The politics of Pope Francis: An anti-corruption, anti-ideology populism

London, England, Dec 9, 2014 / 10:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Most people “still don’t know how Pope Francis thinks,” says a longtime Catholic observer who believes the Pope’s approach to politics is an ordinary path that rejects both corruption and elite ideological obsessions isolated from real people. “What he hoped for was a government rooted in the values and priorities of ordinary folk,” British author Austen Ivereigh said of the Pope's time as … [Read more...]

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What makes the Church happy? Seeking lost sheep, Pope says

Vatican City, Dec 9, 2014 / 03:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Like a shepherd finding lost sheep, the Church is a joyful mother who goes out and seeks her lost children, inviting them to consolation of the tenderness of Jesus, said Pope Francis in his daily homily Tuesday. “The joy of the Church is to give birth; the joy of the Church is to go out of herself to give life; the joy of the Church is go out and seek the sheep that are lost; the joy of the Church is precisely the tenderness of the … [Read more...]

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The request of a retired pope – simply call me ‘Father Benedict’

Vatican City, Dec 9, 2014 / 01:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Rather than being called by his papal name “Benedict XVI,” the retired pontiff revealed that since his retirement he has wanted to return to his original priestly title and be called simply “Father Benedict.” Father Benedict made his comments in a private conversation with journalist Jorg Bremer, who published bits of them in a Dec. 7 article for German newspaper F.A.Z. According to the journalist, Benedict … [Read more...]

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World Meeting of Families calls for host families near Philly

Philadelphia, Pa., Dec 9, 2014 / 11:50 am (CNA).- Organizers for the World Meeting of Families have asked people to open their homes to host attendees and other visitors for the event, which will mark Pope Francis’ first visit to the U.S. “The excitement for the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis' visit cannot be overstated,” Donna Farrell, executive director of the World Meeting of Families-Philadelphia 2015, said Dec. 3. She said there has been a … [Read more...]

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Catholic profs told to report opposition to ‘gay marriage’ as harassment

Milwaukee, Wis., Dec 9, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An anti-harassment training presentation at a Catholic college encourages employees to report critics of “gay marriage” – and could reflect recent federal decisions that the belief in marriage as a union of a man and a woman is discriminatory. Part of the employee anti-harassment training at the Wisconsin-based Marquette University includes a presentation with a comic strip-style story about a fictional employee named … [Read more...]

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Archdiocese launches Pakistan’s premiere Catholic web radio station

Karachi, Pakistan, Dec 9, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Karachi last month launched Pakistan's first Catholic radio station online, focused on the spirit of the new evangelization and aimed at spreading faith in the country. Archbishop Joseph Coutts voiced hope that “the radio will plant seeds which will sprout and grow as listeners will learn the message of Jesus Christ” at the Nov. 22 launch at St. Patrick's Boys' High School in … [Read more...]

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Will a host of pontifical councils be merged into two congregations?

Vatican City, Dec 9, 2014 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The establishment of two large congregations, to include many tasks formerly divided among several pontifical councils, is expected to be discussed in the meeting of the Council of Cardinals scheduled for Dec. 9-11. The draft of reform was presented to the chiefs of dicasteries in the last of the periodic meetings they have with Pope Francis, which took place Nov. 24. The draft includes the establishment of two congregations: a … [Read more...]

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