Pope Francis Meets Bernie Sanders, Vatican Confirms

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Senator Bernie Sanders addressing the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences on Friday.

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Pope Francis briefly met Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders this morning at the Pope’s Santa Martha residence, the Vatican has confirmed.

The courtesy meeting took place at breakfast, around 6am, shortly before the Pope left for his one-day visit to the Greek island of Lesbos. Sanders was also staying at the residence after delivering a ten minute talk at a conference at the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences yesterday.

"Today certainly was the highlight of the trip," Sanders told NBC News. He said he told the Pope he was “incredibly appreciative of the incredible role that he is playing in this planet in discussing issues about the need for an economy based on...READ MORE

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Pontifical Academy Prepares to Host Senator Sanders at the Vatican

Academy chancellor feels the burn after controversially issuing invitation in the middle of a presidential election campaign.

04/14/2016 Comments (12)

Senator Bernie Sanders

Senator Bernie Sanders will take a break from his campaign to become the Democratic Party’s Presidential nominee when he controversially delivers a 10 minute talk at the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences in the Vatican on Friday.

A Jewish agnostic, Sanders has said he is a “big, big fan of the Pope” and will be speaking at a conference to mark the 25th anniversary of Pope St. John Paul II’s encyclical on the economy and social justice at the end of the Cold War, Centesimus Annus.

"I obviously would not be leaving in the middle of a very hard-fought primary here if this were not an opportunity that comes once in a lifetime," said Sanders in a phone interview with the Associated Press...READ MORE

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Livi: 'Amoris Laetitia' Is Vulnerable to 'Every Malevolent Interpretation'

Italian priest philosopher Antonio Livi reflects on Pope Francis’ post-synodal apostolic exhortation on the family.

04/14/2016 Comments (53)

Professor Antonio Livi.

Father Antonio Livi is a well known philosophy professor, a former lecturer at the Pontifical Lateran University and a prolific author known for his original “philosophy of common sense”.

In this reflection on Amoris Laetitia, published below, Father Livi takes the same line as Cardinal Raymond Burke by saying the exhortation “is not, and does not try to be, a magisterial act with which new doctrines are taught, providing the faithful with new authoritative interpretations of dogma.”

But without questioning the Pope’s pastoral intentions, which he has no doubt are “all holy and for the advantage and common good” of the Church, Father Livi nevertheless notes “the uneasiness” of the...READ MORE

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VIDEO — Schönborn: 'Amoris Laetitia' Needs Serious Theological Discussion

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Cardinal Christoph Schönborn addressing a symposium at the International Theological Institute, Trumau, Austria, April 9. The symposium was entitled: "And God Saw That It Was Very Good: Reinvigorating the Sacrament of Marriage and the Christian Family in Light of the 2014 and 2015 Synods."

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has told academics in Austria that ‘Amoris laetitia’ should be subjected to rigorous theological discussion and expressed his delight at having his controversial pastoral approach for remarried divorcees in Vienna worked into the document.

Speaking on Pope Francis’ new post-synodal apostolic exhortation on the family at the International Theological Institute in Trumau April 9 (see video of full talk below), the Archbishop of Vienna said there are “no forbidden questions” when discussing the text.  

Compared to his presentation at the Vatican the day before, the cardinal, who is chancellor of the institute, was a little more cautious about the document and,...READ MORE

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'Amoris Laetitia', On Love in the Family — Full Text and Vatican Synthesis

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The full text of Pope Francis' post-synodal apostolic exhortation 'Amoris laetitia' (The Joy of Love) can also be found on the Vatican website here.

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Pope Francis to Visit Greek Island of Lesbos April 16

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Refugees arriving in Lesbos on an overloaded dingy last September.

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Pope Francis is to visit the Greek island of Lesbos next Saturday, the Vatican has announced.

In a communique released this morning, the Vatican said:

"Accepting the invitations from His Holiness Bartholomew, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, and the President of the Hellenic Republic, His Holiness Francis will visit Lesbos on Saturday 16 April, 2016. 

On the island, the Holy Father, His Holiness Bartholomew, and His Holiness Jerome II, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, will meet with the refugees accommodated there."

Details of the visit are still being worked out, but its principal aim is to show support and solidarity for refugees in the front line of Europe’s migrant...READ MORE

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Polish Archbishop Warns of 'Pseudo-Merciful' Attitude and Political Correctness

Archbishop Henryk Hoser, a synod father at the two Synods on the Family, gives his assessment of the meetings ahead of the publication of 'Amoris laetitia'.

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On Friday, the Vatican will publish Pope Francis’ summary document on the Synod on the Family — ‘Amoris laetitia’ (the Joy of Love).

Ahead of the post-synodal apostolic exhortation's release, and to gain a sense of what some bishops are thinking about the synod outside the anglosphere, here below is the full text of an interview that Polish Archbishop Henryk Hoser of Warsaw-Praga gave last week to EWTN Germany’s Robert Rauhut.

During their discussion, Archbishop Hoser, a synod father at the two meetings, explains what the Church means by "sacramental marriage". He also discusses the debate over holy Communion for remarried divorcees, and speaks of a “pseudo-merciful” attitude in the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Prayer Intention Video for April Released

04/05/2016 Comments (4)

Pope Francis has asked for prayers for small farmers in his latest monthly prayer intention video.

In the short clip released for April, the Holy Father calls for a “just compensation” for small farmers’ “invaluable work.” The prayer intention is also aimed at helping people recognize the contribution of farmers to all mankind.

It matches the Pope’s “universal” prayer intention for this month (“That small farmers may receive a just reward for their precious labor”). His “evangelization” prayer intention is that “Christians in Africa may give witness to love and faith in Jesus Christ amid political-religious conflicts.”

Since January of this year, the Pope has broadcast his monthly prayer...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