Posts Tagged ‘Pope Francis’

Can today’s church overcome division?

Thursday, May 23rd, 2024
Christian unity

The Week of Christian Unity, the church celebrated this week, supports an unfashionable cause. It encourages the healing of divisions between churches. Divisions rule In culture, politics and religion, however, division provides most of the news of the day. The religious headlines emphasise fractures within churches. They tell of discrepancy between the professed values of Read more

Pope backflips on female deacons?

Thursday, May 23rd, 2024
female deacons

Pope Francis seems to have changed his mind about female deacons. This week, in a CBS TV interview, he explained that ordaining women has never been on his agenda, but non-ordained female deacons could be. Female diaconate supported In February, one of Francis’ theological advisers, Sr Linda Pocher, said while the Church wasn’t considering women’s Read more

Science follows where faith leads

Monday, May 20th, 2024
faith

In the era of smartphones and social media when our attention is constantly drawn downwards, this weekend saw an event so spectacular it made much of the planet pause and look upwards to marvel at creation. It was a sign of  God’s action and beauty in the world. Global wonder The past week has been Read more

Experts applaud updated Vatican guide on weeping Madonnas, bloody crucifixes

Monday, May 20th, 2024
Vatican

The Vatican has updated its process for evaluating alleged visions of supernatural phenomena. As far as the Catholic Church is concerned, claims of weeping and bleeding statues, mystical visions and stigmata are officially just claims until proven otherwise. Furthermore – the faithful are never obliged to believe in these particular events, says head of the Read more

Pope calls out his conservative critics and their “suicidal attitude”

Monday, May 20th, 2024
Pope

Pope Francis said in a CBS 60 Minutes news interview that his conservative critics have a “suicidal attitude”. It is one thing “to take tradition into account, to consider situations from the past, but quite another to be closed up inside a dogmatic box” Francis said. He was responding to a probe into his thoughts Read more

Letter from the Holy Father to the Parish Priests

Thursday, May 16th, 2024
Papal letter

Dear Brother Priests, The International Meeting “Parish Priests for the Synod”, and the dialogue with all of you who have taken part, provide me with the opportunity to pray for the parish priests the world over. To all of you, I address these words with great affection. It is so obvious as to sound almost Read more

Pope demonstrates synodality in meetings with priests

Thursday, May 16th, 2024
synodality

Grassroots synodality needs priests to inform it. Pope Francis knows this. He wants more synodality in the universal church. He wants clericalism replaced with pastoral care and equality, a katholisch.de article says. That has led the Pope to rethink his ways too. Francis has decided not to admonish or exhort priests any more. Those aren’t Read more

Germany now a ‘mission country’

Thursday, May 16th, 2024
Germany

Germany — a nation whose history is entangled with the Catholic Church — has become a “mission country” its Bishops’ Conference says. Conference president Bishop Georg Bätzing says under half of Germany’s citizens still belong to Christian denominations. Evangelisation in Germany has been a central theme since the time of Pope St John Paul II Read more

A ‘Theology of Love’ needed to navigate modern challenges

Monday, May 13th, 2024
Theology of Love

In a recent address to members of the International Network for Societies for Catholic Theology (INSeCT), Pope Francis stressed the necessity for theologians to engage with the contemporary world and the importance of a ‘theology of love’ and wisdom. In his prepared text, Pope Francis told group members that theology is “a significant and necessary Read more

Chaos readying Rome for Jubilee 2025 celebrations

Monday, May 13th, 2024

Preparations for next year’s Jubilee in Rome are frantically gearing for a humungous rush to finish in time. The once-every-quarter-century event is likely to bring about 32 million pilgrims to Rome Last Thursday at St Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis presided over a ceremony where the papal bull, or official edict, for the Jubilee was read. Read more