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Latest Pope Francis Interview Involved ‘Conflation’ of Details (5616)

For example, part of the account of the Holy Father’s ‘mystical moment’ at the time of his election as pope is inaccurate.

10/07/2013 Comments (10)

VATICAN CITY — Following skepticism of the accuracy of a recent interview with Pope Francis, several sources have suggested that the printed text, while faithful overall to the Pope’s thought, may not have captured his exact words.

“Eugenio Scalfari did not tape his interview with Pope Francis, nor did he take notes, so the text was an after-the-fact reconstruction. Such texts run the risk of either missing some key details or conflating various moments or events recounted during the oral interview,” wrote Father Thomas Rosica, who helps the Vatican Press Office conduct its English-language business, on Oct. 5.

“Scalfari has stated that he showed the text to Francis for his approval,...READ MORE

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The U.S.-Vatican Relationship — More in Common Than Meets the Eye (3709)

In a new book, former ambassador Francis Rooney discusses the nature and history of this important international relationship.

10/07/2013 Comment

The United States and the Vatican have had a long and complicated history. In The Global Vatican (Rowman & Littlefield; 308 pages; $27.95), Francis Rooney, who served as U.S. ambassador to the Holy See from 2005 through 2008, provides a diplomatic history of the relationship between the two sovereigns.

Although generally friendly now, the relationship was, for most of U.S. history, somewhat chilly. Americans had deep anti-Catholic sentiments, and well into the 20th century, there were doubts among those in America’s power structure whether Catholics could make good Americans at all.

As for the Vatican, the papal diplomatic corps and household at first did not know what to make of this...READ MORE

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Allow God to Disrupt Your Plans, Pope Francis Says (9810)

The Holy Father urged Christians to follow the Good Samaritanʼs example and ‘let the surprises of the Lord speak to you.’

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VATICAN CITY — Reflecting on the story of the Good Samaritan, Pope Francis reminded Christians in his homily at Mass on Monday that they must be open to allowing God to intervene in their lives and to lead them away from their own arranged path.

“I say to myself, and I say to you: Do we let God write our lives? Or do we want to do the writing ourselves?” Pope Francis said in his homily, according to Vatican Radio.

“Be docile to the word of God. … Have the capacity to hear his voice and to listen to it,” he said.

In his Oct. 7 homily at the chapel of the Vaticanʼs St. Martha guest residence, Pope Francis talked about the story of Jonah fleeing from God, as well as that of the priest...READ MORE

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Vatican Analyst Warns of ʻGlobal Warʼ Against Christians (9133)

Veteran Catholic journalist John Allen Jr. reveals massive scope of worldwide Christian persecution and suggests practical ways to do something about it.

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DENVER — In his new book The Global War on Christians, Vatican analyst John Allen Jr. details anti-Christian abuse worldwide, drawing light to the tremendous scale of violence against the world’s most persecuted religion.

“I donʼt think it takes any religious convictions or confessional interests at all to see that defense of persecuted Christians deserves to be the world’s No. 1 human-rights priority,” Allen, a noted Vatican journalist for the National Catholic Reporter and author, told CNA.

“You didnʼt have to be Jewish in the ʼ70s to be worried about dissident Jews in the Soviet Union; you didnʼt have to be black in the ʼ80s to be concerned about apartheid in South Africa; and you...READ MORE

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Britain’s Catholic Royal Abroad: An Interview With Lord Nicholas Windsor (12001)

The first male Catholic member of the royal family in four centuries visited the U.S. to promote the new Stonyhurst International Christian Heritage Centre.

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Lord Nicholas Windsor

Lord Nicholas Windsor was received into the Catholic Church in 2001, forfeiting his right of succession to the British throne. The youngest child of the Duke and Duchess of Kent, he is the first male blood member of the British royal family to become a Catholic since Charles II’s probable conversion on his deathbed in 1685. He studied theology at Oxford University and has worked for the Refugee Council in London, the DePaul Trust for the homeless and a school for autistic children.  

Active in the U.K.’s Catholic and pro-life community, he was appointed in 2011 to the Pontifical Academy for Life and is a director of the Rome-based Dignitatis Humanae Institute. In 2008, he was also...READ MORE

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Reform and Renewal: Legion of Christ General Chapter Set for January (3429)

Cardinal Velasio De Paolis revealed that the Legionaries will create a new constitution and elect new leadership to move forward from a wounded past.

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ROME — The papal delegate overseeing the Legion of Christ has announced that the embattled order's general chapter will begin Jan. 8, 2014, to establish new constitutions and elect its new leaders.

“The general chapter should represent the whole institute and be 'a true sign of its unity in charity,'” Cardinal Velasio De Paolis wrote in an Oct. 4 letter to the Legionaries of Christ.

“The upcoming extraordinary general chapter comes at the end of a long journey of spiritual renewal and will have as its principal purpose the conclusion of the revising of the constitutions,” he said.

Cardinal De Paolis was appointed as governor of the Legion by Benedict XVI in 2010, after an apostolic...READ MORE

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Teenage Dating for Girls; 7 Secrets of Confession; PopeWatch: Fr. Lombardi Explains It All and More! (5268)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/07/2013 Comment

Teenage Dating for Girls. Follow the link by Theresa Thomas of the Everyday Catholic blog to read more.

Teenage Dating for Girls by Theresa Thomas of the Everyday Catholic blog – BigPulpit.com

7 Secrets of Confession – Catholic Lane

PopeWatch: Fr. Lombardi Explains It All – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The Early Church: Bishops & Succession – Matthew Heinrich, In and Out of the Ditch

Like a Rock: Pope Francis Takes the ‘Kepha’ Approach - Deacon Jim Russell, Catholic Stand

Just Because This Is Amazing: Agnus Dei – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

President Vladimir Putin of Russia: Defending National Identity, Based on Russian Orthodox Religion – Byz Pulpit

2 Kinds of Happiness: New Study Confirms Old Truths – Sr. Mirkes PhD, Truth and Charity Forum

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Diary of an (Extraordinary Form) Mass Wedding, Pope Francis Visit to Assisi Highlights and More! (3088)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/06/2013 Comment

Diary of an (Extraordinary Form) Mass Wedding. Follow the link by Beverly Stevens of Regina Magazine to read more.

Diary of an (Extraordinary Form) Mass Wedding by Beverly Stevens of Regina Magazine – BigPulpit.com

Some Highlights from Pope Francis’ Visit to Assisi – Catherine Harmon, The CWR Blog

Issues With Pope Francis – Cristina Montes, Ignitum Today

Reading Francis Through Leo XIII? - Kevin M. Tierney, Catholic Lane

Post-Vatican “Cutting-Edge” Institute Closes Its Doors – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Pope Francis: The Good, the Baffling, and the Unclear – Carl E. Olson, The Catholic World Report

A Mortal, Sinful Man - Anthony S. Layne, Catholic Stand

Papal Teaching Warns Against Excessive Government - Stephen M. Krason, Crisis Magazine

Putin : Defending Nat’l Identity,...READ MORE

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