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Pope to Methodists: Reconciliation is more than talk – it needs action

Vatican City, Oct 19, 2017 by Hannah Brockhaus Marking 50 years of Catholic-Methodist dialogue, Pope Francis on Thursday told members of both traditions that when it comes to future relations, simply speaking about reconciliation is not enough – we must actually pray and work for it. “This is the journey that awaits us in the new Read More …

Vatican City court finds former hospital president guilty of corruption

Vatican City, Oct 15, 2017 By Hannah Brockhaus Vatican City announced Saturday the conclusion of the corruption trial of the former president and treasurer of the Vatican-owned Bambino Gesù hospital in Rome. The Oct. 14 communique announced the end of the trial and the conviction of former president, Giuseppe Profiti, on charges of abuse of office. Read More …

Pope Francis: Death penalty is contrary to the Gospel

Vatican City, Oct 11, 2017 By Elise Harris In an Oct. 11 speech to members of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, Pope Francis said the topic of the death penalty should have “a more adequate and coherent space” in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. This topic “cannot be reduced to Read More …

Pope: Christians are never bored – they persevere with love

Vatican City, Oct 11, 2017 by Elise Harris On Wednesday Pope Francis said Christians are never bored or hopeless, but know how to wait patiently – even when life is hard, monotonous or unclear – with the knowledge that after the darkness, there is always light. “The Christian was not made for boredom, but for patience,” Read More …

Pope announces pre-synod meeting with youth as participants

Vatican City, Oct 4, 2017 By Elise Harris Pope Francis announced Wednesday that ahead of next year’s synod of bishops on youth, a preliminary meeting will take place drawing young people from various countries and walks of life. The gathering will give them a platform to share not only their convictions in the faith, but also Read More …

You can’t change politics watching from a balcony, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Oct 1, 2017 By Hannah Brockhaus On Sunday Pope Francis said that we can’t improve our political landscape by observing and judging from afar, but that it involves personal involvement, which should always be done in a spirit of charity and helpfulness. “Try to act personally instead of just looking and criticizing the work Read More …

Love of neighbor must begin with love of God, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Sep 25, 2017 By Hannah Brockhaus On Monday, Pope Francis spoke to benefactors of the Vatican Swiss Guard about love of neighbor, which he said must first be steeped in love of Christ and drawn from prayer and frequent reception of the sacraments. “Love to one’s neighbor corresponds to the mandate and the example Read More …

Pope Francis retools John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family

Vatican City, Sept. 19, 2017 by Elise Harris On Tuesday Pope Francis issued a new motu proprio changing the legal status of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, making it a theological institute charged with studying marriage and the family from a scientific perspective. The motu proprio, titled “Summa Familiae Cura,” meaning “Highest Read More …