Did Francis really call capitalism the “dung of the devil”?

View image | gettyimages.com A few headlines have said as much: Pope slams capitalism as ‘dung of the devil’ is one example. But if you read the context of the speech, you get a different impression: The earth, entire peoples and individual persons are being brutally punished. And behind all this pain, death and destruction [Read More…]

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Francis on his home turf: “The significance of this cannot be overstated”

View image | gettyimages.com Some interesting insight on what is now unfolding in Latin America, from Sebastian Gomes at Salt + Light: Much of the novelty surrounding the person and pontificate of Pope Francis can be attributed to his Argentine, Latin American background. His personal style, his understanding of church matters and his views on [Read More…]

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Pope Francis: “I ask that the church ‘kneel before God and implore forgiveness for the sins of her sons and daughters'”

View image | gettyimages.com From The New York Times:   Pope Francis offered a direct apology on Thursday for the complicity of the Roman Catholic Church in the oppression of Latin America during the colonial era, even as he called for a global social movement to shatter a “new colonialism” that has fostered inequality, materialism and the exploitation of [Read More…]

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Would you like fries with that?: Pope Francis uses Burger King for his sacristy

From the AP: Burger King has long been providing quick meals. Pope Francis has now used it for a quick change. With hundreds of thousands of Catholic faithful waiting, Pope Francis needed a place to don his vestments to celebrate Mass at the Christ the Redeemer square in Santa Cruz. He had just spent more [Read More…]

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Bolivian President gives pope crucifix shaped like Communist hammer and sickle—UPDATED

And the pope’s reaction? Take a look at the video below, via Rome Reports. File this in the “What On Earth Was He Thinking?” File. UPDATE: Here’s an answer to the “What on Earth Was He Thinking?” question.  A couple readers have pointed out that it’s apparently a replica of one that belonged to Fr. Luis Espinal, [Read More…]

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Pope’s speech to Congress to be broadcast live to audience gathered outside the Capitol

From The New York Times: Anticipating huge public demand for a glimpse of Pope Francis during his visit to Congress on Sept. 24, Speaker John A. Boehner said Wednesday that the speech would be broadcast live to those gathered on the West Front of the Capitol, with the possibility that the pope himself would make [Read More…]

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Pope Francis: “We evangelize not with grand words, but with the ‘joy of the Gospel'”

From his homily today in Ecuador: We evangelize not with grand words, or complicated concepts, but with “the joy of the Gospel”, which “fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. For those who ac­cept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness” (ibid., 1). We who [Read More…]

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“Christ can take what seems impure, scandalous or threatening, and turn it into a miracle”

From Catholic News Service: Even if a pastoral proposal for helping a Catholic family with problems seems scandalous at first, it is possible God could use that proposal to bring healing and holiness, Pope Francis said.Encouraging and celebrating family life during a Mass July 6 in Guayaquil, Pope Francis asked people to pray for the [Read More…]

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Dr. Ratzinger?

From Associated Press:  Benedict XVI, emeritus pope and theologian, reflected on Saturday on classical music as an “encounter with the divine,” saying listening to Mozart helps him experience “very deeply the Lord’s presence.” Benedict’s reflections came at a ceremony where he received honourary doctorates from the Pontifical John Paul II University of Krakow and the [Read More…]

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Pope: “When they kill a Christian, they don’t ask ‘Are you Catholic?””

Details:  Pope Francis appealed on Friday to faithful from all Christian churches to put divisions aside and concentrate on what unites them amid the persecution and slaying of Christians in parts of the world. “The blood of today’s martyrs makes us one,” Francis told some 30,000 people in St. Peter’s Square. He cited the slaying [Read More…]

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