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Pilgrim pope: Benedict says he’s journeying toward God

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VATICAN CITY — “I am on a pilgrimage toward Home,” retired Pope Benedict XVI wrote, capitalizing the Italian word “casa” or “home.”

Almost exactly five years after announcing his intention to be the first pope in nearly 600 years to resign, Pope Benedict wrote the letter to a journalist from the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. Read more »

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Stop loan sharks with fair lending options, frugal lifestyles, pope says

February 5th, 2018 Posted in Vatican News Tags: ,

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VATICAN CITY — Usury is a grave sin that must be fought by building more just and humane economic and financial systems as well as by teaching people to live within their means, Pope Francis said.

The practice of usury — lending money at exorbitantly high interest rates — “humiliates and kills” just like a snake by “strangling its victims,” the pope told members of an Italian association dedicated to fighting usury and loan sharking.

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All religious leaders should turn away hatred, violence, exploitation

February 3rd, 2018 Posted in Vatican News Tags:

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VATICAN CITY — Every religious leader must unmask and condemn any attempt to use God’s name to perpetuate evil and to justify hatred, violence and exploitation, Pope Francis said.

“Violence promoted and carried out in the name of religion can only discredit religion itself,” the pope said.

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Vatican, China nearing agreement on bishops

February 2nd, 2018 Posted in Vatican News Tags:

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VATICAN CITY — Multiple news reports indicate the Vatican has made substantial progress in reaching an agreement with China’s communist government on the naming of bishops for several dioceses.

The news agency Reuters and The Wall Street Journal both reported Feb. 1 that the deal would involve two bishops recognized by the Holy See stepping aside to make way for two bishops chosen by the government-controlled Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association; the new bishops would have to recognize the authority of the pope and ask forgiveness for having accepted ordination without papal approval.

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Pastoral ministry means never leaving people to suffer alone, pope says

January 28th, 2018 Posted in Vatican News Tags: ,

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VATICAN CITY — A truly pastoral minister never leaves people to suffer on their own or to become a victim to their own errors and confusion, Pope Francis told members of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

An authentically pastoral approach is any effort that seeks to take people by the hand, “when they have lost a sense of their dignity and destiny, so as to lead them with confidence to rediscover God’s loving paternity, their good destiny and ways to build a more humane world. This is the great task awaiting your congregation and every other pastoral institution in the church,” he said.

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Pope Francis decries ‘fake news’ and stresses personal responsibility

January 24th, 2018 Posted in Featured, Vatican News

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VATICAN CITY — People have a responsibility to check the source of what they share on social media to ensure it is not “fake news” designed to further prejudices or increase fear, Pope Francis said.

Fake news grabs people’s attention “by appealing to stereotypes and common social prejudices, and exploiting instantaneous emotions like anxiety, contempt, anger and frustration,” Pope Francis wrote in his message for World Communications Day 2018.

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Pope answers questions about couple’s in-flight convalidation

January 23rd, 2018 Posted in Vatican News Tags: ,

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ decision to convalidate the marriage of two flight attendants in the air sent waves of turbulence through the Catholic blogosphere, where respected canon lawyers and pastors raised serious questions about the pope sending a message that marriage wasn’t so serious.

But three days later, the pope gave reporters more of the background, demonstrating that he did not make the decision on the fly and neither did the couple.

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Serving isolated parishes may mean ordaining married men, cardinal says

January 22nd, 2018 Posted in Vatican News Tags: ,

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VATICAN CITY — The idea of exceptionally ordaining older married men of proven virtue to celebrate the Eucharist in isolated Catholic communities is something that should be discussed, said Cardinal Beniamino Stella, prefect of the Congregation for Clergy.

“It is not about being in favor of or against something, but about attentively evaluating various possibilities without being closed or rigid,” the cardinal said in a new book in Italian, “Tutti gli Uomini di Francesco” (“All Francis’ Men”) released Jan. 22 by Edizioni San Paolo.

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Pope apologizes to sex abuse victims, defends accused Chilean bishop

January 22nd, 2018 Posted in Vatican News Tags: ,

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ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM PERU — Pope Francis apologized to victims of clergy sex abuse, saying he unknowingly wounded them by the way he defended a Chilean bishop accused of covering up abuse by his mentor.

Speaking with journalists on his flight to Rome from Lima, Peru, Jan. 21, the pope said he only realized later that his words erroneously implied that victims’ accusations are credible only with concrete proof.

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Jerusalem’s ‘universal value’ must be protected, Pope Francis writes to grand imam

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VATICAN CITY — Christians, Muslims and Jews who are sincere about their faith must be committed to protecting the special character of Jerusalem and to praying and working for peace in the Holy Land, Pope Francis wrote in a letter to the grand imam of Egypt’s al-Azhar University.

Only a special, internationally guaranteed statute on the status of Jerusalem “can preserve its identity and unique vocation as a place of peace,” the pope wrote. And only when the city’s “universal value” is recognized and protected can there be “a future of reconciliation and hope for the entire region.”

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