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Pope Francis: Multiply good works like the loaves and fishes

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(Vatican Radio) Before the recitation of the Marian Prayer before the faithful in St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis recalled Sunday’s Gospel about the multiplication of the loaves and the fishes. The Pope explained that “Jesus satisfies not only material hunger, but the most profound of hungers, the hunger for meaning in life, the hunger for God.” He went on to say that  “in the face of suffering, loneliness, poverty and difficulties of so many people, what can we do?” Complaining, the Holy Father stressed,  “does not solve anything, but we can offer what little we have. We certainly have a few hours of time, some talent, some expertise” … “Who among us”, the Pope underlined, “does not have his or…Continue Reading

How PPFA Manipulates Women Into “Donating” Their Babies’ Organs

July 26, 2015 breaking Comments Off

By DAVE ANDRUSKO (Editor’s Note: This article is reprinted with permission from National Right to Life News Today, July 15, 2015. All rights reserved.) + + + We’ve discussed at some length a shocking hidden-camera video in which two undercover investigators are shown discussing with a high-ranking PPFA official how these supposed “procurers” of fetal tissue could work with Planned Parenthood affiliates to harvest intact baby body parts. I would also like to talk about a key component we’ve only touched on: how/why women consent to “donating” their baby’s body parts. In its story today [July 15], The Washington Post included the following statement from Planned Parenthood spokesman Eric Ferrero, which I assume PPFA distributed far and wide: “At several…Continue Reading

Analyzing The Heterodoxies Of The “Shadow Council”

July 25, 2015 breaking Comments Off

By MAIKE HICKSON As some readers might recall, on May 25, 2015, the presidents of the German, Swiss, and French Bishops Conferences had organized a private conference at the Gregorian University in Rome. This “Shadow Council,” as it soon was called, was criticized for its secrecy and obliqueness. The suspicion arose that this meeting was intended for preparing some revolutionary strategies and argumentation in order to promote the liberalizing agenda at the upcoming October 2015 Synod of Bishops on the Family. On July 15, the Shadow Council’s presentations were unexpectedly published by the three national bishops conferences. This therefore gives us an opportunity at least to get an impression of the methods of discourse and of the substance of the…Continue Reading

In the meeting on climate change and modern slavery, the Pope warns against the idolatry of technocracy

July 23, 2015 breaking Comments Off

Vatican City, 22 July 2015 (VIS) – Yesterday afternoon Pope Francis greeted the participants in the meeting “Modern slavery and climate change: the commitment of cities” and in the Symposium “Prosperity, people and planet: achieving sustainable development in our cities ”, held in the Vatican’s Casina Pio IV by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, whose chancellor is Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo. The events were attended by the mayors of major cities, local administrators and various representatives of the United Nations. The Holy Father gave an impromptu address in which he reiterated that care for the environment meant, above all, adopting an attitude of human ecology and that “Laudato si’” was not simply a “green” but also a social document. He…Continue Reading

Catholic Colleges Must Listen to Pope Benedict’s Strong Case for Sacred Music, Says Prof.

July 22, 2015 breaking Comments Off

The availability of well-celebrated liturgy and sacred music should be the norm at all Catholic colleges, not the exception, said Dr. Kurt Poterack, choir director and adjunct professor of music at Christendom College in Front Royal, Va. Poterack spoke with The Cardinal Newman Society regarding Pope Emeritus Benedict’s recent comments on sacred music and what it means for Catholic colleges. The Pope Emeritus recently received honorary doctorates from the John Paul II Pontifical University of Krakow and from the Academy of Music of Krakow in Poland. The former pontiff took the opportunity to thank the now-saint Pope John Paul II for the profound impact he had in his own spiritual life and also share his own reflections on the benefits…Continue Reading

Retired cardinal sounds alarm: sees in Church ‘a perverse lust for self-destruction

July 21, 2015 breaking Comments Off

July 20, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) — The retired Vatican cardinal and Church historian, Walter Brandmueller, has given an interview in Germany in which he rebukes the liberal agenda among Germany’s bishops. The interview, entitled “The Good Shepherd May Not Fear the Wolves,” was published on July 1 in the German regional newspaper Rheinische Post. The cardinal sees in certain circles in the Church almost a “perverse lust for self-destruction,” for example, “by undermining the procreation of life in different ways and in putting into question the natural sexual identity of man and woman.” Cardinal Brandmueller describes the danger of adapting to “political correctness,” admitting that violating it entails “risking execution by the Media.” He decries the “dynamic of silence into which the majority” of bishops have…Continue Reading

The Pope writes to the participants in the meeting “United with God, we hear a cry” on the effects of mining

July 20, 2015 breaking Comments Off

Vatican City, 17 July 2015 (VIS) – Pope Francis has sent a message to Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council “Justice and Peace”, to be communicated to the representatives of communities affected by mining activities participating in the meeting “United with God, we hear a cry”, organised by the same dicastery in collaboration with the Latin American “Churches and Mining” network. “You come from difficult situations and in various ways you experience the repercussions of mining activities, whether they be conducted by large industrial companies, small enterprises or informal operators. You have chosen to gather in Rome on this day of reflection that recalls a passage from the Apostolic Exhortation ‘Evangelii gaudium’, to echo the cry…Continue Reading

Pope entrusts fruits of Voyage to Our Lady of Guadalupe

July 19, 2015 breaking Comments Off

(Vatican Radio) Jesus the Good Shepherd was the focus of Pope Francis’ Angelus address on Sunday in St Peter’s Square. In his first major public event since his return from Latin America, the Holy Father spoke about the Gospel of the day, which tells how Jesus took his Apostles “to a secluded place” to rest after their experience of mission. The people, though, having discovered where Jesus was going, went there ahead of Him. It is at this point, the Pope said, the Evangelist gives us an intense view of Jesus, almost a photograph, which captures “the sentiments of His Heart”: Jesus, seeing the crowd, is “moved with pity” for them because “they were like sheep without a shepherd; and…Continue Reading

Cardinal George Pell takes a swing at Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical

July 18, 2015 breaking Comments Off

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican’s financial chief, Cardinal George Pell, has taken the unusual step of criticizing Pope Francis’ groundbreaking environmental encyclical, arguing the Catholic Church has “no particular expertise in science.” Nearly 18 months after Pell was brought to the Vatican by Pope Francis and given a mandate to reform the city-state’s banking affairs, the Australian cardinal gave an interview to the Financial Times, whacking his boss’ landmark document. “It’s got many, many interesting elements. There are parts of it which are beautiful,” he said. “But the church has no particular expertise in science … the church has got no mandate from the Lord to pronounce on scientific matters. We believe in the autonomy of science,” Pell told the Financial…Continue Reading

Forum: A Nigerian Diocese Continues to Live in the Shadow of Boko Haram

July 17, 2015 breaking Comments Off

New York, July 17, 2015 (ZENIT.org) Staff Reporter The following article is contributed by Aid to the Church in Need and was written by Father Gideon Obasogie, head of communications for the Diocese of Maiduguri, the See hardest-hit by Boko Haram terror in recent years. * * * Security arrangements make travel through the Diocese of Maiduguri extremely cumbersome—and dangerous. Our people are being massacred daily! Commuting along the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway, the region’s main axis, was halted again for the fourth ‎time in a week recently, as security forces take measures to keep travelers from driving into an ambush by the bloodthirsty insurgents. I took my turn the other day. What I found were numerous burned out cars and deserted villages, their inhabitants having…Continue Reading