Joel Osteen Attends Mass in St. Peter’s Square, Meets With Holy Father

"Warm, personable and full of joy."  That was Joel Osteen's description of Pope Francis, after meeting with him at the Vatican on June 5, part of a visit to promote interfaith understanding and ecumenical prayer.According to the Deseret News, Osteen was part of a delegation organized by The International Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to world-wide development.The delegation included political and religious leaders from the United States including Senator Mike Lee … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Rigid Traditionalists and Cafeteria Catholics “Aren’t Really Catholics”

Half-hearted Catholics--those who believe only some of the Church's teachings--aren't really Catholics at all."They may call themselves Catholic," said Pope Francis at his morning Mass at the Domus Sancta Marthae, "but they have one foot out the door." *     *     *     *     * The Holy Father drew his inspiration from the Gospel reading for June 5, taken from John 17:20-26, and Jesus' prayer that there would be unity, not divisions and conflict, among his followers.  He singled out three g … [Read more...]