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

Can a Catholic in good conscience vote for Trump?

.- As Republican frontrunner Donald Trump moves closer to the presidential nomination, Catholics are questioning whether voting for the billionaire-turned-politician is a wise – or even moral – option.

On March 7, dozens of prominent Catholic leaders released an appealcalling Trump “manifestly unfit to be president of the United States.”

“His campaign has already driven our politics down to new levels of vulgarity,” the statement says. “His appeals to racial and ethnic fears and prejudice are offensive to any genuinely Catholic sensibility. He promised to order U.S. military personnel to torture terrorist suspects and to kill terrorists’ families – actions condemned by the Church and policies that would bring shame upon our country.” Continue reading “Can a Catholic in good conscience vote for Trump?”

Pregnant secretary of Pope Francis found dead in her Rome apartment

Source Miriam Wuolou, a 34-year-old of Eritrean origin, was seven-months pregnant when her body was discovered The Pope’s pregnant receptionist has been found dead in her apartment on the outskirts of the city. Miriam Wuolou, a 34-year-old of Eritrean origin, was seven-months pregnant when her body was discovered. She had worked at Pope Francis’ home and a priests’ guesthouse called Santa Marta for years. The … Continue reading Pregnant secretary of Pope Francis found dead in her Rome apartment

New Hampshire state Rep.: ‘The Pope is the anti-Christ’

Source A New Hampshire state representative who supports Donald Trump referred to the pope as the “anti-Christ” in a Facebook post thread. That comment came in a thread the same day, Feb. 18, that Pope Francis suggested that Trump’s desire to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico is “not Christian,” provoking a response from the Republican frontrunner. Susan DeLemus, in the thread to … Continue reading New Hampshire state Rep.: ‘The Pope is the anti-Christ’

Evangelicals versus Catholics: America uncovers old wounds

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The dispute affects the complex relationship between the two communities. And it could influence the result of November’s presidential elections

The battle of words between Donald Trump and Francis over the wall the presidential candidate wants to build on the USMexico border to keep undocumented immigrants out, risks having a ripple effect that goes beyond the US presidential elections and touches on the complex relationship US Protestants and Catholics have had through the course of history. “The Pope has lit a match in a haystack. Trump’s reaction was stupid, as is often the case, but the consequences of this are now.

During his visit to the US last September, Francis received a very warm welcome but there had been suspicions about him being liberal-leaning in the US context. The criticism he directed at Trump confirms these suspicions and in the very midst of the election campaign, risks creating rifts in two places: one between liberal and conservative Catholics and the other between Catholics who side with him and Protestants who side with Trump. Continue reading “Evangelicals versus Catholics: America uncovers old wounds”

Pope calls for worldwide abolition of death penalty

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VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Sunday called for the worldwide abolition of the death penalty, saying the commandment “You shall not kill” was absolute and equally valid for the guilty as for the innocent.

Using some of his strongest words ever against capital punishment, he also called on Catholic politicians worldwide to make “a courageous and exemplary gesture” by seeking a moratorium on executions during the Church’s current Holy Year, which ends in November.

“I appeal to the consciences of those who govern to reach an international consensus to abolish the death penalty,” he told tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square. Continue reading “Pope calls for worldwide abolition of death penalty”

Large crowds to cross U.S.-Mexico border at El Paso to see pope

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As many as 200,000 Catholics are expected to cross four bridges from El Paso, Texas into Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on Wednesday to see Pope Francis in a massive pilgrimage likely to choke roads and immigration offices, U.S. officials said.

The visit to the northern Mexican city has been a huge draw in neighboring El Paso, where school districts, city government offices and businesses plan to shut ahead of what many in the city with a large Hispanic and Catholic population view as a once in a lifetime chance to see the leader of the Catholic Church. Continue reading “Large crowds to cross U.S.-Mexico border at El Paso to see pope”

Pope says church doors must stay open despite terror fears

Vatican City (AFP) – Pope Francis said Wednesday that the doors of Catholic churches around the world must remain open, despite increased security fears in the aftermath of the Paris attacks.

“Please, no armoured doors in the Church, everything open,” the 78-year-old pontiff told pilgrims in St Peter’s square, Italy’s AGI news agency reported.

“There are places in the world where doors should not be locked with a key. There are still some but there are also many where armoured doors have become the norm. Continue reading “Pope says church doors must stay open despite terror fears”