Pope Francis, the Mafia, and Pro-Abortion Politicians

05/27/2013 Comments (58)

Pope Francis giving his Angelus address May 26, 2013 in St. Peter's Square. "My thoughts are with the suffering of women, men and also children who are exploited by the many mafias who make them slaves, through prostitution, through many social pressures," he said. "They cannot do this, they cannot make our brothers slaves, we must pray to the Lord to make these mafiosi convert to God."


Pope Francis took the Mafia to task at the weekend, calling on them to repent, convert and cease exploiting and enslaving people.

He was speaking in reference to the beatification of Don Giuseppe “Pino” Puglisi on Saturday, a Sicilian priest gunned down by the Mafia in 1993 for practising the faith in standing up to organised crime.

In May 1993, Blessed John Paul II angrily called on Mafiosi to "repent, because one day you will face the judgment of God".

But such comments drew an interesting response from a reader, who wrote: “Why do we say this to the Mafia but would not dream of saying this, and much more, to the Catholic politicians whose power is used to kill unborn babies in...READ MORE

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Round-up of Pope's Early Morning Homilies This Week

05/25/2013 Comments (2)

– EP

Among the themes covered in his early morning homilies this week, Pope Francis preached about the importance of praying courageously, of doing good to all, and how to guard against losing the spiritual salt of one’s faith.

On Monday, he underlined the importance of praying with courage, faith and from the heart. Miracles occur even today, he said, but in order to obtain them, they require “strong prayer” that “wrestles with God” and does not end with a one-time “courtesy” supplication.

He was reflecting on the day’s Gospel reading in which Jesus heals a boy with an evil spirit, and tells the disciples that strong prayer is necessary (interestingly, Pope Francis had appeared to do the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Sends Message of Condolence to Oklahoma

05/21/2013 Comments (2)

The Vatican released the following message this evening following the massive tornado that struck Oklahoma yeserday.

Message sent through the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington to the Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City

(21 May 2013)

The Holy Father has followed with deep concern the aftermath of the devastating tornado which has struck Oklahoma and he asks you convey to the entire community the assurance of his solidarity and closeness in prayer. Conscious of the tragic loss of life and the immensity of the work of rebuilding that lies ahead, he asks Almighty God to grant eternal rest to the departed, comfort to the afflicted, and strength and hope to the...READ MORE

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Parishes Worldwide Prepare for Eucharistic Adoration Hour

05/17/2013 Comments (8)

– http://www.annusfidei.va/

To emphasise the centrality of the Eucharist during this Year of Faith, an hour of Eucharistic Adoration will take place worldwide on Sunday June 2nd – the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). 

According to the Annus Fidei website, “the Holy Father will preside over a special Eucharistic adoration that will extend at the same time all over the world involving the cathedrals and parishes in each diocese.”

“For an hour, at 5pm (Rome time), the whole world will be united in prayer and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament,” the website says.

The USCCB Committee on Divine Worship notes that because of normal Sunday Mass schedules, it will be a particular...READ MORE

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Brother of Slain Minister to Address Ecclesial Movements

Paul Bhatti to pay tribute to his brother Shahbaz, gunned down by Islamic extremists in 2011.

05/16/2013 Comments (1)

Archbishop Rino Fisichella speaking to reporters May 15, 2013 about this weekend's meeting of ecclesial movements.

– EP

Over 120,000 members of Church movements will be in Rome this weekend to celebrate the Year of Faith and the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council.

Among those scheduled to speak at a welcoming ceremony in St. Peter's Square on Saturday, the vigil of Pentecost, will be Dr. Paul Bhatti, brother of Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s former Catholic minister for minorities who was gunned down by Islamic extremists in 2011.

Shahbaz Bhatti was very close to the Sant’Egidio lay community, one of the largest movements to be created after the Second Vatican Council.

A month after his death, Paul came to Rome with Shahbaz’s Bible which is now on show in a side chapel...READ MORE

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Images of Rome's 2013 March for Life

05/13/2013 Comments (2)

Photographs from yesterday's second March for Life in Rome. Click here for my account of the event.

Virginia Coda Nunziante, chief organiser of Rome's March for Life.

Irene Van der Wende of the group Abortioninformation.eu

Lila Rose of Live Action.



Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno.


















A large group of Poles took part in this year's march.

A marching band led this year's march.

Participants of the March for Life arriving at the Vatican as Sunday's canonization ends.

Pope Francis personally greeted the marchers after his Regina Coeli address.

Photographs: Edward Pentin...READ MORE

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Improving Communication of Pope's Early Morning Homilies

Vatican appears to be planning on releasing full transcripts

05/02/2013 Comments (7)

Go to the outskirts of faith, be open to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to work.

This was the key theme of Pope Francis’ early morning homily Thursday, in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae residence where he’s staying. Focusing on the first reading from Acts, the Holy Father stressed the importance of saying “yes” to the Holy Spirit if the Church is to grow in love and harmony.

Vatican Radio has a full summary here.

These daily homilies, praised for their improvised nature, simplicity and wisdom, have become eagerly awaited. Francis will often use them to drum home his what he sees as vital for the Church at this time (he’s discussed today’s theme of the need for radical,...READ MORE

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Pope Condemns Exploitation of Labor, Lack of Work

05/01/2013 Comments (4)


A society that fails to pay a just wage, to offer employment, or that only seeks personal profit, is unjust and goes against God, Pope Francis said today.

Addressing pilgrims during his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square, the Holy Father said work is fundamental for dignity – it gives man “a special dignity, a personal dignity” and men and women who work “are dignified.”

But he noted many who want to work and cannot, and those who work but are exploited. “Not paying fairly, not giving a job because you are only looking at balance sheets, only looking at how to make a profit – that goes against God!,” he said.

“This is a burden on our conscience, because when society is...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