian newspaper. “I have a torn ligament; I will have a procedure with injections and we will see,” he said in an interview published May 3 in Corriere della Sera. “I’ve been like this for a Read more

Pope defends media freedom

Thursday, May 5th, 2022

“A special thanks to those who, with courage, keep us informed about humanity’s wounds,” the pope on Sunday in St Peter’s Square. He paid particular tribute to journalists who have died or been jailed in the line of duty, defending a free press and praising those in the media who courageously report on “humanity’s wounds”. Read more