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The Economist accuses Pope Francis of ‘following Lenin’

By Josephine McKenna VATICAN CITY (RNS) “By positing a link between capitalism and war, (Pope Francis) seems to be taking an ultra-radical line: one that consciously or unconsciously follows Vladimir Lenin in his diagnosis of capitalism and imperialism as the main reason why world war broke out a century ago,” the financial magazine says. The post The Economist accuses Pope Francis of ‘following Lenin’ appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Pope Francis condemns the ‘evil’ of legalizing drugs

By Josephine McKenna VATICAN CITY (RNS) “To think that harm can be reduced by permitting drug addicts to use narcotics in no way resolves the problem,” Pope Francis said. The post Pope Francis condemns the ‘evil’ of legalizing drugs appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Pope Francis ends Italian control over Vatican’s financial watchdog

By Josephine McKenna VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican said the pope named four experts from Switzerland, Singapore, the United States and Italy to replace the all-Italian board of the Vatican’s Financial Information Authority. The post Pope Francis ends Italian control over Vatican’s financial watchdog appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Pope Francis, cats and no kids: The Twitterverse responds

By Heather Adams (RNS) When Pope Francis warned married couples not to substitute pets and vacation homes for children, was that a slap against childless couples? Some people thought so. The post Pope Francis, cats and no kids: The Twitterverse responds appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Pope Francis ‘deeply moved’ by letters from young U.S. prisoners

By Josephine McKenna VATICAN CITY (RNS) “Their stories … moved me deeply,” Pope Francis said after 500 inmates facing life in prison without parole sent letters to the Vatican. The post Pope Francis ‘deeply moved’ by letters from young U.S. prisoners appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Pope Francis tells couples not to substitute dogs and cats for children

By Josephine McKenna VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis strongly criticized those couples who choose not to have children, saying they had been influenced by a culture of “well-being” that says life is better without kids. The post Pope Francis tells couples not to substitute dogs and cats for children appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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COMMENTARY: In Bethlehem, Pope Francis can show his support for peace, justice

By Vera Baboun (RNS) On the eve of a papal visit, the mayor of Bethlehem says Pope Francis can restore hope to Palestinian youth and the “excluded” Palestinian nation as a whole. The post COMMENTARY: In Bethlehem, Pope Francis can show his support for peace, justice appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Russian Orthodox Church the absent player at Pope-Patriarch Jerusalem summit

By Tom Heneghan (Metropolitan Hilarion during an interview with Reuters in Moscow May 16, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov) When Pope Francis meets the spiritual head of the world’s Orthodox Christians next week, the speeches and symbolism will focus on how these ancient western and eastern wings of Christianity want to come closer together. After almost a millennium apart, however, the key to the elusive unity they seek does not lie in Jerusalem, where the Catholic pope and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will embrace on May 25. If anywhere, that key lies in Moscow. The Russian Orthodox Church (ROC), by far the largest church in the Orthodox world and increasingly influential at home and abroad, has long been wary of the closer ties Francis and Bartholomew want to work towards. Its opposition has only stiffened in recent months amid the crisis in Ukraine, where the political standoff between Russia and Europe has deepened tensions between the Moscow Patriarchate and three competing churches, one of them linked to the Vatican which Moscow accuses of trying to woo away its worshippers. “All these unfortunate events … take us back to the situation when Catholics and Orthodox didn’t consider themselves as allies but as enemies,” said Metropolitan Hilarion, the ROC’s “foreign minister” at the …read more Source: Reuters Faithword     ...
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Pope Francis will take rabbi and Muslim leader with him to Holy Land

By Josephine McKenna VATICAN CITY (RNS) Rabbi Abraham Skorka and Muslim leader Omar Abboud will accompany the pope on his May 24-26 trip, which will include Jordan, the West Bank and Israel. The post Pope Francis will take rabbi and Muslim leader with him to Holy Land appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Pope Banderas? * Kosher lust * 9/11 Museum: Thursday’s Roundup

By Yonat Shimron Antonio Banderas may be cast as Pope Francis in a new biopic. A celebrity rabbi has some racy thoughts on sex. A new museum dedicated to 9/11 opens at the World Trade Center. The post Pope Banderas? * Kosher lust * 9/11 Museum: Thursday’s Roundup appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Antonio Banderas may be cast as Pope Francis in biopic

By Josephine McKenna ROME (RNS) Italian director Daniele Luchetti plans to make the $12 million Spanish language film, titled “Call Me Francesco,” with producer Pietro Valsecchi, who has made some of Italy’s highest-grossing movies. The post Antonio Banderas may be cast as Pope Francis in biopic appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Chapter 4: Views of Pope Francis and the Catholic Church

By Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project A number of questions in the survey speak to how Hispanics view the Catholic Church, its new leader and its teachings. At the time the survey was conducted – just a few months after Pope Francis ascended to the papacy – a majority of Hispanics, including Hispanic Catholics, held a favorable view of him overall, …read more Source: Pew Research Center     ...
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Pope Francis struggles to keep fellow Latin Americans in Catholic fold: poll

By Reuters Staff (Pope Francis (R) leaves at the end of his Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican April 16, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini ) Despite a high-profile first year as the head of the Vatican, Pope Francis has not been able to stem the tide of fellow Latin Americans turning away from Catholicism and toward Evangelicalism, or secularism in more prosperous countries. The number of Roman Catholics in Latin America, a historical stronghold, dropped to 67 percent in 2013, from 80 percent in 1995, a survey by Chile-based pollster Latinobarometro showed on Wednesday. “In the recent data we don’t see an impact in the number of Catholics following the arrival of Pope Francis at the head of the Church,” Latinobarometro said, but added it was still too early to fully gauge the impact of the Argentine Pope elected in March of last year. Still, it appears the former Archbishop of Buenos Aires is shoring up confidence in his flock. Around 78 percent of Catholic Latin Americans said they trusted the Church last year, up from 69 percent in 2011, although the jump in confidence for Evangelical Christians was even higher. The Church’s child sex-abuse scandals and a perception that it is out of touch with …read more Source: Reuters Faithword     ...
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When Pope Francis washes women’s feet, arguments follow. Who’s right?

By David Gibson (RNS) Pope Francis will spend Holy Thursday washing the feet of disabled people, some of them women and some perhaps non-Catholics. That upsets traditionalists, who say the rite should be restricted to men only. So who’s right? The post When Pope Francis washes women’s feet, arguments follow. Who’s right? appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Pope Francis asks forgiveness for ‘evil’ of child abuse by priests

By Naomi O’Leary (Pope Francis waves as he arrives for a meeting with members of an association for children at the Vatican April 11, 2014. Rueters/Osservatore Romano) Pope Francis made his first public plea for forgiveness on Friday for the “evil” committed by priests who molested children, using some of his strongest words yet on the Roman Catholic Church’s sexual abuse crisis. The Argentine-born pontiff said the Church, which last month named a high-level group on the scandal including an abuse victim, had to take an stronger stand on a scandal that has haunted it for more than two decades, and indicated there would be repercussions for perpetrators. “I feel compelled to personally take on all the evil that some priests – quite a few in number, (although) obviously not compared to the number of all priests – to personally ask for forgiveness for the damage they have done for having sexually abused children,” he told members of the International Catholic Child Bureau. “The church is aware of this … personal, moral damage carried out by men of the church, and we will not take one step backward with regards to how we will deal with this problem, and to the sanctions that must be imposed. “On …read more Source: Reuters Faithword     ...
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Queen Elizabeth gives Pope Francis eggs, whiskey, beer at Vatican meeting

By Philip Pullella (Britain’s Queen Elizabeth (C) and Prince Philip (L) present gifts to Pope Francis during a meeting at the Vatican April 3, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini) Queen Elizabeth met Pope Francis for the first time on Thursday and gave a bemused pontiff culinary delights from the royal estates, including a dozen eggs and a bottle of whisky. “I’ve also brought something from all our estates, which is for you personally,” said the queen, wearing a lavender dress and a purple hat, as she handed Francis a wicker basket full of food at the end of a 17-minute private meeting in the Vatican. The 18 items from Buckingham Palace, Windsor, Sandringham and Balmoral also included two types of honey, “Coronation Best Bitter,” “Grandad’s chutney” and “Sandringham handmade aromatherapy soaps”. A Vatican official said the pope would likely share the food with other residents of the guest house where he has lived since his election after renouncing the spacious papal apartments or would donate it. The Queen and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, met the pope in a modern room attached to the Vatican’s audience hall without much of the ceremonial pomp that usually accompanies such visits. A Vatican statement did not say what the two discussed. The Queen …read more Source: Reuters Faithword     ...
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A meeting between the Pope and the President

By Carma Henry Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. A meeting between the Pope and the President By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., NNPA Columnist History is often made by leaders who make a consequential difference in quality of life of people. The world has now witnessed the historic meeting between the first African American to serve as president of the United States and the first Latin American to be Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. President Barack Obama and Pope Francis met recently at the Vatican in the heart of Rome. At 77, Pope Francis, who was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in 1936 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is 25 years older than President Obama The 266th Pope is easily the most powerful religious leader in the world, the head of more than 1 billion Roman Catholics throughout the world. In the U.S. alone, there are more than 3 million African American Catholics. Though considerable, that’s just a fraction of the 270 million-plus Catholics of African descent across the Diaspora. With a deep political divide in the U.S., President Obama remains the most powerful political leader in the world. Even the cynical establishment U.S. media in the U.S. praised the Obama-Francis dialogue as being crucial to …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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Can the President and Pope Francis be on the same page?

By Carma Henry Roger Caldwell Can the President and Pope Francis be on the same page? By Roger Caldwell In politics one minute an individual is your enemy, and the next minute they are your friend. Last week two of the most powerful men on the planet sat down for 52 minutes, and discussed income equality, immigration overhauls, and international conflicts. Many people may think that the pope is irrelevant and antiquated, but 1.2 billion people around the world follow his teaching and pay him money every week. Last week was the first time that President Obama and Pope Francis met each other, and the president acknowledged this was a highlight of his trip through Europe. There are 78 million Americans that follow Catholicism, and it is the largest religious denomination in the United States. America is the fourth largest country in the world that supports Catholicism, and allying us with the pope increases the president’s job approval. Pope Francis has always been acknowledged for his humility and concern for the poor. He is considered a simple man who tries to build bridges between people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and faiths. Many in the media label Pope Francis a liberal, but he …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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Pope Francis calls traditional marriage an icon of God’s love

By Josephine McKenna (RNS) Pope Francis’ emphasis on traditional marriage during his Wednesday (April 2) audience comes after his much-discussed comments on gays soon after his election a year ago. The post Pope Francis calls traditional marriage an icon of God’s love appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Israel may be cut out of Pope Francis’ visit to the Holy Land

By Michele Chabin JERUSALEM (RNS) Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal told journalists that Pope Francis’ pilgrimage to Jordan and the Palestinian-ruled West Bank will take place, even if the Israeli foreign ministry strike continues. The post Israel may be cut out of Pope Francis’ visit to the Holy Land appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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