Philip's Feed
Jun 25, 2015
via FaithWorld

Outreach to gay couples not on agenda for Vatican meeting

Photo

(Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican June 17, 2015. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

A working paper for a major Vatican meeting on the family this autumn indicated on Tuesday that organisers do not want the issue of how the Church should reach out to homosexual couples to be a key topic.

Jun 22, 2015
via FaithWorld

Pope Francis asks pardon from Waldensian Protestants for past persecution

Photo

 

(Waldensian Protestant church in Turin, 13 Dec 2005/MHM55)

Pope Francis asked forgiveness on Monday for the Roman Catholic Church’s “non-Christian and inhumane” treatment in the past of the Waldensians, a tiny Protestant movement the Vatican tried to exterminate in the 15th century.

Francis made his plea during the first ever visit by a pope to a Waldensian temple on the second day of a trip to Italy’s northern Piedmont region, the centre of the Waldensian Church, which has only about 30,000 followers worldwide.

Jun 22, 2015
via FaithWorld

Pope Francis says weapons manufacturers can’t call themselves Christian

Photo

 

(Pope Francis leads a meeting with young people during his two-day pastoral visit in Turin, Italy, June 21, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo)

People who manufacture weapons or invest in weapons industries are hypocrites if they call themselves Christian, Pope Francis said on Sunday.

Jun 22, 2015

Pope asks pardon from Waldensian Protestants for past persecution

TURIN, Italy (Reuters) – Pope Francis asked forgiveness on Monday for the Roman Catholic Church’s “non-Christian and inhumane” treatment in the past of the Waldensians, a tiny Protestant movement the Vatican tried to exterminate in the 15th century.

Francis made his plea during the first ever visit by a pope to a Waldensian temple on the second day of a trip to Italy’s northern Piedmont region, the center of the Waldensian Church, which has only about 30,000 followers worldwide.

Jun 21, 2015

Pope says weapons manufacturers can’t call themselves Christian

TURIN, Italy (Reuters) – People who manufacture weapons or invest in weapons industries are hypocrites if they call themselves Christian, Pope Francis said on Sunday.

Francis issued his toughest condemnation to date of the weapons industry at a rally of thousands of young people at the end of the first day of his trip to the Italian city of Turin.

Jun 21, 2015

Pope says abuse of migrants ‘makes one cry,’ visits Turin Shroud

TURIN, Italy (Reuters) – Pope Francis said on Sunday the mistreatment of migrants escaping war and injustice “makes one cry” as he visited the northern Italian city of Turin, stopping to pray before an icon some Christians believe is Jesus’ burial cloth.

The Church has not taken an official position, saying the mysterious cloth that has baffled scientists is at least a powerful reminder of Jesus’ suffering.

Jun 19, 2015
via FaithWorld

Pope Francis demands action now to save planet from environmental ruin

Photo

(Pope Francis’ new encyclical titled “Laudato Si (Be Praised), On the Care of Our Common Home”, is displayed during the presentation news conference at the Vatican June 18, 2015. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Pope Francis demanded swift action on Thursday to save the planet from environmental ruin, urging world leaders to hear “the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” and plunging the Catholic Church into political controversy over climate change.

Jun 19, 2015

Pope demands ‘action now’ to save planet from environmental ruin

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis demanded swift action on Thursday to save the planet from environmental ruin, urging world leaders to hear “the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” and plunging the Catholic Church into political controversy over climate change.

In the first papal document dedicated to the environment, he called for “decisive action, here and now,” to stop environmental degradation and global warming, squarely backing scientists who say it is mostly man-made.

Jun 18, 2015

Pope calls for “action now” to save planet, stem warming, help poor

VATICAN CITY, June 18 (Reuters) – Pope Francis demanded
swift action on Thursday to save the planet from environmental
ruin, urging world leaders to hear “the cry of the earth and the
cry of the poor”, plunging the Catholic Church into political
controversy over climate change.

In the first papal document dedicated to the environment, he
calls for “decisive action, here and now,” to stop environmental
degradation and global warming, squarely backing scientists who
say it is mostly man-made.

Jun 18, 2015
via FaithWorld

Pope Francis criticizes nations that close doors to migrants

Photo

(French gendarmes stand on the Saint Ludovic bridge as a group of migrants gather at the seawall at the Saint Ludovic border crossing on the Mediterranean Sea between Vintimille, Italy and Menton, France, June 13, 2015. REUTERS/Jean-Pierre Amet)

Pope Francis on Wednesday called for respect for migrants and suggested that “people and institutions” who close doors to them should seek forgiveness from God.