Posts Tagged ‘Pope Francis’

Pope Francis’ demanding program for new archbishops

Thursday, July 8th, 2021

Pope Francis has told the 34 metropolitan archbishops he appointed within the past year that the Church’s pastors “need to be set free time and time again” from worldliness, rigidity, dubious associations with power and fear of being misunderstood. “Like Paul, we are called to be set free from hypocritical outward show, free from the Read more

New Zealand Catholics wish Pope Francis a speedy and full recovery

Thursday, July 8th, 2021

The Vatican is describing Pope Francis recovery from colon surgery as “regular and satisfactory.” Spokesman Matteo Bruni said in a statement that the 84-year-old pope was eating regularly and that he was no longer receiving medication intravenously. The final results of a biopsy on the removed part of the colon confirmed that the pontiff had Read more

Lebanese people don’t need any more interference, says Pope

Monday, July 5th, 2021
AP News

Lebanese people must be given the opportunity to create a better future for their own country without undue interference, says Pope Francis. The country must remain a “land of tolerance and pluralism” he said as he welcomed Lebanon’s Christian patriarchs to the Vatican last Thursday. Francis prayed the Lord’s Prayer in Arabic before he and Read more

Pope must repudiate papal decrees justifying colonisation

Monday, July 5th, 2021
Catholic Diocese of Syracuse

US Bishop Douglas Lucia wants Pope Francis to repudiate a series of papal decrees justifying European countries seeking to colonize other nations. He says papal decrees – called bulls – supporting the “Doctrine of Discovery” (the Doctrine) provided justification for “both political and personal violence against indigenous peoples.” He wants “a public acknowledgment from the Read more

Transgender group get COVID vaccinations at Vatican

Monday, July 5th, 2021
America Magazine

Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, July 1, confirmed about 50 transgender people were invited to have their COVID vaccinations at the Vatican. Their first shots were on 3 April and their second on 24 April. The group came from a parish near Rome, where Fr Andrea Conocchia has been ministering to a transgender community Read more

Pope could be hospitalised for a week

Monday, July 5th, 2021

Pope Francis responded well to scheduled colon surgery, the Vatican said in a brief statement late Sunday night, eight hours after announcing the pontiff was admitted to a Roman hospital for the procedure. The operation — to address a stenosis, or potential narrowing, of his large intestine — was performed at Gemelli hospital by Sergio Read more

Pope Francis congratulates retired former Pope Benedict

Thursday, July 1st, 2021

Pope Francis has thanked and congratulated retired former Pope Benedict XVI for his 70 years service as an ordained priest. After praying the Angelus with pilgrims in St Peter’s Square on Tuesday – the anniversary of Benedict’s priestly ordination – Francis led pilgrims in applauding his predecessor. Benedict’s 70th is “an anniversary that touches all Read more

Self-righteous people disturb Christian community, pope says

Monday, June 28th, 2021

There’s a big divide between the self-righteous and the people who proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ, says Pope Francis. This is because where the self-righteous are inclined to heap conditions upon others and promote themselves as the only “keepers of the truth”, those who proclaim the Gospel are humble and trust in God. The Read more

Pope wants German Catholics to discuss issues openly, honestly

Monday, June 28th, 2021

Pope Francis has encouraged the German bishops to continue on the Synodal Path and to discuss the questions openly and honestly. Francis also wants the German church to come to recommendations for a change in the church’s actions says Bishops Conference president Georg Bätzing. In return Francis received personal assurances from the German bishops’ conference Read more

Pope Francis invited Spider-Man to the Vatican

Thursday, June 24th, 2021

At his weekly audience at the Vatican on June 23, Pope Francis had a special visitor: Spider-Man. Well, not quite. Mattia Villardita, was dressed as the superhero—his childhood idol. It helps that he channels many of Spider-Man’s most noteworthy qualities by bringing joy to children in need. Mr. Villardita was invited to sit in the Read more