Pope Prays at Garden Memorial for Aborted Children

08/16/2014 Comments (7)


Pope Francis paid a visit to a garden memorial for aborted children on Saturday as he toured a South Korean hilltop community for the sick and disabled.

During the solemn visit, part of his prearranged itinerary to South Korea, the Holy Father and his entourage stopped for a moment and prayed in silence in front of hundreds of small white crosses representing victims of abortion. Accompanying the Pope was Father Lee Gu-won, a representative of pro-life groups in Korea and missionary to people without limbs.

The moment of prayer today came after the Pope visited Kkottongnae ("Village of Flowers"), a Catholic center about 60 miles south of Seoul which seeks to provide care and...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Address to South Korean Authorities - Full Text

08/14/2014 Comment

Madam President,

Honorable Government and Civil Authorities,

Distinguished Members of the Diplomatic Corps,

Dear Friends,

It is a great joy for me to come to Korea, the land of the morning calm, and to experience not only the natural beauty of this country, but above all the beauty of its people and its rich history and culture. This national legacy has been tested through the years by violence, persecution and war. But despite these trials, the heat of the day and the dark of the night have always given way to the morning calm, that is, to an undiminished hope for justice, peace and unity. What a gift hope is! We cannot become discouraged in our pursuit of these goals which are for the...READ MORE

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Latest Papal and Holy See Statements on Persecution in Iraq

08/13/2014 Comments (5)

Pope Francis and the Holy See continue to raise awareness of the brutal persecution taking place in northern Iraq, and to pressure the international community to take action in defense of the nation's Christians and other religious minorities.

Today, the Vatican published a letter the Pope wrote Aug. 9 to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon. Francis condemned the violent persecutions taking place in the country, and called on the international community to act swiftly and decisively to stop the humanitarian disaster currently taking place.

He said he placed “before you the tears, the suffering and the heartfelt cries of despair of Christians and other religious...READ MORE

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New Interview With Pope Francis to Appear on Sunday

07/25/2014 Comments (59)

The latest interview with the Holy Father will be published in an Argentine magazine.

According to ZENIT:

A new interview with Pope Francis is to appear on Sunday in one of Argentina's best-selling magazines.

The publication Viva, a Sunday supplement of the newspaper Clarin, will feature the interview, made to coincide with the 500th day of Francis' pontificate which takes place tomorrow. 

According to reports, the Holy Father will discuss the recent upsurge in violence in the Middle East, concerns about youth unemployment, and his forthcoming encyclical on safeguarding the environment. He will also share details of his life in the Vatican.

This will be the Pope's tenth interview...READ MORE

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Meriam Ibrahim Arrives in Rome, Meets Pope Francis

07/24/2014 Comments (3)

Pope Francis received in private audience this afternoon Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese Catholic woman who was jailed and sentenced to death by a sharia court in Khartoum for the “apostasy” of marrying a Christian.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told reporters the Pope “thanked Meriam for her witness to the faith,” adding that she and her family “thanked the Pope for his closeness, prayers and his support, and that of the Church.”

Their conversation, which was "very calm and affectionate", also covered the future of women in Sudan. Fr. Lombardi said the Pope wanted their meeting “to be a gesture of closeness to all those who suffer for their faith, lived in difficult situations...READ MORE

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Bishop Galantino: Media Manipulated My Remarks

07/21/2014 Comments (43)

Bishop Nunzio Galantino, who was roundly criticized for appearing to disapprove of those who recite the Rosary outside abortion clinics, has defended his comments, saying he was taken out of context and manipulated by the media.

In an interview in the latest edition of the Italian monthly Sempre, the Secretary of the Italian bishops’ conference (CEI) said the vehemence of the accusations made against him were “an aggression that in reality hurt me."

In May, an interviewer asked the prelate the question: “In recent years, the CEI has invested heavily in the non-negotiable values ​​(life, family, education). The Pope doesn’t care for that expression, you too?”

Bishop Galantino replied:...READ MORE

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Gaenswein Passes On Condolences After Germany's World Cup Victory

07/14/2014 Comments (3)

Pope Francis and Benedict XVI did not watch the World Cup Final between Argentina and Germany on television last night but the Pope emeritus’ secretary, Archbishop George Gaenswein, passed on his condolences to his counterpart who helps look after the affairs of the Holy Father.

The prefect of the Pontifical Household said he watched the match with the Memores Domini – consecrated women who assist Benedict XVI – and all rooted for Germany, although he said he felt sorry for the Argentines. “They played well but I think in the end Germany won deservedly,” he told Vatican Radio.

Germany beat Argentina 1-0 at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, with the winning goal scored in the final...READ MORE

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From World Cup to Pope Cup

07/10/2014 Comments (2)
Edward Pentin / Irish Catholic (www.irishcatholic.ie)

– Edward Pentin / Irish Catholic (www.irishcatholic.ie)

It has to be a providential turn of events that our soccer-loving Pope should see his native national side not only reach the World Cup Final, but also face the national team of his predecessor, Benedict XVI. 

The Vatican has said Pope Francis “might” watch the Argentina v Germany match on Sunday but is unlikely to do so alongside the Pope Emeritus. “He might want to watch the final,” Vatican spokesman Father Lombardi told reporters today, but added the late kick-off would be too late for him as he is normally in bed before 10pm. As for Benedict XVI, he said: "I don’t believe he watches sport, I don’t know, but in the past I didn’t get the impression that he watched it much.” 


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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