Pope sends video message of peace ahead of Fatima visit

Pope sends video message of peace ahead of Fatima visit Pope : VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis has sent a video message to the people of Portugal ahead of his visit to Fatima to mark the 100th anniversary of the Virgin Mary’s reported apparitions to three young shepherds. Speaking in Portuguese, the pope defined his two-day official visit to the Catholic shrine May 12-13 as a “pilgrimage of hope and peace” and apologized for not seeing more of the country. RELATED: The ’Splainer: Who is Our Lady of Fatima and…

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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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Catholic approach to development looks at body and soul, pope says

Catholic approach to development looks at body and soul, pope says

Catholic approach to development looks at body and soul, pope says A Catholic approach to development aims at helping people achieve both physical and spiritual well-being and promotes both individual responsibility and community ties, Pope Francis said. A development that is “fully human” recognizes that being a person means being in relationship; it affirms “inclusion and not exclusion,” upholds the dignity of the person against any form of exploitation, and struggles for freedom, the pope said April 4 at a Vatican conference marking the 50th anniversary of Blessed Paul VI’s…

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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 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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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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THE POPE WANTS YOU TO PUT THE PHONE DOWN AND READ THE BIBLE

THE POPE WANTS YOU TO PUT THE PHONE DOWN AND READ THE BIBLE

THE POPE WANTS YOU TO PUT THE PHONE DOWN AND READ THE BIBLE POPE FRANCIS WANTS YOU TO READ THE BIBLE AS OFTEN AS YOU CHECK YOUR CELL PHONE. The maiden Sunday of Lent saw Pope Francis urging the faithful to read the Bible often as they glance at their cell phones. This, he said, is important if one has to fight against sin’s multiple temptations. He reminded the packed audience at St. Peter’s Square that during Lent, which lasts 40 days, Christians are encouraged to follow Jesus’s actions. They…

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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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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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