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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Pope will visit Philadelphia prison housing a convicted priest

Details:  Word that Pope Francis will visit Philadelphia’s Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility when he is in the city Sept. 26-27 for the World Meeting of Families must have held special significance for one of the 2,760 men in the city’s largest jail. He’s No. 1102886, also known as Msgr. William J. Lynn, the 64-year-old former Secretary [Read More...]

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Want tickets to see the pope? Try this.

Those clever people at the Archdiocese of Washington media office have come up with a video contest: Here’s your chance to be creative! Tell us about your experience serving others by documenting it on video.  Three prize winners will receive four tickets to the papal Mass with Pope Francis and their choice of an iPad [Read More...]

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It’s here: Pope Francis’ schedule for trip to the United States

From the USCCB:  2015 Apostolic Journey of Pope Francis to The United States of America Here is the schedule for Pope Francis’ September 2015 Apostolic Journey to the United States of America as released by the Vatican on June 30, 2015.  All times listed are Eastern Daylight Time. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 (WASHINGTON, DC) 4:00 p.m.    [Read More...]

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Historic meeting between pope and patriarch could be near

View image | gettyimages.com Let us pray:  An historic meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church is “getting closer every day,” a senior Orthodox prelate said in an interview published on Sunday. The unprecedented meeting would be a significant step towards healing the 1,000-year-old rift between the Western and Eastern [Read More...]

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Did Pope Francis say he approves of divorce?

Some people seem to think so. It popped up repeatedly in headlines last week. Huffington Post, for example, posted a story by RNS with this headline: “Pope Francis Says Divorce May Be ‘Morally Necessary’ To Protect Kids. The New York Post also reported: “Pope Francis: Divorce can be ‘morally necessary’” The story itself, however, is more [Read More...]

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Pope: beware worldly pastors, “Christians who talk too much”

From Vatican Radio:  Recalling the day’s Gospel reading in which the people marvel at Jesus’s authoritative teaching, Pope Francis said that people today know “when a priest, a bishop, a catechist, a Christian, has the consistency that gives him authority.” Jesus, he said, “admonishes his disciples” to beware of “false prophets.” But how to discern [Read More...]

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In new book, Pope Francis speaks out on Medjugorje

From Diane Korzeniewski at Te Deum Laudemus!: A pro-Medjugorje website in Brazil is reporting that Pope Francis, while in Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day, made some rather blunt comments concerning Medjugorje, and about activities of the alleged visionaries.  The title of the post says a lot:  “Pope Francis says those who say they [Read More...]

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Historic: Francis becomes first pope to visit Waldensian temple

From Vatican Radio:  On the second day of his Apostolic Visit, Pope Francis made an historic visit to the Waldensian temple in Turin. Although numbering only about 30,000 adherents, the Waldensian Evangelical Church is an important dialogue partner with the Catholic Church, as it is one of the only non-Catholic Christian communities native to Italy. [Read More...]

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If you don’t have time to read Laudato Si’, try this

From the Archdiocese of Toronto, a masterful summation of Laudato Si’ in one easy-to-read graphic. Nicely done. Find more great resources here. [Read more...]

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