Posts Tagged ‘Pope Francis’

Francis and Benedict address rights symposium Comments 0

Monday, November 19th, 2018

Pope Francis and pope emeritus Benedict – have sent letters supporting the 2018 International Symposium “Fundamental rights and conflicts among rights” taking place in Rome this week. The symposium is being held by the Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation. Both Francis and Benedict’s letters were addressed to Vatican Foundation president Fr Federico Lombardi SJ and Read more

Pope meets Israeli president Comments 0

Monday, November 19th, 2018

Pope Francis met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at the Vatican last week 15 for a private discussion that included the importance of building greater trust between Israelis and Palestinians. The Vatican says they spoke about the importance of mutual trust in negotiations “so as to reach an accord respecting the legitimate aspirations of both Read more

Heresy and schism: priest excommunicated Comments 0

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Italian Catholic priest Alessandro Minutella has been excommunicated for spreading “heresy and schism.” The Archdiocese of Palermo has published the formal decree concerning Minutella’s “latae sententiae” excommunication. In canon law, once certain crimes are committed, they are punished latae sententiae, or “automatically,” by force of the law itself. According to the Code of Canon Law, Read more

Archbishop Scicluna appointed to top role Comments 0

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Pope Francis has appointed Malta’s Archbishop Charles Jude Scicluna as adjunct secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The Congregation is the Vatican office that processes sex abuse cases globally and examines appeals (in matters of grave offence). The announcement came as the Vatican prepares for a summit meeting of the presidents Read more

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