Did Pope Francis say animals go to heaven?

12/13/2014 Comments (208)

You know how Pope Francis said animals go to heaven? Guess what. He didn't! Here are 7 things to know and share . . .

The news networks are abuzz with stories saying that Pope Francis has said pets go to heaven.

They’ve even “helpfully” noted how this contrasts with the position of his predecessor, Benedict XVI.

But the thing is . . . the whole story is false.

Here are 7 things to know and share . . .


1) What is being claimed?

Among other things:

Pope Francis has declared that all animals go to heaven during his weekly audience in St. Peter’s Square.

The Pope made these remarks after he received two donkeys as early Christmas presents. During his discussion, Pope Francis quoted the apostle Paul as he comforted a child who was mourning the death of his dog.

Francis quoted Paul’s remarks as, “One...READ MORE

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Register Radio - Year of Consecrated Religious / Celebrating Men and Women Religious

12/12/2014 Comments (1)

This week on Register Radio, Jeanette De Melo focuses on the Year of Consecrated Life.  She talks with Bishop Michael Burbidge who leads the U.S. Bishops Committee for Consecrate Life about his hopes for the year.  Then Jeanette talks with Register reporter Roxanne King about what dioceses around the country are doing to celebrate men and women religious.

The Year of Consecrated Religious with Bishop Michael Burbidge

Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Diocese of Raleigh, N.C., chairs the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations; and in this interview with the Register, he talks of the beauty of the consecrated life…and explains how the bishops’...READ MORE

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A Treasure Found for the Church

How a fisherman made a new adoration chapel possible in Baltimore

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Olivia Obineme, the Catholic Review

A miraculous find leads to an adoration chapel with historical roots.

– Olivia Obineme, the Catholic Review

Can you imagine the look on a fisherman’s face when he pulled in a catch that nearly 20 years later would take on an important role in devotional life at Baltimore’s Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary?

That’s what eventually happened when an anonymous fisherman threw his line into Loch Raven Reservoir, which is in a suburb about 20 minutes from Baltimore’s downtown. He reeled in a surprise treasure.

Baltimore’s Archbishop William Lori described the treasure and the circumstances in his homily on Corpus Christi Sunday, Nov. 23. On the feast, he was inaugurating the new Eucharistic adoration chapel in this basilica, a historical and architectural...READ MORE

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C9 Cardinals Conclude Meeting, No Decision Yet on Reform

12/12/2014 Comments (5)
Edward Pentin

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi SJ.

– Edward Pentin

The seventh meeting of the Council of Cardinals - the so-called C9 - concluded yesterday evening with no formal decisions made.

The cardinals' three-day meeting, which began on the morning of 9 December, was mostly dedicated to three themes:

• the reform of the Curia;

• the composition of the Commission for the Protection of Minors;

• the reorganization of the economic organs of the Holy See.

On reforming the curia, the cardinals looked at the specific question of the reorganization of the pontifical councils that work in relation to the laity, the family, justice, peace and charity.

Although Pope Francis hinted in a recent interview that some could be merged and headed by laity, no...READ MORE

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Masculine and Feminine, Evangelical and Catholic

12/12/2014 Comments (20)

In a mathematically perfect world, conversation between Catholics and Evangelicals would be conducted on the level of pure theology and many misunderstandings would instantly be clarified:

Evangelical: [Stirs sugar into teacup] Tell me, Friend Catholic, what your understanding is of the place of Mary in the economy of salvation? It would appear (though I could be wrong) that you worship her in some way. How do you reconcile this with the biblical witness that God alone is to be worshiped? [Offers teacup to Catholic. Begins pouring his own cup and nodding in profound listening attentiveness throughout following speech.]

Catholic: [Takes teacup. Sips thoughtfully.] Actually, Friend...READ MORE

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Woman Aborts Baby at 28 Weeks Because of Baby's Deformed Left Hand

12/11/2014 Comments (27)

A couple in Australia has aborted their unborn child at 28 weeks after learning that the baby would be born with a deformed left hand.

Mind you, at 28 weeks a baby has over a 90% chance of surviving outside the womb with proper healthcare. But the mother said she was "really, really depressed" about the baby's diagnosis so that would seem to trump the illegality or immorality of late-term abortions.

The mother said she believed she would feel guilty for allowing a baby to live with a disability. "I grew up with many people who were disabled, and… there was discrimination," the mother told The Brisbane Times. "I didn't want my child to be discriminated against. The problem is... obvious...READ MORE

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If It Saves Even One American Life . . .

12/11/2014 Comments (105)

After reading the CIA's report on interrogation techniques, here is what many Americans are saying:

"If it saves even one American life, then I can live with it."

Here is what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says in Chapter One: The Dignity of the Human Person:


1755 ... There are some concrete acts ... that it is always wrong to choose, because choosing them entails a disorder of the will, that is, a moral evil.

1756 It is therefore an error to judge the morality of human acts by considering only the intention that inspires them or the circumstances (environment, social pressure, duress or emergency, etc.) which supply their context. There are acts...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' World Day of Peace Message 2015

Sin of estrangement from God gives rise to a culture of enslavement with all its consequences extending from generation to generation.

12/11/2014 Comments (2)

Pope Francis addresses the scourge of modern slavery and human trafficking in his message for the 48th World Day of Peace which takes place on the Solemnity of the Mother of God, Jan. 1st, 2015. Here below is the full text: 

"No longer slaves, but brothers and sisters"


1. At the beginning of this New Year, which we welcome as God’s gracious gift to all humanity, I offer heartfelt wishes of peace to every man and woman, to all the world’s peoples and nations, to heads of state and government, and to religious leaders. In doing so, I pray for an end to wars, conflicts and the great suffering caused by human agency, by epidemics past and present, and by the devastation wrought by natural...READ MORE

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