Pope appoints renowned atheist and population control advocate to Pontifical Academy of Sciences

This tidbit popped up on the VIS website:  Vatican City, 17 June 2015 (VIS) – The Holy Father has appointed Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, professor of theoretical physics at the University of Potsdam and director of the Institute for Climate Impact in Potsdam, Federal Republic of Germany, as ordinary member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.  [Read More...]

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Francis: encyclical will be part of Church’s social doctrine

From Vatican Radio:  Pope Francis asked the faithful and all persons of good will to receive his new Encyclical letter on the care of creation with open hearts. Speaking to pilgrims and tourists gathered for his weekly General Audience on the eve of the much-anticipated document’s official release, Pope Francis said, “Tomorrow, as you know, [Read More...]

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Holy See pulls press credentials for prominent Vatican journalist over encyclical leak

This news broke this morning on Twitter, following yesterday’s leak of a draft of the new encyclical: Sandro Magister of @espressonline loses his @HolySeePress credentials for disclosing embargoed draft of Encyclical. pic.twitter.com/gcaINTv5eh — Fr. Manuel Dorantes (@TweetingPriest) June 16, 2015 Details (roughly translated): In a press release, Federico Lombardi reported that he was withdrawing the [Read More...]

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Forget “Jurassic World” — here’s the blockbuster everyone is waiting for this summer

Read all about it here. But catch the trailer below. [Read more...]

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Pope to priests: “A Church where no discussions take place is a dead Church” — UPDATED

He gave a remarkable talk today to priests gathered in Rome — most of it unscripted.  It sounds like it was extraordinary, in every sense. Catholic News Service has a good Twitter overview right here. (It includes at the bottom the full video.) And Rome Reports offers this brief report that gives a sense of the [Read More...]

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Pope to meet publicly with married gay activist at roundtable next month

Details:  Pope Francis is slated to hold his first public meeting with a married gay activist during a visit to Paraguay in July. The activist is Simón Cazal, executive director of the Paraguayan LGBT rights group SOMOSGAY, who married another SOMOSGAY activist, Sergio López, in neighboring Argentina in 2012. Though the pope has reportedly held pastoral [Read More...]

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The upcoming encyclical: “An important event in the life of the universal church”

View image | gettyimages.com A couple of high profile people have been talking about the pope’s upcoming encyclical on the environment and climate change.  Of course, nobody talking about it has even read the document, so it’s impossible to know what it contains. But what we do know right now is that the ideas expressed in an encyclical—any encyclical—are [Read More...]

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Pope Francis cautions against faith based on “predicted visions”

Perhaps another hint of what may be coming on the Medjugorje front? From National Catholic Register: Days after declaring that a decision on the Medjugorje apparitions would be coming soon, Pope Francis cautioned against basing one’s faith solely on predicted visions or anything other than Christ himself. In his June 9 daily Mass at the [Read More...]

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Pope Francis: decision on Medjugorje coming soon

From Catholic News Agency:  When asked by a Bosnian journalist about the status of his decision on the Marian apparitions in Medjugorje on his flight from Sarajevo to Rome, Pope Francis said that after a lengthy study, a decision could be coming soon.“We’re at this point of making decisions … and then they will be [Read More...]

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Pope leads Corpus Christi procession, honors persecuted Christians

From Catholic News Agency: Persecuted Christians were remembered during Thursday’s Corpus Christi procession in Rome, where Pope Francis told the thousands taking part to walk and pray in unity with those who cannot express their faith so openly. “Let us feel united with them: sing with them, give praise with them, worship with them,” the [Read More...]

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