Pope Wants to ‘Trick’ Orthodox Churches Through ‘Urgent’ Intercommunion

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OCP News Service - 7/6/19 After his trip to Romania, Roman Papa Francis urged 'urgent' intercommunion with Eastern Orthodox Churches despite the fact that theological issues between both families of Churches remain unresolved. One of the biggest strength of the Orthodox Church is her theology. If Orthodox Churches compromise on theology and dogmatic teachings, in order ...

On Walls and Muslims: A Lesson for Pope Francis

PJ Media- Raymond Ibrahim - 11/4/19 “I appeal not to create walls but to build bridges” has long been Pope Francis’s mantra. Most recently, when asked last Sunday “a question about migration in general and about U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to shut down the southern border with Mexico,” the pope pontificated in platitudes: “Builders of walls,” he said, “be they made ...

The Fight for the Christian Cross in Bavaria

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Manfred Karl Böhm (Editor- Christian Affair - Europe) OCP News Service - 3/5/18 Bavaria- Germany: In Germany, there are a lot of ongoing debates on the public display of the crucifix. The Prime Minister of the Free State of Bavaria Markus Söder has issued a decree according to which crosses should be installed in all official ...

Pope Francis, Erdogan Call For Keeping Jerusalem’s Status

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Sputniknews - 6/2/18 Pope Francis and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have condemned US decision to recognize Jerusalem Israel's capital and called for keeping the city's current status, Anadolu news agency said Monday. Erdogan is on an official visit to the Vatican. He is the first Turkish president to visit the Vatican since 1959, while Pope Francis met with the Turkish president in 2014 during an ...

Pope Francis Could Appoint a Woman Cardinal, Leading Church Figure Says

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Sputniknews - 14/1/18 Comments by a leading American Catholic cleric hint that a woman could soon enter the College of Cardinals putting the leadership of the Church within reach for the first time in its history. The former Catholic Archbishop of Newark and now member of the College of Cardinals Joseph Tobin’s ground-breaking comments in an interview with the New York Times, reported ...

Divisions Within the Vatican Threaten Catholic Unity?

Sputniknews - 6/11/17 Hear Radio Commentary Here: Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio has become one of the most popular Popes ever, but inside the Catholic Church, many hate him intensely. He drives a Fiat, pays his own hotel bills and controversially washed the feet of Muslim women refugees. He has provoked a ferocious backlash from conservatives who fear that the ...

I Want to Believe: German Monastery to Shut Its Doors After Almost 900 Years

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Sputniknews - 17/10/17 An ancient monastery in western Germany in operation for almost 900 years will close its doors permanently by January 2018, citing a shortage of monks and the excessive financial burden of maintaining its property. As the Catholic church sees significant declines in its faithful, so too are the numbers declining of those who dedicate their lives ...

Why 62 Catholic Theologians Have Accused Pope Francis of ‘Spreading Heresy’

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Sputniknews - 25/9/17 Catholic clergy from around the world have recently issued what it called a "Filial Correction", a 25-page letter to Pope Francis, accusing him of "spreading heresy" about marriage, the moral life, and the reception of the sacraments. Here is why. The letter accuses Pope Francis of propagating seven heretical positions concerning marriage, moral living and the sacraments ...

Russian Orthodox-Roman Catholic Church Relations Enter New Phase

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Sputniknews - 24/8/17 Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill said that relations between the Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches are entering a new stage in the wake of last year's meeting. MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Relations between the Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches are entering a new stage in the wake of last year's meeting between the leaders of the two branches ...

What is Behind Relations Between Russia, Vatican

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Sputniknews - 21/8/17 Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin is paying a visit to Russia on August 21-24 to hold meetings with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and state officials. MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Parolin is expected to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, as well as other state officials and representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church. Below ...

Vatican rules the Body of Christ can’t be gluten free

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RT.com - 10/7/17 Pope Francis has weighed in on the matter of religious bread-making by reminding his flock that the Body of Christ is not gluten-free. In a letter circulated to Roman Catholic bishops, Cardinal Robert Sarah of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments was instructed by the Pope to tell church members about ...

St. Nicholas Relics to Be Brought to Russia From Italy – Church Official

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Sputniknews - 29/4/17 According to an agreement that was reached by the heads of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church, the relics of one of the most revered Christian saints, St. Nicholas, will be delivered to Russia on May 21 from Italy. MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The relics of one of the most revered Christian ...

Attack on Christian Church in Sinai Kills One – Reports

Sputniknews - 19/4/17 One of the oldest Christian monasteries in Egypt was the subject of a violent attack on security forces. One soldier has been confirmed dead while at least four have been wounded, local media outlets report. The St. Catherine Cathedral in Sinai was established in 565 A.D. as a Greek Orthodox church and is one of the oldest in the ...

Jesus Christ’s ‘tomb’ opens to public after restoration

RT.com - 22/3/17 A burial tomb believed to have held the body of Jesus Christ before his resurrection will open to the public on Wednesday. The tomb at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem underwent nine months of restoration. A team from the National Technical University of Athens (NTU) carried out intensive restoration on a ...

Spain Launches Trial of Former Priest Involved in Major Pedophilia Scandal

Sputniknews - 7/3/17 The major scandal involving the Roman Catholic Church saw new developments on Monday, with the start of a trial of former priest Roman accused of pedophilia, in Spain. MADRID (Sputnik) — In August 2014, a man, known as Daniel, from Granada wrote a five-page letter to Pope Francis, describing how a number of priests ...

Pope’s clemency for pedophile priests under scrutiny following latest scandal

RT.com - 27/2/17 Pope Francis’ unshakeable belief in the power of mercy has been called into question after a previously-convicted pedophile priest struck again, around two years after the Pontiff reduced sanctions against child-abusing clergy, according to a report by AP. The case of Rev. Mauro Inzoli, an Italian priest who received church clemency but was later ...

Russian Orthodox Church, Vatican to Work Closer on Christians’ Persecution

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Sputniknews - 13/2/17 Chairman of the Department of External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion said that the Russian Orthodox Church together with the Vatican will try to institutionalize the joint work on the monitoring of the issue of Christians’ persecutions in the Middle East and other regions. MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Russian Orthodox Church plans to strengthen its cooperation with Vatican ...

Pope Francis Admits Existence of Corruption in Vatican, Condemns Sexual Abuses

Sputniknews - 12/2/17 Pope Francis admitted that the Vatican suffered from corruption and condemned sexual abuses committed by Catholic priests. ROME (Sputnik) – In 2016 Pope Francis signed an official papal decree whereunder Catholic bishops and other senior officials neglecting investigation into child sexual abuse by priests would be sacked. "Corruption exists in Vatican … The Lord wants monks to be poor," the Pope ...

Posters Attacking Pope Francis Appear Overnight in Rome

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Sputniknews - 6/2/17 Posters plastered across Rome Friday night asked Pope Francis "Where's your mercy?" The posters, written in what Deutsche Welle describes as a working-class dialect unique to Rome, accuse the pope of antagonizing Catholic conservatives and the "beheading of the Knights of Malta." "Ah Francis, you've taken over congregations, removed priests, decapitated the Order of Malta and the ...

Vatican and Mafia Stronghold Corleone in a Godfather Fight

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Sputniknews - 3/2/17 A locale featured in the award-winning Godfather film trilogy is now home to a real-life quandary between the Roman Catholic Church and local mobsters. A niece of a priest in the town of Corleone, Sicily, tapped the son of Italy’s most famous mafia figure to become the child’s godfather at an upcoming baptism ceremony, ...

‘Molested when we confessed’: Duterte fires up at Catholic priests over pedophilia, corruption

Rt.com - 20/1/17 Unshaken by a blessing from Pope Francis, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has hit back at priests and bishops critical of his war on drugs, accusing clergymen of homosexuality, child molesting, hypocrisy and corruption. “You asked for it,” he said. “You expose me, fine. I expose you. Why? When you commit mistakes it's OK, but ...