Faithful storm out of Mass in Italy after priest criticizes Pope Francis

Faithful storm out of Mass in Italy after priest criticizes

Faithful storm out of Mass in Italy after priest criticizes Pope Francis Faithful : ROME (RNS) A priest is being asked to take a break from his parish in the small Italian town of Montesilvano after some in his congregation reportedly stormed out of Mass when he openly criticized Pope Francis on Palm Sunday (April 9). Media reports claimed the congregation shouted “Shame, shame!” at the Rev. Edward Pushparaj when he said Pope Francis had only been “bad” for the Catholic Church. Palm Sunday commemorates the arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem…

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Pope Francis Directs Message to Trump on Climate Change

Pope Francis Directs Message to Trump on Climate Change

Pope Francis Directs Message to Trump on Climate Change Pope Francis issued an urgent warning to the world’s political leaders to take the science behind climate change seriously and not to abandon international agreements to address the perils of global warming. The Pontiff’s message seemed directed at president-elect Donald Trump, who has signaled that the United States will no longer play a leadership role when it comes to efforts limiting carbon emissions aimed at protecting the environment. Pope Francis on climate change In a statement made at a Vatican-organized gathering…

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Pope Francis’ schedule for Fatima visit released

Pope Francis' schedule for Fatima visit released

Pope Francis’ schedule for Fatima visit released Vatican City, Mar 20, 2017  On Monday, the Vatican released the official program for Pope Francis’ two-day visit to Portugal in May, where he’ll celebrate the centenary of the Fatima Marian apparitions and make a brief stop at an air base to meet the country’s president. Francis will likely make a stop at his favorite Roman basilica, Saint Mary Major, sometime before leaving Rome at 2 p.m. May 12. He’ll land at the air base in Monte Real around 4:20 p.m. local time,…

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Pope Francis meets Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby

Pope Francis meets Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby

Pope Francis meets Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby  Caroline, wife of Justin Welby meets Pope Francis I as Justin Welby looks on Pope Francis I meets Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at Vatican City, Rome, Italy – 14 Jun 2013 Pope Francis I and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby have met for the first time today Rex Features Pope Francis has welcomed the Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Rev Justin Welby in Rome, the first time the two church leaders have met. The leader of the Roman Catholic Church said…

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Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury push for closer ties

Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury push for closer ties

Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury push for closer ties Pope* Francis and Justin Welby share a joke during their talks Pope* : The leaders of the Catholic and Anglican churches are playing up the common ground between them during talks in the Vatican. The Pope* and the Archbishop of Canterbury say they will work together to help the poor, despite the differences that remain between the two churches. Archbishop of Canterbury meets Pope* Francis They heads of the Catholic and Anglican churches also pledged to help protect the environment as they…

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Unlike previous popes, Francis is in no rush to visit his homeland

Unlike previous popes, Francis is in no rush to visit his homeland

Unlike previous popes, Francis is in no rush to visit his homeland Unlike : Pope Francis approaches priests with an Argentine flag as he arrives in St. Peter’s Square for his inaugural Mass at the Vatican on March 19, 2013. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Stefano Rellandini TIGRE, Argentina (RNS) The Polish pope, St. John Paul II, made nine visits to his country of birth, the first in 1979, less than a year after his election.His successor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, went to his native Germany three times, including on his first international…

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Pope Francis calls on media to end ‘constant focus on bad news’

Pope Francis calls on media to end ‘constant focus on bad news’

Pope Francis calls on media to end ‘constant focus on bad news’ Pope Francis has urged global news outlets to “stem the spiral of fear” caused by coverage of the world’s tragedies and scandals.“I am convinced that we have to break the vicious circle of anxiety and stem the spiral of fear resulting from a constant focus on ‘bad news,’” the pope said in a message Tuesday (Jan. 24).“This has nothing to do with spreading misinformation that would ignore the tragedy of human suffering, nor is it about a naive…

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In a new video, Pope Francis urges compassion for refugees, people on the margins

In a new video, Pope Francis urges compassion for refugees, people on the margins

In a new video, Pope Francis urges compassion for refugees, people on the margins Pope Francis holds a candle as he arrives to lead the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Feb. 2, 2017. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis called for greater compassion for refugees and marginalized people less than a week after President Trump ordered a temporary immigration ban from seven predominantly Muslim countries.In a video of the pontiff’s prayer intentions for February, the…

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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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Mother of slain US journalist thanks Pope Francis for support

Mother of slain US journalist thanks Pope Francis for support

Mother of slain US journalist thanks Pope Francis for support Diane Foley, mother of deceased journalist James Foley, at the Foreign Press Club in Rome. RNS photo by Josephine McKenna VATICAN CITY (RNS) The mother of American journalist James Foley, who was executed by the Islamic State group in Syria, has traveled to Rome to thank Pope Francis for the sympathy and support he gave her family after her son’s death. Diane Foley, who heads a foundation established in her son’s honor, came to Rome to promote a documentary about…

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