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Pope Francis: Anyone who uses prostitutes has 'sick mentality' and is 'torturing women'
Pope Francis has appealed for forgiveness for all Christians who buy sex from women, describing it as torture. During a four-hour listening session with 300 young people on what children think about the Catholic Church the 81-year-old pontiff was asked by Blessing Okoedion, from Nigeria, how Catholi
What If Pope Francis Isn't Catholic?
In her Nobel Prize-winning book Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets, Svetlana Alexievich interviews scores of Russians who lament the loss of the Soviet Empire, even as they recount its horrors in excruciating detail. The Soviet Empire may have been barbaric, but at least they were great! The w
Cardinal and longtime friend says Romero will be the 'saint of four popes'
LOS ANGELES - While Pope Francis may be the one who finally canonizes Blessed scar Romero, Cardinal Jose Gregorio Rosa Chvez - Romero's one-time close friend - says he believes the late El Salvadoran martyr will be known as "the saint of four popes." Rosa, who was named El Salvador's first ever card
Pope asks youths to help rejuvenate Church; youths ask Church to listen
ROME (CNS) - The Catholic Church needs the enthusiasm, daring and hope of young people so that it can preach the Gospel energetically and respond to the questions men and women raise today, Pope Francis told some 300 young adults. "We need to rediscover in the Lord the strength to get up after failu
Vatican doctors photo of letter by former Pope Benedict praising Pope Francis, releases real thing
After coming under intense criticism for doctoring a photograph of a letter by Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI (right) praising Pope Francis (left), the Vatican on Saturday released the complete letter from the former pope. (Image source: YouTube screenshot) After coming under intense criticism for doct
Polish archbishop rebukes priest who wished Pope Francis a 'quick' death
A Catholic Polish archbishop has criticised a conservative priest who wished Pope Francis a 'quick' death if he did not open his heart to 'wisdom' on issues such as migrants and refugees. Archbishop Marek Jdraszewski of Krakow said he had heard the comments with 'great pain and regret' and had discu
Polish priest wishes Pope early death over call for Catholics to take in Muslim refugees
A Polish priest has been called to account for his actions after wishing an early death on Pope Francis. Father Edward Staniek, a parish priest in the southern city of Krakow, had apparently been angered by the pope's call for Catholics to take in Muslim refugees because it was their Christian duty.
What is truth? Fake news, from Putin and Trump to the Vatican
With the approach of Good Friday and Easter, we could do worse than call to mind the famous question posed by Pontius Pilate to Jesus at his trial: 'What is truth?' The apparently rather desperate enquiry is, like so much in the Gospels, actually rich and multi-layered in meaning. But in an age of m
Pope by numbers: Vatican releases statistics of Francis's pontificate
ROME - In just five years as leader of the universal Church, Pope Francis has made 22 international trips, traveling 154,906 miles - the equivalent of six times around the world. He also has declared 880 new saints, which includes the martyrdom of an estimated 800 Italian laymen killed by Ottoman so
Pope tells 3 new bishops: no politicking, no high society
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis is cautioning bishops to avoid politicking, business and high society. Francis elevated to bishops' rank three priests during a ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica on Monday evening. He said bishops should "abandon the temptation to become princes," and that they are ta
Pope Francis compares prostitution to torture and says men who use them are ‘criminals’
The Pope embarked on an epic takedown of his followers who use prostitutes (PIcture: Getty) Pope Francis has likened prostitution to torture and said the exploitation of women into the sex trade is a 'crime against humanity'. The Pope asked for forgiveness from society for Catholic men who use prost
Australian church gets papal OK to hold plenary council
Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney is seen outside St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral in Sydney July 16. (Credit: Brendan Esposito/EPA via CNS.)Australian bishops expressed gratitude to Pope Francis for authorizing an Australian plenary council, a meeting in which decisions become binding on the Church
Pope Francis on St. Joseph
Joseph is a "protector" because he is able to hear God's voice and be guided by his will; and for this reason he is all the more sensitive to the persons entrusted to his safekeeping. He can look at things realistically, he is in touch with his surroundings, he can make truly wise decisions. In him,
The Vatican admits to doctoring photo that bolstered Pope Francis's conservative cred
Pope Francis warned against the "crafty serpent" of fake news last month. He called it a "sign of intolerant and hypersensitive attitudes" and said it "leads only to the spread of arrogance and hatred." But this month, "fake news" has reached the Vatican door. Vatican officials admitted last week t
Douthat And Pope Francis
From Ross Douthat, who has written a book on Pope Francis, To Change the Church, that will surely be a benchmark for many: The conversation has become predictable. A friendly acquaintance - a neighbor, a fellow parent, our real estate agent - asks about my work. I say I've been writing a book about
It's not enough to "like" the saints, says Pope Francis
Speaking Saturday at Mass in San Giovanni Rotondo, where Padre Pio ministered, Pope Francis lamented that many settle with "liking" the great saints on Facebook, but don't go on to imitate them. "True wisdom does not lie in having great qualities and true strength is not in power," Francis said from
Catholics Online Claim Stephen Hawking Experienced Deathbed Conversion
Liars for Jesus: In a pathetic attempt to prop up their corrupt religious superstition, some Catholics claim Stephen Hawking converted to Christianity after a blessing from Pope Francis before his death. It is an all too common story: Christians often lie about a prominent atheist or freethinker exp
'Be brave!' Pope tells participants at Vatican pre-synod on youth
ROME - Pope Francis greeted the hundreds of young people gathered in Rome for the pre-synodal meeting for the bishop's general assembly in October on youth by asking them "to speak bravely" and inject a dose of creativity to a Church "in need of young prophets." The meeting - themed "We talk togethe
In deeply personal letter, Pope Francis asks Argentina faithful for prayers and forgiveness
The letter, which is written in Spanish, is essentially a thank you note for the greetings and prayers he received from the people of Argentina on the 5th anniversary of his election to the papacy. These expressions of goodwill came not only from the country's authorities but, in Pope Francis' own w
Breaking News over the weekend: Vatican releases full Benedict letter, revealing concern over Francis theology series At the end of the letter, previously withheld from the media, the retired pope notes "surprise" about one of 11 volumes in "The Theology of Pope Francis" series. Greg Erlandson, edit