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Pope Francis meets with Putin to discuss the Syria conflict

The Vatican said Russian President Vladimir Putin and Pope Francis on Monday discussed the need for talks to resolve the Syria conflict, as international officials met in Geneva to discuss a date for a peace conference. The two leaders talked about the urgent need “to promote concrete initiatives for a…

For Pope Francis the liberal, this promises to be a very bloody Sunday

Francis is the poster pope for progressives. But canonizing a genocidal missionary like Junípero Serra epitomizes the Catholic history problem. He is a pin-up for liberals and progressives, “the obvious new hero of the left“. So says the Guardian’s Jonathan Freedland of Pope Francis, and it’s true that most of…

Why even atheists should be praying for Pope Francis

Francis could replace Obama as the pin-up on every liberal and leftist wall. He is now the world’s clearest voice for change That Obama poster on the wall, promising hope and change, is looking a little faded now. The disappointments, whether over drone warfare or a botched rollout of healthcare…

Pope Francis tells anti-fracking activists he’s preparing remarks about environmental pollution

Pope Francis has expressed his support for another liberal cause. The pontiff was photographed Monday with environmental activists holding T-shirts with anti-fracking slogans during a meeting at the Vatican. The pope met with a group of Argentine activists to discuss hydraulic fracturing, a method used to extract gas, petroleum and…

Palin shares some Catholics’ concerns about Pope Francis and his ‘liberal’ agenda

Sarah Palin says she’s dismayed by the apparent liberal agenda of Pope Francis, although she suspects her perception may have been shaped by misleading media reports. “He’s had some statements that to me sound kind of liberal, has taken me aback, has kind of surprised me,” Palin said Tuesday in…

Pope Francis describes ‘ideological Christians’ as a ‘serious illness’ within the Church

Speaking at daily Mass last Thursday, Pope Francis warned Christians against turning their faith into a rigid ideology. “The faith passes, so to speak, through a distiller and becomes ideology,” he said, according to Radio Vatican. “And ideology does not beckon [people]. In ideologies there is not Jesus: in his…

Pope Francis calls on the Church to divest itself of ‘worldliness’

Pope Francis on Friday called for the Catholic Church and its faithful to rid themselves of earthly concerns like St Francis of Assisi during a pilgrimage to the saint’s Italian hometown. Speaking in the hall where the medieval saint is said to have taken off his robes in a gesture…

Pope Francis to meet cardinals for historic talks on church reforms

The eight cardinals picked by Pope Francis to advise him on reform of the Roman curia and the governance of the Catholic church are preparing to meet the pontiff for the first time on Tuesday, in an unprecedented three-day meeting likened to a “papal G8″. In a move already billed…

Pope Francis announces April 2014 sainthood date for John Paul II and John XXIII

The Vatican on Monday said late popes John Paul II and John XXIII would be made saints at an unprecedented joint ceremony on April 27, 2014 in a bid to unite Catholic conservatives and liberals. Pope Francis made the historic announcement at a meeting of cardinals known as a consistory.…

Pope Francis condemns the mistreatment of immigrants

Pope Francis on Tuesday called on countries to protect migrants, condemning the treatment of refugees as mere “pawns on the chessboard of humanity”. Countries should cooperate on “the broad adoption of policies and rules aimed at protecting and promoting the human person”, he said in a message for the World…

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