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Pope Francis issues Peace Day Message

December 2, 2013 World News Comments Off on Pope Francis issues Peace Day Message

2013-12-12 Vatican Radio  (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has issued his Message for the 2014 World Day of Peace, to be marked on January 1st. The Message is themed Fraternity: the Foundation and Pathway to Peace. Below, please find the official English text, in full.MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS FRANCIS FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE WORLD DAY OF PEACE January 1, 2014 FRATERNITY, THE FOUNDATION AND PATHWAY TO PEACE 1. In this, my first Message for the World Day of Peace, I wish to offer to everyone, individuals and peoples, my best wishes for a life filled with joy and hope. In the heart of every man and woman is the desire for a full life, including that irrepressible longing for fraternity which…Continue Reading

Morality and economics, Pope Francis, and Rush Limbaugh

November 30, 2013 World News Comments Off on Morality and economics, Pope Francis, and Rush Limbaugh

November 30, 2013 By Matt C. Abbott Pope Francis recently issued the apostolic exhortation “The Joy of the Gospel.” Click here to read it. Conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh isn’t pleased with the document, calling it “pure Marxism coming out of the mouth of the pope.” (Source) I sought comment on the matter from Father John Trigilio Jr., Ph.D., Th.D., president of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy. Below is Father’s analysis (slightly edited).

Pope: Intelligence is a gift

November 30, 2013 World News Comments Off on Pope: Intelligence is a gift

2013-11-29 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio)The Christian conforms his way of thinking to God’s, and for this reason rejects ways of thinking that are weak and restricted. This was the central theme of Pope Francis’ homily during Mass on Friday morning in the Casa Sanctae Martha. The Lord taught his disciples to be attentive to the signs of the times, signs which the Pharisees failed to comprehend. The Pope said that, in order to understand the signs of the times, a Christian must think not only with his head, but also with his heart and spirit. Otherwise, he cannot understand the “way of God in history”:“In the Gospel, Jesus does become angry, but pretends to when the disciples do not understand…Continue Reading

Synopsis of the Apostolic Exhortation ‘Evangelii Gaudium’

November 27, 2013 World News Comments Off on Synopsis of the Apostolic Exhortation ‘Evangelii Gaudium’

Synopsis of the Apostolic Exhortation ‘Evangelii Gaudium’ Vatican City, November 26, 2013 (Zenit.org) | The following is a brief synopsis of Evangelii Gaudium, the first Apostolic Exhortation written by Pope Francis. * * * The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Thus begins the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, by which Pope Francis develops the theme of the proclamation of the Gospel in the contemporary world, drawn from, among other sources, the contribution of the work of the Synod held in the Vatican, from 7 to 28 October 2012, on the theme The new evangelization for the transmission of the faith. I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new…Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear Hobby Lobby challenge to HHS mandate

November 26, 2013 World News Comments Off on U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear Hobby Lobby challenge to HHS mandate

by LifeSiteNews.com Tue Nov 26, 2013 12:13 EST WASHINGTON, Nov. 26, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to hear the challenge by the Christian-owned Hobby Lobby stores against the HHS birth control mandate, which requires all employers to provide health insurance that covers contraception, abortifacient drugs and sterilizations. The HHS mandate is a key component of the Obama administration’s embattled healthcare reform law. “My family and I are encouraged that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide our case,” said Mr. Green, Hobby Lobby’s founder and CEO. The nation’s highest court accepted the federal government’s appeal of a June decision by the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Court had decided that the HHS mandate places a…Continue Reading

President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Applauds Federal Court Ruling on HHS Mandate in favor of Catholic Dioceses, Ministries

November 26, 2013 World News Comments Off on President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Applauds Federal Court Ruling on HHS Mandate in favor of Catholic Dioceses, Ministries

November 22, 2013 Ruling a significant victory for conscience rights Court says government cannot reduce right to free exercise to right to worship Washington – In a significant victory for conscience rights, a federal district court in Pennsylvania November 21 handed down the first decision on the merits in a case by Catholic non-profit organizations challenging the final HHS mandate. The Court found that the mandate’s “religious employer ‘accommodation’ places a substantial burden on Plaintiffs’ right to freely exercise their religion,” determined that the plaintiffs, the Dioceses of Pittsburgh and Erie and related organizations, are “likely to succeed on the merits” of their claim under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and issued a preliminary injunction preventing the government from enforcing…Continue Reading

German bishop: allow Communion for divorced/remarried, despite Vatican disapproval

November 26, 2013 Uncategorized, World News Comments Off on German bishop: allow Communion for divorced/remarried, despite Vatican disapproval

CWN – November 25, 2013 A German bishop has said that the country’s episcopal conference will move forward with plans to allow Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics, despite clear disapproval from the Vatican. Bishop Gebhard Fürst of Stuttgart told a lay group, the Central Committee of German Catholics, that the German bishops have already drafted new guidelines for the reception of Communion by divorced/remarried Catholics, and hope to vote their approval to those new rules in March 2014. Bishop Fürst said that the German hierarchy is responding to demands from the faithful. “Expectations are great, and impatience and anger are greater still,” he said. Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,…Continue Reading

Pope Francis echoes Pope Benedict, underlines continuity of Council of Trent, Vatican II

November 26, 2013 World News Comments Off on Pope Francis echoes Pope Benedict, underlines continuity of Council of Trent, Vatican II

CWN – November 25, 2013 Pope Francis has embraced the ‘hermeneutic of reform’ that Pope Benedict XVI proposed as the key to interpreting the teachings of Vatican II. In a letter dated November 19 and released November 23, the Pope appointed Cardinal Walter Brandmüller as his special envoy to the December celebration the 450th anniversary of the conclusion of the Council of Trent (1545-63), the nineteenth of the Church’s 21 ecumenical councils. Cardinal Brandmüller, 84, is the president emeritus of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences. “It is appropriate that the Church recall with a more prompt and attentive zeal the very fruitful doctrine that came to pass from that Council held in the Tyrolean region,” Pope Francis said in…Continue Reading

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