Bishop Schneider: Real Compassion Doesn't Mean Concealing the Moral Truth

Also tells the Register it is up to the laity to defend the faith as many clergy feel intimidated and are afraid of losing their positions.

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Bishop Athanasius Schneider speaking at the Lepanto Foundation in Rome, Nov. 26.

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Clergy who call for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive holy Communion are effectively lying because they convey the message that a “continuous violation” of their “sacramental bonds” can become “ultimately a positive reality," Bishop Athanasius Schneider has said.

Speaking last night at the Lepanto Foundation in Rome on the theme of the “unchangeable truth about marriage and sexuality,” the auxiliary bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan, said that in order to “cover their evident lie and contradiction to the Word of God,” these clergy “protect themselves with the masque of using the concept of ‘Divine mercy’ and sentimental expressions like: ‘to open a door’, ‘to be pastorally...READ MORE

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Full Text of Pope's Address to Catechists, Teachers in Uganda

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Pope Francis on Friday met catechists and teachers at the Munyonyo shrine situated some 40 kilometres south of the Uganda capital, Kampala. 

In his brief address to the gathering, he encouraged them to persevere in their “rewarding” but “not easy” work and be not just teachers but also "a witness" through their example.

Here below is an English translation of the Pope’s prepared remarks:

Greeting to Catechists

Kampala, Munyonyo

Friday, 27 November 2015

Dear Catechists and Teachers, Dear Friends,

I greet you with affection in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Teacher.

“Teacher!”  What a beautiful name this is!  Jesus is our first and greatest teacher.  Saint Paul tells us that...READ MORE

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Full Text of Pope's Address to Ugandan Authorities, Diplomatic Corps

11/27/2015 Comment



Conference Hall of the State House, Entebbe (Uganda)
Friday, 27 November 2015



Mr President,
Honourable Members of Government,
Distinguished Members of the Diplomatic Corps,
My Brother Bishops,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I thank you for your gracious welcome, and I am happy to be in Uganda. My visit to your country is meant above all to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the canonization of the Uganda Martyrs by my predecessor, Pope Paul VI. But I hope that my presence here will also be seen as a sign of friendship, esteem and encouragement for all the people of this great nation.

The Martyrs,...READ MORE

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Full Text of Pope's Meeting With Clergy, Religious and Seminarians in Nairobi

11/27/2015 Comment

The Vatican has now published the official transcript of the Pope Francis' extemporaneous remarks to priests, religious and seminarians in Nairobi. also has a video of the Holy Father's address, with side-by-side English translation provided by the Pope's interpreter, Msgr. Mark Miles. 



Sports field of St Mary’s School, Nairobi (Kenya)
Thursday, 26 November 2015


V. Tumsifu Yesu Kristu! (Praised be Jesus Christ!)

R. (Milele na Milele. Amina.) (Now and forever. Amen.)


[Thanks for being here. I wish I could speak in English, but my English is not very good. I have listened...READ MORE

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Full Text of Pope Francis' Address at Kangemi Slum

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The depth of suffering found in slums is "not a random combination of unrelated problems" but the "consequence of new forms of colonialism" in which "countries are frequently pressured to adopt policies typical of the culture of waste, like those aimed at lowering the birth rate, which seek to legitimize the present model of distribution, where a minority believes that it has the right to consume in a way which can never be universalized."

Pope Francis' words today when he visited the Jesuit-run Kangemi parish, home to one of the largest slums in Kenya. 

He spoke of the "dreadful injustice of urban exclusion", and the "very serious problem" of "lack of access to infrastructures and basic...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Address to UN Office in Nairobi

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I would like to thank Madame Sahle-Work Zewde, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi, for her kind invitation and words of welcome, as well as Mr Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, and Mr. Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN-Habitat. I take this occasion to greet the personnel and all those associated with the institutions who are here present.

On my way to this hall, I was asked to plant a tree in the park of the United Nations Centre. I was happy to carry out this simple symbolic act, which is so meaningful in many cultures.

Planting a tree is first and foremost an invitation to continue the battle against phenomena like...READ MORE

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Full Texts of Pope's Homily in Nairobi, Speech to Interreligious Leaders

11/26/2015 Comments (2)

At an open air Mass today at the University of Nairobi this morning, Pope Francis called on Kenyans to "stand strong in faith!" and not to be afraid, telling them that the Lord "asks us to be missionary disciples, men and women who radiate the truth, beauty and life-changing power of the Gospel." See below for the full text of his homily.

Earlier at a meeting with ecumenical and interreligious leaders, the Pope said the Lord's name "must never be used to justify hatred and violence."

Recalling recent "barbarous" terrorist attacks in Kenya perpetrated by Islamists, the Pope said "all too often, young people are being radicalized in the name of religion to sow discord and fear, and to tear...READ MORE

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Pope to Kenyans: Work With Integrity and Transparency for Common Good

11/25/2015 Comment

Pope Francis addressing Kenyan authorities and diplomats in Nairobi


Pope Francis has underlined the importance of helping young people, being just stewards of creation, and working for reconciliation and peace in his first address in Nairobi, Kenya.

To protect young people, to "invest" in them and to offer them a "helping hand", is the "best way we can ensure a future worthy of the wisdom and spiritual values dear to their elders, values which are the very heart and soul of a people," the Pope told civic authorities and diplomats at State House.

He spoke of an "obligation to exercise a just stewardship" of creation, something "deeply rooted in the African soul." In a world which continues to "exploit rather than protect our common home, they must inspire...READ MORE

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Edward Pentin began reporting on the Pope and the Vatican with Vatican Radio before moving on to become the Rome correspondent for the National Catholic Register. He has also reported on the Holy See and the Catholic Church for a number of other publications including Newsweek, Newsmax, Zenit, The Catholic Herald, and The Holy Land Review, a Franciscan publication specializing in the Church and the Middle East. Edward is the author of "The Rigging of a Vatican Synod? An Investigation into Alleged Manipulation at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family", published by Ignatius Press. Follow him on Twitter @edwardpentin