Francis’ teacher says Pope never supported Marxist theology

Vatican City, Sep 13, 2013 / 05:09 pm (CNA).- One of Pope Francis' former teachers says in a new book that the Holy Father has never supported a Marxist-based liberation theology.“In the Argentinean Liberation Theology, social Marxist analysis is not used, but rather a historical-cultural analysis, not based on class warfare as a determining principle for the interpretation of society and history,” said Argentinean Jesuit priest Fr. Juan Carlos Scannone.“I think that … [Read more...]

Pope’s first six months reveal a ‘rich, complex’ personality

Vatican City, Sep 13, 2013 / 02:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Six months into his pontificate, Pope Francis' distinct style is beginning to take a more defined shape and is viewed by some as having a strong emphasis on the Church's maternal, merciful nature.“I think he has a very conscious desire to show the motherly, merciful aspect of the Church which in one hand is tremendously real...and in the other hand, sometimes has been forgotten,” Latin American analyst Alejandro Bermudez ref … [Read more...]

Dialogue essential to Christianity, Pope tells non-believing journalist

Vatican City, Sep 13, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a letter to a prominent non-believing Italian journalist, Pope Francis called dialogue a “profound and indispensable expression” of the Christian life.It “seems to me that it is nothing other than positive, not only for us individually but also for the society in which we live, to pause to dialogue on a reality as important as the faith is,” the Pope said in a Sept 11 letter to Eugenio Scalfari, translated by … [Read more...]

Vatican releases Pope’s busy schedule leading up to December

Vatican City, Sep 12, 2013 / 11:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has made public the packed schedule of liturgical activities Pope Francis will be involved in during the months of October and November.The Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff also stated he will first partake in three celebrations in September, including a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Bonaria at Cagliari, Sardinia, on Sept. 22. The Pope will then celebrate Mass at Saint Peter’s … [Read more...]

Vatican willing to hand over accused nuncio to civil authorities

Vatican City, Sep 12, 2013 / 10:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Vatican spokesman has said that the Holy See is willing to hand over a former nuncio accused of sexual misconduct to civil authorities in the Dominican Republic if requested to do so.Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office, said that the Holy See continues to cooperate fully with ongoing investigations into Archbishop Józef Wesolowski, former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic.Because there is no … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: the Church nurtures, loves us as a mother

Vatican City, Sep 11, 2013 / 11:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told thousands gathered for his weekly general audience that the Church is like our mother, who gives life to and nurtures the faithful.“Today I wish to continue our catechesis on the Church by reflecting on an image used by the early Fathers and the Second Vatican Council: the Church as our Mother,” he said. “By reflecting on the human experience of maternity, we understand that the Church is like our own … [Read more...]

Italian pastor donates used car to Pope Francis

Vatican City, Sep 10, 2013 / 04:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Italian pastor has donated a used Renault 4 with 186,000 miles to Pope Francis, in response to the exhortation he made to priests and seminarians in July to live simply and humbly.Father Renzo Roca, 69, who is pastor of St. Lucy Parish in Pescantina, wrote to the Holy Father offering to donate his car, according to news reports out of the Vatican.The car was delivered to the Pontiff on Sept. 7 at St. Martha’s Residence, … [Read more...]


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