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Vatican Draft Alters Catechism Wording on Capital Punishment, Calling It ‘Inadmissible’

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican Thursday altered the Catechism’s wording on the permissibility of the death penalty, which the Church teaches is legitimate in extreme cases, stating it is “inadmissible,” and its elimination will be sought.
A new draft of paragraph 2267 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church was issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Aug. 2, after Pope Francis approved it in May. …

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/vatican-draft-alters-catechism-wording-on-capital-punishment-calling-it-ina


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Pope Says No to Women Priests, Yes to Women in Curial Leadership

VATICAN CITY — In an interview with Reuters, Pope Francis said more space has to be created for women to take on leading roles in the Roman Curia, but that priestly ordination is not an option.
Responding to a question about women’s ordination to the priesthood, the Pope said that “there is the temptation to ‘functionalize’ the reflection on women in the Church, what they should do, what they should become.” …

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/pope-says-no-to-women-priests-yes-to-women-in-curial-leadership


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Pope Francis on homosexual seminarians: This bridge is closed!

At Vatican Insider I spotted something interesting. Each Spring the Italian bishops have a plenary meeting at the Vatican’s Paul VI hall, in the smaller hall where the Synod usually meets. The Pope attends at least part of the meeting. This year was no exception.
This year the Pope told them… my fast translation from the Italian original: …

http://wdtprs.com/blog/2018/05/pope-francis-on-homosexual-seminarians-this-bridge-is-closed/


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Pope: Stop ‘Fake News’ by Putting People at Heart of Information

VATICAN CITY — In his message for the World Day of Social Communications, published Wednesday, Pope Francis said that in a world of lightning-fast communication, there is a responsibility to combat falsehood and misinformation with truth, treating journalism as a people-oriented mission.
“In today’s world, [the work of journalists] is, in every sense, not just a job; it is a mission,” the Pope wrote in his message released Jan. 24.
“Amid feeding frenzies and the mad rush for…

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/pope-stop-fake-news-by-putting-people-at-heart-of-information


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Pope Francis Condemns Abortion: “First of All Fundamental Rights is the Right of Every Person to Life”

Pope Francis highlighted the right to life, the need to protect the family, and the dangers of “ideological colonialism” in his annual address to the diplomatic corps of the Holy See.
“At a distance of seventy years, it is painful to see how many fundamental rights continue to be violated today. First among all of these is the right of every human person to life, liberty and personal security,” Pope Francis said at the beginning of his address dedicated to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, whose 70th anniversary occurs this year. …

http://www.lifenews.com/2018/01/15/pope-francis-condemns-abortion-first-of-all-fundamental-rights-is-the-right-of-every-person-to-life/


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How Tender Is God’s Love

According to Vatican Radio, Pope Francis gave this reminder today, Dec. 14, 2017, during his daily morning Mass in his residence Casa Santa Marta, as he reflected on the day’s first reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah and the psalm where God says of himself: “… his tenderness expands over all creatures”.
Isaiah presents an image of a God who speaks to us as a father with his child, “imitating his voice to make it as similar as possible to his, and who”reassures the child: Do not be afraid. I will come to your need.”
“God makes us promises of joy, of a great…

Santa Marta: How Tender Is God’s Love


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Pope’s Homily for Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Holy Mass on the Occasion of the Liturgical Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Guadalupe

At 6:00 pm today, Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent, the Holy Father Francis presided over the Eucharistic Celebration in the Vatican Basilica, on the occasion of the liturgical feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Guadalupe.
Here is a ZENIT translation of the homily the Pope gave in the course of the Holy Mass. …

https://zenit.org/articles/popes-homily-for-feast-of-our-lady-of-guadalupe-2/