Tag: Pope Francis

Pope’s possible deal with China would ‘betray Christ’, says Hong Kong cardinal

The most senior Chinese Catholic has slammed a potential rapprochement between the Vatican and Beijing, saying it would be “betraying Jesus Christ”, amid a thaw in more than six decades of bitter relations. Talk of a deal between the two sides has been building for months, with some saying the diplomatic coup for Pope Francis […]

500th Anniversary of Protestant Reformation | Prophecy Update

In just one more month, we will enter the year 2017. The year 2017 will mark the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant reformation. Many people are declaring that the protest is now over; that Catholics and Protestants now believe the same things and therefore should reunite as one. Pope Francis is calling […]

Catholic, Lutheran churches begin unification process

At the end of October, Pope Francis and and Bishop Munib Younan, the president of the Lutheran World Federation, signed a joint statement in hopes of unifying the two churches once more. The statement had a common goal of realigning the two religions and creating a shared Eucharist once more. The agreement marked the 500th […]

Pope Francis Says There’s Zero Chance of Women Priests

Pope Francis, aboard the papal plane, stated in a press conference the issue of women priests has already been decided, while also pointing clearly to the critical role women played in the Catholic Church. He said St. John Paul II, already decided on the ordination of women and his word was final.   Read More: […]

Pope Francis Warns Nations Not to Take in More Refugees Than They Can Assimilate

In an unusually nuanced discourse, Pope Francis has seemed to walk back earlier statements encouraging European nations to open their doors to migrants and refugees, suggesting that harboring unassimilated migrants can lead to a dangerous “ghettoization.” During the short papal press conference on the return flight from Sweden to Rome Tuesday, the Pope expressed his […]

Pope: Women will be banned from priesthood forever

The Catholic Church’s ban on female priests will stand forever, Pope Francis said Tuesday. The pontiff made the declaration in response to a female reporter asking whether he thought women would one day serve as Catholic priests and bishops, noting the head of Sweden’s Lutheran Church whom Francis met on his trip there is a woman. “St. Pope John Paul II had the last clear word on […]

Pope Francis Commemorates 500th Anniversary Of Protestant Reformation

Pope Francis is in Sweden to kick off the commemoration of 500 years since the Protestant Reformation. The reformation started in 1517 when Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to the church door to denounce what he saw as abuses by the Catholic Church.   Read more: Pope Francis Commemorates 500th Anniversary Of Protestant Reformation

In New Cardinal Picks, Pope Francis Sidelines Conservatives, Promotes Progressives

Pope Francis announced his choices for new Catholic cardinals Sunday, promoting a number of well-known progressives while snubbing conservatives who were up for the job. In all, the Pope named 17 new cardinals, including 13 who are under 80 years old and therefore eligible to participate in the conclave electing the next pope.   Notably, […]

Syria war: Those bombing Aleppo ‘must answer to God’

Pope Francis has decried the bombing of Aleppo in Syria, saying those responsible for killing civilians will have to answer to God. Speaking in St Peter’s Square in Rome, he called it “an already martyred city, where everybody is dying”. Russian-backed Syrian government forces have launched a fierce campaign to take control of rebel-held eastern […]

Pope Francis: Hospitality to Refugees Is ‘Our Greatest Security’ Against Terrorism

Pope Francis has urged Europeans to take in more refugees, asserting that the best way to combat terrorism is by warmly welcoming migrants and helping them integrate into the “European context.” In a meeting with hundreds of alumni of Jesuit schools in the Vatican on Saturday, Francis told his hearers that authentic hospitality “is our […]