CNN: Pope had private meeting with gay couple during U.S. trip

Details:  The day before Pope Francis met anti-gay county clerk Kim Davis in Washington last week, he held a private meeting with a longtime friend from Argentina who has been in a same-sex relationship for 19 years. Yayo Grassi, an openly gay man, brought his partner, Iwan, as well several other friends to the Vatican Embassy on [Read More…]

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Holy See: “The Pope’s meeting with Mrs. Davis should not be considered a form of support…”

Here it is, via Vatican Radio:  Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, the head of the Holy See Press Office has released a statement on the brief meeting between Kim Davis and Pope Francis during his visit to Washington, DC. The full statement is below The brief meeting between Mrs. Kim Davis and Pope Francis at the [Read More…]

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3 leadership lessons from Pope Francis

Forbes magazine gets it: Last week the Pope visited the United States for the first time in his life, and showed off many of his wonderful leadership attributes. Here are three lessons from this extraordinary leader: Stay Focused: the Pope’s message, over and over again, to multiple audiences is the same: Show mercy to the poor [Read More…]

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Francis Effect: A lapsed liberal Catholic writes of “how Pope Francis brought me back to the Church”

View image | gettyimages.com From the website Vox, writer Gillea Allison explains: Just as President Obama provided an opening for an entire generation to get involved in the political process, what we see now in Francis — in a more profound and global sense — seemed to be welcoming people in by looking out. The [Read More…]

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Lawyer says Kim Davis met with Pope Francis during his visit

Details from CBS News:   Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who went to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, met with Pope Francis last week during his visit to the U.S., Davis’ attorney Mat Staver told CBS News. According to Staver, the two met briefly last Thursday, September 24, at the [Read More…]

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Mercy is the message: Vatican announces theme for World Communications Day 2016

From CNS:  For World Communications Day 2016, Pope Francis has chosen the theme “Communication and Mercy: A fruitful encounter.” As the church celebrates the extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy, which begins Dec. 8, the pope also wanted to invite deeper reflection on the link between communication and mercy, said a statement from the Pontifical Council for [Read More…]

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He’s back: Cardinal Burke reappointed to the Curia

Details:  Via Zenit The Vatican announced today that Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, metropolitan archbishop of Bologna, and Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, as members of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. The Congregation for the Causes of Saints controls the process that leads to the canonization of saints. [Read More…]

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One of the pope’s unscheduled stops: to bless a statue showing respect for Jewish people

This didn’t get much attention, but it should. From The Forward: Nearly 50 years after the Vatican officially proclaimed Jews free of guilt in the killing of Jesus, Pope Francis made a surprise change to his schedule on the final day of his U.S. tour to convey his own message of respect for the Jewish [Read More…]

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Francis Effect: “I don’t want to go back to the way it was before Pope Francis visited America”

View image | gettyimages.com From the blog of Maria Shriver: Pope Francis has had a dramatic impact on my life this past week. It’s almost hard to put into words. I got into journalism long ago because I wanted to tell stories that inspired people. Stories that moved people. I’ve covered a lot of big events in my [Read More…]

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Francis Effect: Jewish writer yearns to be Catholic for a day

View image | gettyimages.com This is pretty interesting:  So it’s come to this. After two millennia of persecutions and executions, massacres and pogroms, false aspersions and forced conversions, inquisitions, disputations, book-burnings, blood libels, boycotts and curses; despite all the Pontiffs and prelates and priests who accused the Jews of killing Jesus, of emulating Judas, of [Read More…]

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