Bergoglio, the young Peronist
Retired bishop Gracida cites Sandro Magister on pope's closeness to Bolivian ex-president Morales

Evo Morales presents Pope Francis with crucifix on hammer and sickle, 2015. (Photo from NBC News) In Argentina, the student and labor uprisings flared up shortly after those in Paris or Los Angeles, in 1969, the year in which

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2019-11-15T12:11:23-08:00November 16th, 2019|Categories: Vatican News|Tags: , , |10 Comments

Pope Francis declares Sunday of the Word of God
Replaces Third Sunday in Ordinary Time on liturgical calendar

Pope Francis Monday declared the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time to be the Sunday of the Word of God in order to promote a closer relationship with holy scripture and its dissemination in the world. “A day devoted to

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2019-10-01T06:24:26-08:00October 1st, 2019|Categories: Church life|Tags: |15 Comments

Pope says clericalism is consequence of fixation on sexual morality
Francis tells fellow Jesuits: “We focus on sex and then we do not give weight to social injustice, slander, gossip and lies”

In a meeting with Jesuits in Mozambique earlier this month, Pope Francis said that clericalism is a direct result of rigidity and linked to a fixation on sexual morality. “One dimension of clericalism is the exclusive moral fixation on

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2019-09-28T09:04:58-08:00September 28th, 2019|Categories: Church life|Tags: |28 Comments

U.S. not the only source of heartburn for pope
Francis to reporters on papal plane: “Criticism comes not only from the Americans, they’re coming from all over”

Responding to a mini-fracas set off by his recent declaration that he considers it “an honor when Americans are attacking me,” Pope Francis told reporters during an inflight news conference Tuesday that the U.S. is not his only source

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2019-09-15T18:06:03-08:00September 16th, 2019|Categories: Vatican News|Tags: |15 Comments

“It’s an honor when the Americans attack me”
Papal spokesman quickly backpedals on comment by Pope Francis

Pope Francis told a reporter that it is “an honor when Americans attack me.” The pope made his comments to Nicolas Seneze, a reporter from La Croix, the French Catholic daily newspaper, during the flight Sept. 4 from Rome

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2019-09-05T06:29:05-08:00September 5th, 2019|Categories: Vatican News|Tags: |22 Comments

LA mayor meets with Pope Francis
The two discussed climate change, poverty, and immigration at Vatican

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti met Pope Francis in a private audience at the Vatican Friday, where the two discussed “the priorities of climate change, young people, poverty, and immigration.” “I’m so grateful to Pope Francis for the deep

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2019-08-10T07:05:49-08:00August 10th, 2019|Categories: Politics|Tags: |23 Comments

Pope Francis counsels priests to keep the faith
The Lord is "rescuing us from hypocrisy"

Pope Francis published a letter Sunday to encourage all priests to remain steadfast and prayerful during this time of purification after revelations of abuse by some priests, so that there may be a renewal of holiness in the priesthood.

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2019-08-07T12:42:10-08:00August 5th, 2019|Categories: Vatican News|Tags: |3 Comments

Did McCarrick aide’s letters get Archbishop Vigano full story in Washington Post?

The following comes from a June 9 story in the Washington Post. In the instant he became one of the most controversial figures in modern Catholic Church history, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò went dark. The retired Vatican ambassador to Washington

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Pope Francis: “Abortion is never the answer”

Pope Francis said Saturday that abortion is never the answer to difficult prenatal diagnoses, calling selective abortion of the disabled the “expression of an inhuman eugenics mentality.” “Fear and hostility towards disability often lead to the choice of abortion, configuring

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2019-05-27T10:26:52-08:00May 27th, 2019|Categories: Abortion and pro-life issues|Tags: |4 Comments