Category: Vatican

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Hypocrisy kills Christian community, Pope says

Junno Arocho Esteves in CRUX NEWS, June 6, 2017 In the pic: Pope Francis speaks during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 5. (Credit: CNS/Paul Haring.) "Hypocrisy is not the lane of Jesus. Hypocrisy is not...

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Pope looks glum after Vatican meeting with Donald Trump

Pope and Trump meet for the better – Stephanie Kirchgaessner, in The Guardian,Thursday 25 May 2017 Encounter considered more successful than their first but was noteworthy for its sombre tone. What is the most pointed present you have given or received?  Pope...

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Pope pushing for change – Now church must catch up

Joanna Moorhead, in the Guardian, 13 March 2017 From the ordination of married men to female deacons, the pope is proposing reforms that even diehard conservatives should admit the church needs ‘Pope Francis set out first to be a living...

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Stokes papal tensions by meeting Rome nationalist

(In the pic: US cardinal Raymond Burke) Stephanie Kirchgaessner, in the Guaridan UK Sunday Monday 6 February 2017 Pope Francis’s harshest critics are aligning themselves with Trump and his acolytes around the world, including Matteo Salvini (Cardinal Burke, the unofficial...

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Pope did next  to nothing? To halt sex abuse, says writer

Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Rome, in the Guardian UK, 16 January 2017  Pope Francis doing ‘close to nothing’ to stop clerical sexual abuse, alleges writer Emiliano Fittipaldi Fittipaldi claims the Vatican refuses to provide Italian courts with information on allegedly abusive priests...

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German bishops plan Guidelines for divorced, remarried

Christa Pongratz-Lippitt, in NCR, Dec. 21, 2016 (In the pic: Bishop Karl-Heinz Wiesemann)  (Note: All are fully aware of the biblical dictum: “Those who stand and  wait also serve!” But then how long is one to wait? Even Framcis lost...

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Francis’ multicoloured Consistory

The newly-elected cardinals received their "courtesy visits" this afternoon. These men of the Church hail from countries such as Albania, Syria and Venezuela, that have been the scene of past and present tragedies (Published in Vatican Insider). In the pic: The newly-elected...

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Pope Calls All Religions to Follow Path of Mercy

Ours is a time of fraternity –   KATHLEEN NAAB  in Zenit,NOVEMBER 3, 2016”  (PHOTO.VA – Osservatore Romano) (Note: Mercy is the bench mark of  Francis, which is also at the heart of all religions, especially Hinduism and Islam. Recall the...

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Pope Francis and Lutheran Archbishop Antje Jackelen embrace

  Pope embraces lady Archbishop!   After embracing female bishop, Pope spins again on women’s ordination BY KAYA OAKES  NOVEMBER 1, 2016, in religin dispaches (Note: What could have been the thoughts running through the minds of Pope Francis and Antje Jackelen, Archbishop and...

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  Ailments in the Holy Church

What ails your Parish & Diocesan structures? Gitanjali Sudhir,  New York (Note: Our friend Gitanjali Bernard in New York has sent this with the brief letter to readers: “Dear Reader: Parishes and institutions of the Church are, as perceived as...