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September 21, 2013
Every unborn child, though unjustly condemned to be aborted, has the face of the Lord, who even before his birth, and then as soon as he was born, experienced the rejection of the world. And every old person, even if infirm and at the end of his days, carries with him the face of Christ.
Pope Francis • Restating, in a way he declined to do recently, his view (and thus in a practical sense his church’s view) on abortion. His remarks follow a much-discussed recent interview, in which Francis spoke frankly of his church being “obsessed” with “small-minded rules” that have hurt Catholicism’s appeal in the public. Perhaps today’s remarks are best understood as the backswing of a pendulum, a pacifier to conservative Catholics for whom Francis’ early tenure has been well outside the papal status-quo. source
20:50 // 7 months ago
July 5, 2013
Soon to become a saint? Long-serving Pope John Paul II, who had a second miracle approved by Pope Francis on Friday, opening the way for his sainthood at canonization ceremonies later this year. It’s the fastest anyone has ever become a saint in modern times. (Not to be discounted: Pope John XXIII, who served between 1958 and 1963, also earned the honor from the Vatican.)

Soon to become a saint? Long-serving Pope John Paul II, who had a second miracle approved by Pope Francis on Friday, opening the way for his sainthood at canonization ceremonies later this year. It’s the fastest anyone has ever become a saint in modern times. (Not to be discounted: Pope John XXIII, who served between 1958 and 1963, also earned the honor from the Vatican.)

10:32 // 9 months ago
May 23, 2013
The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! “Father, the atheists?” Even the atheists. Everyone!…We must meet one another doing good. “But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!” But do good: we will meet one another there.
Pope Francis, proclaiming that even non-believers will be redeemed by Christ, as long as they “do good” (not all Christians subscribe to this theory). source
13:51 // 11 months ago
March 13, 2013

nbcnightlynews:

BREAKING NEWS: New pope is Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina 

15:19 // 1 year ago
tmz:

HOLY SMOKE! Cardinals decide on a new POPE!

Reblogging because we’re not sure what else to do with this.

tmz:

HOLY SMOKE! Cardinals decide on a new POPE!

Reblogging because we’re not sure what else to do with this.

14:35 // 1 year ago
nbcnightlynews:

BREAKING NEWS: White smoke emerges from Sistine Chapel chimney, signaling new pope elected

Reblogging for the white smoke crew. 

nbcnightlynews:

BREAKING NEWS: White smoke emerges from Sistine Chapel chimney, signaling new pope elected

Reblogging for the white smoke crew. 

14:13 // 1 year ago
March 12, 2013
21:19 // 1 year ago
February 23, 2013
It is deplorable that, as we draw closer to the time of the beginning of the conclave… there be a widespread distribution of often unverified, unverifiable or completely false news stories that cause serious damage to persons and institutions.
A statement from the Vatican • Decrying reports in the Italian media, in advance of the meeting of the conclave to select a new Pope. Of particular irritation to the Vatican — an unsourced story in La Repubblica, Italy’s largest-circulation daily newspaper, regarding a special report by three Cardinals, conducted in the aftermath of the theft and leaking of the Pope’s personal papers by his butler. It suggests that the special report uncovered myriad scandals relating to sex, money, and the management of the Vatican’s bank, but CNN’s Senior Vatican Analyst John Allen finds the idea this hastened Benedict’s departure unlikely: “For the most part, one has to take the pope at his word: He’s stepping aside because he’s old and tired, not because of any particular crisis.” source
12:57 // 1 year ago
December 22, 2012
Paolo Gabriele, the former butler of Pope Benedict XVI who was sentenced to 18 months in prison for leaking his boss’ private documents, has reason to be happy today — he’s the beneficiary of a papal pardon. Pope Benedict visited him in prison today, to communicate the pardon in person. From a Vatican statement: "This constitutes a paternal gesture toward a person with whom the Pope shared a relationship of daily familiarity for many years." Gabriele was reportedly released immediately, and has returned home. source  

Paolo Gabriele, the former butler of Pope Benedict XVI who was sentenced to 18 months in prison for leaking his boss’ private documents, has reason to be happy today — he’s the beneficiary of a papal pardon. Pope Benedict visited him in prison today, to communicate the pardon in person. From a Vatican statement: "This constitutes a paternal gesture toward a person with whom the Pope shared a relationship of daily familiarity for many years." Gabriele was reportedly released immediately, and has returned home. source  

18:42 // 1 year ago
December 12, 2012
inothernews:

Things the Pope Didn’t Really Tweet, Vol. 1.
(apologies to shortformblog)

Wait, what are you apologizing for, ION? This is great.

inothernews:

Things the Pope Didn’t Really Tweet, Vol. 1.

(apologies to shortformblog)

Wait, what are you apologizing for, ION? This is great.

9:59 // 1 year ago