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 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

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’”

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: Global Warming a ‘Sin,’ Man Can Atone by Recycling and ‘Car-Pooling’

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In his message for the “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation” Thursday, Pope Francis said that human-induced global warming, as well as a loss of biodiversity are “sins” against God, which must be atoned for by planting trees, avoiding the use of plastic and paper and “separating refuse.”

“Global warming continues, due in part to human activity,” Francis said, adding that “2015 was the warmest year on record, and 2016 will likely be warmer still.”

“This is leading to ever more severe droughts, floods, fires and extreme weather events. Climate change is also contributing to the heart-rending refugee crisis. The world’s poor, though least responsible for climate change, are most vulnerable and already suffering its impact,” he wrote.

Continue reading “Pope Francis: Global Warming a ‘Sin,’ Man Can Atone by Recycling and ‘Car-Pooling’”

Soros money tried to exploit Pope’s US visit to influence 2016 elections

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on September 2, 2015. Credit: L’Osservatore Romano. Kevin Jones Catholic News Agency Washington D.C., Sep 1, 2016 / 11:15 am (CNA).- Billionaire George Soros’ Open Society Foundations sought to use Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. to influence the 2016 elections and cultivate influence within the Catholic Church, according to leaked documents attributed to the major grant … Continue reading Soros money tried to exploit Pope’s US visit to influence 2016 elections

Pope to oversee migration issues in shakeup of Vatican offices

Pope Francis leads the weekly audience at the Vatican August 31, 2016. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Pope Francis leads the weekly audience at the Vatican August 31, 2016. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

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ROME (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Wednesday announced major changes to the Vatican bureaucracy, slimming down the number of offices and giving himself direct charge of migration issues, continuing a reform push he promised when elected more than three years ago.

In a document known as a Motu Proprio, Latin for “by his own initiative”, the pope said he would merge four Vatican offices into a “Dicastery for the Service of Integral Human Development” starting on Jan. 1.

When elected in 2013, Francis pledged to cleanse the Church’s bureaucracy, which had been rocked by scandals and charges of greed and corruption. He said he wanted “a poor Church” that served the poor. Continue reading “Pope to oversee migration issues in shakeup of Vatican offices”

From Facebook to the Vatican: Zuckerberg Gives Pope Francis Drone

Sputnik On August 29, founder of Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, met with Pope Francis and presented him a toy drone model, according to Zuckerberg’s Facebook post. On Monday, Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan met with the Bishop of Rome to discuss the importance of technology to fight poverty. https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fzuck%2Fposts%2F10103066187188091&width=500 The founder of Facebook spoke about the Aquila project. It is a solar-powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), designed to provide settlements in developing … Continue reading From Facebook to the Vatican: Zuckerberg Gives Pope Francis Drone