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Pope Francis: It is unnecessary to talk about abortion and gay marriage all the time

In an interview with the Jesuit publication La Civiltà Cattolica, Pope Francis spoke at length about same-sex attraction and other social issues, such as abortion and contraception. “We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods,” he told La Civiltà Cattolica. “This…

Pope Francis to atheists, agnostics: ‘God forgives those who obey their conscience’

Pope Francis responded at great length to questions from Eugenio Scalfari, the former editor of the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, in a letter published Wednesday. In it, he said that non-believers must “obey their conscience,” because “God forgives those who obey their conscience.” The carefully-worded letter, which stretched over four…

Pope Francis quietly removes Vatican envoy to the Dominican Republic after accusation of child prostitution surface

Pope Francis came under fire from victims groups on Thursday following news that he had quietly sacked the Vatican’s envoy to the Dominican Republic over allegations of paedophilia. “Like all of his predecessors, Pope Francis is acting belatedly, secretively and recklessly,” said Barbara Dorris, outreach director for the US-based Survivors…

Pope Francis flick in the works: Variety

A film about the life of Pope Francis, the first pontiff from the Americas, is in the pipeline in his native Argentina, Variety reported. The film, to be entitled “Historia de un cura” (“A priest’s tale”), will be directed by Alejandro Agresti and star Rodrigo de la Serna as the…

Pope Francis defies Vatican protocol by directly contacting Papal subjects

A teenager who wrote to Pope Francis got a shock when the Catholic leader called him up for a chat — the latest example of the pontiff’s down-to-earth approach. Francis called up a journalist friend on the day of his election and even phoned a newspaper stand in Buenos Aires…

Pope Francis strengthens Vatican law against money laundering, terrorism financing

Pope Francis intensified the fight against corruption in the Vatican on Thursday, strengthening the law to counter “money laundering, the financing of terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.” The short “Motu Proprio”, a decree of Francis’s own initiative, strengthens the supervision of financial transactions “in response to…

Friendly rhetoric from Pope Francis on gay priests and women: But will it translate into action?

I’ve travelled on “Shepherd One”, as the plane carrying the pope is known, and it’s very clear when you’re on board how keen the pope’s PR men – and yes (sigh) they are all men – are on declaring a foreign trip a “triumph”. In the case of Francis’ visit…

As Pope Francis visits Brazil, Latin America is cooling on Catholicsm

WILD excitement greeted Pope Francis as he touched down in Rio de Janeiro on July 22nd. Brazil’s 123m Roman Catholics are doubly happy: firstly that the new Pope is making his maiden foreign trip to their country, and secondly because Francis, formerly…  …

Brazilian army finds explosives at shrine that Pope Francis will visit

A homemade explosive device was discovered in the bathroom of the parking garage of the Brazilian shrine that Pope Francis will visit this week, the military said Monday. The military said the device was destroyed after its discovery at the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida between Rio and Sao…

Pope’s ‘gay lobby’ remarks ignite questions about ‘bunga bunga’ scene

A tide of lurid speculation, questionable accusations and possible blackmail attempts is buffeting the Vatican following Pope Francis’s claim that he is preparing to tackle a gay lobby secretly at work behind the Holy See’s walls. The new pope’s private comments to a group of visiting South American churchmen, which…

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