Pope Francis names cardinals who will lead upcoming synod on youth

All four come from what the pontiff has described as the “peripheries” of the world: Myanmar, Iraq, Madagascar and Papua New Guinea

On Saturday, the Vatican announced Pope Francis’s picks for the four cardinals who’ll preside over an October meeting of bishops focused on youth. All four come from what the pontiff has described the “peripheries” of the world: Myanmar, Iraq, Madagascar and Papua New Guinea. Though a “president delegate” post doesn’t necessarily mean much in terms of the ability to shape … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis sets two teenagers on path to canonization

Alexia González-Barros, 14, offered her sufferings from a malignant tumor for the Church; Carlo Acutis, 15, used his computer skills to catalogue Eucharistic miracles before his death from leukemia

Pope Francis has issued decrees advancing the Causes of two teenagers who heroically lived the Christian virtues. At a meeting with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, the Pope signed a decree recognising the heroic virtues of Alexia González-Barros, who offered her sufferings from a malignant tumour for the Church. González was born … [Read more...]

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A critical tipping-point

Pope Francis' appointees will hold a solid plurality of electors in future conclave

Even if every new intake to the Pope's "Senate" is significant, some Consistories nonetheless have more meaning than others – and as Francis' fifth class of new cardinals, 14 in all, receive the red hat Thursday afternoon, the group represents a critical tipping-point. Once the designates take their gilded red silk seats among their elders in the College, for the first time, … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis makes unexpected change to College of Cardinals

Pope’s new appointments break with custom established in canon law

Pope Francis made an unexpected change Tuesday in the structure of the College of Cardinals, adding some curial officials to the rank of “cardinal bishops,” the highest rank within the college. The College of Cardinals is structured in three orders, or ranks: the order of “cardinal deacons,” the order of “cardinal priests,” and the order of “cardinal bishops.” There are … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis rules out women priests, while pushing for more women in curial leadership

But, "we don't want to fall into machismo with a skirt"

In an interview with Reuters, Pope Francis said more space has to be created for women to take on leading roles in the Roman Curia, but that priestly ordination is not an option. Responding to a question about women's ordination to the priesthood, the pope said “there is the temptation to 'functionalize' the reflection on women in the Church, what they should do, what they … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis says abortion reflects a Nazi mentality

"We do the same as the Nazis to maintain the purity of the race, but with white gloves,” pontiff says in June 16 remarks

In a speech to a family association Saturday, Pope Francis again stressed that God's vision of the family is between a man and a woman, and compared the abortion of children who are sick or disabled to a Nazi mentality. “I've heard that it's fashionable, or at least usual, that when in the first few months of pregnancy they do studies to see if the child is healthy or has … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Blasphemy is the gravest sin

During June 10 Angelus address in St. Peter's Square, pope says sin against the Holy Spirit is the only unpardonable sin "because it starts from a closure of the heart to the mercy of God"

During his Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis discussed the incomprehension Christ faced during his earthly ministry, from both the scribes and his own family. The scribes’ assertion that Christ drove out demons by the power of demons led him to “react with strong and clear words, he does not tolerate this, because those scribes, perhaps without realizing it, are … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis rejects German intercommunion proposal

Suggestion “raises a series of problems of considerable importance” and should not be published

One month after Vatican and German delegates met in Rome to discuss a proposal put forward by German bishops to allow Protestant spouses in inter-denominational marriages to receive the Eucharist in certain circumstances, Pope Francis has rejected it. In a letter dated May 25 and addressed to Cardinal Reinhard Marx, archbishop of Munich and president of the German bishops … [Read more...]

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The Church is for life

Pope Francis tells physicians they must defend human life "however weak or defenseless, even if not developed or not advanced”

 Ideologies which do not acknowledge and uphold the dignity of human life must be resisted and the Catholic Church’s teaching on life affirmed, Pope Francis told a group of Catholic doctors Monday. “The Church is for life, and her concern is that nothing is against life in the reality of a concrete existence, however weak or defenseless, even if not developed or not advanced,” … [Read more...]

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“If you have even the slightest doubt it’s better not to let them enter”

Report: Pope Francis affirms Church practice against admitting gay men to seminary

In a closed-door speech to Italian bishops on Monday, Pope Francis spoke about the number and quality of seminary candidates, including concerns about their sexual orientation. At the start of his May 21 audience with Italian bishops, Pope Francis voiced three areas of concern for the Church in Italy, the first of which was the lack of vocations. Francis' brief remarks on his … [Read more...]

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