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Pope to Meet Russian Orthodox Church Head in Cuba [VIDEO]

Pope Francis will meet with Patriarch Kyril, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, in Cuba this month. Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said the meeting, which will be the first in nearly 1,000 years to bring together the head of the Catholic and Russian Orthodox Church, was “beautiful news.”

Vatican signaling more lenient stance toward gays, divorce

A Vatican report released Monday indicates the Vatican is moving toward more tolerance regarding gays and divorce in the Catholic Church. The report comes as Pope Francis and an assembly of 200 bishops enter the second week of their synod. “The Church turns respectfully to those who participate in her life in an incomplete and…

Pope Blesses Iraq Intervention

Pope Francis support the effort against ISIS in Iraq, where religious minorities are increasingly under threat. “In these cases, where there is an unjust aggression I can only say that it is legitimate to stop the unjust aggressor,” he told reporters on Monday. “I underscore the verb ‘to stop’. I am not saying ‘bomb’ or…

Pope To Sex Abuse Victims: I Beg Your Forgiveness

Pope Francis has begged forgiveness from the victims of clergy sex abuse in his first meeting with several abuse survivors. The Vatican quoted Francis as expressing “sorrow” in his homily at a private Mass with six victims Monday for the “sins and grave crimes” of clerical sex abuse against them. Added the pope: “I beg…

Pope Excommunicates Mafia Members

“Those who in their life have gone along the evil ways, as in the case of the mafia, they are not with God, they are excommunicated,” Francis said during an outdoor Mass in Piana di Sibari. Speaking of the local mafia specifically, the ‘Ndrangheta, Francis said they are an example of “the adoration of evil…

Pope Francis Condemns Legalization of Marijuana

Pope Francis came out strongly against the legalization of recreational drugs on Friday. The pontiff told members of a drug enforcement conference meeting in Rome that even limited attempts to legalize recreational drugs “are not only highly questionable from a legislative standpoint, but they fail to produce the desired effects.” [Source: NBC] __________ shut up!…

Pope Francis Plans Vatican Meeting With Sex Abuse Victims

Speaking to reporters on the plane returning from the Middle East, Pope Francis branded sexual abuse of children by priests an ugly crime comparable to a “satanic Mass” and said he would show zero tolerance for anyone in the Catholic Church who abused children. Francis also said that three bishops are under investigation by the…

Pope to travel to Holy Land May 24-26

Pope Francis announced Sunday that he would travel to Israel, the West Bank and Jordan on May 24-26, his first visit to the Holy Land and one that comes amid a new U.S. push for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Francis told thousands gathered in the rain for his weekly Sunday blessing that he…

John Paul II To Become A Saint Next Year 2014

Former popes John Paul II and John XXIII are to be declared saints on April 27, 2014, Pope Francis has announced. Pope Benedict XVI bypassed the normal 5-year waiting period when he began the process to canonize his predecessor. read more at cnn live

Pope Francis Says Church ‘Obsessed’ With Gays, Abortion

In his first extensive interview since ascending to the papacy, Pope Francis said that he believes the Roman Catholic Church is too ‘obsessed’ with the issues of gay marriage and contraception. The interview was conducted with La Civiltà Cattolica, an Italian Jesuit journal. Francis said the Church should exist as a ‘home for all.’ Photo:…