Posts Tagged ‘Pope’

Pope Francis chastised for pro-Russian stance

Monday, September 11th, 2023
Pope Francis criticised

Mykhailo Podolyak, a senior advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, has publicly criticised Pope Francis for his pro-Russian stance. Ukraine’s Eastern Rite Catholic bishops echoed Podolyak’s comments. Podolyak firmly rejected any notion of the Vatican mediating in the ongoing Russian war in Ukraine and hinted at possible Russian influence within the Vatican bank. Podolyak’s criticism Read more

Vatican has no automatic transfer of powers with pope in hospital

Monday, July 12th, 2021

The organization of the universal Catholic Church has a precise hierarchy, but there is no such thing as a “vice pope,” who steps in when the reigning pontiff is traveling abroad, ill or under anesthesia. Although hospitalized since July 4, when he underwent a three-hour surgery on his colon, Pope Francis is still the supreme Read more

Europe reels but Pope does not have Coronavirus

Thursday, March 5th, 2020

Coronavirus fever has hit the press, with outright statements that Pope Francis has the COVID-19 strain of the virus. Francis, who has been coughing during several recent appearances, cancelled public events and his attendance at a week-long spiritual retreat to mark the start of each Lenten season. The Vatican has confirmed, however, that the pope Read more

10 official titles of Pope Francis

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

Initially, there was no particular title that distinguished the leader of the Catholic Church. Over time the pope has gained many different titles that reflect different aspects of his ministry. Read more

One pope is quite enough

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

We are living in a unique moment in church history with an ex-pope, properly credited for having the courage to resign when the problems he faced became overwhelming, living within the Vatican walls. The resignation is best interpreted as Benedict XVI’s act of generosity toward the church. The graciousness Francis has displayed toward his predecessor Read more

Pope urges youth: give Church an earful

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Pope Francis wants young people to go online and give the Catholic Church an earful. His invitation is for young people all over the world. Their views will add to those of young Catholics meeting in Rome next month. Read more

Pope Paul VI, prophet

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

This coming July, we will mark the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s deeply controversial encyclical letter Humanae Vitae. I won’t bore you with the details of the innumerable battles, disagreements, and ecclesial crises that followed upon this text. Suffice it to say that this short, pithily argued letter became a watershed in the post-conciliar Catholic Read more

Yes, Popes do have a sense of humour

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

What comes to mind when you think of requirements for someone who is to become the pope? A strong prayer life? Wisdom? Leadership skills coming out of their ears? How about a sense of humour? Many popes have had great senses of humour. Read 13 humorous  Papal quotes.

Even popes can get spooked by an eclipse

Monday, August 21st, 2017

ROME – On August 21, a large part of the United States will witness one of the most stunning and awe-inspiring spectacles offered by nature: A total eclipse of the sun. Those who will be looking up on the path of totality, where the eclipse is best visible, will watch as the light turns gradually Read more

The teens who serve the Pope inside the Vatican

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

It’s not every day you find a group of young men, ranging from 15 to 18, who willingly make a three-year commitment to wake up at 6:30 a.m. every Sunday morning to pray and study in the house of the pope. “The boys’ willingness to come in the first place is a sign of a Read more