Hundreds of Evangelicals to Share Word of God With Catholics at Massive Fátima Event

Stoyan Zaimov The Christian Post Hundreds of  Portuguese evangelicals are reportedly planning to engage with Roman Catholics at the massive Fátima two-day event, where Pope Francis is set to canonize two shepherd children who 100 years ago claimed to have seen the Virgin Mary. Evangelical Focus reported on Friday that Francis is visiting the famous Marian sanctuary near Lisbon on May 12 and 13, which has become … Continue reading Hundreds of Evangelicals to Share Word of God With Catholics at Massive Fátima Event

Pope Condemns US for using “Mother” in MOAB. Popery is MOAB: Mother Of All Blasphemers; Mother Of Abominations Blasphemies; Mother Of All Beasts

Andrew & Hilkary Henriques Saved to Serve As the representative of what many claim to be the “Mother” church, Pope Francis has publicly decried the United States’ biggest non-nuclear bomb being called a mother (Mother of All Bombs or MOAB). He further stated that a deadly weapon should in no wise be labeled “mother.” He then designates what a mother is, “‘I was ashamed when … Continue reading Pope Condemns US for using “Mother” in MOAB. Popery is MOAB: Mother Of All Blasphemers; Mother Of Abominations Blasphemies; Mother Of All Beasts

Pope Francis offers to act as mediator in Venezuelan conflict

AFP Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday welcomed an offer by Pope Francis for Vatican mediation in the crisis-torn country but opposition leaders rebuffed the overture. The pope’s call for a “negotiated solution” came in response to waves of protests by Venezuelans demanding new elections to pull the country out of a downward spiral. At least 28 people have died in protests since they began … Continue reading Pope Francis offers to act as mediator in Venezuelan conflict

Alongside Catholic leaders, President Trump signs executive order on religious liberty, health care

Michael O’Loughlin America Magazine President Trump signed an executive order on Thursday that instructs the Internal Revenue Service not to enforce a rule that bars churches from engaging in partisan politics and addresses concerns from some Catholic organizations about rules in the Affordable Care Act regarding contraception coverage. Before the signing ceremony at the White House rose garden, Mr. Trump was scheduled to meet in … Continue reading Alongside Catholic leaders, President Trump signs executive order on religious liberty, health care

Donald Trump hoping to use first foreign trip to unite religions against extremism

Ruth Sherlock
The Telegraph

Donald Trump will travel to Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican later this month on a mission to unite three of the world’s most prominent religions against intolerance, terrorism and Iran.

Speaking from the Rose Garden during an event dedicated to religious liberties, Mr Trump said he would use the trip – his first foreign foray since becoming president – to build cooperation between Muslims, Christians and Jews for fighting terrorism.

“Our task is not to dictate to others how to live,” Mr Trump said.  “But to build a coalition of friends and partners who share the goal of fighting terrorism and bringing safety, opportunity and stability to the war-ravaged Middle East.” Continue reading “Donald Trump hoping to use first foreign trip to unite religions against extremism”

Religious Freedom: Trump targeting IRS rule on churches

AP

After promising to “utterly destroy” the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits churches and tax-exempt groups from endorsing political candidates, President Trump is planning to sign an executive order asking the IRS to use “maximum enforcement discretion” over the regulation. Though some consider this a first step for religious freedom, others believe it to be “very weak tea.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump is seeking to further weaken enforcement of an IRS rule barring churches and tax-exempt groups from endorsing political candidates, in a long-anticipated executive order on religious freedom that has disappointed some of his supporters.

As he marks the National Day of Prayer at the White House Thursday, Trump is planning to sign an executive order asking the IRS to use “maximum enforcement discretion” over the regulation, known as Johnson Amendment, which applies to churches and nonprofits. Continue reading “Religious Freedom: Trump targeting IRS rule on churches”

Trump to visit the Vatican on first foreign trip as president

Politico

President Donald Trump will travel to Saudi Arabia, followed by Israel and the Vatican, in his first foreign trip later this month. The Vatican visit will include a meeting with the Pope, according to a senior administration official.

Trump cast the trip as “historic” and a way to promote religious tolerance in remarks at an executive-order signing in the White House Rose Garden on Thursday. The visit to Saudi Arabia, he said, will include a “truly historic gathering in Saudi Arabia with leaders from all across the Muslim world.” Continue reading “Trump to visit the Vatican on first foreign trip as president”

Pope urges Vatican communications to go digital amid ongoing reform

Hannah Brockhaus
Catholic News Agency via CRUX

Pope Francis told the members of the Secretariat for Communications to make use of “the media that the new digital cultural context makes available to our contemporaries,” and he added that this reform must be done “with intelligence, meekness, but also…” the pope said “with a bit of ‘violence.”

ROME – Pope Francis told the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communications, which is holding their first plenary assembly this week, that given a growing digital culture throughout the world, new media must become a primary platform for spreading the Gospel.

“Studying new ways and means to communicate the Gospel of mercy to all people, in the heart of different cultures, through the media that the new digital cultural context makes available to our contemporaries” is something that is “very much in my heart,” Pope Francis said May 4. Continue reading “Pope urges Vatican communications to go digital amid ongoing reform”

Trump to meet Pope Francis on May 24

CRUX The Vatican confirmed on Thursday what has long been rumored, which is that President Donald Trump will indeed meet Pope Francis when he comes to Italy in late May for a G7 summit. The encounter between Francis and Trump is scheduled for Wednesday, May 24, at 8:30 am Rome time, which will be 2:30 am on the East Coast of the United States. ROME … Continue reading Trump to meet Pope Francis on May 24

“There Is No Future Without Fraternity” (The Pope’s Message to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences)

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Here is a translation of the unabridged text of Pope Francis’ message to Professor Margaret Archer, President of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, on the occasion of the Dicastery’s Plenary Session on the theme: “Towards a Participatory Society: New Roads to Social and Cultural Integration” (Casina Pius IV, April 28-May 2, 2017).

Distinguished Lady

Professor MARGARET ARCHER

President of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences

On the occasion of the Plenary Session of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, which has as its theme Towards a Participatory Society: New Roads to Social and Cultural Integration, I express my grateful greeting, to you Professor, to H.E. Monsignor Marcelo Sanchez Soronodo and to each one of the participants. Continue reading ““There Is No Future Without Fraternity” (The Pope’s Message to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences)”