The 5 Most Important Points of Pope Francis’s Climate Change Encyclical / Patriarch Bartholomew’s Efforts on Environmental Issues by Comparison

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Source: Time by Christopher J. Hale Christopher Hale is executive director at Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and the co-founder of Millennial. We can and must make things better Pope Francis’s groundbreaking encyclical letter on care for creation made its anticipated debut Thursday morning, and once again, the Bishop of Rome has delivered a masterpiece. The document will play a key role in United Nations Paris Climate Change Conference this November and will be a pivotal point … [Read more...]

Pope Francis to receive Syrian Orthodox Patriarch

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Source: Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) From June 17-20, Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, Syrian Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, will be in Rome to meet with Pope Francis. Aphrem II was elected the 123rd Syrian Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch in 2014. The Syrian Orthodox Church traces its history to the first Christian communities established in Antioch. Both St Peter and St Paul resided in Antioch. It was from Antioch that the first missionaries went forth to evangelize Asia and … [Read more...]

Moscow Patriarchate to Pope: On Easter a gesture of goodwill, but we will not overturn old traditions

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Source: Asia News by Nina Achmatova Russian Orthodox Church awaits greater detail of Pope Francis’ idea to celebrate Easter on a single date. But not basing Easter on the first full moon after the spring equinox, as established by the Council of Nicea, "unacceptable" for the Orthodox Russians. Moscow (AsiaNews) - The Russian Orthodox Church has cautiously welcomed the willingness expressed by Pope Francis to establish a common date for Easter, so that Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants … [Read more...]

Martyrdom serves Christian unity, Pope Francis tells Coptic Orthodox patriarch

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Source: The Catholic World Report Vatican City, May 12, 2015 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a message sent Sunday to the leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Francis said advances toward reconciliation are strengthened by the martyrs and that Christians must unite to confront shared global challenges. “Today more than ever we are united by the ecumenism of blood, which further encourages us on the path towards peace and reconciliation,” Pope Francis wrote May 10 to Pope Tawadros II … [Read more...]

Pope Francis and Patriarch of Moscow concerned about political changes in the world

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Source: Vestnik Kavkaza Not long ago, Pope Francis called on Catholics to participate in politics, calling it “one of the highest forms of love, as its aim is taking care of the global welfare.” According to katolik.ru, the Pope also stressed that participation in politics was a kind of martyrdom, as it demanded faithfulness to the ideal of the global welfare and bearing a heavy cross of disappointments and sins. “Can a Catholic be involved in politics? Of course, he should do it. Should a … [Read more...]

Pope Francis Calls Armenian Deaths ‘First Genocide of 20th Century’

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Source: Wall Street Journal Pontiff’s comments spark diplomatic furor with Turkey By FRANCIS X. ROCCA in Rome and EMRE PEKER in Istanbul Pope Francis described the 1915 mass killings of Armenians by Turks as the “first genocide of the 20th century” on Sunday, touching off a diplomatic furor with Turkey and entering into a tense historical debate with wider implications for the Vatican’s relations with Islam. Turkey, which has long rejected the term genocide to describe the killings, … [Read more...]

Understanding Francis

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Source: Our Sunday Visitor A look at the meaning and motivation behind our frank pope Austen Ivereigh OSV Newsweekly Last month in Rome, a senior Catholic commentator was contacted by a U.S. news channel. Could he come into the studio to explain what Pope Francis meant when he said that couples who choose not to have children are part of a “greedy generation”? They were still absorbing his suggestion that Catholics shouldn’t breed like rabbits, which had offended people with big … [Read more...]

Pope Francis and the politics of a (maybe) short papacy

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Source: Crux PLUS: Predictions for an unpredictable pope, Catholic/Orthodox ties, and American Catholicism at its best by John L. Allen Jr., Associate editor Pope Francis marked the second anniversary of his election on Friday with yet another blockbuster media interview, this one with the Mexican network Televisa. One headline from the conversation with veteran Vatican reporter Valentina Alazraki focused on his expectations for a short papacy. As he has on other occasions, Francis … [Read more...]

The 21 beheadings in Libya: Why edit ‘Orthodox’ from name of the Coptic Orthodox Church?

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Source: Get Religion by Terry Mattingly What can be said about the images that are coming out of Libya, in that hellish Islamic State video showing the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians – explicitly for their faith and their connection to "crusaders"? This is a story with so much religious imagery and language in it that there is no way for journalists to avoid the ghosts. Religion News Service, and some other news outlets, are using a very important quote from Pope Francis: “The … [Read more...]

Pope: Intra-Christian civil war in Ukraine is a “scandal”

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Source: Dalje.com The civil war in Ukraine, pitting Orthodox Christians against other Orthodox Christians, is a "scandal," Pope Francis said Wednesday. "Think, this is a war between Christians. You all have the same baptism! You are fighting between Christians. Think about this scandal," Francis said in his weekly general audience at the Vatican. "We pray first of all for the victims, including very many civilians, and for their families, and we ask the Lord for this horrible … [Read more...]