Posts Tagged ‘Portugal’

For everyone

Monday, August 7th, 2023
for everyone

“There is space in the Church for everyone… Everyone, everyone, everyone!” Pope Francis encouraged the half-a-million young people who warmly received him on Thursday evening at Lisbon’s Edward VII Park to repeat this word numerous times. The Pope appeared revitalized and invigorated by the contagious enthusiasm of the girls and boys who, together with their Read more

At least one souvenir for Pope’s Portugal visit in good taste

Monday, July 31st, 2023

As the city of Lisbon prepares for an upcoming visit by Pope Francis, souvenir vendors have been extremely busy. A wide range of merchandise is available, including papal socks, T-shirts, blankets, pillows, iPhone covers, mugs, scarves, stickers, and posters. One website offers 603 different designs. While many of the items are respectful, not all of Read more

Portugal’s president under fire over Church sex abuse remarks

Thursday, October 13th, 2022
Portugal's president under fire

Portugal’s president is under fire for seeming to make light Catholic clergy sex abuse revelations. After finding members of the Portuguese Catholic Church had sexually abused over 400 children, President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa indicated the number didn’t seem significant. “Having 400 cases doesn’t seem to me to be a lot, because in other countries Read more

How to win the war on drugs

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

LISBON — On a broken-down set of steps, a 37-year-old fisherman named Mario mixed heroin and cocaine and carefully prepared a hypodermic needle. “It’s hard to find a vein,” he said, but he finally found one in his forearm and injected himself with the brown liquid. Blood trickled from his arm and pooled on the Read more

Pope says he wants to go to Fatima centenary

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Pope Francis has said he will visit Portugal in 2017 for the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparitions in Fatima. Following a private audience with the Pope, Bishop Antonio Marto of Leiria-Fatima told media that Francis expressed a desire to make the trip, provided he is still “alive and healthy” at the time. If Francis Read more

Former priest supporting Sir Cliff Richard in abuse crisis

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

A former Catholic priest is believed to be one of those supporting singer Sir Cliff Richard as he faces an historic allegation of abusing a boy. Sir Cliff, who vehemently denies the abuse claim, is often in the company of former priest John McElynn, who is one of the supporters dubbed “Team Cliff”. The singer’s Read more

Hundreds said to be leaving priesthood in Portugal

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Hundreds of priests in Portugal have reportedly left their vocations recently, to get married or take up secular lives, often without being laicised. Portuguese television station TVI 24 reported comments from a former cleric that six priests in one diocese all walked away from their vocation on the same day. “Young priests – and some Read more

Signs of hope

Friday, October 12th, 2012

‘All is connected…’ I began these musings in March with this tag. It becomes clearer to me and more relevant each time. We have been gifted this beautiful world to use and enjoy. Not to plunder and pollute. Governments seem paralysed by inertia or denial of the disastrous effects of climate change, already evident in the Read more

Cardinal’s openness to women priests reconsidered

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

The “diplomatic incident” in which the Cardinal Archbishop of Lisbon, Jose da Cruz Policarpo was involved in recent weeks, following the release of some opening statements in relation to women priests, seems to have been permanently dismissed. As reported by Vatican Radio, the Pope, in fact sent him a letter expressing his wishes on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the Archbishop’s priestly ordination. In the letter, he recognized the Cardinal’s “sound doctrine,” among other things.

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Policarpo summoned to Vatican re comments on ordination of women priests

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

The Lisbon patriarch, Jose da Cruz Policarpo, who during a recent interview stated that “no fundamental obstacle” exists, from a “theological stand point,” to the ordination of women priests had an exchange with the Papal Secretary of State Bertone, after he received a letter from the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the faith, cardinal William Levada, who invited him to clarify his position.

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