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Prayers for Archbishop Nienstedt

December 18, 2013 World News Comments Off on Prayers for Archbishop Nienstedt

Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt has removed himself from public ministry (but not resigned his bishopric).

Pope canonizes Peter Faber, SJ

December 18, 2013 World News Comments Off on Pope canonizes Peter Faber, SJ

2013-12-18 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Tuesday canonized one of the earliest Jesuits, Fr. Peter Faber (1506-1546), a close companion of St. Ignatius. At an audience with the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Cardinal Angelo Amato, the Pope “extended the liturgical cult of Blessed Peter Faber to the Universal Church . . . inscribing him in the catalogue of the saints.” Peter Faber was born into a poor family, near Savoy, France, in April 1506. An ardent student, he eventually studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, where he shared a room with Ignatius of Loyola and Francis Xavier. He was ordained to the priesthood in July 1534 and, one month later, celebrated the mass…Continue Reading

‘I’m no Marxist’, Pope Francis tells conservative critics

December 15, 2013 World News Comments Off on ‘I’m no Marxist’, Pope Francis tells conservative critics

Source: Pope Francis Likely to Offer ‘Clarification’ to Distance Himself from ‘Liberation Theology’

December 12, 2013 World News Comments Off on Source: Pope Francis Likely to Offer ‘Clarification’ to Distance Himself from ‘Liberation Theology’

A source familiar with the inner workings of the Vatican told Breitbart News on Monday that Pope Francis is likely to offer a “clarification” of his comments on economics contained in his apostolic exhortation released on November 24, Evangelii Guadium (in English, “The Joy of the Gospel”). Though the timing of such a “clarification” is uncertain, it is likely to come in the form of a speech to a group rather than in a formal papal document. The source told Breitbart News that key figures at the Vatican are already discussing the problems caused by the document’s confused and inconsistent forays into economi

Planned Parenthood received $540.6 million in tax dollars, performed 327,166 abortions in 2012

December 11, 2013 World News Comments Off on Planned Parenthood received $540.6 million in tax dollars, performed 327,166 abortions in 2012

By BEN JOHNSON Wed Dec 11, 2013 17:53 EST See Wanderer article from 1941 on Planned Parenthood (middle column below), look what 70 years has wrought. WASHINGTON, D.C., December 11, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Planned Parenthood performed 327,166 abortions last year while collecting more than half-a-billion dollars from U.S. taxpayers, according to its most recent annual report. The numbers represent a modest decrease from 2011 levels, when Planned Parenthood performed a record-setting 333,964 abortions and collected $542.4 million, or 45.2 percent of its total revenue, from government funding. “In 2012, abortions made up 93.8 percent of Planned Parenthood’s pregnancy services, while prenatal care and adoption referrals accounted for only 5.6 percent (19,506) and 0.6 percent (2,197), respectively,” the Susan B. Anthony…Continue Reading

Time Magazine . . . Pope Francis, The Choice

December 11, 2013 World News Comments Off on Time Magazine . . . Pope Francis, The Choice

With a focus on compassion, the leader of the Catholic Church has become a new voice of conscience. Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs explains why Francis is TIME’s choice for Person of the Year 2013.

Pope launches appeal to end global hunger

December 10, 2013 World News Comments Off on Pope launches appeal to end global hunger

2013-12-09 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) In an unprecedented video message, Pope Francis has appealed to people throughout the world to support a new campaign by Caritas Internationalis to wipe out global hunger. The campaign is set to begin on Tuesday, 10 December, with a “wave of prayer to end hunger” which begins at noon in Samoa and will travel around the world. Below you can find the full text of Pope Francis’ appeal: Message from Pope Francis for the launch of One Human Family, Food for All Dear brothers and dear sisters, Today, I am happy to announce to you the launch of a campaign against global hunger by our very own Caritas Internationalis and to tell you that I…Continue Reading

U.S. Catholic bishop calls Mandela’s support of abortion ‘shameful’, black leaders concur

December 9, 2013 World News Comments Off on U.S. Catholic bishop calls Mandela’s support of abortion ‘shameful’, black leaders concur

By JOHN-HENRY WESTEN Mon Dec 09, 2013 17:55 EST  December 9, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – While much of the world, including many religious leaders, are praising the late Nelson Mandela without reserve, at least one U.S. bishop has tempered his praise by calling to mind the former South African leader’s record on abortion. “There is part of President Mandela’s legacy, however, that is not at all praiseworthy, namely his shameful promotion of abortion in South Africa,” said Providence, RI Bishop Thomas Tobin in a statement published yesterday. Tobin observes that “there is much to admire in Mandela’s long life and public service, particularly his personal courage and his stalwart defense of human rights.” However, the Rhode Island bishop notes that, “In…Continue Reading

Pope’s Address to Delegation from the Dignitatis Humanae Institute

December 8, 2013 World News Comments Off on Pope’s Address to Delegation from the Dignitatis Humanae Institute

Vatican City, December 08, 2013 (Zenit.org) | Here is Pope Francis’ address to a delegation from the Dignitatis Humanae Institute on Saturday. * * * Lord Cardinals, Illustrious Gentlemen, I thank you for this meeting. I am especially grateful to Cardinal Martino for the words with which he introduced you. Your institute proposes to promote human dignity on the basis of the fundamental truth about man, who is created in the image and likeness of God. So, there is an originary dignity of every man and woman that cannot be suppressed, that cannot be touched by any power or ideology. Unfortunately, in our epoch, so rich in many accomplishments and hopes, there is no lack of powers and forces that…Continue Reading

Pro-life leaders urge caution, while Pope, Cardinal Dolan praise controversial Nelson Mandela

December 7, 2013 World News Comments Off on Pro-life leaders urge caution, while Pope, Cardinal Dolan praise controversial Nelson Mandela

BY JOHN-HENRY WESTEN Fri Dec 06, 2013 18:10 EST CAPE TOWN, South Africa, December 6, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The death of South African former President Nelson ‘Madiba’ Rolihlahla Mandela on Thursday has led to an outpouring of glowing praise for the man most known for ending apartheid – a system of racial segregation. However, pro-life leaders have warned that praise from Christian leaders is inappropriate given Mandela’s role in bringing abortion-on-demand and homosexual “marriage” to South Africa. According to official statistics, nearly a million unborn children have been killed in South Africa since President Mandela signed legislation in 1996 permitting abortion on demand two years after taking office. Same-sex ‘marriage’ was legalized in 2006, with Mandela having supported it long…Continue Reading