Tag: Pope Francis

Catholic church calls on UN climate change conference to set goals

The Catholic church has called on UN negotiators convening in Paris at the end of November to agree a goal for “complete decarbonisation” by 2050, and set a legally binding agreement to limit global temperature increase.   The statement, which was announced by the Vatican on Monday and signed by Catholic officials from five continents, […]

Did Bishops ‘Defeat’ Pope Francis in Vatican Synod?

In spite of sensational media claims that Pope Francis suffered a major “defeat” at the hands of conservative bishops during the recently concluded synod on the family, all evidence suggests that the Pope got exactly what he wanted: a frank debate on the situation of Christian families in the world today and how the Church […]

Pope begs forgiveness for scandals hitting Vatican

Pope Francis asked forgiveness Wednesday for recent scandals that have rocked Rome and the Vatican, showing again he doesn’t much care about making waves if it’s for the sake of reassuring his flock.   Francis didn’t cite examples in his off-the-cuff request for pardon at the start of his general audience and his spokesman declined […]

Pope Francis faces ‘poison bait’ plots to destabilise from within

Conservatives within the Catholic Church are trying to lay “poisoned bait” for Pope Francis, it has been claimed just days after the pontiff faced a rebellion from Vatican cardinals opposed to his more liberal stance. With the Pontiff mid-way through a Vatican summit on the family that has been dogged by scandal and rumours of […]

Rebel cardinals accuse pope of stacking synod cards

In a letter sent to the pontiff on October 5, the opening day of a Church synod on the family, a group of cardinals described procedures for three weeks of discussions as “designed to facilitate predetermined results on important disputed questions.”   The ostensibly private (but quickly leaked) letter was delivered to the pope by […]

Vatican ‘Greatly Concerned’ Over MidEast Violence

Pope Francis on Friday deplored the “escalation of violence affecting innocent civilians” in the Middle East, from Syria to Iraq, Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria, and urged the international community to act, AFP reports.   Addressing a global Church summit on the family at the Vatican, Francis said he was praying for those caught up in conflicts across the region which “bring destruction and […]

Pope warns against conspiracy theories of Vatican skullduggery

Pope Francis has warned bishops at a global Church meeting on the family not to be taken in by conspiracy theories, as conservatives and liberals reportedly engage in Machiavellian attempts to manipulate the synod.   Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi on Thursday confirmed reports that the pontiff had warned Catholic bishops and cardinals behind closed doors […]

Pope Concedes: Switch to Biofuels Increases World Hunger

Biofuel schemes sound “green,” but actually drag millions into poverty By Rick Brinegar   Pope Francis has joined climate change “deniers” on one aspect of the man-made climate change controversy: Converting food crops to biofuels causes food shortages and endangers the poor. In his recently-released eco-encyclical, Pope Francis called for “a reflection on the non-food […]

Vatican: Pope’s Kim Davis meeting not meant to support her positioning

As if to answer that question, a press statement said that “the brief meeting between Mrs. Kim Davis and Pope Francis at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, DC has continued to provoke comments and discussion. In order to contribute to an objective understanding of what transpired I am able to clarify the following points:   […]

Vatican mum on details of Pope Francis meeting with Kim Davis

A Vatican spokesman said Wednesday morning that he does not deny that Pope Francis met with a Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses.   “I do not deny that the meeting took place, but I have no comment to add,” Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said in a statement reported by Reuters. […]