Is Pope Francis Ditching the Conservatives?

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This article by English priest Fr Mark Drew observes the goings on in Rome with an expert eye an informed view and a balanced conclusion. Is Pope Francis purging the church of the “Ratzingerians”? Is a modernist, liberal putsch underway? Fr Drew writes, It does seem at first sight as if several of those closest [Read More...]

Is Proselytism Solemn Nonsense?

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Pope Francis has been criticized in some quarters because he has said, “Proselytism is solemn nonsense.” He has also told Evangelical Christians and an atheist interviewer that he “doesn’t want to convert them.” In a meeting last week in Caserto he explained to his priests that their job was not “proselytizing” and he quoted Pope [Read More...]

Why is Pope Francis’ Visit to Philly Important?

This report says that while the Vatican has yet to confirm the date, Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia has indicated that Pope Francis will visit the city for next September’s World Meeting of Families. If the pope is planning to visit the City of Brotherly Love next fall what’s the big deal? Kathy Schiffer reports here that the [Read More...]

Pope Francis “Doesn’t Want to Convert Evangelicals”?

Pope Francis Meets with Kenneth Copeland and other Evangelical Leaders

After meeting with a group of Pentecostal Evangelicals Pope Francis reportedly wants to preach in a Protestant church in Rome. This article reports on the meeting held in Rome with Pope Francis and TV Evangelist Kenneth Copeland and other Evangelical leaders including theologian Brian Stiller and Anglican bishop Tony Palmer. The Pope wants to go [Read More...]

Archbishop Welby in Difficulty

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After his visit to Pope Francis, Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby acknowledges that having women bishops will cause difficulties in the search for church unity. John Bingham at the Daily Telegraph reports here. Don’t you just love English understatement? It reminds me of the classic English story of the Scott expedition to the Antarctic. [Read More...]

Figuring Out Pope Francis

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John Allen continues his excellent reporting from the Vatican with a bumper crop round up of what has turned out to be a wildly busy week with Pope Francis. There has been the meeting of the eight cardinals helping to reform the church, a Vatican bank scandal, the controversial interview with Scalfari and the intriguing [Read More...]


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