Has Pope Francis reached a decision on Medjugorje: 7 things to know and share

07/17/2014 Comments (55)

Has Pope Francis reached a decision on Medjugorje? Here are 7 things to know and share.

Medjugorje Today is reporting that Pope Francis has made his decision regarding the reported apparitions at Medjugorje, though the results have not been announced.

Here are 7 things to know and share . . .

 

1) What is the source of the claim?

Fr. Kevin Devine, an American priest who has said English-language Masses in Medjugorje for a number of years made the claim after such a Mass on June 25th.

 

2) Where did he get his information?

From Fr. Miljenko Steko, the Franciscan provincial of the territory in which Medjugorje is located.

 

3) What did he say?

According to Medjugorje Today:

“Recently, the Provincial of the Franciscans here in Medjugorje (Fr. Miljenko Steko, ed.) was...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Announces He May Renounce the Papacy One Day: 6 Things to Know and Share

06/13/2014 Comments (115)

Pope Francis has announced his intention to one day renounce the papacy. Here are 6 things to know and share . . .

Pope Benedict shocked the world in 2013 by announcing his plans to renounce the papacy, becoming the first pope in centuries to do so.

I predicted at the time that it would not be centuries before another pope resigned, and that Benedict may have started a trend.

That prediction is now being borne out. Pope Francis has announced he may one day renounce the papacy also.

Here are 6 things to know and share . . .

 

1) Where did Pope Francis make his remarks?

In an interview with the Spanish-language newspaper La Vanguardia.

You can read the Spanish original here.

And you can read an English translation here.

 

2) How did the subject come up?

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Did Pope Francis tell a divorced and civilly remarried woman she could receive Holy Communion?

04/23/2014 Comments (337)

Julio Sabetta claims that his wife received a phone call from Pope Francis, who told her that she could receive Communion despite being divorced and civilly remarried. Is this true?

According to press accounts, Pope Francis phoned a divorced and remarried woman in Argentina and told her that it’s okay for her to receive Communion and that the subject as a whole is being discussed at the Vatican.

What are we to make of this?

UPDATE 2:

The Holy See press office has now issued a statement, as follows (with emphasis added):

STATEMENT OF THE HOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE

Vatican City, 24 April 2014 (VIS) – This morning the director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J., issued the following statement:

“Several telephone calls have taken place in the context of Pope Francis’ personal pastoral relationships. Since they do not in any way form part of the...READ MORE

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8 things you need to know about Easter Sunday

04/20/2014 Comments (1)

Easter is the most important day of the Christian calendar, even more important than Christmas. Here are 8 things you need to know.

The great day is finally here: Easter, the most important day of the Christian calendar. More important even than Christmas.

What happened on this day?

Was Jesus' resurrection a real, historical event?

How does the Church celebrate this day?

Is Easter a pagan holiday?

Here are 8 things you need to know.

 

1. What happened on Easter?

Among other things:

  • The women went to the tomb to anoint Jesus' body.
  • They saw angels, who told them he wasn't there.
  • They went to tell the apostles, who initially didn't believe them.
  • Peter and the beloved disciple rushed to see the tomb and found it empty.
  • Mary Magdalen, in particular, had an encounter with the risen Christ.
  • So did the...READ MORE

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12 things you need to know about Holy Saturday

04/19/2014 Comments (1)

On Holy Saturday the earth waits in stillness for the Resurrection of the Lord. Here are 12 things you need to know about it.

Every time we say the creed, we note that Jesus "descended into hell."

Holy Saturday is the day that commemorates this event.

What happened on this day, and how do we celebrate it?

Here are 12 things you need to know.

 

1. What happened on the first Holy Saturday?

Here on earth, Jesus' disciples mourned his death and, since it was a sabbath day, they rested.

Luke notes that the women returned home "and prepared spices and ointments. On the sabbath they rested according to the commandment" (Luke 23:56).

At the tomb, the guards that had been stationed there kept watch over the place to make sure that the disciples did not steal Jesus' body.

Meanwhile . . .

 

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9 things you need to know about Good Friday

04/18/2014 Comments (2)

Good Friday was the day we were redeemed from our sins by Jesus' death on the cross. Here are 9 things you should know about the day and how we commemorate it.

Good Friday is the most solemn day of the Christian year.

It is the day our Savior died for us.

It is the day we were redeemed from our sins by the voluntary death of God Himself at the hands of man.

Here are 9 things you need to know.

 

1. Why is this day called "Good Friday"

It's not for the reason you might think.

Despite the fact that "good" is a common English word, tempting us to say the name is based on the fact that something very good (our redemption) happened on this day, that's not where the name comes from.

Precisely where it does come from is disputed. The Catholic Encyclopedia explains:

The origin of the term Good is not clear. Some say it is from "God's Friday" (...READ MORE

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10 things you need to know about Holy Thursday

04/17/2014 Comments (3)

Holy Thursday was one of the most important days in all of history. It was a pivotal day in the life of Jesus Christ. Here are 10 things you should know about it and how we celebrate it today.

Every single Mass, we hear the words "on the night he was betrayed."

That night was Holy Thursday, and it is one of the most important nights in all of history.

Here are 10 things you need to know.

 

1. What happened on the original Holy Thursday?

An amazing amount of stuff! This was one of the most pivotal days in the life of Jesus Christ.

Here are some of the things the gospels record for this day (including events that happened after midnight). Jesus:

  • Sent Peter and John to arrange for them to use the Upper Room to hold the Passover meal.
  • Washed the apostles' feet.
  • Held the first Mass.
  • Instituted the priesthood.
  • Announced that Judas would betray him.
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Did the Early Christians Believe in the Empty Tomb?

04/08/2014 Comments (64)

Did the first Christians believe in the empty tomb?

The four Gospels all mention the empty tomb of Christ, which has become a mainstay of modern apologetics.

But some argue that the idea of the empty tomb was a late development in early Christianity—that it only arose decades after the Crucifixion, and that early Christians thought Jesus had been “spiritually” raised from the dead, not literally.

It was only with the passage of time that this spiritual resurrection was interpreted as a literal one, leading to the idea of the empty tomb.

In arguing for this view, advocates of this view might ask why earlier documents of the New Testament don’t mention the empty tomb.

This is, in fact, something that Philip Jenkins is wondering about . . ....READ MORE

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Jimmy was born in Texas, grew up nominally Protestant, but at age 20 experienced a profound conversion to Christ. Planning on becoming a Protestant pastor or seminary professor, he started an intensive study of the Bible. But the more he immersed himself in Scripture the more he found to support the Catholic faith. Eventually, he entered the Catholic Church. His conversion story, "A Triumph and a Tragedy," is published in Surprised by Truth. Besides being an author, Jimmy is a Senior Apologist at Catholic Answers, a contributing editor to This Rock magazine, and a weekly guest on "Catholic Answers Live."