Pope Francis ‘Evangelii Gaudium’ Calls for Renewal of Roman Catholic Church, Attacks ‘Idolatry of Money’ – Says can Learn Synodality from Orthodox

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Source: Huffington Post By Naomi O'Leary (Reuters) - Pope Francis called for renewal of the Roman Catholic Church and attacked unfettered capitalism as "a new tyranny", urging global leaders to fight poverty and growing inequality in the first major work he has authored alone as pontiff. The 84-page document, known as an apostolic exhortation, amounted to an official platform for his papacy, building on views he has aired in sermons and remarks since he became the first non-European … [Read more...]

Orthodox Leaders Should Learn from the New Pope

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Source: The National Herald To the Editor: A report of an interview given by Pope Francis to an Italian journalist was recently published in the International Herald Tribune. Although the pope was speaking of the Roman Curia and the Catholic Church, his comments accurately described the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (GOA). In the interview, the Pope called the church “overly clerical and insular, interested in temporal power”. He pointed out that the “heads of the church have often … [Read more...]

Have the courage to marry, start a family, pope tells youths in Assisi [Advice for all Christians]

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Source: Catholic News Service By Cindy Wooden VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In societies that trumpet individual rights, see everything as fleeting and see no value in sticking to something that's difficult, deciding to get married today takes courage, Pope Francis told young people in Assisi. "Don't be afraid of taking definitive steps, like that of marriage," the pope told thousands of young adults and teenagers who flocked to see him Oct. 4 in the square outside Assisi's Basilica of St. Mary … [Read more...]

Pope Assails Bureaucracy of Church as Insular

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Editor's Note: Are there lessons here for all clerical assemblies, no matter what background?   Source: The New York Times By LAURIE GOODSTEIN As Pope Francis convened a closed meeting on Tuesday with eight cardinals he appointed to overhaul the Vatican, he used his second revealing interview in two weeks to make a barbed indictment of the failings of the Roman Catholic Church, calling it overly clerical and insular, interested in temporal power and often led by “narcissists.” “Heads … [Read more...]

A Big Heart Open to God – The Exclusive Interview with Pope Francis

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Source: America – The National Catholic Review Antonio Spadaro, S.J. The exclusive interview with Pope Francis  Editor’s Note: This interview with Pope Francis took place over the course of three meetings during August 2013 in Rome. The interview was conducted in person by Antonio Spadaro, S.J., editor in chief of La Civiltà Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit journal. Father Spadaro conducted the interview on behalf of La Civiltà Cattolica, America and several other major Jesuit journals … [Read more...]

Church shows mercy by upholding truth about marriage, speakers say

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Source: Catholic News Service By Carol Glatz ROME (CNS) -- Recent remarks by Pope Francis about the need for a stronger pastoral approach to marriage and divorced couples, do not signal the church is overturning its laws or practice of denying communion to Catholics who divorce and remarry, said two canon law experts. When Pope Francis made parenthetical reference to the Orthodox churches permitting, in some cases, a second marriage, he was referring to an issue that has been under … [Read more...]

[UPDATED] Patriarch of Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria meets with Pope Francis in the Vatican

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Source: Vatican Information Service [UPDATED - See Related Story at bottom of article] Vatican City, 8 May 2013 (VIS) - From 9 to 13 May, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark, head of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt, will come to Rome to meet with His Holiness Pope Francis. The Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt has about ten million faithful. This large membership makes the Coptic Church one of the most important elements in the … [Read more...]

Pope appeals for release of Syrian bishops

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Source: Aljazeera The appeal comes after a Christian group retracted its claim that the clerics had been freed. Pope Francis has called for the release of two Syrian bishops kidnapped by gunmen near Aleppo, after a Christian group appeared to retract its claim that the clerics had been freed. Aleppo's Greek Orthodox Bishop Boulos Yaziji and Syriac Orthodox Bishop Yohanna Ibrahim were kidnapped on Monday by armed men en route from the Turkish border. Speaking to an audience of around … [Read more...]

Peter and Andrew: Brother Pilgrims to Jerusalem

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Source: The Catholic World Report Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew continue the 50-year legacy of Catholic-Orthodox dialogue begun by Paul VI and Athenagoras. by Christopher B. Warner Pope Francis met with fraternal delegates of the Orthodox Churches, other Christian churches, and world religions on Wednesday, March 20. These representatives had come to Rome for Francis’ inauguration Mass on Tuesday. Prior to the Wednesday’s meeting, the Holy Father and the Ecumenical … [Read more...]

The new pope and the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church

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Source: The Economist by A.C. | LVIV METROPOLITAN Hilarion of Volokolamsk, a bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church, recently expressed  hope that the new pope, Francis, will continue the policy of rapprochement with the Orthodox Church and will not support, what he calls the expansion of the Ukrainian Greek Catholics. “The union is the most painful topic in the Orthodox-Catholic dialogue, in relations between the Orthodox and the Catholics. If the pope will support the union, then, of … [Read more...]