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Media Reporting on Women Deacons Angers Pope Francis (668)

‘Woman’s thought is important,’ he said in his June 26 in-flight press conference, while making clear that Church teaching is not changing on women’s ordination.

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Pope Francis at June 26 in-flight press conference.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis told journalists on Sunday that he was somewhat angered when reports emerged that the Church was allegedly paving the way for the ordination of women to the diaconate, since no such change is in the works.

“The first to be surprised by this news was me,” the Pope said June 26 during an in-flight press briefing en route to Rome following his three-day visit to Armenia.

“They said: ‘The Church opens the door to deaconesses.’ Really? I am a bit angry, because this is not telling the truth of things.”

His remarks were in reference to some reports following a question-and-answer session with women religious, in which he said he would like to form a commission to...READ MORE

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Zika Anxiety Builds as Rio Olympics Loom and Virus Advances on US Mainland (610)

The mosquito-borne virus, which can cause serious birth defects and other neurological problems, is already posing a major public-health challenge in Puerto Rico.

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Dr. Stella Guerra performs physical therapy on an infant born with microcephaly at Altino Ventura Foundation on June 2 in Recife, Brazil. Microcephaly is a birth defect linked to the Zika virus, where infants are born with abnormally small heads. A group of health authorities recently called for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games to be postponed or canceled due to the Zika threat, but the World Health Organization rejected the proposal.

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Dr. Carmen Zorrilla, an obstetrician-gynecologist who specializes in high-risk pregnancies at San Juan’s University Hospital, meets regularly with pregnant women to explain how to prevent mosquito bites that could carry the Zika virus and so threaten the life and health of their unborn children.

Though Zika poses little danger to most people, researchers have confirmed a link between Zika infections in pregnant women and an unexpected rise in infants born with microcephaly, a serious neurological abnormality that causes infants to be born with unusually small heads, and can damage the brain.

So far, Zorrilla knows of only one University Hospital patient who lost a...READ MORE

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Abortion-Business Regulations (4217)

DEVELOPING: In a 5-3 vote, the court said that Texas put an undue burden on a women’s right to an abortion.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a 2013 Texas law regulating the safety of abortion facilities, saying in a 5-3 decision that it put an undue burden on a women’s right to an abortion.

The case had challenged two Texas regulations of abortion facilities: Abortionists must have admitting privileges at a local hospital in case of a medical emergency at their business, and facilities must meet the standards of ambulatory surgery centers. They must have proper sanitation, staffing and medical experts on hand to deal with medical emergencies.

The law was passed in the wake of the Kermit Gosnell scandal. Gosnell, a Philadelphia abortionist, was convicted in May 2013 on...READ MORE

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Full Text: Pope Francis’ In-Flight Press Conference from Armenia (11022)

On his return trip, the Holy Father fielded questions about a range of subjects, including the role of the Pope Emeritus, the Pan-Orthodox Council, the Reformation, women deaconesses and Brexit.

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Pope Francis speaks with journalists on his flight to Rome at the conclusion of his June 24-26 papal visit to Armenia.

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ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — During his flight from Armenia to Rome on Sunday, Pope Francis gave a press conference to the assembled journalists aboard the papal plane. He reflected on his three-day trip to Armenia, his upcoming trips to Azerbaijan and Poland, the role of the Pope emeritus, Christian unity, and the Reformation.

He also addressed Brexit, the idea of deaconesses, and how the Church might apologize for unjust discrimination toward homosexual persons.

Below is the full text of the press conference, as translated by Catholic News Agency:


Father Lombardi: Holy Father, thanks so much for being here at the end of this quite brief, but very intense trip. We have been content to...READ MORE

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Judge Dismisses Hate-Crime Case Over Cardinal’s ‘Gay Empire’ Remarks (1452)

A leading Spanish archbishop had faced legal complaints over a homily critical of politicians’ attacks on traditional family life.

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Cardinal Antonio Canizares

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VALENCIA, Spain — A judge in Spain has thrown out a hate-crime case concerning Cardinal Antonio Cañizares of Valencia, ruling that the cardinal’s homily warning of a “gay empire” is protected by freedom of speech.

During a May 13 homily, Cardinal Cañizares defended “the precious good of the Christian family” and denounced what he called a push by politicians and the “gay empire” to promote “radical feminism” and “gender theory,” calling it the “most insidious of all.”

On June 3, the Valencian homosexual-advocacy group Lambda filed a criminal complaint against Cardinal Cañizares, decrying his homily as “homophobic and male chauvinist statements” that do nothing but incite hatred.


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Will the Papacy End With Francis? A Rare Interview With Archbishop Gänswein (4563)

The archbishop, who serves both Pope Francis and Benedict XVI, discusses the famous resignation, the allegations of ‘rivalry’ between the two and the prophecy about the pope at the end of the world.

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Archbishop Georg Ganswein

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ROME — What is Benedict XVI's own view of his historical resignation? What has the fallout been from his secretary Archbishop Georg Gänswein's controversial remark on an “expanded Petrine office”? What about the “Prophecy of St. Malachy,” which allegedly sees Francis as the last pope?

In a recent and candid conversation, veteran journalist and EWTN Rome correspondent Paul Badde sat down with Archbishop Gänswein, who gave his take on these and a number of other questions.

The German archbishop currently serves Pope Francis as prefect of the papal household, and he has also maintained his duties as secretary for the pope emeritus, Benedict XVI.


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When a massive...READ MORE

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Proposal to Expand Sharia Alarms Malaysia’s Christians (1230)

Although President Obama praised nation last year as ‘a majority-Muslim country that represents tolerance and peace,’ there are signs of a growing Islamization in the Asian country’s politics.

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Police guard a church in Bangladesh, where the pastor received death threats from ISIS on March 24. Proponents of their ideology, which includes Islamic law, have made incursions into Malaysian society.

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Like its bigger neighbor Indonesia, Malaysia has mostly had the reputation of a Muslim-majority country that does not oppress its religious minorities. Its live-and-let-live disposition is far removed from the rigors faced by Christians in countries such as Saudi Arabia, where churches cannot be built nor Mass said; or Pakistan, where Christians are expected to adhere to a strict anti-blasphemy law that critics say favors Islam over other faiths; or Iraq and Syria, where hundreds of thousands of Christians have fled war and ensuing attacks by Islamist militias.

At St. John’s Cathedral and other churches in Kuala Lumpur, a modern and lively city of around 2 million...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Church Must Accompany Gays, Not Discriminate (2538)

On his return flight today back from Armenia, the Holy Father said the Church must apologize to homosexual persons for having ‘marginalized’ them.

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Pope Francis answers a reporter's question during his June 26 flight to Rome at the end of his three-day papal visit to Armenia.

– Edward Pentin

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — In a wide-ranging in-flight press conference on his way back from Armenia on Sunday, Pope Francis responded to a question on recent comments made by German Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who said the Church must apologize to homosexual persons for having “marginalized” them.

Francis agreed that the Church ought to apologize in cases of discrimination against individuals struggling with same-sex attraction and referred to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which emphasizes the need to accompany and respect these persons.

“I repeat what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says: that they must not be discriminated against, that they must be respected and accompanied...READ MORE

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