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Pope Francis meets Russian President Putin

November 25, 2013 World News Comments Off on Pope Francis meets Russian President Putin

2013-11-25 Vatican Radio Pope Francis had a private meeting in the Vatican on Monday afternoon with the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. It’s the fourth time the Russian leader has been here to the Vatican – he met twice with Pope John Paul II in 2000 and 2003 and had an audience with Pope Benedict in 2007. In September this year, Pope Francis also wrote directly to President Putin, as the city of St Petersburg prepared to host the G20 summit of world economic leaders. In that letter, the Pope spoke of the need for a more just global financial framework, stressing that “the world economy will only develop if it allows a dignified way of life for…Continue Reading

Confessions of a Pope

November 25, 2013 World News Comments Off on Confessions of a Pope

  2013-11-21 L’Osservatore Romano   “Priests and bishops too have to go to confession”. And “even the Pope confesses every 15 days, because the Pope is also a sinner. And the confessor hears what I tell him, he counsels me and forgives me, because we are all in need of this forgiveness”. The Holy Father confided this to the faithful at the General Audience on Wednesday morning, 20 November, in St Peter’s Square. Continuing his reflections on the Creed, the Holy Father expanded on the ‘remission of sin’, “in reference to the ‘power of the keys’, as it is called, which is a biblical symbol of the mission that Jesus entrusted to the Apostles”. The following is a translations of…Continue Reading

Judge Rules Pittsburgh Catholic Church Doesn’t Have to Comply With HHS Mandate

November 22, 2013 World News Comments Off on Judge Rules Pittsburgh Catholic Church Doesn’t Have to Comply With HHS Mandate

by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 11/21/13 7:44 PM In yet another pro-life victory against the HHS mandate that forces churches and religious groups to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions for their employees, a federal judge has ruled that the Catholic Church in Pittsburgh doesn’t have to comply.Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh made such a stink when he testified in court recently that he received national attention. He said would rather pay fines, no matter how much they might be that be forced to follow the directives of the abortion mandate. “I would not be able to live with myself knowing that we’re contradicting what we believe,” he said during a hearing…Continue Reading

Pope Francis and the pro-life and pro-family movements: webcast audio now available!

November 19, 2013 World News Comments Off on Pope Francis and the pro-life and pro-family movements: webcast audio now available!

by JOHN JALSEVEC Thu Nov 14, 2013 Nov. 14, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Since his election in March, Pope Francis has garnered widespread media coverage, thanks in large part to a series of spontaneous gestures, statements and free-wheeling interviews that have endeared him to many Catholics and non-Catholics alike. At the same time, some in the pro-life and pro-family movements have expressed perplexity, if not consternation in some cases, about some of the statements made by the pope in some of those interviews. In one interview with Jesuit magazines across the world the Pope had declared that “it is not necessary to talk about [abortion, gay ‘marriage’ and contraception’] all the time.” While in another interview with atheist Eugenia Scalfari, the Pope…Continue Reading

Archbishop Kurtz Elected President of U.S. Bishops Cardinal DiNardo Elected Vice President

November 12, 2013 World News Comments Off on Archbishop Kurtz Elected President of U.S. Bishops Cardinal DiNardo Elected Vice President

November 12, 2013 Bishops elect chairman of Catholic Education Committee Chairmen-elect chosen for five other USCCB committees New CRS, CLINIC board members chosen November 12, 2013 BALTIMORE—Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, was elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) during the bishops’ annual fall General Assembly, November 12, in Baltimore. Archbishop Kurtz has served as vice president of USCCB since 2010. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston was elected USCCB vice president. Archbishop Kurtz and Cardinal DiNardo are elected to three-year terms and succeed Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York and Archbishop Kurtz, respectively. The new president and vice president’s terms begin at the conclusion of the General Assembly, November 14. Archbishop Kurtz was…Continue Reading

ObamaCare’s marriage penalty: Cohabitating couples will pay less for healthcare than married couples

November 12, 2013 World News Comments Off on ObamaCare’s marriage penalty: Cohabitating couples will pay less for healthcare than married couples

by Kirsten Andersen Mon Nov 11, 2013 15:19 EST WASHINGTON, D.C., November 11, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Would you pay $10,000 a year to stay married to your spouse? Some American couples are being faced with exactly that decision as they consider their health insurance options under ObamaCare. One of the most controversial provisions of ObamaCare is that it requires all Americans to purchase health insurance, whether they want it or not, or face hefty fines. To facilitate enrollment, the government has set up health care “exchanges” in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., where people can compare and purchase insurance plans. The government has promised subsidies to help those who cannot afford the higher premiums, but the way the subsidies are…Continue Reading

Pope Francis Says Christians Must Guard Against Slyness Of The Devil

October 15, 2013 World News Comments Off on Pope Francis Says Christians Must Guard Against Slyness Of The Devil

By ELISE HARRIS ROME (CNA/EWTN News) — In his October 11 daily Mass homily, the Holy Father warned of the discreet presence of the Devil, exhorting those gathered to be astute in their spiritual lives. “We must always be on guard,” exhorted the Pope to those who attended Mass in the Vatican’s Casa Santa Marta, “on guard against deceit, against the seduction of evil.” Referencing the day’s Gospel reading, in which Jesus has just healed a possessed man and is accused of casting out demons by the power of the Devil, the Pope noted that often in history there have been those who wish to “diminish the power of the Lord” by offering different explanations for His works, noting that…Continue Reading

Miss World: ‘I’m pro-life’ and ‘Sex is for marriage’

October 14, 2013 Frontpage, World News Comments Off on Miss World: ‘I’m pro-life’ and ‘Sex is for marriage’

By BEN JOHNSON October 14, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Viewers all over the globe appreciate the beauty of Miss World, Megan Lynn Young, but the reigning Miss Philippines recently told an interviewer that she appreciates the beauty of the unborn. Miss World Megan Lynne Young In August, Young told a Philippines-based broadcaster that she opposes abortion-on-demand, believes in abstinence before marriage, and sees marriage as a lifelong and unbreakable union. “I’m against abortion,” Young told her interviewer flatly. She expounded further when the interviewer asked about the nation’s controversial Reproductive Health (RH) Law, which would require medical professionals to provide taxpayer-funded contraceptives and abortifacients to patients regardless of conscience

Pope Francis: Let anti-Semitism be banished from every heart

October 12, 2013 World News Comments Off on Pope Francis: Let anti-Semitism be banished from every heart

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Friday met with members of Rome’s Jewish community to mark the 70th anniversary of the deportation of the city’s Jewish population during the Nazi occupation. Among those present was the Chief Rabbi of Rome, Dr. Riccardo Di Segni, the President of the Jewish Community of Rome , Dr. Riccardo Pacifici, and the President of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities , Dr. Renzo Gattegna. Pope Francis began by expressing his closeness to Rome’s Jewish community, which is the oldest in Western Europe, having a continued presence in the city of over two thousand years. “For many centuries…the Jewish community and the Church of Rome have lived in our city , with a history – as…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: Be On Guard Against the Deceit of Evil

October 12, 2013 World News Comments Off on Pope Francis: Be On Guard Against the Deceit of Evil

We must always be on guard against the seduction of evil. This was central point of Pope Francis’ homily today in the chapel of Casa Santa Marta this morning. The Holy Father reflected on today’s Gospel, which spoke of Jesus’ response to those who doubted his power in casting out demons. “Jesus casts out demons and them someone offers explanations to diminish the power of the Lord,” the Pope said. This attitude of reducing the role of Christ as just a mere healer, he noted, “has reached our present day.” ”There are some priests who, when they read this Gospel passage, this and others, say: But, Jesus healed a person with a mental illness. They do not read this, no?,”…Continue Reading