VIDEO: Pope Francis' Answers to 3 Questions on Papal Plane from Armenia

06/27/2016 Comments (5)

Pope Francis answered seven questions in total on the papal plane from Armenia last night, including one from the Register on the Brexit vote. The full text of the press conference can be read here

I wasn't able to film all of it, but I did catch his responses to three questions: on whether there are two popes, if the Church should apologise to homosexuals, and how he would be approaching his visit to the Nazi extermination camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau when he travels to Poland for World Youth Day next month. To view the English translation of his comments, make sure you click on the CC (closed caption) icon on the bottom right.

1. Elisbetta Piqué, La Nacion: "Congratulations on...READ MORE

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Pope Francis in Etchmiadzin: 'We Have Embraced as Brothers'

06/26/2016 Comments (3)

At a Divine Liturgy with the Armenian Apostolic Church, Pope Francis has made a heartfelt appeal for unity, saying the two churches have “embraced as brothers” and “believe and experience that the Church is one.”

In his address on Sunday in Etchmiadzin, where the mother church of the Armenian Apostolic Church is located, the Holy Father called on the Holy Spirit to “re-establish us in unity” so that “communion between us [may] be complete.”

He said a unity must be sought that is not about “submission of one to the other, or assimilation, but rather the acceptance of all the gifts that God has given to each.”  

He also urged both churches to “respond to the appeal of the saints” to...READ MORE

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Turkish Minister Responds to Pope Francis' Use of Term 'Genocide'

Vatican Spokesman says there is "nothing of the spirit of the crusade" in the Pope's words but rather a spirit of peace and reconciliation.

06/26/2016 Comments (5)
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Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Nurettin Canikli

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Turkey's deputy foreign minister has said Pope Francis' use of the term "genocide" in reference to the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in the early part of the 20th century was "very unfortunate."

According to Reuters, Nurettin Canikli said: "Like the picture we see with Britain’s departure from the European Union (EU), unfortunately signs of crusaders’ mindset and all of its reflections can be seen both in the Pope and the activities of the papacy." One of the points of contention in the "Brexit" referendum was whether Britain should be backing Turkey's wish to join the EU.  

"The Pope’s statement is no different," he went on. "It is not an objective statement, it is not...READ MORE

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Images of Pope Francis' Visit to Armenia, Day 2

06/25/2016 Comment

Holy Mass on Saturday June 25, 2016, with Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians in Gyumri:


Ecumenical Service and Prayer for Peace with Karekin II in Republic Square, Yerevan, Armenia

Photos by Edward Pentin for NCRegister.com/CNA

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Full Texts of Pope Francis' and Karekin's Addresses at Ecumenical Prayer Vigil

06/25/2016 Comment
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Pope Francis and Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians, pictured at the beginning of this evening's ecumenical prayer vigil.

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Here below are the full texts of Pope Francis' and Armenian Catholicos Karekin II' addresses at an ecumenical prayer vigil in Yerevan this evening:

Address of His Holiness Pope Francis

Ecumenical Prayer Vigil for Peace

Yerevan, 25 June 2016

 

Venerable and Dear Brother, Supreme Patriarch-Catholicos 

of All Armenians,

Mr President,

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

 

God’s blessing and peace be with all of you!

I have greatly desired to visit this beloved land, your country, the first to embrace the Christian faith.  It is a grace for me to find myself here on these heights where, beneath the gaze of Mount Ararat, the very silence seems to speak.  Here the khatchkar – the stone crosses –...READ MORE

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Full Text of Pope Francis' Homily at Mass in Gyumri, Armenia

Pope said faith is not a thing of the past, like an artefact in a museum but kept alive through continuous encounters with Christ.

06/25/2016 Comment
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Pope Francis rode the popemobile through square at the end of Mass, accompanied by Catholicos Karekin II.

– Edward Pentin

At an open-air Mass in Gyumri, Armenia, Pope Francis has said faith is not a thing of the past, like an artefact in a museum but kept alive through continuous encounters with Christ.

Faith “is born and reborn from a life-giving encounter with Jesus, from experiencing how his mercy illumines every situation in our lives,” the Pope said during his June 25 homily in the northwestern city of Gyurmi.

He warned against the temptation to reduce faith to something that belongs in the past, as if it “were a beautiful illuminated book to be kept in a museum.”

“Once it is locked up in the archives of history, faith loses its power to transform, its living beauty, its positive openness to all,” he...READ MORE

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'Overcome Evil With Good', Pope Writes in Book at Genocide Memorial

06/25/2016 Comment

While visiting the Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex today, Pope Francis wrote the following in the Memorial's Book of Honor. 

"Here I pray with pain in my heart, so that never more will there be tragedies like this, so that humanity does not forget and knows how to overcome the evil with good. May God grant the beloved Armenian people and the entire world peace and consolation.  May God protect the memory of the Armenian people. Memory should not be diluted or forgotten. Memory is source of peace and the future.

Francis 25.06.2016" 

For the Armenian people, the Armenian Genocide was carried out in the early part of the 20th century by the Ottoman Empire authorities....READ MORE

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Pope Francis Mentions Genocide in Context of Armenia's Tragedy

06/24/2016 Comments (1)

Pope Francis has set aside diplomatic sensitivities with Turkey by unexpectedly referring to the word “genocide” in a speech in the Armenian capital Yerevan this afternoon.

Addressing Armenian President Serzh Sargsián, Catholicos Karekin II, and civic dignitaries, Pope Francis departed from his prepared text to say the word while referring to the visit Karekin made to the Vatican last year.

In April 2015, Armenian Church leaders and the Holy Father commemorated in St. Peter’s basilica the centenary since the massacre of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians.

Turkey has condemned the use of the word genocide as it believes the number killed to be an exaggerated figure, and it claims they...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