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Pope Francis’ Palm Sunday homily

VATICAN CITY — Here is the Vatican’s English translation of Pope Francis’ homily today at Palm Sunday Mass: At the heart of this celebration, which seems so festive, are the words we heard in the hymn of the Letter to the Philippians: “He humbled himself” (2:8). Jesus’ humiliation. These words show us God’s way and […]

Pope, on Palm Sunday, pays tribute to 'today's martyrs'

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis led the world's Roman Catholics in Palm Sunday celebrations by paying tribute to those killed for their faith, a reference to the victims of Islamic State militants.

Pope Francis under pressure after appointing bishop suspected of protecting a pedofile priest

yesterdayNews : The Raw Story

Pope Francis’s decision to appoint a Chilean bishop suspected of protecting a paedophile priest has alarmed the Vatican’s own child protection watchdog, its members told AFP. Several members of the new commission set up by the pope to stamp out child abuse in the Catholic Church...

10 Days In Italy: Business Class On British Airways 787 Flight Home

Here’s a recap of previous posts and a list of what’s upcoming for our recent trip to Italy. United Airlines To Rome St. Regis Rome Vatican Osteria 44 Photo Essay of Angels & Demons A Quiet Meal At Cul de Sac Trevi Fountain (Semi) Closed For Business A Fast Train To Venice Tips For Sightseeing In Rome St. Show More Summary

Cardinal Raymond Burke: Gays, Remarried Catholics Are Just As Sinful As Murderers

(RNS) When Pope Francis last year effectively demoted U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke by moving him out of a senior post in the Vatican to a largely ceremonial role as head of a Rome-based Catholic charity, it was viewed as a way to sideline...Show More Summary

Pope Gets Pushback From Sex Abuse Commission On Bishop Juan Barros Appointment

2 days agoNews : Huffington Post

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Several members of Pope Francis' sex abuse advisory board are expressing concern and incredulity over his decision to appoint a Chilean bishop to a diocese despite allegations from victims that he covered up for Chile's...Show More Summary

Vatican newspaper runs article supporting France’s ‘stealth euthanasia’ bill

The French law that earned praised in the pages of L'Osservatore Romano, allows 'the abuse of sedation,' and defines nutrition and hydration as 'treatment' that can be withdrawn.

The Hungarian Greek-Catholic Church Elevated to Sui Juris Status

As reported last week on Vatican Radio and elsewhere, the Holy Father has elevated the Hungarian Greek-Catholic Church to the status of a sui juris church, as he did in January for the Catholics of Alexandrian Rite in Eritrea. The Eparchy...Show More Summary

Vatican’s doctrine chief: ‘Absolutely anti-Catholic’ to let bishops conferences decide doctrine

'The president of an Episcopal Conference is nothing more than a technical moderator, and as such has no special teaching authority,' says Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller.

Vatican cardinal tells German bishops: We can’t adapt the faith to the times like Christians did under the Nazis!

The realities of life 'cannot be a third reality of the revelation next to Holy Scripture and the Magisterium,' he says.

Pope Francis to meet with Obama at the White House in September

2 days agoNews : The Raw Story

US President Barack Obama will host Pope Francis at the White House on September 23, accepting an invitation extended during talks at the Vatican last year. The White House said the president and the pope will continue a dialogue about poverty, the environment, immigration and promoting religious...

In Francis' Vatican, the Homeless Get VIP Treatment

"Following Francis" is a monthly blog on the latest happenings of Pope Francis. It is prepared exclusively for The WorldPost by Sébastien Maillard, Vatican Correspondent for La Croix, Rome ROME -- Visitors had to leave the Sistine Chapel earlier than usual on the afternoon of March 26 -- before 4:00 p.m. Show More Summary

Pope Francis to Visit White House in September

To continue a dialogue on shared values between the Obama administration and the Vatican, the White House has announced that Pope Francis will make a visit in September.

Pope Francis Meets With Relatives Of Britons Slain By Islamic State

3 days agoNews : Huffington Post

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Relatives of two British hostages killed by the Islamic State group met Wednesday with Pope Francis as part of efforts to unite people of different faiths to oppose religious extremism and intolerance. Michael Haines,...Show More Summary

Pope Puts Climate Heat on GOP

It comes as bad news to many that Pope Francis' tenure at the Vatican might be short. But there are probably some Catholics in this country who gave a silent cheer when Francis intimated recently that "the Lord has placed me here for...Show More Summary

State Farmers Union Presidents Meet Pope

Five Farmers Union state presidents and National Farmers Union’s (NFU) chief counsel capped off a series of meetings with officials at the Vatican by meeting Pope Francis himself on Wednesday. The presidents of state Farmers Unions in...Show More Summary

Pope's Charity Aide Organizes Private Sistine Chapel Tour For Homeless People

4 days agoNews : Huffington Post

The Vatican is extending another welcoming hand to Rome's homeless population. On Thursday, 150 homeless people will venture beyond the steps of St. Peter's Square for a tour of the Vatican Gardens, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano reports. Show More Summary

Pope Francis Interview with Atheist Journalist: Stop ‘Vatican Centric’ Thinking

Eugenio Scalfari’s report shows a pope who rejects blind deference to hierarchy, one who is eager to engage with the world beyond the walls of the church, even when his words may make Catholics uncomfortable. The post Pope Francis Interview with Atheist Journalist: Stop ‘Vatican Centric’ Thinking appeared first on OnFaith.

Vatican to give homeless people a private VIP tour of the Sistine Chapel

4 days agoReligion : FaithWorld

In Pope Francis's latest gesture towards Rome's homeless, the Vatican said on Tuesday homeless people will get a special private tour of its museums and the Sistine Chapel.

What leadership will look like when Generation Z takes over (and I love Pope Francis)

If you want to understand Generation Z (born in the 200o’s), take a look at Pope Francis. He is not just a new pope. He is revolutionizing the Vatican in a way that generation Z is likely to revolutionize secular institutions. For those of you who are not following Pope Francis, you should. He is so...

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