Pope Francis

What Pope Francis said about gays and what people heard

Sheila Liaugminas | 06 August 2013 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Catholics and gays, homosexual orientation, Pope Francis
It’s really quite remarkable that in an impromptu interview with the press on the plane after World Youth Day in Rio, some brief comments the pope made in response to a question about gays became the one big story.

Play always on the offensive!

Michael Cook | 30 July 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: Christianity, Pope Francis, World Youth Day
After Rio, it’s clear that Christianity is not about to be consigned to the dustbin of history.

Pope Francis surprised media with candid presser

Sheila Liaugminas | 30 July 2013 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Catechism of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, social integration, World Youth Day Rio, young adult faithful
News alerts blared that the pope said he won’t judge homosexuals. The more accurate headline would have been: ‘Pope Upholds Church Teaching.’

‘The globalisation of indifference’

Sheila Liaugminas | 26 July 2013 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: brother's keeper, compassion, culture of comfort, globalisation of indifference, immigration, Lampedusa, migrant issues, Pope Francis
Pope Francis has a unique way of comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comforted.

Pope defends faith as road to truth

Carter Griffin | 07 July 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: atheism, Catholic Church, faith and reason, Pope Francis
The first encyclical of the new Pope -- Lumen Fidei, "The Light of Faith" -- is an outreach to non-believers and wavering Christians.

The truth about the “Dirty War” and the Pope

Pedro Dutour | 26 March 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: Argentina, Dirty War, Pope Francis, torture
Smears about the new Pope have echoed around the world. But leading human rights activists in Argentina deny them.

Pope Francis surprises

Sheila Liaugminas | 19 March 2013 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Evangelical Catholicism, Gospel message, human dignity, papacy, Pope Francis, Universal Declaration of Human Rights
It hasn’t yet been a week since he was elected, but the man announced as Cardinal Bergoglio/Pope Francis who first appeared to the world on the loggia of St. Peter’s and stood stiff and straight and speechless for what seemed a long time took only a few minutes to throw the world off balance. In a good way.

A papacy that promises simplicity and firmness

Caroline Farrow | 15 March 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: Pope Francis, social justice, Vatican
The new pope has no time for “the spiritual sickness of a self-referential church”.

Another man from a far country

Michael Cook | 14 March 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: Pope Francis, secular humanism, Vatican
Will a Pope from Argentina be able to brake the increasing secularisation of life in the West?

‘We have a pope’

Sheila Liaugminas | 14 March 2013 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Catholic Church tradition, papal conclave, Pope Francis
Habemus Papam. The first words of the proclamation that was just earlier signaled by the effusive white smoke billowing from the chimney rising out of the Sistine Chapel followed by the loudly chiming bells of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Just enough time for people who weren’t already there to run to the square from all directions and be part of the world’s biggest celebratory love fest.

Pope Francis and the Church he Must Shepherd

Marcus Roberts | 14 March 2013 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Catholic Church, Pope Francis
A state of the Church today in numbers.

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