Pope Francis’ Simplicity vs. Cardinal Bertone’s Elegance: Let’s Clear This Up Once and For All

Cardinal Bergoglio, (before his election to the papacy) wearing simple vestments, looks at Cardinal Bertone's richly embroidered vestments

IS POPE FRANCIS UPSET because Cardinal Bertone is moving into a larger residence in Vatican City?According to The Independent, sources claim that Pope Francis is "furious" that Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, retiring from his position as the Vatican's Secretary of State, is creating a lavish home for his retirement.The insinuation is that Pope Francis--who has repeatedly called for a "poorer church" and who has chosen to live in the Domus Sancta Marthae, a "simple guest house", rather than … [Read more...]

Americans to Join Pope Francis for Charismatic Conference in Rome

Charismatic conference - flyer

Two Americans, Dr. Ralph Martin, founder of Renewal Ministries, and Patti Mansfield, popular Catholic author and speaker, will join the Holy Father and 52,000 Charismatic Catholics from more than 50 countries on Sunday afternoon, June 1, at the Olympic Stadium of Rome.On that day, Pope Francis—the first pontiff to ever visit a sports stadium in Rome--will participate in the 37th National Assembly of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement. The June 1-2 conference has the theme of "Convert! … [Read more...]

The Holy See Did Not Commit Torture

St Peters Basilica - interior

....But you already knew that.Some people did not know that, though; and so the Critics of Anything Roman, always hoping to give the Church a black eye, tried to suggest that the sexual abuse of minors, which is an abomination and a clear violation of Catholic Church teaching, was a form of state-sponsored torture.Further, they alleged, the Church's stance in opposition to birth control and abortion is also torture.No surprises here:  Among the influential nongovernmental … [Read more...]


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