Tag: Pope Francis

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. […]

Pope Francis, in Congress, Pleads for Unity on World’s Woes

Pope Francis, the spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Catholics, challenged Congress and by extension the mightiest nation in the world on Thursday to break out of its cycle of paralysis and use its power to heal the “open wounds” of a planet torn by hatred, greed, poverty and pollution.   Taking a rostrum never before […]

Will Pope Francis’ Policies Backfire?

As Pope Francis rounds out his nine-day trip to North America with a visit this weekend to Philadelphia and the 2015 World Meeting of Families, media coverage of his historic visit is instead centered on his remarks during the past week regarding climate change. From his discussion with Fidel Castro on Sunday, September 20 to […]

Pilgrims throng Philadelphia to see Pope Francis

Hundreds of thousands of Roman Catholics are making the pilgrimage to Philadelphia to see Pope Francis on the last leg of his first-ever visit to the United States, where they hoped to catch a glimpse of the popular pontiff at some point during his packed schedule — or even receive a blessing or healing touch. […]

Pope Francis meets survivors of priest sexual abuse and vows those responsible will be held to account

Pope Francis has revealed he has met victims of clergy sex abuse and vowed to hold accountable all of those involved in both the abuse and its cover-up.   Taking on one of the most controversial issues to have rocked the Catholic church in many decades, the Pope told hundreds of bishops and seminarians that he had […]