Francis, Benedict praise Bartholomew I as a brother in faith

Hannah Brockhaus Catholic News Agency In their forewords to a new book about the head of the Eastern Orthodox Church Patriarch Bartholomew I, Pope Francis and retired Pope Benedict XVI praised the faith and goodness of the ecumenical patriarch. “Today, we brothers in the faith and hope that does not disappoint, we are deeply united in the desire that Christians of the East and the … Continue reading Francis, Benedict praise Bartholomew I as a brother in faith

Pope: Persecuted Christians are united by “blood” ecumenism

Vatican Insider Pope Francis said Christians are already united when they are persecuted by terrorists or world powers in what he called an ecumenism of the “blood.” He was speaking in an off-the-cuff address on Wednesday to participants at the Conference for Secretaries of the Christian World Communions, an international ecumenical organization. The Pope began his remarks by noting that ecumenism is about journeying alongside … Continue reading Pope: Persecuted Christians are united by “blood” ecumenism

Pope Francis says there are limits to freedom of expression

Vatican Radio Speaking about the Paris terror attacks, Pope Francis said on Thursday that there are limits to freedom of expression, especially when it insults or ridicules someone’s faith. His comments came during a wide-ranging press conference with journalists accompanying him on his flight from Sri Lanka to the Philippines to start the second and final leg of his journey to Asia. During the press … Continue reading Pope Francis says there are limits to freedom of expression

Vatican ratifies UN Convention against Corruption

(Vatican Radio) The Holy See has deposited the instrument of ratification of the United Nations Convention against Corruption at United Nations headquarters in New York. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, made the formal deposition on 19 September 2016, both for the Holy See, and on behalf of the Vatican City State. A statement said the Holy See has expressed two reservations and … Continue reading Vatican ratifies UN Convention against Corruption

Popes Francis and Pius IX:Freedom of the Press, Leads To Terrorism; A Pest To Be Dreaded In A State

Hillary HenriquesSaved to Serve International One of the rights promised citizens in the first amendment to the United States Constitution is freedom of the press. It reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition … Continue reading Popes Francis and Pius IX:Freedom of the Press, Leads To Terrorism; A Pest To Be Dreaded In A State

Pope Francis says there are limits to freedom of expression

Vatican Radio Speaking about the Paris terror attacks, Pope Francis said on Thursday that there are limits to freedom of expression, especially when it insults or ridicules someone’s faith. His comments came during a wide-ranging press conference with journalists accompanying him on his flight from Sri Lanka to the Philippines to start the second and final leg of his journey to Asia. During the press … Continue reading Pope Francis says there are limits to freedom of expression

Pope says journalism based on rumors and fear is ‘terrorism’

Pope says journalism based on rumors and fear is ‘terrorism’
Pope Francis, flanked by former Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi, right, talks to journalists during a press conference he held on board the airplane on his way back to the Vatican, at the end of three-day visit to Armenia, Sunday, June 26, 2016. (Credit: Tiziana Fabi/Pool photo via AP.)
In an audience with Italian journalists on Thursday, Pope Francis warned that when journalism is based on rumors or on stoking fear in the public, it can become a “form of terrorism” and a “weapon of destruction” of both people and nations.

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ROME – Pope Francis on Thursday warned that journalism, when based on rumors, can be a form of terrorism, meaning a “weapon of destruction” of both people and nations.

The pontiff also urged journalists not to stoke fear regarding phenomena such as migration forced by war or hunger.

“I have often spoken of rumors as ‘terrorism,’ of how you can kill a person with the tongue,” Francis said. Continue reading “Pope says journalism based on rumors and fear is ‘terrorism’”

Pope: Killing in the Name of God is Satanic; He condemns himself and the Institution he represents

Hillary Henriques Saved to Serve International “Killing in the Name of God is satanic,” is a statement recently made by an influential religious leader. If a person were to conjecture which religious leader gave this statement, some might rightly attribute the statement to its speaker based on the familiar rhetoric and the tone this person assumes, while others might be surprised to learn who made … Continue reading Pope: Killing in the Name of God is Satanic; He condemns himself and the Institution he represents

The world needs a merciful response to refugees, Pope Francis says

Elise Harris Catholic News Service In a world marked by increasing war and conflict, Pope Francis said a generous and merciful response to those fleeing violence is needed in order to combat hatred and foster a greater sense of fraternity and solidarity. “At this place and time in history, there is great need for men and women who hear the cry of the poor and … Continue reading The world needs a merciful response to refugees, Pope Francis says

Pope Francis: Killing ‘in the Name of God is Satanic’

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on September 2, 2015. Credit: L’Osservatore Romano. Claudio Lavanga NBC News ROME — Pope Frances urged religious leaders on Wednesday to tell their followers that any killing carried out in the name of God is “satanic.” The pontiff made the remarks during a Mass honoring Jacques Hamel, an 85-year-old priest murdered by ISIS-supporting teenagers who stormed his … Continue reading Pope Francis: Killing ‘in the Name of God is Satanic’