Pope Francis shakes up Vatican bioethics board

Pope Francis shakes up Vatican bioethics board

Pope Francis shakes up Vatican bioethics board (RNS) Prominent U.S. ethicists are among a number of international experts chosen by Pope Francis for his bioethics advisory board —  a move that might temper the group’s conservative views on sexual morality and life issues. John Haas, president of the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia, and Ignatius John Keown, professor of Christian ethics at Washington’s Georgetown University, are among 45 members appointed by the pope to the Pontifical Academy for Life. Dr. Kathleen M. Foley, a neurologist in pain and palliative care at…

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This Vatican adviser is moving Catholics toward LGBT inclusion

This Vatican adviser is moving Catholics toward LGBT inclusion

This Vatican adviser is moving Catholics toward LGBT inclusion Vatican  : In 1992, the Vatican under Pope John Paul II published the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which stated, among many other things, that “homosexual tendencies” are “objectively disordered.” One of the principal theologians who shaped the document was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who would succeed John Paul II as Pope Benedict XVI. He too would take a hard-line stance against homosexuality. Two decades later, Pope Francis has signaled what many believe to be a softening on the matter. In 2013, when asked about gay priests, he famously…

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Vatican scraps plan for Pope to go to South Sudan this year

Vatican scraps plan for Pope to go to South Sudan this year

Vatican scraps plan for Pope to go to South Sudan this year Pope Francis waves at the end of his “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) message from the balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on April 16, 2017. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Stefano Rellandini VATICAN CITY (Reuters) The Vatican said  it had scrapped tentative plans for Pope Francis to make a visit this year to South Sudan, which has been hit by civil war, famine and a refugee crisis.Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said Tuesday (May…

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Trump to meet Pope Francis at Vatican

Trump to meet Pope Francis at Vatican

Trump to meet Pope Francis at Vatican VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis will meet President Trump on his first official visit to Europe, the Vatican said Thursday (May 4). In a brief statement, the Vatican announced the president’s trip to the Holy See, planned for May 24. Trump also announced the trip in a Rose Garden ceremony Thursday, timed to coincide with the National Day of Prayer, in which he signed executive orders that he said would protect Americans’ religious liberty. “Pope Francis will receive the Hon. Donald Trump, President…

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VATICAN & ROME’S JEWISH COMMUNITY TEAM UP FOR FIRST ART EXHIBIT TOGETHER

VATICAN & ROME’S JEWISH COMMUNITY TEAM UP FOR FIRST ART EXHIBIT TOGETHER

VATICAN & ROME’S JEWISH COMMUNITY TEAM UP FOR FIRST ART EXHIBIT TOGETHER ROME’S JEWISH COMMUNITY AND THE VATICAN JOIN FORCES FOR ART EXHIBITION. Rome’s Jewish community and the Vatican Museums will be holding a joint art exhibition from May 15 to July 23 in an effort to further improve Catholic-Jewish relations. The exhibit, a first-ever collaboration between the two, will showcase over 100 items, including religious documents, candlesticks, stone tablets from the Jewish catacombs in Rome, sarcophagi, ancient Roman glasses, and paintings. The main focus, however, will be a 2,000-year-old…

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As atheist China warms to the Vatican, religious persecution ‘intensifies’

As atheist China warms to the Vatican, religious persecution 'intensifies'

As atheist China warms to the Vatican, religious persecution ‘intensifies’ Atheist : From an altar in a dingy backyard four hours from Beijing, Paul Dong is conducting mass. He’s also breaking the law. Dong and his parishioners are among millions of illegal Christians worshiping in officially atheist China. According to a new report from US-based NGO Freedom House, persecution of Chinese Christians and other faith groups has “intensified” in recent years. “Combining both violent and nonviolent methods, the (Communist) Party’s policies are designed to curb the rapid growth of religious…

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Pope Benedict Claims There Was Once A ‘Gay Lobby’ At The Vatican

Pope Benedict Claims There Was Once A ‘Gay Lobby’

Pope Benedict Claims There Was Once A ‘Gay Lobby’ At The Vatican In an upcoming memoir about his pontificate, Benedict revealed that he broke up a ‘gay lobby’ that had tried to wield power at the Vatican. Former Pope Benedict says in his memoirs that no-one pressured him to resign but alleges that a “gay lobby” in the Vatican had tried to influence decisions, a leading Italian newspaper reported on Friday. The book, called “The Last Conversations,” is the first time in history that a former pope judges his own…

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At the Vatican, Sister Simone Campbell blasts ‘male power’

At the Vatican, Sister Simone Campbell blasts ‘male power’

At the Vatican, Sister Simone Campbell blasts ‘male power’ A general view is seen of Pope Francis leading the Easter Mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on March 27, 2016. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi VATICAN CITY (RNS) Catholic activist Sister Simone Campbell has suggested that senior clergy at the Vatican are more preoccupied with power than confronting issues that affect the faithful, like clerical sexual abuse.The U.S. nun, leader of the “Nuns on the Bus” campaign that has toured America during recent election cycles, spoke frankly in…

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Top Vatican cardinal rejects abuse victim’s critique, denies opposing Pope Francis

Top Vatican cardinal rejects abuse victim’s critique, denies opposing Pope Francis

Top Vatican cardinal rejects abuse victim’s critique, denies opposing Pope Francis Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, then German bishop of the Regensburg, looks on during a religious conference at the Vatican March 11, 2010. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Tony Gentile VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican’s top doctrinal official, Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, has rejected suggestions from a clergy abuse victim that Pope Francis is facing critical internal resistance from foes of his efforts to overhaul the church’s central administration.Mueller, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, a key department of the…

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As atheist China warms to the Vatican, religious persecution ‘intensifies’

As atheist China warms to the Vatican, religious persecution 'intensifies'

As atheist China warms to the Vatican, religious persecution ‘intensifies’ Atheist : He’s also breaking the law. Dong and his parishioners are among millions of illegal Christians worshiping in officially atheist China. According to a new report from US-based NGO Freedom House, persecution of Chinese Christians and other faith groups has “intensified” in recent years. “Combining both violent and nonviolent methods, the (Communist) Party’s policies are designed to curb the rapid growth of religious communities and eliminate certain beliefs and practices,” the report said. Its release comes amid hot speculation…

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Muslim refugee hails Pope Francis as the example of religion

Muslim refugee hails Pope Francis as the example of religion

Muslim refugee hails Pope Francis as the example of religion Vatican City, Feb 17, 2017 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Nur Essa, a Muslim Syrian woman whose family was brought to Rome from Lesbos by Pope Francis last April, said that the openness he has shown to those of different faiths has deeply impressed her. “For me, I was surprised,” she told CNA. “(He is) very open to all of the cultures, all of the religions, and he sets an example for all the religious people in the world, because…

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Pope Francis admits there’s corruption at the Vatican

Pope Francis admits there’s corruption at the Vatican

Pope Francis admits there’s corruption at the Vatican VATICAN CITY (RNS) In a talk with representatives of Catholic men’s religious orders, Pope Francis admitted there’s “corruption” in the Vatican but said he is not troubled by it and is working to reform the church administration. “There is corruption in the Vatican. But I’m at peace. … If there is a problem, I write a note to St. Joseph and put it under a statue that I have in my room. It is a statue of St. Joseph sleeping. And now he…

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Anti-Pope posters in Rome reveal sharp divide between Francis and Vatican conservatives

Anti-Pope posters in Rome reveal sharp divide between Francis and Vatican conservatives

Anti-Pope posters in Rome reveal sharp divide between Francis and Vatican conservatives Anti-Pope : Romans awoke last Saturday morning to find the walls of their city plastered with dozens of posters featuring a scowling Pope Francis hovering above text asking the pontiff “Where’s your mercy?” The accusations of hypocrisy aimed at the Catholic leader’s call for a more compassionate church has Italian police frantically searching security camera footage for the culprits. But so far, there have been few leads and no group has claimed responsibility for the posters. But some…

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Vatican orders Knights of Malta to cooperate with papal inquiry

Vatican orders Knights of Malta to cooperate with papal inquiry

Vatican orders Knights of Malta to cooperate with papal inquiry VATICAN CITY (Reuters) The Vatican is demanding that the leaders of the Knights of Malta, a worldwide Catholic chivalric and charity group, cooperate with an inquiry ordered by Pope Francis into alleged irregularities. In the latest salvo of a battle of wills between the heads of two of the world’s oldest institutions, a Vatican statement on Tuesday (Jan. 17) also rejected what it said was an attempt by the Rome-based Knights to discredit members of a papal commission of inquiry.…

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The Pope Just Approved A Very Troubling Document On Gays And Priesthood

The Pope Just Approved A Very Troubling Document On Gays And Priesthood

Approved : The Pope Just Approved A Very Troubling Document On Gays And Priesthood The Vatican has reaffirmed its position that gay men are barred from entering Catholic seminaries. In a document entitled “The Gift of the Priestly Vocation,” published online Wednesday, the church outlined a wide range of guidelines for priestly formation. One section addressed “persons with homosexual tendencies,” who it said cannot be admitted to seminaries or to the priesthood. “The Church, while profoundly respecting the persons in question, cannot admit to the seminary or to holy orders those who…

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