Pope: Franciscan Peace is Not Something Saccharine

10/04/2013 Comments (1)

Pope Francis in Assisi on Oct. 4 2013, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.


“Franciscan peace is not something saccharine. Hardly! That is not the real Saint Francis!,” Pope Francis said in his homily in the Upper Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi this morning.

Nor, he added, is Franciscan peace “a kind of pantheistic harmony with forces of the cosmos.”

“It is not Franciscan,” he said, “but a notion that some people have invented! The peace of Saint Francis is the peace of Christ, and it is found by those who "take up" their "yoke", namely, Christ’s commandment: Love one another as I have loved you (cf. Jn 13:34; 15:12). This yoke cannot be borne with arrogance, presumption or pride, but only with meekness and humbleness of heart.”

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Cardinals Agree on Radical Changes to Curia Governance

10/03/2013 Comments (7)

Fr. Federico Lombardi briefing journalists at the Vatican.

– EP

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi confirmed today that the members of the council of cardinals do not intend to update “with retouches and marginal modifications” the apostolic constitution Pastor Bonus, John Paul II’s 1988 instruction on governance of the Roman Curia.

Instead, they wish to introduce “a new constitution with significant new aspects,” ones which aim to lead away from a centralized form of governance.

Father Lombardi made the announcement during his recap of yesterday afternoon’s and this morning’s sessions of the cardinals meeting, convened to discuss Church governance and Curial reform.

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Pope Francis Gives New Interview

10/01/2013 Comments (34)

Pope Francis has given a 4,500-word interview to the atheist founder of the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, Eugenio Scalfari.

The interview took place at the Pope's request last Tuesday, Sept. 24, in the Domus Sanctae Marthae residence, where the Holy Father is living. The Pope recently wrote a letter to Scalfari, answering three questions he put to him on the faith.

Francis also gave a longer interview to the Jesuit publication La Civilta Cattolica at the end of August.

Together with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's frank letter to Italian atheist Piergiorgio Odifreddi, each is an attempt to open the Church up to dialogue with the world and nonbelievers, in accordance with the...READ MORE

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Confirmed: April 27 for Canonizations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II

09/30/2013 Comments (2)

Blessed Popes John XXIII and John Paul II will be canonized on April 27th 2014, Divine Mercy Sunday, the Vatican confirmed this morning.

The news was announced in the following statement:


This morning, at 10 o'clock in the Consistory Hall of the Vatican Apostolic Palace, during the celebration of mid-morning prayer, the Holy Father Francis held the Ordinary Public Consistory for the Canonization of Blesseds:

- John XXIII, Pope

- John Paul II, Pope.

During the Consistory, the Pope decreed that the Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II will be enrolled among the saints April 27,...READ MORE

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Pope's Strong Words in Defense of the Unborn

09/20/2013 Comments (46)

Pope Francis addressing the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations and Catholic gynaecologists, 20 September 2013.

Pope Francis today gave his most spirited and explicit defense of the unborn and society's most vulnerable since his election.

The Holy Father was addressing the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations and Catholic gynaecologists, currently attending a conference in Rome. 

Below is my translation of Pope Francis' address, not the official English translation which is yet to be published in full:

"I apologize for the delay, because today ... this is a morning too complicated for audiences ... I apologize.

1 . The first point that I would like to share with you is this: we are witnessing today a paradoxical situation concerning the medical profession. On the...READ MORE

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Applying Pope's Syria Efforts to Defend the Unborn and Marriage

09/13/2013 Comments (30)
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Pope Francis has won much praise for his tireless efforts to bring peace to Syria.

– Edward Pentin

The Holy Father has, to borrow a political term, “momentum”.

His impressive peace-making efforts concerning Syria have captured much of the world’s attention and rightfully earned him and the Holy See praise.

Last Saturday’s vigil, which united millions around the world, followed an extraordinary day of praying and fasting for a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

Pope Francis' efforts, which included a detailed briefing for diplomats on how to bring peace to the country, even struck a chord with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

But given the welcome attention the Pope has received over Syria, shouldn’t the Church also consider giving equal, if not more, weight to a place where...READ MORE

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Pope: In the Silence of the Cross, Uproar of Weapons Ceases

Full text of Pope Francis' homily at the Vigil of Prayer and Fasting in Saint Peter's Square, Saturday 7 September 2013.

09/07/2013 Comments (30)


“And God saw that it was good” (Gen 1:12, 18, 21, 25). The biblical account of the beginning of the history of the world and of humanity speaks to us of a God who looks at creation, in a sense contemplating it, and declares: “It is good”. This allows us to enter into God’s heart and, precisely from within him, to receive his message.

We can ask ourselves: what does this message mean? What does it say to me, to you, to all of us?

1. It says to us simply that this, our world, in the heart and mind of God, is the “house of harmony and peace”, and that it is the space in which everyone is able to find their proper place and feel “at home”, because it is “good”. All of creation...READ MORE

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Pope Emeritus's Unexpected Homily on Humility

09/04/2013 Comments (25)
Giovanni Tridente

Benedict XVI with Archbishop Gaenswein in a photograph taken on Sunday.

– Giovanni Tridente

Although the full text has yet to appear, Benedict XVI’s homily during Mass for his former students on Sunday is one of wisdom and truth.

Essentially a treatise on humility, his words come as a welcome surprise, especially as the world wasn’t expecting to see or hear from the Pope Emeritus after his retirement.

He began by saying that "everyone is looking for a good place in history, and each wants to find his right place in life. The only question is: which place is good and which is right? The word of the Lord from last Sunday’s Gospel comes to mind: The first shall be last and the last shall be first. A seemingly good place can be a very bad place, and we know that this happens not...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