Vatican calls for release of kidnapped Nigerian girls

Pope Francis: Abortion is an “unspeakable crime,” right to life is central human right

Pope Francis: The family is an icon of the Triune God

    Pope Francis: Dear Brothers and Sisters: Today we conclude our catechesis on the sacraments with the sacrament of Matrimony, which brings us to the very heart of God’s loving plan for the human family. The Triune God created us – men and women – in his image and calls us to mirror the mystery of his love. Married couples carry out this vocation in a full and definitive communion of life. As ‘one flesh,’ they become living icons of God’s love in our world, building up the Church in unity and fidelity. Christian marriage also reflects the mystery of Christ’s own faithful and sacrificial love for his body, the Church. Christian spouses thus receive a special consecration and a special mission. While a noble vocation, marriage is not an easy one: it must constantly be strengthened by a living relationship with the Lord through prayer: mornings and evenings, at meals, in the recitation of the Rosary, and above all through the Sunday Eucharist. Today let us pray for all families, especially those experiencing difficulties, so that by God’s mercy they can always be joyful models of faith, love and generous service in our communities.


  • Posted: 04/02/2014
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  • Category: Global: Marriage and Family
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  • Source: www.vatican.va

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Cardinal Burke stresses Catholic media’s “supreme importance” | Catholic News Agency

Pope Francis and President Obama discuss religious freedom, poverty alleviation | Acton Institute

Pope tells Obama of concern for “religious freedom” in United States

Vatican Chief Justice: Obama “aggressively promotes anti-life and anti-family policy”

Global Freedom Network founded by Catholics, Anglicans, Muslims to end trafficking

FFRF rebukes Green Bay mayor over papal invitation

Pope Francis: There are Christians nowadays condemned for having a Bible

    Vatican Radio: “This is because the world does not tolerate the divinity of Christ. It doesn’t tolerate the announcement of the Gospel. It does not tolerate the Beatitudes. And so we have persecutions: with words, with insults, the things that they said about Christians in the early centuries, the condemnations, imprisonment. But we easily forget. We think of the many Christians, 60 years ago, in the labour camps, in the camps of the Nazis, of the communists: So many of them! For being Christians! And even today. But (people say) ‘today we are better educated and these things no longer exist.’ Yes they do! And I tell you that today there are more martyrs than during the early times of the Church.”


  • Posted: 03/04/2014
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: en.radiovaticana.va

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Cardinal Turkson defends religious liberty

Vatican diplomat testifies before Congress, denounces persecution of Middle East’s Christians | CWN

UN defends report calling on Church to renounce its moral teachings on sexuality

The U.N. assault on the Catholic Church

The U.N.’s war on religious liberty

Elyssa Koren: UN committee attacks Catholic Church

Marco Rubio: U.N. overreaches, tramples religious liberty

UN denounces Vatican’s views on abortion, contraception, homosexual behavior

Holy See, Malta revise concordat on marriage

Pope expected to raise abortion, euthanasia in Hollande meeting

Tens of Thousands Rally in Spain for Pro-Life Law Stopping Abortions

Vatican Official: Belgium’s Bid to Euthanize Children a ‘Perversion of Mercy’

Archbishop Mamberti: The Concept Of Human Rights Was Born In A Christian Context

Pope Francis Appeals for Release of Nuns Taken by Rebels in Syria

Planned Move of U.S. Vatican Embassy Stirs Conroversy

Obama Administration Snubs Catholic Church With Vatican Embassy Downgrade

Pope says ‘no Middle East without Christians’

Vatican Under Fire From UN Committee on the Rights of the Child Print

Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart stands by confessional despite abuse recommendations | ABC.net.au Video

US ‘spied on future Pope Francis during Vatican conclave’

Vatican Halts Remarriage Debate Before It Starts

Latinos move towards pope, church and Democrats

Repentant abortionist lays his surgical instruments at the feet of the Pope

Pope urges Catholic doctors to refuse abortions

Let’s not just talk about sex — what Pope Francis really said to the Jesuit Interviewer

European bishops warned of growing restrictions on religion

Pope: Abandon “futile” Military Syria Solution

The Pope Writes To Vladimir Putin: G20 Countries Must Not Remain Inert Before The Drama In Syria

    Vatican Information Service: To the leaders present, to each and every one, I make a heartfelt appeal for them to help find ways to overcome the conflicting positions and to lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution. Rather, let there be a renewed commitment to seek, with courage and determination, a peaceful solution through dialogue and negotiation of the parties, unanimously supported by the international community. Moreover, all governments have the moral duty to do everything possible to ensure humanitarian assistance to those suffering because of the conflict, both within and beyond the country’s borders”.


  • Posted: 09/05/2013
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.vis.va

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Vatican Ramps Up Opposition To Syria Strikes

Pope Says Only Dialogue Can End Syria Strife

Bishop highlights link between religious liberty, natural law

“Cardinal George hopes gay marriage is blocked, says pope’s remarks were misinterpreted” | Chicago Sun-Times

“Thank the Catholic church for terrifying abortion restrictions in Latin America” | The Guardian

Pope: Proclaiming the Gospel Not an Assault on Freedom

    Zenit: Francis commented on an obstacle to evangelization that comes from the idea that “proclaiming the truth of the Gospel means an assault on freedom.” Quoting Paul VI in Evangelii Nuntiandi, he said: “It would be … an error to impose something on the consciences of our brethren. But to propose to their consciences the truth of the Gospel and salvation in Jesus Christ, with complete clarity and with total respect for free options which it presents … is a tribute to this freedom.”


  • Posted: 08/06/2013
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  • Category: Global: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.zenit.org

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Prayers for an Intrepid Priest Missing in Syria

Who Am I to Judge? The Pope, the Press, and the Predicament | Albert Mohler, Jr.

“Pope Signals Openness to Gay Priests”, Dolan comments | WSJ

“Pope Francis Says He Won’t Judge Gay Priests” | AP

“Pope Francis: Who am I to judge gay people?” | BBC

Israeli diplomat: no plan to give Vatican control of site of the Last Supper

Malaysia: papal envoy voices regrets for uproar over using ‘Allah’

On contraception and the coming violence: Interview with Pope’s personal theologian

UN questions Vatican over child abuse cases

Vatican blasts UN Security Council call for ‘sexual and reproductive health’

Pope Wades Diplomatically Into Marriage Debate

Pope Confirms ‘gay Lobby’ At Work At Vatican

Vatican meeting on persecuted Christians in Egypt, Iraq

100,000 Christians Die For Faith Every Year: Vatican

Pope Francis to Hold Global Pro-Life Conference, Pro-Life Mass on June 16 | Life News

Islamic Forced Conversions – Past and Present

Pope Francis Joins 40,000 Pro-Lifers at Italian March for Life

Palestinian Christians Battle Israel Barrier Route

Pope Calls For Release Of 2 Bishops In Syria

Vatican adult stem cell conference gets underway

Why U.N. Feminists Should Want to Partner with the Holy See

Russian Orthodox Church, Vatican to stand up for family values

Despite abortion views, Biden, Pelosi receive Communion in Vatican Mass

Argentina’s Bergoglio becomes Pope Francis I | Florida Baptist Witness

For the first time since the Great Schism, ecumenical patriarch to attend pope’s inaugural Mass

New Pope Expected to Hold Firm Against Homosexuality, Abortion | The New American