Pope Francis I too know moments of emptiness

Pope Francis I too know moments of emptiness

Pope Francis I too know moments of emptiness Pope Francis :  Just days ahead of the fourth anniversary of his pontificate on March 13, the pope acknowledged he had “spiritual dark moments” in his life during periods of crisis. In a wide-ranging interview published Thursday (March 9) in Germany’s Die Zeit weekly, the pontiff acknowledged: “I too know moments of emptiness. “One cannot grow without crises: in human life, the same thing happens. Even biological growth is a crisis, no? The crisis of a child who becomes an adult. And…

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Pope Francis: better to be an atheist than a hypocritical Catholic

Pope Francis: better to be an atheist than a hypocritical Catholic

Pope Francis: better to be an atheist than a hypocritical Catholic Pope criticises ‘double life’ led by some members of his own church during the sermon of his private morning mass Pope Francis at his weekly general audience in Vatican City on Wednesday. Photograph: Pacific Pres/Rex/Shutterstock Pope Francis : Thursday 23 February 2017 14.04 GMTLast modified on Thursday 23 February 2017 22.44 GMT Pope Francis has delivered another criticism of some members of his own church, suggesting it was better to be an atheist than one of many Catholics who he said…

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Pope Francis encourages meeting of popular movements in California

Pope Francis encourages meeting of popular movements in California

Pope Francis encourages meeting of popular movements in California Stockton, Calif. Pope Francis on Friday sent a message of encouragement to the hundreds of religious and community leaders participating in a meeting of popular movements being held this week in California.“It is the Church, the Christian community, people of compassion and solidarity, social organizations. It is us, it is you, to whom the Lord Jesus daily entrusts those who are afflicted in body and spirit, so that we can continue pouring out all of his immeasurable mercy and salvation upon them,”…

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Pope Francis: Native people have rights over their lands

Pope Francis: Native people have rights over their lands

Pope Francis: Native people have rights over their lands A woman wearing a traditional dress holds Pope Francis’ head on the occasion of his meeting with representatives of indigenous peoples attending a UN agricultural meeting in Rome, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. Francis has insisted that indigenous peoples must give prior consent for any economic activity on their ancestral lands — an indirect critique as the Donald Trump administration seeks to advance construction on a $3.8 billion oil pipeline over opposition from American Indians. Pool Photo via AP…

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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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Catholic and Protestant abuses still need redress

Catholic and Protestant abuses still need redress

Catholic and Protestant abuses still need redress Catholic : Having been appointed to the papal commission on child protection, I can confirm that Emiliano Fittipaldi is broadly correct that the pope has done little on child abuse. I might argue that Francis has done more than his predecessor, but it still is not enough. I made the same point publicly last year. Damian Thompson recently wrote in the Spectator of the pope reversing a defrocking of “an Italian priest with a passion for expensive cars and underage boys”, who has…

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Jersey’s first cardinal evokes Pope Francis as he takes helm in Newark

New Jersey’s first cardinal evokes Pope Francis as he takes helm in Newark

Jersey’s first cardinal evokes Pope Francis as he takes helm in Newark Cardinal : (RNS) Cardinal Joseph Tobin was installed as New Jersey’s* first Roman Catholic cardinal Friday (Jan. 6) at a solemn Mass in Newark’s Sacred Heart Cathedral during which he declared that the church “is neither an elite club nor static container of truth.” Instead, Tobin said in his homily, the church “is a set of interlocking and dynamic relationships among people and with the Triune God.” It is the place, he continued, “where believers speak and listen…

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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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Pope urges Bishops to protect lives of children

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has written to the Bishops of the world condemning all forms of oppression and exploitation of children. His words come in a letter signed on the Feast of the Holy Innocents, which takes place each year on December 28, during the Octave of Christmas. In his letter, the Holy Father calls the Bishops to foster in hearts of Christians the joy that comes from the proclamation of the birth of Christ. But in moving words, he notes that the Christmas story is also accompanied by tears.…

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Pope Francis Condemns ‘Plague Of Terrorism’ In New Year’s Address

“The year will be good in the measure that each one of us, with the help of God, seeks to do good day after day,” he told the crowd on a cold morning. By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis urged leaders to work together to fight the “plague of terrorism”, saying in his New Year’s address on Sunday that a bloodstain was covering the world as it started 2017. Speaking to some 50,000 people in St. Peter’s Square for his traditional noon address, Francis departed from his…

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