Archbishop Gänswein: Francis and Benedict Don't Differ on Divorce-Remarriage Issue

01/22/2015 Comments (3)

Archbishop Georg Gänswein has given an interesting interview to the German newspaper Die Zeit, during which he fields some very direct and pertinent questions about serving under Pope Francis.

In particular, he says there is no difference between Francis and Benedict over allowing communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics.

The prefect of the Pontifical Household, who also continues to serve as Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s private secretary, is in a privileged position and so able to shed some light on the inner workings of Francis' pontificate – although he insists he is unaware who the Holy Father’s closest advisers are.

In the interview, which was translated from the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Homily at Open-Air Mass in Manila

01/18/2015 Comments (6)

In his homily at Mass in Manila today, attended by an estimated six million faithful, Pope Francis called for the protection of the family and young people in the face of the devil's lies and "insidious attacks" on the family. 

"The devil is the father of lies," the Holy Father said. "Often he hides his snares behind the appearance of sophistication, the allure of being “modern”, “like everyone else”. He distracts us with the promise of ephemeral pleasures, superficial pastimes. And so we squander our God-given gifts by tinkering with gadgets; we squander our money on gambling and drink; we turn in on ourselves. We forget to remain focused on the things that really matter. We forget to...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Address to Young People in Manila

01/18/2015 Comments (2)

In an address at the University of St. Thomas in Manila today, Pope Francis urged young people to maintain their integrity, show concern for the environment, and to care for the poor.

"It is essential not to lose your integrity, not to compromise your ideals!," the Pope said. "Not to give in to temptations against goodness, holiness, courage and purity!  Rise to the challenge!  With Christ, you will be – indeed you already are! – the architects of a renewed and more just Filipino culture."

He then asked that they show concern for the environment "not only because this country, more than many others, is likely to be seriously affected by climate change" but because care for creation is...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Address to Typhoon Victims in Palo Cathedral

01/17/2015 Comments (1)

In an address to clergy, religious and lay victims of Typhoon Yolanda which struck the Philippines in 2013, Pope Francis today paid tribute to the generosity of those who came to the assistance of those affected by the natural disaster. 

Speaking in Palo cathedral, he commended to God's mercy all those who had died, thanked the Lord for priests, religious and laity who made sacrifices to help those in need, and appealed that the many poor in the region be treated fairly and have their dignity respected. 

The Pope also made a point of thanking the young people present for their "heroic generosity" in the aftermath of the storm. "Always realize that true happiness comes from helping others,...READ MORE

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Pope's Homily at Mass in Typhoon-Hit Tacloban City

01/17/2015 Comment

Pope Francis travelled to the Philippine city of Tacloban today, the center of a region devastated by Typhoon Yolanda in 2013. 

In his homily at Mass in the grounds of the city's airport, Francis reminded an estimated 500,000 pilgrims who braved wind and rain to take part in the liturgy that the Lord "cries with us and walks with us in the most difficult moments of life." 

Setting aside his prepared text to speak from the heart, the Pope said: "So many of you have lost everything. I don’t know what to say to you. But the Lord does know what to say to you ... He understands us because he underwent all the trials that we, that you, have experienced. And beside the cross was his Mother." 


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Pope Francis' Address at Meeting With Families in Manila

01/16/2015 Comments (2)

Here below are the full texts of Pope Francis' address at a Meeting with Families this evening in Manila, beginning with a welcome message of Bishop Gabriel Reyes, Bishop of Antipolo and President of the Episcopal Commission for the Family, followed by testimonies by families.

Most Holy Father,

Welcome home! This is your home. We are your children and you are our father. The families of the Philippines are here. We have long welcomed you into our hearts. Now we embrace you eager to listen to you.

Where are the Filipino families? Many of us are like the crisp morning sunburst. The family is our nest of happiness. The family is our cradle of warmth. Speak to us Holy Father and bless us...READ MORE

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Full Texts of Pope's Homily at Cathedral in Manila, Address to Diplomats

01/16/2015 Comment

Here below are the full texts of Pope Francis' homily at an 11.15am Mass with clergy and religious in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Manila, and his address earlier to diplomats at the Presidential Palace. 


Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis
Mass with Bishops, Priests and Religious
Manila, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
January 16, 2015
“Do you love me?…  Tend my sheep” (Jn 21:15-17).  Jesus’ words to Peter in today’s Gospel are the first words I speak to you, dear brother bishops and priests, men and women religious, and young seminarians.  These words remind us of something essential.  All pastoral ministry is born of love.  All...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Arrives in the Philippines

Speaks to reporters aboard the papal plane.

01/15/2015 Comments (1)

After a flight of nearly six hours, Pope Francis arrived at Villamor Air Base in Manila at 5.35pm local time today, where he was welcomed by the country's President, Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III. After the national anthems and presentation of their respective delegations, the Pope was driven to the apostolic nunciature.

Francis gave no discourses today, but he did speak to reporters on the papal plane, during which he referred to the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. "You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith," the Pope said. If you do, he said, you "can expect a punch." 

"Every religion has dignity, every religion that respects human life...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. Follow on Twitter @edwardpentin