‘The Pope doesn’t wield armies. He can’t impose sanctions, but he can speak with great moral authority, and that makes a difference,’ he added Read More: Pope ‘played a very important role’ in Cuba deal, Obama says | Daily Mail Online.
The Catholic church is well-known for its opposition to many important “-isms” over the years: It has railed against secularism, materialism, communism, and modernism with vigor and determination. Read More: Fundamentalism is the new ‘-ism’ for the church to fight | National Catholic Reporter.
During a recent visit to the former capital of the Ottoman Empire, the pope labored mightily to bring Islam into dialogue with Christianity. But does he really accept that God is God? Read More: Does Pope Francis Believe Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God? – The Daily Beast.
Pope Francis is drawing rock star raves for softening the Vatican’s image on such issues as homosexuality, capitalism and divorce, but his celebrated tolerance doesn’t seem to extend to dissenters within the church, whose conservative revolt came to a halt when the pontiff exiled their de facto leader to obscurity. Read More: Cardinal’s demotion helps […]
“You just can’t say that, just as you can’t say that all Christians are fundamentalists. We have our share of them (fundamentalists). All religions have these little groups,” Pope Francis said. Read More: Pope blasts Christian, Muslim fundamentalists while leaving Turkey.
(Vatican Radio) On Sunday November 30th, Feast of Saint Andrew, Pope Francis highlighted the importance of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council’s decree on ecumenism ‘Unitatis Redintegratio’ dating back to fifty years ago. This is what he said at the end of an Orthodox celebration of the Divine Liturgy in Istanbul, Pope Francis said “the one thing […]
Although the two have met on many occasions, this was the first time that Blair had called on Rivlin since the latter became president.Blair said that he believed that crossing the boundaries of faith is the central question of the region and that if this can be achieved the political problems will also be resolved. […]
Pope Francis stood Saturday for two minutes of silent prayer facing east in one of Turkey’s most important mosques, a powerful vision of Christian-Muslim understanding at a time when neighboring countries are experiencing violent Islamic assault on Christians and religious minorities. His head bowed, eyes closed and hands clasped in front of him, Pope […]
Pope Francis and the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians demanded an end to the persecution of religious minorities in Syria and Iraq on Sunday and called for dialogue with Muslims, capping Francis’ three-day visit to Turkey with a strong show of Christian unity. Read More: Pope Francis ends Turkey trip with show of […]
From the introduction to a lecture presented at the Gregorian University in Rome on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s Decree on Ecumenism, 21 November 2014. Read More: Ecumenism After 50 Years | Timothy George | First Things.