To understand Pope Francis, you have to understand the Jesuits

“You’re always looking for what is the spirit of the law: why does the law exist, what it is, what is it trying to do?”

Discernment is one of the words Pope Francis repeats most, especially when speaking to priests and seminarians. He often expresses his desire for greater formation in discernment – a concept that may seem obscure without an understanding its importance to the Pope's Jesuit formation. “When a Jesuit says 'discernment,' they’re employing a term that has a very rich spiritual … [Read more...]

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‘A slap in the face for the Vatican’

Vatican official says If President Trump takes US out of Paris deal on climate change, “it would be a disaster for everyone"

One of Pope Francis’s closest collaborators in the Vatican’s fight against climate change has called President Donald Trump’s reported plan to pull out of the Paris accord a “disaster” and a “slap in the face for the Vatican.” Argentine Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, said that if … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis names five new cardinals

New appointments demonstrate pope’s attention to 'the peripheries'

During his Regina Coeli address Sunday, Pope Francis announced to pilgrims that he will be holding a June 28 consistory to create 5 new cardinals he said represent the “catholicity” of the Church. “Brothers and sisters, I wish to announce to you that Wednesday, June 28, I will hold a consistory for the nomination of 5 new cardinals,” the Pope said May 21, adding that “their … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: No research justifies destruction of human embryos

Meeting a group of people suffering from Huntington's Disease, Pope Francis told them that despite their illness, they are “precious in the eyes of God”

Meeting a group of people suffering from a rare disease, Pope Francis told them that despite their illness, they are “precious in the eyes of God” and in the eyes of the Church. Addressing the scientists present in the room, he also said that no research justifies the destruction of human embryos. “In many cases, the sick and their families have experienced the tragedy of … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis says he’s suspicious of ongoing Medjugorje apparitions

Holy Father distinguishes between first apparitions and ongoing appearances: "I prefer the Madonna as Mother, our Mother, and not a woman who’s the head of an office, who every day sends a message at a certain hour."

Asked by journalists about the alleged appearance of the Virgin Mary at Medjugorje, Pope Francis said the original apparitions more than three decades ago deserve further study, but voiced doubt in the supposed ongoing visions. He stressed the need to distinguish between the two sets of apparitions, referencing a report submitted to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Müller: Church hasn’t changed doctrine under Pope Francis

Head of Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith says immorality of cohabitation, adultery, divorce, homosexuality, and prohibition on Communion for divorced-and-remarried Catholics remain part of Church teaching

The Catholic Church under Pope Francis has not changed her teaching on the immorality of cohabitation, adultery, divorce, or homosexuality, and she has certainly not opened the door for civilly-divorced-and-remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion, said Cardinal Gerhard Muller in a new book-length interview published April 1.  Muller, the head of the Vatican's … [Read more...]

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What did Pope Francis mean by that?

Rules of thumb for processing the latest papal bombshell

Time and again over the last four years, Francis has uttered an arresting phrase - in a press conference, in a media interview, in a Q&A session, during his morning homily - which has been launched out of a media canon, firing both imagination and controversy. We got another entry on Wednesday in a new interview with a German newspaper, in which Francis denies seeing … [Read more...]

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