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Doubting Sola Scriptura: My Road to Rome, Part 1

Steven D. Greydanus

As a young Evangelical in college, I wasn’t impressed with the Catholic arguments I encountered. On one point, though, I wasn’t entirely satisfied with my own answers either.

Two of the most important books in my journey from Evangelicalism to Catholicism were a pair of older apologetical works — one anti-Catholic and one Catholic — which I found laughably unconvincing when I first encountered them in college some 30 years ago, and which I set out to refute at length. …

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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…

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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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Cultural Colonization Doesn’t Tolerate Differences

Cultural and ideological colonization doesn’t tolerate differences and makes everything equal, ending by persecuting believers,” said Pope Francis in his homily of the Mass celebrated this morning, November 21, 2017, in the chapel of Santa Marta Residence.
In his homily, the Holy Father said that “ideological and cultural colonizations only see the present, they deny the past and don’t see the future. They live in…

Santa Marta: Cultural Colonization Doesn’t Tolerate Differences


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Pope Approves Causes of Saints

Pope Francis on November 8, 2017, authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate Decrees regarding several causes for sainthood.  The Holy Father made the announcements in audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation.
Prominent among the decrees is that for Pope John Paul I.

Pope Approves Causes of Saints


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Santa Marta: ‘If a Living Jesus Isn’t in the Church, She Collapses’

“If a living Jesus isn’t in the Church, she collapses,” warned Pope Francis while celebrating Mass on November 9, 2017, feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, Rome’s Cathedral. In the course of the celebration at Saint Martha’s Residence in the Vatican, the Holy Father encouraged to “purify the Church,” beginning with oneself.
To “build the Church” one must remember that Jesus “is the cornerstone in this building. Without Jesus Christ there is no Church. Why? — because there is no foundation. And if one builds a church…

Santa Marta: ‘If a Living Jesus Isn’t in the Church, She Collapses’


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Holy See Makes ‘Urgent’ Appeals for Venezuela to Avoid Violence, Guarantee Rights

The Holy See says Pope Francis is following the crisis in Venezuela very closely and has issued urgent appeals for all political actors, especially the government, to guarantee rights and freedoms, and for the society, as a whole, to avoid violence.  It also called for a suspension of the new Constituent Assembly, tasked, by President Nicolas Maduro, with rewriting the constitution while possessing almost absolute powers. …

Holy See Makes ‘Urgent’ Appeals for Venezuela to Avoid Violence, Guarantee Rights