Tag: Pope Francis

Pope Francis makes annulment of marriages easier

Pope Francis on Tuesday radically revised the process by which Catholics may annul their marriages, streamlining steps that many in the church considered too cumbersome and costly.   The move is the latest in a series of reforms by Francis as he seeks to make the church more responsive to the real needs of lay […]

Pope tells priests to pardon women who have abortions

Pope Francis on Tuesday called on priests to pardon women who have abortions during the upcoming Jubilee year — overruling hardline traditionalists within the Catholic Church.   “I have decided, notwithstanding anything to the contrary, to concede to all priests for the Jubilee Year the discretion to absolve of the sin of abortion those who […]

Pope Francis Blesses Lesbian Author Writing Children’s Books on Gay Families

Pardi, who lives in Milan, said that she wrote to Francis and was surprised when she received a letter back, in which the pope’s staff conveys his blessing.   “It’s not that I think that he’s for gay families, because there’s the Catholic doctrine, but we mustn’t think that we don’t have rights,” the author […]

‘Mega’ Agenda 21 resurrected with pope’s help

Francis is expected to enthusiastically endorse a new U.N. document that promises to wipe out poverty by 2030 by reordering the world economy along the lines of socialist principles. The document, titled “Transforming Our World: 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” also seeks to “strengthen universal peace” and usher in a new era of shared prosperity. […]

Ambassador Says Pope Francis Will Urge U.S. to ‘Open Doors’ for Immigrants

Ambassador Kenneth Hackett said the Pope’s immigration message will be important as lead GOP presidential contender Donald Trump has called for a border fence between Mexico and the United States and the deportation of millions of illegal immigrants, the Associated Press reports.   “I think he’ll call us to continue to engage with it (the world), don’t […]

Pope preparations consume Capitol

Just about every organization that handles the Capitol’s infrastructure is involved with the planning, including the Speaker’s office, U.S. Capitol Police, the House and Senate sergeants at arms, the Architect of the Capitol and congressional press galleries. Multiple organizers described the pope’s visit as “a State of the Union address on steroids.”   Months of […]

Pope’s climate push at odds with U.S. Catholic oil investments

Pope Francis heartened environmentalists around the world in June when he urged immediate action to save the planet from the effects of climate change, declaring that the use of “highly polluting fossil fuels needs to be progressively replaced without delay.” But some of the largest American Catholic organizations have millions of dollars invested in energy […]

Pope And Congress: Francis Is Certain To Challenge Lawmakers

There is genuine giddiness among Catholic Democrats – many of whom have long been uncomfortably at odds with their church over abortion rights – about the pope’s strong emphasis on addressing poverty and the environment.   “I’ve been waiting for this pope all my life,” said liberal Massachusetts Democrat Jim McGovern, 57. “I find him […]

An atheist advising the Pope? About science?

A climate scientist is concerned that the Pope is aligning himself with secularists rather than theologians over so-called global warming.   Dr. William Briggs, an adjunct professor at Cornell University, studies the philosophy of science and has been keeping a close eye on the environmental views of Pope Francis.   Briggs says it appears that […]

Are Pope’s Climate Change Counselors Promoting Debate or Diktat?

The United States was heavily represented at the meeting, with ten mayors present as well as California governor Jerry Brown. The bizarre thing about the American delegation, however, was the absence of a single member of the Republican Party, as if the Democrats spoke authoritatively for the United States as far as ecology is concerned. […]