Putting Pope Francis into Perspective


Pope Francis Quotes and Headlines – A Chronological List

originally published:   October 31, 2014

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Below is a very abbreviated and incomplete chronological summary list of deeply troubling Pope Francis quotes and headlines since Francis rose to power. Some would describe many of these quotes and actions of Pope Francis as merely provocative or controversial, others as obvious blasphemous heresies, and sadly some might think they are uplifting and inspirational.

It should be known that all of the Pope Francis quotes and news items are from well established, mainstream news sources and may easily be searched in google to confirm.  The WILD VOICE has not used any sources that are from 'satire' or 'questionable' or 'alternative' news sources.  In order to present these Pope Francis quotes in the most objective way as is possible, we have (almost entirely) also intentionally avoided using sources that are commonly seen to be 'critical' of Pope Francis or expressly 'traditionalist' in nature.
This summary is meant to give a 'big picture' quick view, but we very much encourage you to really take the time and check this list (each item is dated and sourced) on your own and verify the authenticity and full context of each story.


"Before Christ's second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers."
– Catechism of the Catholic Church –

and Highlights

2013Pope Benedict XVI announced "resignation" and lighting struck Saint Peter's Dome hours later; In his first speech Francis announced himself as the Bishop of Rome from the 'end of the world'; Masonic lodges congratulated Jorge Bergoglio on becoming Pope Francis and wrote 'nothing will be as it was before'; Francis eferred to the Holy Spirit saying 'almost as if he were an Apostle of Babel'; Pope Francis claimed that the miracle of Jesus multiplying the bread and fish was really a miracle of 'sharing', not multiplying; Said 'Who am I to judge?' about gay priests; Restricted use of Latin Mass by Franciscan Friars; Said to youth 'I want a mess' and 'I want trouble in the dioceses'; The National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League tweeted 'Thank you Pope Francis from prochoice women everywhere'; Said we are 'living the myth of Shiva'; Cover of the leading LGBT magazine, The Advocate; Said atheists who do good are redeemed; Started taking selfies with fans…

2014Held the first Muslim/Jewish prayers and Koran readings at the Vatican; Sent an iPhone message to evangelicals through prosperity-gospel TV preacher Kenneth Copeland; Peace doves attacked; Said to 'scold the Lord' and also that he would baptize aliens; Cover of Rolling Stone; Accidentally said 'the F word'; Cardinal Dolan claimed Francis said 'Catholic Church should not dismiss gay marriage'; Mentioned re-thinking celibacy for priests; Said he's 'not interested in converting evangelicals to Catholicism'; Initial synod document suggested shift in Church's position on homosexuality, but was revised; Said man is 'the king of the universe!'; Told a woman in invalid marriage it's alright to take Holy Communion, saying 'A little bread and wine does no harm'; Compared Islamic terrorists to Christian fundamentalists…

2015Claimed lost souls do not go to Hell; Joked about the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ; Claimed that Jesus begged his parents for forgiveness and the Virgin Mary 'reproached' Christ; Became PETA's Man of the Year; Met with a transgender dubbed 'The Devil's Daughter'; Left Lutherans wondering if they can now take Communion in the Catholic Church; Routinely scolded and mocked 'rigid' Catholics; Projected images of animals and humanity onto Saint Peter's for climate change support on the Feast day of the Immaculate Conception…

2016Released a video promoting his prayer intentions featuring Muslim prayer beads, a Buddha statue, and Menorah, but no cross; Changed Roman Missal to include women in Holy Thursday foot-washing; Lutherans received Holy Communion at Saint Peter's Basilica; Announced he will participate in a joint ceremony with the World Lutheran Federation to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation; Suggested that John the Baptist doubted that Jesus Christ was the Messiah; Taught priests that those confessing need not verbalize their sins but can confess through 'the language of the gesture'; Proclaimed that a US Presidential candidate is 'not a Christian'; Approved of contraception in special circumstances; Praised an abortion rights advocate; Issued an Exhortation that changes the practice of denying Holy Communion to those who are in 'irregular unions' (divorced and remarried, etc.); Discussed possibility of women deacons; Compared idea of Islamic conquest to Jesus' Words in the Gospel of Saint Matthew; Said that Mother Earth is the one who 'gave us life and safeguards us'; Taught that Jesus 'knew temptation in Himself'; Elevated memorial of St. Mary Magdalene to rank of Apostle; Said that the 'the great majority of Sacramental marriages are null' then issued a clarification changing 'the great majority' to 'a portion'; Said some priests 'are animals'; Said the 'intentions of Martin Luther were not mistaken; Said the Church should 'ask forgiveness to the gay person who is offended'; Said if he speaks of Islamic violence he 'must speak of Catholic violence'; Met with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg; Added an eighth Work of Mercy, 'Caring for Our Common Home'; Prayer intention to build a society 'that places the human person at the center'; Said 'It's not right to convince someone of your faith'; Put a red statue of Martin Luther in the Vatican; Completely overhauled Congregation responsible for liturgical questions; Signed joint pledge with Lutherans to remove obstacles to full unity; Created 6 new 'Beatitudes' for 'modern' Christians; Said Martin Luther was a prophet and he 'admired him'; Said inequality is 'the greatest evil that exists'; Said 'communists think like Christians'; Cardinals publicly and formally ask for clarity on Amoris Laetitia after being ignored by Francis; Attributed 'weakness' and a 'bad memory' to God; Warned that media who spread 'ugly things' (even if true) could suffer from 'coprophilia' (arousal derived from excrement); Said God was 'unjust with his son'; Reportedly said he may 'enter history as the one who split the Catholic Church'…

2017Said 'Jesus was always the servant of all, and this is what gave Him authority'; Said Martin Luther's intention 'was to renew the Church'; Took over religious order whose leader defied him in clash over condoms; Ordered review of the new Mass translation; Said obeying all the commandments 'paralyzes you'; Anglican Liturgy to be celebrated in St Peter’s; Recorded video message for Superbowl, didn't mention God once; Denounced ‘Restorationist’ Orders, Poked fun at Medjugorje; Cardinal Kasper said allowing intercommunion with Protestants in some cases is the “position of the current Pope.”; Said there is no such thing as Islamic terrorism; Said 'Jesus did not say whether it is lawful or not lawful' about divorce; Reduced sanctions for sex abusers; Signaled openness to ordaining married men; Joked saying 'Inside the Holy Trinity they're all arguing behind closed doors, but on the outside they give the picture of unity'; Taught that Jesus Christ 'made himself the devil'; Described European refugee centers as 'concentration camps'; Referred to himself as 'bishop dressed in white' and as a 'a prophet and messenger to wash the feet of all, at the same table that unites us' in Fatima; Stacked the college of Cardinals; Said 'God cannot be God without man'; Appointed Pro-Abortion Theologian to Pontifical Academy for Life; Replaced "conservative" Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith with a Jesuit; Said migrant rights should override national security; Said the Vatican II Liturgical reform is ‘irreversible’; Said 'no war is just'; Said 'The most minor sins are the sins of the flesh'; Said 'pagan blood runs through the veins of Jesus'; Said 'God will welcome all mankind so as to dwell with them'; Revised Canon Law to allow Bishop Conferences to translate Liturgy; Theologians accuse Pope of spreading heresy; Said 'God does not avenge himself! God loves, he does not avenge himself'; Said 'at the end of our history' 'Everything will be saved. Everything.'; Vatican issued stamp depicting Martin Luther; Said 'The words of the Buddha offer each of us a guide.'; Made the official interpretation of Amoris Laetitia that which permits Holy Communion to couples in a state of public adultery and proclaimed this interpretation an act of his "authentic Magisterium"; Advocated for changing translation of the "Our Father" prayer; Pro-life leaders accused Pope Francis of failing to uphold Church teaching…

2018Bishops issued profession saying Pope Francis' Amoris Laetitia is causing "rampant confusion," will spread the “plague of divorce,” and is “alien” to the Church’s entire faith and Tradition; Joked that he does not go to the doctor but instead to 'the witch'; Awarded pro-abortion politician Liliane Ploumen with honorary title; Accused sex abuse victims of slander; Cardinal says Vatican "selling out" Church in China; Requested $25 million be sent to a dermatological hospital accused of money laundering; A judge quoted Pope Francis to justify ending a baby’s life against the parents’ wishes; Denies Hell again saying 'There is no hell, there is the disappearance of sinful souls.'; Put caring for migrants and opposing abortion on equal footing; Told a child that his father who was an atheist is in heaven with God; Appointed three lay women as consultants to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; Tweeted 'Do we really want peace? Then let's ban all weapons so we don't have to live in fear of war.'; Met Katy Perry while she was speaking at the Vatican on Transcendental Meditation; Joked that the Holy Spirit is 'a disaster'; Told a gay man 'God made you like that'; Said 'the most important role of religions is that of promoting the culture of encounter, along with the promotion of true education in responsible behavior in caring for creation'; Appointed first lay person to Pontifical University; Said that without women 'men cannot be the image and likeness of God'; Changed Catechism to oppose death penalty in all cases; Officially changed Italian version of the Our Father prayer; Used the Spanish word "caca" (shit);  Accused of covering up for serial sexual abuse offender Cardinal McCarrick; Said what gave Jesus authority is being 'near the people'; Joked by saying 'I am the devil!'; Vatican news agency refers to Francis as the "Successor of Christ"; Told filmmaker Michael Moore that capitalism is a sin; Cathedral made a Pope Francis gargoyle; Said 'There is always confusion and disorder with the power of the Holy Spirit'; Said that the Virgin Mary was not 'born a saint'…

2019 – Said it's better 'not to go to Church and live as an atheist' than go to daily Mass 'hating others or talking badly about people'; Advocated for sex education in schools; Blamed 'hypocritical Catholics' for young people leaving the Church; Issued a joint declaration with Muslim leader proclaiming that 'pluralism and diversity of religions are willed by God'; Refused to let people kiss his ring; Warned Catholics off converting others; Theologians accused Francis of canonical delict of heresy and ask Bishops to act; Pope Francis called for 'supranational’ authorities to enforce UN goals; ‘Let’s not wait for the theologians’ says Francis about sharing the Eucharist; Said 'Jesus became bread'; Said 'Jesus does not perform a magic trick; he does not change five loaves into five thousand'; Said 'God’s omnipotence is lowly'; Gave away relics of St. Peter's bones to Orthodox Patriarch; Says we must 'obey the United Nations', and he 'doesn't fear schism'; Initiates a Global Pact for 'New Humanism'; Said 'It is not Christian to proselytise'; Pagan tree planting ceremony held at Vatican Gardens; Compared feather headdresses of primitive peoples to Catholic birettas; Said Jesus was not God; Denied the bodily physical Resurrection of Jesus Christ; In conjunction with a Grand Imam proposed a World Day of Human Fraternity to the United Nations; Said declaring the Virgin Mary as 'co-redemptrix' is 'foolishness' and that "Mary made God a mestizo (mixed racial/ethnic ancestry)'; Has 'Migrant Crucifix' (with migrant life vest replacing the Body of Jesus) installed at Vatican; Dissuades soccer players from making the sign of the cross…

2020 – Eliminated the title "Vicar of Christ" from official Vatican Yearbook; Joked saying 'Whisky is the real holy water'; Tweeted 'Let us turn this time of pandemic into a test case to prepare for our collective future. Without an all-embracing vision, there will be no future for anyone.'; Joked with a young man, saying 'Who knows, maybe we’ll see each other in Hell?'; Preached 'it seems that the Lord without us cannot do anything either, because the fruit comes from the branches, not from the vine.'; Called Priests who said Holy Mass during pandemic "adolescents"; Backed same-sex civil unions…



"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. By their fruits you shall know them."
– Gospel of Saint Matthew –

2013          2014          2015          2016         2017        
2018        2019        2020


FEBRUARY 11, 2013
Pope Benedict XVI Resigns – first Papal resignation in over 600 years

Lightning Strikes Saint Peter's Dome – twice



MARCH 13, 2013
Jorge Mario Bergoglio becomes 'Pope Francis I'.  He is the first Pope from the Jesuit Order, the first Pope from the Americas, and the first Pope who became a priest after Vatican II.

First words of Pope Francis on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica 'Brothers and sisters, good evening. You all know that the duty of the Conclave was to give a bishop to Rome. It seems that my brother Cardinals have gone almost to the end of the world to get him…but here we are. '

Newly elected Pope Francis jokes with Cardinals who elected him saying 'May God forgive you for what you've done.' (NEW YORK POST)



MARCH 14, 2013
Grand Master Gustavo Raffi of the Grand Orient Masonic Lodge of Italy praises election of Pope Francis writing  'with Pope Francis, nothing will be as it was before.'   (GRANDEORIENTE.IT)



MARCH 14, 2013
Pope Says Journalists Risk 'Becoming Ill From Coprophilia' – In an interview with La Stampa's Vatican Insider reporter from last year, the new Pope Francis, then just Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio said 'Journalists sometimes risk becoming ill from coprophilia and thus fomenting coprophagia: which is a sin that taints all men and women, that is, the tendency to focus on the negative rather than the positive aspects.'  COPROPHILIA : marked interest in excrement; especially : the use of feces or filth for sexual excitement — cop·ro·phil·i·ac – noun COPROPHAGOUS : feeding on dung — co·proph·a·gy – noun   (BUSINESS INSIDER)



MARCH 15, 2013
Pope Francis Ditches Red Shoes   (TELEGRAPH)



MARCH 15, 2013
In an address to the College of Cardinals Pope Francis said 'Our acquaintance and mutual openness have helped us to be docile to the action of the Holy Spirit. He, the Paraclete, is the ultimate source of every initiative and manifestation of faith. It is a curious thing: it makes me think of this. The Paraclete creates all the differences among the Churches, almost as if he were an Apostle of Babel.'   (VATICAN )



MARCH 16, 2013
Pope Francis reportedly says 'Carnival time is over!' when offered the traditional papal red cape after his election (BBC)



MARCH 16, 2013
To an audience of media representatives, Pope Francis concluded his speech saying 'I respect your consciences and since you are not all Catholic, I will not bless you but pray for you in my heart' (VATICAN)



MAY 22, 2013
Pope Francis Says Atheists Who Do Good Are Redeemed. 'We all have the duty to do good. For Atheists: Just do good and we'll find a meeting point'   (REUTERS) 



MAY 23, 2013
Pope Francis officially de-emphasizes papal titles, choosing instead to list himself first by the basic title "Bishop of Rome" in the Vatican's annual directory (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER)



JUNE 2, 2013
Pope Francis speaking about Jesus multiplying the bread and fish says 'Here's the miracle, that it is more a sharing than a multiplying' (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)



JUNE 6, 2013
In a private audience with the board of The Latin American and Caribbean Confederation of Religious Men and Women, Pope Francis said 'There are some restorationist groups. I know some, it fell upon me to receive them in Buenos Aires. And one feels as if one goes back 60 years! Before the Council… One feels in 1940… An anecdote, just to illustrate this, it is not to laugh at it, I took it with respect, but it concerns me; when I was elected, I received a letter from one of these groups, and they said: "Your Holiness, we offer you this spiritual treasure: 3,525 rosaries." Why don't they say, 'we pray for you, we ask…', but this thing of counting… And these groups return to practices and to disciplines that I lived through – not you, because you are not old – to disciplines, to things that in that moment took place, but not now, they do not exist today…'   (REFLEXION Y LIBERACION)



JUNE 15, 2013
Pope Francis says 'We look for Jesus Christ and say: 'This is your sin, and I will sin again'. And Jesus likes that, because it was his mission: to become the sinner for us'   (NEWS.VA)



JUNE 30, 2013
Pope Francis tweets 'A Christian is never bored or sad. Rather, the one who loves Christ is full of joy and radiates joy.' (TWITTER)


JULY 8, 2013
Pope Francis says 'I also think with affection of those Muslim immigrants who this evening begin the fast of Ramadan, which I trust will bear abundant spiritual fruit.'    (VATICAN.VA)



JULY 13, 2013
Pope reportedly says that 1 in 50 Clergy are pedophiles, including Bishops and Cardinals  



JULY 16, 2013
Vatican offers 'time off purgatory' for followers of Pope Francis tweets  



JULY 26, 2013
Pope Francis tells youth: 'Be rebellious' and 'mess' with dioceses – Pope Francis told a group of Argentine pilgrims to World Youth Day:  'I want to tell you something. What is it that I expect as a consequence of World Youth Day? I want a mess. We knew that in Rio there would be great disorder, but I want trouble in the dioceses!' he said, speaking off the cuff in his native Spanish.   



JULY 29, 2013
When asked about gay priests, Pope Francis replies 'Who am I to judge?'   (NEW YORK TIMES)  



AUGUST 6, 2013
Pope Restricts Use of Latin Mass by Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate   



AUGUST 30, 2013
Pope Francis breaks protocol by bowing to the Queen of Jordan   



AUGUST 28, 2013
Pope Francis' Communion Wafers Made by Prisoners in Argentina   



AUGUST 31, 2013
Pope Francis begins the Papal Selfie trend



SEPTEMBER 04, 2013
Pope Francis says 'The issue for those who do not believe in God is in obeying their own conscience' (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER)



SEPTEMBER 11, 2013
Pope implies The Virgin Mary has 'defects', saying "The Church and the Virgin Mary are mothers…All mothers have defects, we all have defects, but when we speak of our mother’s defects we gloss over them" (VATICAN.VA)



SEPTEMBER 13, 2013
Pope says church is obsessed with gays, abortion, and birth control – 'It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time….We have to find a new balance'    (THE NEW YORK TIMES)



SEPTEMBER 20, 2013
Pope Speaks Out Against Church's 'Small-Minded Rules'   (ABC NEWS)



SEPTEMBER 27, 2013
When speaking of Adoration, Pope Francis says 'Fall asleep then, sleep! He is still looking at you.(VATICAN.VA)



SEPTEMBER 30, 2013
Pope Francis said  'A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: ‘Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?’ We must always consider the person.'   (AMERICA MAGAZINE)



OCTOBER 1, 2013
Pope Francis says:
'Proselytism is solemn nonsense, it makes no sense. We need to get to know each other, listen to each other and improve our knowledge of the world around us'

'The most serious of the evils that afflict the world these days are youth unemployment and the loneliness of the old'

'Each of us has a vision of good and of evil. We have to encourage people to move towards what they think is good…Everyone has his own idea of good and evil and must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them. That would be enough to make the world a better place.'

'I believe in God, not in a Catholic God, there is no Catholic God, there is God and I believe in Jesus Christ, his incarnation. Jesus is my teacher and my pastor, but God, the Father, Abba, is the light and the Creator. This is my Being.'   (LA REPUBBLICA)



OCTOBER 10, 2013
Vatican Recalls Pope Francis Medals After Jesus' Name Misspelled  



NOVEMBER 5, 2013
As the Pope walked through the entrance of the Vatican grottoes, he said this to one of the altar boys (whose hands were clasped as in prayer) 'Are your hands bound together? It seems like they're stuck.' (He pulled the child's hands apart as he spoke.)   (ROME REPORTS/VIDEO)



NOVEMBER 11, 2013
Pope Francis said 'As humans, we are born with ignorance and by working we learn culture. Therefore, we move from ignorance to culture. That is the experience of our human genius; of human work – transforming ignorance into culture through science, art, work. Man is the author of culture. So, what happens when man is no longer a builder? He takes over culture and uses it not for improvement and the good of human kind but for selfish reasons. And then things happen. Think of Hiroshima just to name you a far away example. Things happen that create ignorance. Take manipulation, using people for your own good. Consider, for example, mining, open pit mines which pollute the environment, or high voltage cables that do not protect life. I do not know. Then, man, with such culture, is capable of creating ignorance again. That is the second form of ignorance we must be careful of. Because then we create and destroy. The God Shiva, right? The myth which tells that he created the world is a current myth. The God Shiva creates the world and then destroys it. Now, it occurs to me that we are living the myth of Shiva I think.'   (VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH ARGENTINIAN DIRECTOR FERNANDO SOLANAS -"Pope Francis supports anti-fracking campaign By Fernando E. Solanas", Cinesur SA, Dec 13, 2013, Youtube)



NOVEMBER 15, 2013
Pope's unprecedented survey signals far-reaching reform – with Pope Francis has come a growing sense that he intends fundamental change in the way his huge Church is run     (BBC)



NOVEMBER 19, 2013
NARAL (National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League) tweets 'Dear Pope Francis, thank you. Signed, #prochoice women everywhere' (TWITTER)



NOVEMBER 24, 2013
Pope Francis on Muslims – 'We must never forget that they profess to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God, who will judge humanity on the last day.'   (VATICAN.VA)



NOVEMBER 24, 2013
Pope Francis says 'I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting and dirty(VATICAN.VA)



NOVEMBER 24, 2013
Pope Francis writes '…Along with the virtues, this means above all the new commandments, the first and the greatest of the commandments, and the one that best identifies us as Christ’s disciples: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” (Jn 15:12)….'   (EVANGELII GAUDIUM, VATICAN.VA)

Pope Francis writes 'Faced with disconcerting episodes of violent fundamentalism, our respect for true followers of Islam should lead us to avoid hateful generalisations, for authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.'   (EVANGELII GAUDIUM, VATICAN.VA)

Pope Francis writes "I dream of a “missionary option”, that is, a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything, so that the Church’s customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channeled for the evangelization of today’s world rather than for her self-preservation…More than by fear of going astray, my hope is that we will be moved by the fear of remaining shut up within structures which give us a false sense of security, within rules which make us harsh judges, within habits which make us feel safe, while at our door people are starving and Jesus does not tire of saying to us: “Give them something to eat”.'   (EVANGELII GAUDIUM, VATICAN.VA)



NOVEMBER 29, 2013
Pope Francis said during a homily 'In the Gospel, Jesus does not become angry, but pretends to when the disciples do not understand him.'   (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)



DECEMBER 3, 2013
Pope Francis Leaving Vatican At Night To Minister To Homeless? – A knowledgeable source in Rome told The Huffington Post that “Swiss guards confirmed that the pope has ventured out at night, dressed as a regular priest, to meet with homeless men and women.” When Pope Francis was Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, he was known to sneak out at night to break bread with the homeless, sitting with them on the street and eating with them to show that they were loved. (HUFFINGTON POST)



DECEMBER 11, 2013
Pope Francis says 'Never fear the final judgment, because Christ will always be at our side(LA STAMPA)



DECEMBER 17, 2013
Pope Francis makes the cover of The Advocate – the leading LGBT magazine



DECEMBER 20, 2013
Pope Francis speaking of The Virgin Mary says 'The Gospel does not tell us anything: if she spoke a word or not… She was silent, but in her heart, how many things [she] told the Lord! ‘You, that day, this and the other that we read, you had told me that he would be great, you had told me that you would have given him the throne of David, his forefather, that he would have reigned forever and now I see him there!’ Our Lady was human! And perhaps she even had the desire to say: ‘Lies! I was deceived!  (VATICAN RADIO)



DECEMBER 23, 2013
Time Magazine names Pope Francis 'Person of the Year'



DECEMBER 27, 2013
Esquire Magazine names Pope Francis 'Best Dressed Man of the Year'





Pope sends iPhone message to "The Godfather of the Prosperity Gospel" televangelist Kenneth Copeland via Tony Palmer   (VIDEO)



JANUARY 20, 2014
Pope Francis says 'Sharing our experience in carrying that cross, to expel the illness within our hearts, which embitters our life: it is important that you do this in your meetings. Those that are Christian, with the Bible, and those that are Muslim, with the Quran. The faith that your parents instilled in you will always help you move on.'    (ROME REPORTS)



JANUARY 26, 2014
Pope's Peace Doves attacked by Crow and Seagull   (BBC)



JANUARY 28, 2014
Pope Francis is on the cover of Rolling Stone



FEBRUARY 12, 2014
Pope Francis says 'If you don't feel the need for God's mercy, don't even bother going to Mass!(NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER)



FEBRUARY 14, 2014
Pope Francis says 'We all know that the perfect family does not exist, nor a perfect husband or wife'   (VATICAN.VA)



FEBRUARY 20, 2014
Pope Francis Opens Vatican Meeting With Urge For Flexibility In Family Reforms (THE HUFFINGTON POST)



FEBRUARY 25, 2014
In a letter sent to Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli, Pope Benedict XVI answered the question about why he continues to wear white by reportedly writing: 'At the moment of my resignation there were no other clothes available.' (LA STAMPA)



FEBRUARY 28, 2014
Pope Francis says 'When love fails, and it fails many times, we have to feel the pain of that failure, accompany the people who have felt the failure of their love'   (VATICAN.VA)



FEBRUARY 28, 2014
Tony Palmer, under Pope Francis's name, releases video following up on the iPhone video message he recorded of Pope Francis to Kenneth Copeland.  In the video he says 'Real communion is not the bread but the brother'   



MARCH 3, 2014
Pope Francis accidentally says 'the F word'   (HUFFINGTON POST)



MARCH 5, 2014
Pope Francis goes to Confession in public and breaks protocol   (REUTERS)



MARCH 5, 2014
Pope Francis gets his own fan magazine, Il Mio Papa (or 'My Pope')



MARCH 5, 2014
'Pope Francis:  Church Should Support Civil Unions' – Pope Francis suggested in a newspaper interview that it could support some types of civil unions saying 'We have to look at different cases and evaluate them in their variety.' (CNN)



MARCH 6, 2014
Pope Confesses He Stole Priest's Cross from Casket – Pope Francis stole another priest's rosary cross right from his casket. The pontiff said the cross belonged to a clergyman known as "the Great Confessor" of Buenos Aires. When the man died, Francis was arranging roses around his casket when he saw the rosary in his hand. 'And immediately there came to mind the thief we all have inside ourselves and while I arranged the flowers I took the cross and with just a bit of force I removed it,' he told a group of priests. (NBC NEWS)



MARCH 10, 2014
As relayed by Cardinal Dolan, Pope Francis says The Catholic Church should not dismiss gay marriage, but should study it



APRIL 3, 2014
Pope Francis says 'Scold the Lord a little. 'Hey you promised me this and you haven't done it!…Prayer must be a negotiation with God'   (CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE)



APRIL 6, 2014
Pope Francis said 'Where do you think God is found? In church? No, He's found in your weaknesses.''   (ANSA)



APRIL 24, 2014
An Argentine woman, Jaqui Lisbona, wrote Pope Francis expressing her concern about not being able to receive Communion due to being civilly remarried following a divorce. Pope Francis then called her, told her that the subject was under study at the Vatican, and that it was okay for her to receive Communion, saying 'A little bread and wine does no harm'. The Holy See press office issued this statement: "Several telephone calls have taken place in the context of Pope Francis’ personal pastoral relationships. Since they do not in any way form part of the Pope's public activities, no information is to be expected from the Holy See Press Office. That which has been communicated in relation to this matter, outside the scope of personal relationships, and the consequent media amplification, cannot be confirmed as reliable, and is a source of misunderstanding and confusion. Therefore, consequences relating to the teaching of the Church are not to be inferred from these occurrences.'   (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER/DAILYMAIL)



APRIL 28, 2014
Pope Francis tweets 'Inequality is the root of social evil'



MAY 9, 2014
Pope Francis calls on governments for 'Legitimate Redistribution' of wealth to the poor  



MAY 12, 2014
Pope Francis quotes Hillary Clinton saying 'It takes a village to raise a child'   (ZENIT NEWS AGENCY)



MAY 13, 2014
Pope Francis says he would baptize aliens saying 'Who are we to close doors?'   (THE INDEPENDENT)



MAY 15, 2014
Pope Francis said 'Jesus Christ did not fall from heaven like a hero that comes to save us. No, Jesus Christ has a history!'   (VATICAN)



MAY 24, 2014
Pope Francis visits Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity. Days later, a fire breaks out at the scene.   (THE GUARDIAN)



MAY 25, 2014
Pope Francis arrives in Jordan. Before his arrival, those waiting at the airport in Amman felt a magnitude 4.1 earthquake that struck in Israel near its border with Jordan   (ASSOCIATED PRESS)



MAY 25, 2014
Pope Francis offers prayers at Israeli separation wall – Stop rouses controversy as pontiff invites Peres and Abbas to Rome in unprecedented papal intervention in peace process.   (THE GUARDIAN)



MAY 27, 2014
Pope Francis says 'Since it is not dogma, the door is always open to rethink priestly celibacy(NBC NEWS)



JUNE 05, 2014
Pope meets with Televangelist Joel Osteen at the Vatican   (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER)



JUNE 08, 2014
First ever Muslim, Jewish prayers at Vatican   (NY POST)



JUNE 13, 2014
Interview with Spanish-language magazine "La Vanguardia"
On 'Fundamentalism':
Pope Francis said 'Violence in the name of God does not correspond with our time. It's something ancient. With historical perspective, one has to say that Christians, at times, have practiced it. When I think of the Thirty Years War, there was violence in the name of God. Today it is unimaginable, right? We arrive, sometimes, by way of religion to very serious, very grave contradictions. Fundamentalism, for example. The three religions, we have our fundamentalist groups, small in relation to all the rest. A fundamentalist group, although it may not kill anyone, although it may not strike anyone, is violent. The mental structure of fundamentalists is violence in the name of God'
On Globalization:
Pope Francis said 'Well understood globalization is a wealth. Poorly understood globalization is that which nullifies differences. It is like a sphere in which all points are equidistant from the center. A globalization that enriches is like a polyhedron, all united but each preserving its particularity, its wealth, its identity, and this isn’t given. And this does not happen.'
On Pope Benedict XVI's Renunciation:
Pope Francis said 'Pope Benedict has made a very significant act. He has opened the door, has created an institution, that of the of the eventual popes emeritus. 70 years ago, there were no emeritus bishops. Today how many are there? Well, as we live longer, we arrive to an age where we cannot go on with things. I will do the same as him, asking the Lord to enlighten me when the time comes and that he tell me what I have to do, and and he will tell me for sure.   (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)



JUNE 23, 2014
Pope excommunicates Italian Mafia members   (CNN)



JUNE 24, 2014
Pope meets with Televangelist Kenneth Copeland and other Evangelicals at the Vatican   (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER)



JUNE 29, 2014
Pope says 'communists are closeted Christians'.  



JUNE 29, 2014
Pope Francis when asked about misogyny and women in the Church said 'The fact is that woman was taken from a rib … (he laughs strongly). I’m kidding, that’s a joke. I agree that the question of women must be explored more deeply, otherwise one cannot understand the Church herself.'   



JULY 7, 2014
Marie Kane, a survivor of clerical sexual abuse, spoke of her meeting with Pope Francis, saying "I’ll never get my faith back. I don’t think I’ll ever go back to the church. And actually the pope, I said that to him. And he said, ‘You know you don’t need, you don’t need to be in the Church, you are part of the Church, you don’t physically need to be in it, inside it you know to be part of God’s family like.’   (RTE/AUDIO)



JULY 9, 2014
At a private lunch Pope Francis told Brian Stiller of World Evangelical Alliance 'I’m not interested in converting evangelicals to Catholicism. I want people to find Jesus in their own community. There are so many doctrines we will never agree on. Let’s not spend our time on those. Rather, let’s be about showing the love of Jesus.'   (WORLD EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE)



JULY 12, 2014
At the conclusion of the International Seminar on the Pope's proposal 'Towards a More Inclusive Economy', Pope Francis said 'I thank you for the help that you give with your work, with your reflection, to restore this unbalanced situation and to recover man and bring him back to the centre of reflection and the centre of life. He is the king of the universe! And this is not theology, it is not philosophy — it is human reality. With this we will go forward.'    (VATICAN.VA)



JULY 27, 2014
Pope Francis gives his Top 10 List on how to be happy (doesn't mention Jesus once)   (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER)



JULY 28, 2014
Pope Francis apologizes to Pentecostals   (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER)



AUGUST 17, 2014
Pope Francis said 'And so, with my identity and my empathy, my openness, I walk with the other. I don't try to make him come over to me, I don't proselytize.' (VATICAN)



Google Translate equates Francis to a “better world” – Either it’s Google giving Francis a wink or a hacker thought of a fun way to show their support for the Holy Father. Go to Google Translate, select Italian as the source language and type in “Bergoglio”. The Pope’s surname translates as “better world” in any target language you choose. It’s hard to explain this little number and even Google Italy seems clueless as to who is responsible. (LA STAMPA)



Pope Francis hosts all-star soccer match for peace. Martina Stoessel (a Disney soap opera actress), performed John Lennon's "Imagine" which include these lyrics: "Imagine there's no heaven, It's easy if you try, No hell below us, Above us only sky…Imagine there's no countries, It isn't hard to do, Nothing to kill or die for, And no religion too"   (NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/VIDEO)



Retired Israeli President Shimon Peres proposes a new global "United Nations of Religions" to Pope Francis   (FOX NEWS)



SEPTEMBER 14, 2014
Pope Francis marries 20 couples – some of whom were 'living in sin'   (HUFFINGTON POST)



SEPTEMBER 17, 2014
Pope Francis plans on exiling Cardinal Burke   (FOX NEWS)



OCTOBER 5, 2014
In interview with La Nacion Pope Francis says 'The world has changed and the Church cannot lock itself into alleged interpretations of dogma.'   (LA NACION)



OCTOBER 6, 2014
Pope ditches Latin as official language of Vatican synod (REUTERS)



OCTOBER 9, 2014
Pope Francis says 'But God does not exist: Do not be shocked! So God does not exist! There is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, they are persons, they are not some vague idea in the clouds … This God spray does not exist! The three persons exist!'   (VATICAN RADIO)



OCTOBER 9, 2014
Pope: Judas a Sinner, But No Worse Than Anyone Else – Pope Francis said 'Judas was not the one who sinned the most: I don't know who sinned the most. … Judas, poor man, is the one who closed himself to love and that is why he became a traitor. And they all ran away during the difficult time of the Passion and left Jesus alone. They are all sinners.'  (USA TODAY)



OCTOBER 10, 2014
In a letter to Giuseppe Capoccia, the general supervisor of the Summorum Pontificum, declining an invitation to take part in the Pontifical High Mass, Pope Benedict XVI reportedly wrote "My state as a 'cloistered monk' does not allow me a presence that is also exterior. I leave my cloister only in particular cases, when personally invited by the Pope."   (LETTER PUBLISHED BY RORATE CAELI)



OCTOBER 13, 2014
Pope Francis Family Synod concludes with initial document suggesting dramatic shift in attitude toward gays – Document must be revised after public outcry



OCTOBER 17, 2014
Pope Francis rents out Sistine Chapel to Porsche  



OCTOBER 19, 2014
Pope Francis says 'The Church should not fear change…by carefully surveying the signs of the times, we are making every effort to adapt ways and methods' and 'God is not afraid of new things! That is why he is continually surprising us, opening our hearts, and guiding us in unexpected ways.'   (VATICAN RADIO)



OCTOBER 23, 2014
Pope Francis said that keeping inmates isolated in maximum security prisons is 'a form of torture' and called life sentences 'a hidden death penalty' that should be abolished along with capital punishment   (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER)



OCTOBER 27, 2014
Pope Says Evolution, Big Bang Are Real, saying 'God is not a divine being or a magician, but the Creator who brought everything to life…Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.'   (USA TODAY)



OCTOBER 27, 2014
Pope Francis says 'But there is a third group of Christians…They are lukewarm. They are neither light not dark. And God does not love these'   (VATICAN RADIO)



OCTOBER 28, 2014
Pope Francis says 'Jesus prays to the Father for us(NEWS.VA)



OCTOBER 29, 2014
Pope Francis says 'It's strange, but if I talk about these subjects then the Pope is a communist, according to some. The fact that the love for the poor is in the center of the gospel is misunderstood.' (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER)



NOVEMBER 5, 2014
Francis codifies pope's ability to fire bishops   (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER)



NOVEMBER 25, 2014
It is reported in Austin Ivereigh's book The Great Reformer, that Tony Palmer, an Anglican and long time friend of Pope Francis, spoke to Bergoglio about whether he should become Catholic. Mr. Palmer described the Cardinal’s response as: “[Bergoglio] told me that we need to have bridge-builders. He counseled me not to take the step because it looked like I was choosing a side and I would cease to be a bridge-builder.”   (THE GREAT REFORMER)



NOVEMBER 29, 2014
Pope Francis prays in Istanbul's Blue Mosque – Francis took off his shoes as he entered the huge mosque, before bowing his head in prayer for several minutes, facing Mecca and standing next to Istanbul's Grand Mufti Rahmi Yaranwith Muslim  (REUTERS)



DECEMBER 1, 2014
Francis told reporters that he understood why Muslims were offended by many in the West who automatically equated their religion with terrorism, saying '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.'   (REUTERS)



DECEMBER 2, 2014
Pope Francis unites Hindus, Muslims, and Buddhists in joint declaration against 'slavery'  (NEWS.VA)



DECEMBER 3, 2014
Pope Francis fires head of the Swiss Guard   (NY DAILY NEWS)



DECEMBER 7, 2014
Pope Francis said 'I’m constantly making statements, giving homilies. That’s magisterium. That’s what I think, not what the media say that I think. Check it out; it’s very clear.'   (LA NACION)



DECEMBER 14, 2014
Pope Francis says 'I confess something to you, when I have seen a Christian…with such rigidness on the outside, I ask the Lord: ‘But Lord, throw a banana peel in front of them, so that they will take a good fall, and feel shame that they are sinners…'   (VATICAN RADIO)





JANUARY 15, 2015
Pope Francis says there are limits on free speech and if someone speaks badly about his mother, they could 'expect a punch'   (WALL STREET JOURNAL)



JANUARY 19, 2015
Pope Francis tells Catholics they 'do not need to breed like rabbits'   (BBC)



JANUARY 19, 2015
Pope Francis again references a 1907 apocalyptic book about the reign of the Anti-Christ and the End of the World titled "Lord of the World" by Robert Hugh Benson


JANUARY 25, 2015
Balloons Replace Doves as the Vatican Symbol of Peace   (TIME)

JANUARY 27, 2015
Pope Francis meets with, hugs transgender person dubbed 'devil's daughter' "Francis told Lejarraga in an initial phone call that God loves all his children 'as they are.' He went on: "You are a son of God and the Church loves you and accepts you as you are.'"



FEBRUARY 15, 2015
Pope Francis Slams 'Prejudiced Mentality' Of Believers Who Fearfully Cling To Religious Laws  



FEBRUARY 18, 2015
New Ways Ministry, a gay Catholic group gets audience with Pope Francis and VIP treatment at Vatican for first time  



FEBRUARY 26, 2015
Pope Francis Arranges For Homeless Man To Be Buried In The Vatican  



FEBRUARY 27, 2015
Catholic Publisher Claims Book Thief Stole Books From Bishops’ Vatican Mailboxes – The publisher of a book on traditional Catholic marriage says someone apparently swiped upward of 100 copies of the book from the Vatican mailboxes of bishops who attended a meeting on family issues last October. The publisher sent the books to attendees to counter progressive proposals by one of Pope Francis’ favorite theologians to let divorced and civilly remarried Catholics receive Communion. The book, penned by five high-ranking, conservative cardinals, argues that the suggestion is essentially moot since it is contrary to Christ’s teaching on the indissolubility of marriage.   



MARCH 5, 2015
Pope Francis says in interview 'I told the Lord: 'you are taking care of me. But if your will is that I die or that they do something to me, I ask you only one favor: that it doesn't hurt. Because I'm a big coward when it comes to physical pain.'  



MARCH 7, 2015
While commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first time a pope celebrated Mass in the vernacular following the Second Vatican Council Pope Francis said 'You cannot turn back. We have to always go forward, always forward and who goes back is making a mistake.'  



MARCH 13, 2015
Pope Francis said of his election 'They (the Cardinals in the Conclave) asked me if I accepted. I said yes. I don't know if they made me take an oath, I don't remember.'  



MARCH 15, 2015
Pope Francis, when asked 'What happens to that lost soul? Will it be punished?' replied 'there is no punishment, but the annihilation of that soul. All the others will participate in the beatitude of living in the presence of the Father. The souls that are annihilated will not take part in that banquet; with the death of the body their journey is finished.' 



MARCH 22, 2015
Pope Francis Credited With Performing 'Miracle' As St. Gennaro's Blood Liquifies in Naples  



APRIL 4, 2015
Pope Francis washes the feet of men, women, and a transgender man named 'Isabel' for Holy Thursday at the Roman prison Rebibbia.  



APRIL 7, 2015
Pope Francis collaborates on commercial pop song with Italian-Argentine musician Odino Faccia titled "So We Can All Be One". Lyrics include "The future is in your mind, In your hands and in your heart. So that all may be one – Gone are the walls, Only the value of the meeting, Which it is the bridge to peace



APRIL 28, 2015
Pope Francis says
'How I wish that Christians could kneel in veneration when a poor person enters the church.'   (VATICAN RADIO)



APRIL 29, 2015
Pope Francis jokes 'being Argentinian, they thought I would call myself  Jesus II'   (NY TIMES)

MAY 7, 2015
Pope Francis
says decline of marriage 'Is a Form of Male Chauvinism'   (CNS NEWS)



MAY 7, 2015
Pope Francis
makes history by welcoming a woman archbishop (Archbishop Antje Jackelén, Head of The Church of Sweden) to an official audience at the Apostolic Palace for the first time  (HUFFINGTON POST)



MAY 13, 2015
Vatican officially recognizes Palestinian State in new treaty



MAY 29, 2015
Pope Francis said 'There is also a question, whose explanation one does not learn in a catechesis. It is a question I frequently ask myself and many of you, many people ask: “Why do children suffer?”. And there are no answers. This too is a mystery. I just look to God and ask:“But why?”. And looking at the Cross: “Why is your Son there? Why?”. It is the mystery of the Cross. I often think of Our Lady, when they handed down to her the dead body of her Son, covered with wounds, spat on, bloodied and soiled. And what did Our Lady do? “Did she carry him away?”. No, she embraced him, she caressed him. Our Lady, too, did not understand. Because she, in that moment, remembered what the Angel had said to her: “He will be King, he will be great, he will be a prophet…”; and inside, surely, with that wounded body lying in her arms, that body that suffered so before dying, inside surely she wanted to say to the Angel: “Liar! I was deceived.” She, too, had no answers.(VATICAN.VA)



MAY 24, 2015
Pope Francis publishes the "environmental Encyclical", Laudato si’Some quotes:
When our hearts are authentically open to universal communion, this sense of fraternity excludes nothing and no one. It follows that our indifference or cruelty towards fellow creatures of this world sooner or later affects the treatment we mete out to other human beings.
The creatures of this world no longer appear to us under merely natural guise because the risen One is mysteriously holding them to himself and directing them towards fullness as their end.
The very flowers of the field and the birds which his human eyes contemplated and admired are now imbued with his radiant presence.
If we approach nature and the environment without this openness to awe and wonder, if we no longer speak the language of fraternity and beauty in our relationship with the world, our attitude will be that of masters, consumers, ruthless exploiters, unable to set limits on their immediate needs. By contrast, if we feel intimately united with all that exists, then sobriety and care will well up spontaneously.
"Because of us, thousands of species will no longer give glory to God by their very existence, nor convey their message to us."
"All creatures are moving forward with us and through us towards a common point of arrival, which is God, in that transcendent fullness where the risen Christ embraces and illumines all things. Human beings, endowed with intelligence and love, and drawn by the fullness of Christ, are called to lead all creatures back to their Creator."



JUNE 3, 2015
One of Pope’s closest advisors, Argentinean Archbishop Victor Fernández, gives interview explaining how Pope Francis is changing the Church, saying 'The pope goes slow because he wants to be sure that the changes have a deep impact. The slow pace is necessary to ensure the effectiveness of the changes. He knows there are those hoping that the next pope will turn everything back around. If you go slowly it's more difficult to turn things back… . You have to realize that he is aiming at reform that is irreversible…No, there’s no turning back. If and when Francis is no longer pope, his legacy will remain strong. For example, the pope is convinced that the things he’s already written or said cannot be condemned as an error. Therefore, in the future anyone can repeat those things without fear of being sanctioned.'   (Italian newspaper CORRIERE DELLA SERA, May 10, 2015)



JUNE 6, 2015
The Pastoral Staff of Pope Francis breaks during a trip to Sarajevo – it is repaired with adhesive tape   (LA STAMPA)



JUNE 8, 2015
Pope Francis says to journalists 'Pray for me, and if some of you can't pray because you are not believers, send me good vibrations.'   (CNN)



JUNE 12, 2015
Pope Francis to hold his first public meeting with gay activist Simón Cazal, executive director of LGBT rights group SOMOSGAY on July 11, 2015 (PEOPLE MAGAZINE)



JUNE 18, 2015
Call for 'Ecological Conversion' – Pope Francis' plea for humanity in his new encyclical Laudato Si (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER)



JUNE 23, 2015
Pope Francis Says Weapons Manufacturers Shouldn’t Call Themselves Christians (HUFFINGTON POST)



JUNE 23, 2015
Pope Francis tweets "God’s love is free. He asks for nothing in return; all he wants is for his love to be accepted."



JUNE 29, 2015
Bolivian Culture Minister Marko Machicaoope says Pope Francis 'specifically requested' to chew coca leaves during his visit to Bolivia. Coca leaves (the raw ingredient for cocaine) were declared an illegal substance under the 1961 UN convention on narcotic drugs.  Pope Francis clarified in a July 13 airplane press conference that he did not try the coca leaves.  When asked where his energy comes from he said 'What drugs are you on? That was the real question. Maté tea helps me but I didn’t try the coca leaves, let me make that clear!'   (REUTERS / LA STAMPA)



JULY 7, 2015
Pope hints at 'scandalous' changes for the church – Referring to the synod on the family to be held in October, Pope Francis said to a large crowd 'I ask you to pray fervently for this intention, so that Christ can take even what might seem to us impure, scandalous or threatening, and turn it … into a miracle. Families today need miracles!'   (CNN)



JULY 9, 2015
Unbridled capitalism is the 'dung of the devil', says Pope Francis (THE GUARDIAN)



JULY 9, 2015
Pope Francis (speaking about Jesus multiplying the fish and loaves) during a homily for the Votive Mass of the Most Holy Eucharist in Bolivia said 'He takes a little bread and some fish, he blesses them and then gives them to his disciples to share with the crowd. This is how the miracle takes place. It is not magic or sorcery. With these three gestures, Jesus is able to turn a mentality which discards others into a mindset of communion and community….And we can imagine this now: we can imagine how they kept passing the loaves and fishes from hand to hand until the food reached those who were farthest away. Jesus managed to generate a current among his followers: they all went on sharing what was their own, turning it into a gift for the others; and that is how they all got to eat their fill. Incredibly, food was left over: they collected it in seven baskets.' (VATICAN)



JULY 12, 2015
Pope Francis had accepted a 'Communist Crucifix' featuring a hammer and sickle from Bolivian President Evo Morales on his arrival in Boliva on July 9.  When asked about the controversial gift, Pope Francis said 'I understand this work. For me it wasn't an offense. I carry it with me.'   (THE GUARDIAN)



JULY 12, 2015
The New York Times
recapped the Pope's South America trip, writing:
  "he censured capitalism, championed the rights of the poor, warned of irreversible damage to the planet and urged youths to 'make a mess'.  In passionate speeches, the Argentine pontiff urged the destitute to change the world economic order and branded the unfettered pursuit of money as the 'dung of the devil'.  He also sought forgiveness for the sins committed by the Catholic Church against native Americans during the colonial era.  …
Francis called for the poor to have the "sacred rights" of labour, lodging, and land…Food and shelter were essential to human dignity, he said…Francis said that protecting the environment was no longer a choice but a duty if the world wanted to save the planet from ruin.



JULY 13, 2015
At least 14 people were bitten by snakes and had to be attended by medics during a Mass conducted by Pope Francis in the Paraguayan city of Asuncion   (ALJAZEERA)



JULY 13, 2015
Pope Closes South America Trip Urging Youth to "Make A Mess"   (REUTERS)



JULY 20, 2015
Vatican Communications official Fr. Federico Lombardi tells National Geographic 'No one knows all of what he’s doing. His personal secretary doesn’t even know. I have to call around: One person knows one part of his schedule, someone else knows another part…the structure of the curia is no longer clear. The process is ongoing, and what will be at the end, no one knows. The secretary of state is not as centralized, and the pope has many relations that are directed by him alone, without any mediation.(NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC)



JULY 28, 2015
'The Pope Francis Statement That Changed the Church on LGBT Issues' – '…Under the leadership of Pope Francis, the Catholic Church is evolving on LGBT issues….The church is beginning to discern more deeply the full measure of God’s presence in LGBT individuals and, yes, couples, too…'   (TIME MAGAZINE)



AUGUST 5, 2015
Pope Francis said Catholics who have divorced and are civilly remarried 'are not, in fact, excommunicated — they are not excommunicated — and they absolutely must not be treated as if they were'   (CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE)



AUGUST 5, 2015
Pope Francis Invites
Oprah, William Morris Agent Agent Ari Emanuel, television producer Brian Grazer, actor Matt Damon, supermogul David Geffen to to the Vatican for summit on how the church is perceived by Western media



AUGUST 10, 2015
Pope Francis calls Europe's rejection of migrants an 'Act of War'   (THE INDEPENDENT)



AUGUST 10, 2015
Vatican For Sale: Very Wealthy Rent the Sistine Chapel, Dine with the Pope and Buy Secret Archives



AUGUST 25, 2015
Pope Francis says 'In opposing every attempt to create a rigid uniformity, we can and must build unity on the basis of our diversity of languages, cultures and religions, and lift our voices against everything which would stand in the way of such unity' (VATICAN RADIO)



AUGUST 30, 2015
Francis Effect’ Prompts Six in Ten American Catholics to Support Gay Marriage (BRIETBART)



AUGUST 31, 2015
During a 'virtual audience' with David Muir called 'Pope Francis and the People', Pope Francis said 'Friendship in society, that's what God created us for.'   (ABC NEWS)



Pope Francis emphasizes forgiveness for women who have abortions (THE WASHINGTON POST)



Pope Francis said in a video message to theologians 'Doctrine is not a closed system devoid of dynamics able to raise questions, doubts, inquiries' (CATHOLIC HERALD)



Pope Asks All European Parishes to Take In a Refugee Family (VATICAN RADIO)



Pope Francis Reforms Roman Catholic Marriage Annulment Procedures (NBC NEWS)



SEPTEMBER 10, 2015
Pope Francis said during a homily 'If you are a priest and you can’t manage to be merciful, tell your bishop who will give you a job in administration but please don’t go into the confessional box!  A priest who is not merciful does a lot of harm in the confessional box! He beats people. ‘No, Father, I am merciful but I’m a bit stressed….? It’s true…. Before going to hear confessions, go to your doctor who will give you some pills to make you less stressed' (VATICAN RADIO)



SEPTEMBER 11, 2015
In dossier Vatican officials accuse the Holy Father of "giving up an important dogma (annulment process), and assert that he has introduced de facto 'Catholic divorce'…argues that Francis 'circumvented' the regulated process for changing legislation for the universal Church and that motu proprio papal commission had been ordered to keep silent…this decision and others are effectively isolating the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith and that the Pope is steadily making their work superfluous." (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER)



SEPTEMBER 13, 2015
In radio interview interview with Marcelo Figueroa, an evangelical Protestant who is a personal friend of the Pope and journalist at Buenos Aires’ Radio Milenium, Pope Francis said '…Fundamentalists keep God away from accompanying his people, they divert their minds from him and transform him into an ideology. So in the name of this ideological god, they kill, they attack, destroy, slander. Practically speaking, they transform that God into a Baal, an idol..No religion is immune from its own fundamentalisms. In every religion there will be a small group of fundamentalists whose work is to destroy for the sake of an idea, and not reality. And reality is superior to ideas.'  (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)


SEPTEMBER 13, 2015
In a homily Pope Francis says 'Jesus became the greatest sinner without having committed any. Paul tells us: ‘He became sin for us’, by taking on the image ‘He became the snake. He became sin to save us’; this is the message in the Liturgy of the Word today, the path of Jesus.'  



SEPTEMBER 20, 2015
Speaking to youth in Havana Pope Francis did not mention the Name of Jesus once – He said: '…Sure, a person sometimes dreams of things that are never going to happen. But dream them. Desire them. Seek the horizon. Open yourselves to great things. Don’t be wimpy. Open yourselves and dream. Dream that the world with you can be different. Dream that if you give the best of yourself, you are going to help this world be different. Don’t forget. Dream. If you get carried away and dream too much and life cuts you off, don't worry. Dream and share your dreams. Speak about the great things that you want, because inasmuch as your capacity to dream is greater, when life leaves you only half way, you will have gone farther. So, first dream
When a religion becomes a "little convent" it loses the best that it has, it loses its reality of adoring God, of believing in God. It’s a little convent of words, of prayers, of "I’m good and you’re bad,’ of moral regulations. I have my ideology, my way of thinking and you have yours; I close myself in this "little convent" of ideology. Open hearts. Open minds. If you are different than me, why don’t we talk? Why do we always throw rocks at that which separates us? At that in which we are differing? Why don’t we hold hands in that which we have in common? '   (ZENIT)



SEPTEMBER 22, 2015
A journalist asked 'There have already been discussions about a communist Pope, now there are event those who speak of a Pope who isn’t Catholic. In the face of these considerations, what do you think?'. Pope Francis answered 'A cardinal friend of mine told me that a very concerned woman, very Catholic, went to him. A bit rigid, but Catholic. And she asked him if it was true that in the Bible, they spoke of an antichrist, and she explained it to him. And also in the Apocalypse, no? And, then, if it was true that an anti-pope, who is the antichrist, the anti-Pope. But why is she asking me this question, this cardinal asked me? “Because I’m sure that Pope Francis is the anti-pope,” she said. And why does she ask this, why does she have this idea? “It’s because he doesn’t wear red shoes.”'  



SEPTEMBER 23, 2015
Arizona Mother Recalls When Her Daughter's Heart Healed After a Kiss from Pope Francis  



SEPTEMBER 24, 2015
In a homily at Saint Patrick's Cathedral Pope Francis says 'if at times our efforts and works seem to fail and produce no fruit, we need to remember that we are followers of Jesus… and his life, humanly speaking, ended in failure, the failure of the cross'  


SEPTEMBER 24, 2015
Cardinal Danneels, one of the papal delegates chosen to attend the upcoming Ordinary Synod on the Family, confessed to being part of a radical "mafia" reformist group opposed to Benedict XVI. He said he was part of a secret club of cardinals opposed to Pope Benedict XVI. He called it a "mafia" club that bore the name of St. Gallen. The group wanted a drastic reform of the Church, to make it "much more modern", and for Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio to head it. The group, which also comprised Cardinal Walter Kasper and the late Jesuit Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, has been documented in Austen Ivereigh's biography of Pope Francis, The Great Reformer.  



SEPTEMBER 24, 2015
Pope Francis Wants To Be President Of The World – Francis is also campaigning to lead public, secular, political discourse worldwide. He is arguing that the two realms of faith and politics are one



SEPTEMBER 25, 2015
Pope Francis to Release Pop-Rock Album 'Wake Up!' – the Vatican-approved LP, collaboration with Believe Digital, which features the Pontiff delivering sacred hymns and excerpts of his most moving speeches in multiple languages paired with uplifting musical accompaniment ranging from pop-rock to Gregorian chant.   



SEPTEMBER 25, 2015
Openly gay actor, journalist, comedian, and vocal supporter of same-sex marriage Mo Rocca served as a Lector (reader) at Pope Francis' Madison Square Garden Mass  



SEPTEMBER 25, 2015
US Congressman Bob Brady snatched a glass of water used by Pope Francis during his visit. Brady carefully carried the glass, still half full, back to his office where he sipped the water and then passed it around to his wife and two staffers. Later, he invited Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) to his office, who, along with his wife and mother, dipped his fingers in the water. Casey’s office confirmed this was true. He’s since emptied the water into a bottle. He plans to use it to bless his grandchildren. "Anything the pope touches becomes blessed,” he said. “I think so and no one is going to change my mind.”  



SEPTEMBER 26, 2015
Shakira Performs John Lennon's 'Imagine' for the Pope at the United Nations – Shakira performed an acoustic version of “Imagine” following the Pope’s speech at the United Nations, lyrics include 'Imagine there's no heaven, It's easy if you try, No hell below us, Above us only sky…Imagine there's no countries, It isn't hard to do, Nothing to kill or die for, And no religion too'   (BILLBOARD/TIME)



SEPTEMBER 28, 2015
Pope Francis said 'Look, in the Church women are more important than men, because the church is a woman. It is “la” church, not “il” church. The Church is the bride of Jesus Christ. And the Madonna is more important than popes and bishops and priests. I must admit we are a bit late in an elaboration of the theology of women. We have to move ahead with that theology.' (VATICAN RADIO)



OCTOBER 1, 2015
Final Roster of Synod Fathers Revealed –  those pushing for Church reform in pastoral practice (divorce, homosexuality) figure highly, especially among those personally chosen by the Holy Fathermany, if not the majority, of the Pope’s choices are those who would like to see changes in pastoral practice regarding issues relating to marriage and the family…Controversially, the Pope has again chosen 82-year-old Cardinal Godfried Danneels who reportedly advised the king of Belgium to sign an abortion law , told a victim of sexual abuse to keep quiet and once said same-sex 'marriage' was a 'positive development' (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER)



OCTOBER 2, 2015
Pope held private meeting with same-sex couple in U.S. – Pope Francis held a private meeting with a longtime friend from Argentina who has been in a same-sex relationship for 19 years. Yayo Grassi, an atheist and openly gay man, brought his partner, Iwan Bagus, as well several other friends to the Vatican Embassy on September 23 for a brief visit with the Pope. Grassi said the Pope has long known that he is gay, but has never condemned his sexuality or his same-sex relationship, has never been judgmental, or said anything negative.   (CNN)



OCTOBER 2, 2015
The Pope's meeting with Kim Davis (the Kentucky clerk who spent six days in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples) on September 24 at the Vatican Embassy in Washington was not intended as a show of support for her cause, the Vatican said Friday.  



OCTOBER 5, 2015
Pope says Church can't be 'museum', must be open to change    (REUTERS)



OCTOBER 18, 2015
Pope Francis calls for changes to papacy and a more decentralized church  (RELIGION NEWS SERVICE)



OCTOBER 24, 2015
Pope Francis addresses Synod of Bishops at conclusion – 'It was about bearing witness to everyone that, for the Church, the Gospel continues to be a vital source of eternal newness, against all those who would “indoctrinate” it in dead stones to be hurled at others. It was also about laying bare the closed hearts which frequently hide even behind the Church’s teachings or good intentions, in order to sit in the chair of Moses and judge, sometimes with superiority and superficiality, difficult cases and wounded families…It was about trying to open up broader horizons, rising above conspiracy theories and blinkered viewpoints, so as to defend and spread the freedom of the children of God, and to transmit the beauty of Christian Newness, at times encrusted in a language which is archaic or simply incomprehensible…The Synod experience also made us better realize that the true defenders of doctrine are not those who uphold its letter, but its spirit; not ideas but people; not formulae but the gratuitousness of God’s love and forgiveness.'    (VATICAN RADIO)



OCTOBER 28, 2015
Pope Francis' jokes to the World Jewish Congress with David de Rothschild in attendance. He told the story of an anti-Semitic priest who never missed an opportunity to attack the Jews. 'One day, in a sermon, the priest found a pretext and began to attack Jews, as always, in virulent form. Suddenly, Jesus came down from the cross, looked to the Virgin and says, 'Mom, let's go, it seems that they do not like us here.'' (LA NACION)



OCTOBER 29, 2015
Pope: God can only love and not condemn – Pope Francis says God can only love and not condemn and that love is His weakness and our victory. He said we are so closely bound to God’s love that nothing can sever us from it….'The gift is God’s love, a God who can’t sever himself from us. That is the impotence of God. We say: ‘God is all powerful, He can do everything!” Except for one thing: Sever Himself from us!…It’s impossible for God to not love us! And this is our safeguard….He is waiting, he is not condemning (us) and he is weeping. Why? Because he loves (us)!(VATICAN RADIO)



NOVEMBER 1, 2015
Pope Francis said 'The diverse opinion of the bishops is part of this modernity of the Church and of the diverse societies in which she operated, but the goal is the same, and for that which regards the admission of the divorced to the Sacraments, it confirms that this principle has been accepted by the Synod. This is bottom line result, the de facto appraisals are entrusted to the confessors, but at the end of faster or slower paths, all the divorced who ask will be admitted.' (LA REPUBBLICA)



NOVEMBER 5, 2015
Pope Says As a Boy He Wanted to Be a Butcher  (REUTERS)



NOVEMBER 6, 2015
Pope Francis: The Christian includes; Pharisees exclude – "The Christian includes, he does not close the door to anyone, even if this provokes resistance…The attitude of the Scribes and the Pharisees is the same, they exclude. [They say,] ‘We are the perfect, we follow the law. These people are sinners, they are publicans’; and the attitude of Jesus is to include. There are two paths in life: the path exclusion of persons from our community and the path of inclusion…This is the ‘including’ of God, against the exclusion of those who judge, who drive away people, persons: ‘No, no to this, no to that, no to that…’; and a little of circle of friends is created, which is their environment. It is a dialectic between exclusion and inclusion. God has included us all in salvation, all!(VATICAN RADIO)



NOVEMBER 10, 2015
Catholicism can and must change, Francis forcefully tells Italian church gathering – Pope Francis said 'I do not want a Church concerned with being at the centre and then ends by being caught up in a web of obsessions and procedures. If something should rightly disturb us and trouble our consciences, it is the fact that so many of our brothers and sisters are living without the strength, light and consolation born of friendship with Jesus Christ, without a community of faith to support them, without meaning and a goal in life. More than by fear of going astray, my hope is that we will be moved by the fear of remaining shut up within structures which give us a false sense of security, within rules which make us harsh judges, within habits which make us feel safe, while at our door people are starving and Jesus does not tire of saying to us: “Give them something to eat”…Christian doctrine is not a closed system incapable of generating questions, doubts and uncertainties, but it is living, it knows how to disturb and to encourage.'    (VATICAN RADIO)



NOVEMBER 11, 2015
Pope Francis said 'Because Jesus gave us the Eucharist as a meal, there is a close relationship between families and the Mass.  The togetherness we experience in our families is meant, in the family of the Church, to extend to all as a sign of God’s universal love.  In this way the Eucharist becomes a school of inclusion, in which we learn to be attentive to the needs of everyone.  Sadly, the family meal, this great symbol of togetherness, is disappearing in some societies.  Food itself, the very sign of our sharing with other, is wantonly wasted in some places, while our brothers and sisters go hungry in others.  The Eucharist reminds us that our bread is meant to be shared with all.  May our families, and the entire Church, be signs of togetherness and solidarity for the good of the whole human family, especially during the coming Jubilee of Mercy.'    (VATICAN RADIO)



NOVEMBER 16, 2015
Pope Francis suggests Lutherans might discern taking Catholic communion individually – Pope Francis has strikingly suggested that Lutherans married to Catholics can personally discern whether to take Communion in the Catholic church, saying it is not his role to give permission to such persons but to encourage them to listen to what God is telling them about their situations. Pope Francis said 'I ask myself: Is sharing the Lord’s Supper the end of a path or is it the viaticum for walking together? It is true that in a certain sense sharing is to say that there are not differences among us, that we have the same doctrine — I underline the word, a word difficult to understand — but I ask myself: Don’t we have the same Baptism? And if we have the same baptism, we must walk together. You are a witness of an even profound path because it is a conjugal path, a path truly of family, of human love, and of shared faith. We have the same Baptism….I respond to you only with a question, What can I do with my husband, so that the Lord’s Supper accompanies me in the paths of my life? It is a problem to which everyone must respond but a pastor friend told me: ‘We believe that the Lord is present there. He is present. You believe that the Lord is present. And what is the difference?’ There are explanations, interpretations. Life is bigger than explanations and interpretations. Always make reference to Baptism. One faith, one baptism, one Lord,’ Paul tells us, 'From there, grab hold of the consequences.' I will not ever dare to give permission to do this because it is not my competence. One Baptism, one Lord, one faith. Speak with the Lord and go forward. I do not dare to say more.' (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER)



NOVEMBER 16, 2015
Obama Invokes Pope Francis to Justify Taking Syrian Refugees (THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER)



NOVEMBER 20, 2015
Pope Francis calls Christmas a ‘charade’ as the ‘World continues to wage war’    (THE WASHINGTON TIMES)



NOVEMBER 20, 2015
Neurotic priests scare me, says Pope – In comments that had his audience chuckling at a conference on training for the priesthood, the pontiff revealed he is instinctively suspicious of overly pious candidates. Pope Francis said 'I will tell you sincerely, I'm scared of rigid priests. I keep away from them. They bite!…If you are sick, if you are neurotic, go and see a doctor, spiritual or physical. The doctor will give you pills. But, please, don't let the faithful pay for neurotic priests…There are often young men who are psychologically unstable without knowing it and who look for strong structures to support them. For some it is the police or the army but for others it is the clergy. When a youngster is too rigid, too fundamentalist, I don't feel confident (about him). Behind it there is something he himself does not understand. Keep your eyes open!' (AFP)



NOVEMBER 21, 2015
Pope Francis says to educators 'To educate is not only to catechize and evangelize in schools, but to open youth to a dimension of transcendence combating every sort of closedness.  Therefore, educators should feel called to take risks because where there is rigidity, there is no humanity, and Christ does not enter.' (VATICAN RADIO)



NOVEMBER 26, 2015
Pope Francis tweets 'May my visit to Africa be a sign of the Church’s esteem for all religions, and strengthen our bonds of friendship.'   (TWITTER)



NOVEMBER 27, 2015
Pope Francis said to youth in Kenya 'When you don’t understand something, when desperation hits you then look at the cross. That is the great failure of God, that is the destruction of God, and it’s a challenge to our faith. And this is hope, because history did not end in that failure. Rather it’s in the resurrection of Christ that renewed all of us. I am going to tell you something personal. It’s 12 (o’clock) are you hungry? (Laughter and cheers). I am going to tell you something private. In my pocket I always carry two thing: a rosary to pray something which seems odd, this is here is the history of God’s failure, it’s the way of the cross, a small way of the cross, as Jesus suffered and when they condemned him right up to where he was buried with these two things I do the best I can.'   (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)



NOVEMBER 30, 2015
Pope Francis Sends Shoes to Stand in at Paris Climate Protest  (SUN TIMES)



NOVEMBER 30, 2015
In in-flight interview from Africa to Rome Pope Francis says:
'Yesterday, I went to the Evangelicals, who work hard. And then they came to Mass in the evening. Today I went to the mosque. I prayed in the mosque. Even the Imam got into the popemobile to take a ride around the small stadium. These are small gestures, is that which they want. Because, there is a small group. I think that is Christian, or they say they are Christian, which is is very violent. I don’t really understand this. But, it’s not ISIS, it’s another thing. It’s Christian.'

(after being asked about the dangers of fundamentalism and the Paris attack by ISIS)
'One of the greatest values is the fraternity among us. We are all children of God. We have the same father. In this sense, we have to make politics of unity, reconciliation. A word that I don’t like, but I have to use it is “tolerance.” But, not only tolerance, co-existence, friendship. That’s how it is. Fundamentalism is a sickness that exists in all religions. We Catholics have some, not just some, so many, who believe they have the absolute truth and they move forward with calumnies, with defamation and they hurt (people), they hurt. And, I say this because it’s my Church, also us, all of us. It must be combated.'

(after being asked what Islam and Mohamed have to say to the world today)
'They have virtues, many virtues and these virtues are constructive. I also have the experience of friendship – it’s a strong word, friendship – with a Muslim, a world leader, we can talk, and he had his beliefs and I had mine, he prayed and I prayed. (There are) many values,prayer for example, fasting, religious values. Also other virtues…We can’t cancel out a religious because there are some, or even many fundamentalist groups at a certain point in history. It’s true, wars between religions have always been there throughout history, always. We also need to ask for forgiveness, Catherine de’Medici was no saint, and that 30 years war, that night of St. Bartholomew, we must also ask for forgiveness from the fundamentalist extremists in the religious wars. But they have virtues, one can dialogue with them. Today I was at a mosque, an Imam prayed with me, he wanted to go around the small stadium with me in the popemobile, where there were many who couldn’t enter, and in the popemobile there was the Pope and an Imam. It was possible to speak. As everywhere, there are people with religious values, there are people who don’t…how many wars, not only religious, wars we Christians have made. It wasn’t the Muslims who did the Sack of Rome. They have virtues.' (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)



DECEMBER 1, 2015
Pope Francis is PETA's (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) Person of the Year (TIME)



DECEMBER 2, 2015
'Call Me Francis' a film about “the people’s pope,” has world premier at Vatican(NEW YORK TIMES)
The film was produced by Silvio Berlusconi’s Mediaset’s Medusa and TaoDue companies. (THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER)



DECEMBER 3, 2015
Pope Francis says 'Not everyone understands when there is talk of “God’s maternity,” it’s not a popular language – in the good sense of the word – it seems a language that is somewhat chosen. Therefore, I prefer to use tenderness, proper to a mother, the tenderness of God, tenderness born from the paternal insides. God is Father and Mother.' (CREDERE/ZENIT)



DECEMBER 7, 2015
Pope Francis Prays for Climate Summit in Paris to Succeed  (USA TODAY)



DECEMBER 7, 2015
Public Art Projection Featuring Images of Humanity and Climate Change to Illuminate St. Peter’s Basilica on the Opening of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy – "On December 8, a coalition convened by the World Bank Group’s Connect4Climate initiative will present a gift of contemporary public art entitled “Fiat Lux: Illuminating our Common Home” to Pope Francis on the opening day of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, to galvanize action and drive global attention to the importance of tackling climate change….At this unprecedented and historic event, beautiful images of our shared natural world will be projected onto the façade of St. Peter’s Basilica in a contemporary work of public art that tells the visual story of the interdependency of humans and life on earth with the planet, in order to educate and inspire change around the climate crisis across generations, cultures, languages, religions and class. The large-scale architectural public art installation is inspired by the themes of climate change, human dignity and the earth’s living creatures in the Encyclical “Laudato Si’” of Pope Francis. Programmed to coincide not only with the Jubilee, but also with COP21 in Paris, the historic occasion will call on citizens of the world to join a global movement to protect our common home."  (THEWORLDBANK.ORG)



DECEMBER 8, 2015
Pope Francis Opens Door on His Holy Year of Mercy – Pope Francis pushed open the great bronze doors of St. Peter's Basilica to launch his Holy Year of Mercy, declaring that mercy trumps moralizing in his Catholic Church….Francis launched the 12-month jubilee to emphasize what has become the leitmotif of his papacy: showing the merciful and welcoming side of a Catholic Church more often known for moralizing and casting judgment." (NBC NEWS)



DECEMBER 11, 2015
Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, insisted the Pope’s support for climate-change science is not mere opinion, but part of the ordinary magisterium, and so is owed the same obedience by the faithful as the recognition that abortion is a mortal sin (which is also part of the ordinary magisterium, he pointed out).   (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER)



DECEMBER 12, 2015
Catholics Should Not try to Convert Jews, Vatican Says – "Catholics should not try to convert Jews and should work with them to fight anti-Semitism, the Vatican said in a major new document…'In concrete terms this means that the Catholic Church neither conducts nor supports any specific institutional mission work directed towards Jews,' said the document, adding that there was a 'principled rejection of an institutional Jewish mission'. A Vatican expert in Catholic-Jewish dialogue said it was the first time a repudiation of active conversion of Jews had been so clearly stated in a Vatican document. (NBC NEWS)



DECEMBER 14, 2015
Jens Kruse of Rome’s Evangelical Lutheran Church has said he believes Pope Francis 'opened the door' to intercommunion when the Holy Father spoke to his church last month, and that his parishioners generally have the same opinion and that he thinks his flock feel freer, in accordance with their conscience, to receive the Eucharist in the Catholic Church after Francis’ comments on November 15 (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER)



DECEMBER 14, 2015
Pope calls on world leaders to adopt Paris climate deal – There have been reports Francis personally intervened to push the December climate change deal through(THE WASHINGTON POST)



DECEMBER 21, 2015
Pope Francis gives another lump of coal to Vatican prelates, calling them out for 'scandals' – For the second year running, Pope Francis used his Christmas speech to Vatican prelates to criticize them for the scandals and corruption — "diseases," he called them — that have bedeviled the Vatican in recent years. 'Some of these diseases became evident in the course of the past year, causing no small pain to the entire body and harming many souls, even by scandal,' he said….In a Christmas address to the Vatican’s lay employees, Francis struck a far friendlier note, thanking them for their service during the year and saying 'I also want to ask your forgiveness for the scandals in the Vatican,' he said, asking the staff to pray for wrongdoers. (THE LOS ANGELES TIMES)



DECEMBER 21, 2015
The Vatican announced that Greg Burke (Opus Dei member), a former Time magazine and Fox News correspondent in Rome who has served as senior communications adviser to the Secretariat of State since 2012, has been named the new vice director of the Holy See Press Office. (CRUX)



DECEMBER 23, 2015
Pope Francis  is awarded the International Charlemagne Prize – The prize is the oldest and best-known prize awarded for work done in the service of European unification. A communiqué by the Prize Committee said that Pope Francis has sent “a message of hope and encouragement" at a time in which "many citizens in Europe are seeking orientation.” The Pope – it continues – is a witness for a community based on values which include a sense of humanity, the protection of resources and dialogue between cultures and religions at a European level. (NEWS.VA)



DECEMBER 27, 2015
Pope Francis said 'How comforting it is for us to reflect on Mary and Joseph teaching Jesus how to pray!…We know what Jesus did on that occasion. Instead of returning home with his family, he stayed in Jerusalem, in the Temple, causing great distress to Mary and Joseph who were unable to find him. For this little “escapade”, Jesus probably had to beg forgiveness of his parents. The Gospel doesn’t say this, but I believe that we can presume it. Mary’s question, moreover, contains a certain reproach, revealing the concern and anguish which she and Joseph felt.' (NEWS.VA)



DECEMBER 27, 2015
How Pope Francis Became the 'People's Pope' in 2015 – Pope Francis is known for being a different kind of pope. He has called for equal pay for women, advocated for forgiveness for women who have received abortions and couples that have been divorced or remarried, and even pushed world leaders to address climate change. Over the last year, he has also made efforts to interact with different people and speak up for their needs. He has met with members of the LGBT community, people with disabilities, prisoners and others:  He Had Lunch With Gay, Transgender Inmates; He Met With a Gay-Rights Activist; He Made a Plea for Man and Nature; He Took Selfies With Students; Met With a Gay Couple While in U.S.; He spoke at a Ground Zero Interfaith Prayer Service; Homeless Man on the Pope: 'You Know You Are Not Alone.', He Stopped to Bless Children; Meets With Church Sex-Abuse Victims.



DECEMBER 28, 2015
Donald Trump, Pope Francis Tie for Second Place as Most Admired Man of 2015   (NBC NEWS)





JANUARY 4, 2016
Will Pope Francis Become a Holy Man for the World? – Deepak Chopra writes "Pope Francis I is poised to be more than a very popular pontiff graced with humility and an approach of love and gentleness, two words he often uses. He could rise to become a symbol of holiness beyond the Catholic Church, as the Dalai Lama is a symbol of enlightenment beyond Tibetan Buddhism….Standing outside the Church looking in, millions of non-Catholics feel a fresh wind blowing…To an outsider, it has appeared that modern Catholicism has been mired in a rearguard effort to protect theology at all costs. As beloved as John Paul II was, his views on dogma were totally conservative, and his strong arm of enforcement, the cardinal who became Benedict XVI, was even more strict. Under their guidance, the Church fell behind by decades when it came to modern social trends."   (THE HUFFINGTON POST)



JANUARY 7, 2016
In first prayer video, Pope stresses interfaith unity – An initiative of the Jesuit-run global prayer network Apostleship of Prayer, the video was filmed in collaboration with the Vatican Television Center and marks the first time the Pope’s monthly prayer intentions have been featured on video. Pope Francis says 'Many think differently, feel differently, seeking God or meeting God in different ways. In this crowd, in this range of religions, there is only one certainty that we have for all: we are all children of God'. (Note: The video includes a Lama, a Rabbi, and an Islamic leader and shows imagery of a statue of Buddha, Muslim prayer beads, a Minora, and a Baby Jesus doll).   (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)



JANUARY 10, 2016
Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google parent company Alphabet, had an unusual meeting on his calendar on Friday — a private sit-down with Pope Francis at the Vatican. – Neither Google nor the Vatican would comment on what the two discussed during the meeting. A video report showed the pontiff shaking hands with Schmidt and Jared Cohen, director of Google Ideas. Schmidt said to Francis, "I want to work with you to make these points. … We will make it happen." The pope responded, "Pray for me. Don't forget." It's not known what the two were referring to.   (NBC NEWS)



JANUARY 12, 2016
President Barack Obama uses Pope Francis as an example in his final State of the Union address.   (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)



JANUARY 13, 2016
Pope Francis Release: New Album Includes Spoken Reflections By Pontiff  (LATIN TIMES)



JANUARY 14, 2016
Catholics and Lutherans Reuniting for Reformation Anniversary – Catholics and Lutherans have made another step toward joint commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 by issuing common liturgical guidelines for ecumenical services to mark the occasion. The guidelines, in a booklet called “Common Prayer,” provide a template for an ecumenical service, complete with suggested prayers, appropriate hymns and themes for sermons…When a Lutheran woman married to a Catholic asked Pope Francis about this during his visit to her church in Rome last November, he said he couldn’t decide the question but hinted strongly that he supported it. “It is a question that each person must answer for themselves … there is one baptism, one faith, one Lord, so talk to the Lord and move forward,” he told the congregation, which broke out in applause…The booklet suggests that ecumenical services have two presiders, one Catholic and one Lutheran, and several prayer readers of both faiths.     (AMERICA MAGAZINE)



JANUARY 18, 2016
Pope Francis greets ecumenical delegation – Pope Francis said to the Finland Lutheran Delegation 'In a special way, we can thank the Lord for the fruits of the dialogue between Lutherans and Catholics. Here I think in particular of the common document on Justification in the Life of the Church. Building on these foundations, your dialogue is making promising progress towards a shared understanding, on the sacramental level, of Church, Eucharist and Ministry.(NEWS.VA)



JANUARY 18, 2016
Pope Francis meets with IMF's (International Monetary Fund) Managing Director Christine Lagarde – The two also met in the Vatican on December 10, 2014   (NEWS.VA)



JANUARY 18, 2016
Pope Francis: obstinate Christians are rebels and idolaters – Pope Francis said in a homily 'Christians who obstinately maintain ‘it’s always been done this way,' this is the path, this is the street—they sin: the sin of divination. It’s as if they went about by guessing: ‘What has been said and what doesn’t change is what’s important; what I hear—from myself and my closed heart—more than the Word of the Lord.’ Obstinacy is also the sin of idolatry: the Christian who is obstinate sins! The sin of idolatry. ‘And what is the way, Father?’ Open the heart to the Holy Spirit, discern what is the will of God…This is the message the Church gives us today. This is what Jesus says so forcefully: ‘New wine in new wineskins.’ Habits must be renewed in the newness of the Spirit, in the surprises of God.' (NEWS.VA)



JANUARY 21, 2016
Pope Francis changes Holy Thursday foot-washing ritual to include women – Francis said 'I have decided to make a change to the Roman Missal. I therefore decree that the section according to which those persons chosen for the washing of the feet must be men or boys, so that from now on the pastors of the Church may choose the participants in the rite from among all the members of the People of God.' (CNN)



JANUARY 21, 2016
Lutheran Group Reportedly Given Holy Communion in St. Peter's Basilica – A Lutheran group from Finland, led by their bishop, Samuel Salmi of Oulu, reportedly received Holy Communion in St Peter’s basilica this week, despite indicating to the priests present that they were ineligible to do so.  According to Finnish news agency Kotimaa at the time of Communion, the Finnish Lutherans put their right hand on their left shoulder to show they could not receive the Eucharist and wanted to receive a blessing instead. The Finnish Lutheran bishop said the priests distributing Communion ignored the sign and offered the Lutherans Communion anyway. The bishop also received the Eucharist. Bishop Salmi said Pope Francis was not present at the Mass, but said the Pope had repeatedly indicated he would like to develop unity between different denominations. The bishop, who in 2011 said homosexuals should have "full rights" in the Lutheran church, also told the news agency that Pope Francis has theological enemies in the Vatican and so may be limited in how freely he can speak.   (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER)



JANUARY 22, 2016
Pope Francis met with Apple CEO Tim Cook.   (ABC NEWS)



JANUARY 25, 2016
Pope Francis intends to participate in a joint ceremony of the Catholic Church and the World Lutheran Federation to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in Lund, Sweden on October 31, 2016.   (VATICAN)



JANUARY 26, 2016
Pope Francis asks Protestants for forgiveness for past persecution.   (REUTERS)



JANUARY 27, 2016
Pope Francis Said to Bless Human-Animal Chimeras – A Spanish scientist (Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, a prominent stem-cell biologist) told Scientific American that Pope Francis personally blessed his cutting edge research to mix human cells into animal bodies. Belmonte told Scientific American "Spain is a very Catholic country, so we had to go through the Pope. He very nicely said yes…Yes. The current Pope. So the Vatican is behind this research and has no problem based on the idea is to help humankind. And in theory all that we will be doing is killing pigs.” The Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Vatican’s scientific body, did not respond to an e-mail seeking to confirm Pope Francis’s position   (MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW/SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN)



JANUARY 28, 2016
Leonardo DiCaprio meets pope to talk about environment – DiCaprio, who is known as Leo, was received by Pope Francis, the Vatican said, without giving details.  (REUTERS)



FEBRUARY 2, 2016
Pope Francis to Make Acting Debut  – he will play himself in the new religious movie “Beyond the Sun,” marking his acting debut and the first time that a pope has appeared in a feature film   (VARIETY)



FEBRUARY 2, 2016
Pope Francis urges world not to fear China’s rise – In an interview Pope Francis said 'For me, China has always been a reference point of greatness. A great country. But more than a country, a great culture, with an inexhaustible wisdom'   (ASIA TIMES)



FEBRUARY 5, 2016
Pope Francis released new prayer intention video 'Care for Creation' – He says 'Believers and unbelievers agree that the earth is our common heritage, the fruits of which should benefit everyone. However, what is happening in the world we live in? The relationship between poverty and the fragility of the planet requires another way of managing the economy and measuring progress, conceiving a new way of living. Because we need a change that unites us all. Free from the slavery of consumerism. This month I make a special request: That we may take good care of creation–a gift freely given–cultivating and protecting it for future generations. Caring for our common home.(THEPOPEVIDEO.ORG)



FEBRUARY 5, 2016
Pope Francis spoke about John the Baptist saying 'But he also suffered in prison – let us say the word – the interior torture of doubt: ‘But maybe I made a mistake? This Messiah is not how I imagined the Messiah would be.’ And he invited his disciples to ask Jesus: ‘But tell us, tell us the truth: are you He who is to come?’ because that doubt made him suffer. ‘Was I mistaken in proclaiming someone who isn’t [who I thought]?’ The suffering, the interior solitude of this man. ‘I, on the other hand, must diminish, but diminish thus: in soul, in body, in everything(VATICAN RADIO)



FEBRUARY 8, 2016
In an interview, Pope Francis said 'Europe must and can change. It can and must reform itself. If it is unable to financially help the countries from which the refugees come from, you must face the problem of how to address this great challenge that is primarily humanitarian, but not only. Is an educational system is broken: that transmitting values from grandparents to grandchildren, from parents to children. It is appropriate to consider the problem of how to rebuild it. ' Often, Bergoglio uses a Biblical metaphor. He compares the Old Continent to Sarah, the wife of Abraham. Sarah was sterile and when she was more than seventy years old, according to the customs of those remote times she gave her slave to her husband so he could father a child on her. But then, miraculously, she succeeded in having one at the age of ninety. 'Europe,' Francis loves to repeat, 'is like Sarah, who first feared but then smiled secretly.' His hope, referring to what he had said, is that Europe will "smile secretly" at the immigrants.'  (CORRIERE DELLA SERA)



FEBRUARY 11, 2016
To priests who have been selected as Missionaries of Mercy. On confession Pope Francis said: '…If someone comes to you and feels something must be removed from him, but perhaps he is unable to say it, but you understand …it’s all right, he says it this way, with the gesture of coming. First condition. Second, he is repentant. If someone comes to you it is because he doesn’t want to fall into these situations, but he doesn’t dare say it, he is afraid to say it and then not be able to do it. But if he cannot do it, ad impossibila nemo tenetur. And the Lord understands these things, the language of gestures. Have open arms, to understand what is inside that heart that cannot be said or said this way … somewhat because of shame … you understand me. You must receive everyone with the language with which they can speak. Finally, I would like to mention a component of which there is not much talk, but which in fact is determinant: shame. It is not easy to put oneself before another man, although knowing that he represents God, and to confess one’s sin. One feels shame, be it for what one has done, be it for having to confess it to another. Shame is an intimate sentiment that cuts into one’s personal life and it requires on the part of the confessor an attitude of respect and encouragement. Often shame makes one mute and …The gesture, the language of the gesture….'   (ZENIT)



FEBRUARY 12, 2016
Cuba To Be the Capital of Unity, Says Pope Francis – After signing a joint statement in this capital with the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, the Pope praised the Cuban people, and specially President Raul Castro, who was present in the historic event. 'I appreciate its active readiness; if it continues this way, Cuba will be the capital of unity,' said Pope Francis'  (PRENSA LATINA)



FEBRUARY 15, 2016
Pope Francis meets with children who wrote letters for new book – When asked about his love for Jesus, Pope Francis said 'I do not know if I truly love Jesus. I try to love him, but I am sure that He loves me. I’m quite certain of this.' He said his favourite thing about being Pope was 'being around people   (VATICAN RADIO)



FEBRUARY 18, 2016
Pope Francis On Donald Trump: 'This Man Is Not Christian' – When asked specifically about Trump's proposal, Pope Francis said 'A person who only thinks about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,' he said, according to reporters who were on the plane with the pontiff. The pope stressed that he was not suggesting whom American voters should support in the election: 'I am not going to get involved in that. I would only say that this man is not Christian if he has said things like that.'    (HUFFINGTON POST)



FEBRUARY 18, 2016
Pope Francis Says Contraception Can Be Acceptable in Regions Hit by Zika Virus    (THE WALL STREET JOURNAL)



FEBRUARY 18, 2016
Pope Francis Renews Passport as Jorge Mario Bergoglio    (ABC NEWS)



FEBRUARY 18, 2016
In Flight Press Conference from Mexico to Rome –
When asked if Catholics in a 'second union' can receive Communion,
Pope Francis said 'This is the last thing. Integrating in the Church doesn’t mean receiving communion. I know married Catholics in a second union who go to church, who go to church once or twice a year and say I want communion, as if joining in Communion were an award. It’s a work towards integration, all doors are open, but we cannot say, ‘from here on they can have communion.’ This would be an injury also to marriage, to the couple, because it wouldn’t allow them to proceed on this path of integration. And those two were happy. They used a very beautiful expression: we don’t receive Eucharistic communion, but we receive communion when we visit hospitals and in this and this and this. Their integration is that. If there is something more, the Lord will tell them, but it’s a path, a road.'

Pope Francis was asked 'Some wonder how a Church that claims to be merciful, how can the Church forgive a murderer easier than someone who has divorced and remarried? '
He replied 'I like this question! On the family, two synods have spoken. The Pope has spoken on this all year in the Wednesday Catechisms. The question is true, you posed it very well.'

A reporter again brought up the vote on same sex unions and the 2003 Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith document that expressly states that Catholic parliamentarians must not vote for these laws. She asked if this document is 'still in effect' and 'what is the position a Catholic parliamentarian must take.
Pope Francis replied 'I do not remember that 2003 document from the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith well but every Catholic parliamentarian must vote according their well-formed conscience. I would say just this. I believe it is sufficient because – I say well-formed because it is not the conscience of 'what seems to me.' I remember when matrimony for persons of the same sex was voted on in Buenos Aires and the votes were tied. And at the end, one said to advise the other: 'But is it clear to you? No, me neither, but we’re going to lose like this. But if we don't go there won't be a quorum.' The other said: 'If we have a quorum we will give the vote to Kirchner.' And, the other said: 'I prefer to give it to Kirchner and not Bergoglio.' And they went ahead. This is not a well formed conscience. On people of the same sex, I repeat what I said on the trip to Rio di Janeiro. It’s in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.'   (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)



FEBRUARY 21, 2016
Pope Francis Against the Death Penalty: Criminals Too Have the Right to Life – Christians must work to abolish the death penalty and improve prison conditions, Pope Francis said: 'The commandment ‘Thou shall not kill’ has absolute value and concerns both the innocent and the guilty,' he said.    (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)



FEBRUARY 24, 2016
Pope Francis wants more dialogue with Islam – For Pope Francis, dialogue with Islam is a core issue. He recently voiced hopes to meet a major Sunni leader: the Grand Imam of al-Azhar Mosque, Ahmed el-Tayeb. 'I want to meet him. I know that he would like it' the Pope said    (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)



FEBRUARY 28, 2016
Excerpt from Pope Francis' children's book: Pope Francis answers if he was ever an altar boy this way. He writes: 'Dear Alessio, yes, I was an altar boy. And you? What part among the altar boys do you have? It’s easier to do now, you know: You might know that, when I was a kid, Mass was celebrated different than today. Back then, the priest faced the altar, which was next to the wall, and not the people. Then the book with which he said the Mass, the missal, was placed on the right side of the altar. But before reading of the Gospel it always had to be moved to the left side. That was my job: to carry it from right to left. It was exhausting! The book was heavy! I picked it up with all my energy but I wasn’t so strong; I picked it up once and fell down, so the priest had to help me. Some job I did! The Mass wasn’t in Italian then. The priest spoke but I didn’t understand anything and neither did my friends. So, for fun we’d do imitations of the priest, messing up the words a bit to make up weird sayings in Spanish. We had fun, and we really enjoyed serving Mass.'    (LOYOLA PRESS)



FEBRUARY 29, 2016
Pope Francis Praises Italy's Leading Abortion Rights Proponent – Pope Francis shocked church traditionalists and pro-life advocates after he recently praised a leading abortion rights advocate and even dubbed her as one of Italy's 'forgotten greats.' The pontiff made the statement during an interview last Feb. 8 with Corriere Della Serra, where he compared former Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino to great historical figures such as Konrad Adenauer and Robert Schuman. Pope Francis acknowledged that his statements were "controversial" but dismissed them, saying, 'True, but never mind. We have to look at people, at what they do.'    (CHRISTIAN TODAY)



MARCH 2, 2016
Pope Francis said 'The only continent that can bring about a certain unity to the world is Europe. China has perhaps a more ancient, deeper, culture. But only Europe has a vocation towards universality and service….If Europe wants to rejuvenate, it is necessary for it to find anew its cultural roots. Of all Western countries, the European roots are the strongest and deepest. By the way of colonization, these roots even reached the New World. But, by forgetting its history, Europe weakens itself. It is then that it risks becoming an empty place. We can speak today of an Arab invasion. It is a social fact.. How many invasions Europe has known throughout its history! It has always known how to overcome itself, moving forward to find itself as if made greater by the exchange between cultures.'    (LA VIE)



MARCH 4, 2016
Now You Can ‘Click to Pray’ with Pope Francis from Your iPhone    (THE WASHINGTON POST / VATICAN RADIO)



MARCH 4, 2016
Non-Catholics Invited to the Confessional – Clerics invite non-Roman Catholics to come to confessional to 'say what’s on their heart', as part of initiative launched by Pope Francis. The Roman Catholic Church is inviting non-Catholics to sample the experience of going to confession in an effort to promote the idea of forgiveness.    (THE TELEGRAPH)



MARCH 5, 2016
Another Pope Francis House Goes Up in Alabama – The house is being built through Habitat for Humanity in honor of Pope Francis and his commitment to "work confers dignity." Pope Francis houses are being built across the country with donations made to honor Pope Francis(ALABAMA MEDIA GROUP)



MARCH 8, 2016
International Women's Day Google Doodle Mentions Pope Francis – Google has marked International Women’s Day with a special live-action Google Doodle featuring real women discussing their hopes for the future. One of the more notable women featured is anthropologist Jane Goodall – who said she wants to meet the Holy Father. “I will discuss the environment with Pope Francis,” she said during the video. (VATICAN RADIO)



MARCH 15, 2016
In a homily Pope Francis said 'The serpent is a symbol of sin. The serpent that kills but also a serpent that saves. And this is the Mystery of Christ. Paul, when speaking about this mystery, said the Jesus emptied himself, humiliated himself and destroyed himself in order to save us. And (what’s) even stronger, ‘he became sin. Using this symbol, he became a serpent. This is the prophetic message of today’s reading. The Son of Man, who like a serpent, ‘became sin,’ is raised up to save us.' Pope Francis went on to explain that this is 'the story of our redemption, this is the story of God’s love. If we want to know God’s love, let us look at the Cross, a man tortured' a God, 'emptied of his divinity,' 'dirtied by sin.' But at the same time, he concluded, a God who through his self-annihilation, defeats forever the true name of evil, that Revelation calls 'the ancient serpent.' 'Sin is the work of Satan and Jesus defeats Satan by “becoming sin” and from there he lifts up all of us. The Cross is not an ornament or a work of art with many precious stones as we see around us. The Cross is the Mystery of God’s annihilation for love. And the serpent that makes a prophecy in the desert is salvation, it is raised up and whoever looks at it is healed. And this is not done with a magic wand by a God who does these things: No! This is done through the suffering of the Son of Man, through the suffering of Jesus Christ.'' (NEWS.VA)



MARCH 16, 2016
An interview with Pope Benedict XVI is published.  He is quoted as saying 'The missionaries of the 16th century were convinced that the unbaptized person is lost forever. After the [Second Vatican] Council, this conviction was definitely abandoned. The result was a two-sided, deep crisis. Without this attentiveness to the salvation, the Faith loses its foundation….Why should you try to convince the people to accept the Christian faith when they can be saved even without it?…if Faith and Salvation are not any more interdependent, even Faith becomes less motivating….Even less acceptable is the solution proposed by the pluralistic theories of religion, for which all religions, each in its own way, would be ways of salvation and, in this sense, must be considered equivalent in their effects' (AVVENIRE –  THE ITALIAN BISHOPS' CONFERENCE DAILY PAPER)



MARCH 16, 2016
Carlo Maria Vigano Fired: Pope Francis To Replace US Vatican Ambassador Who Set Up Kim Davis Meeting – The Vatican is replacing controversial ambassador Carlo Maria Vigano, the man responsible for arranging the meeting between Pope Francis and antigay gay Kentucky clerk Kim Davis last fall during his visit to the U.S. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano is a staunch conservative and was vocally opposed to same-sex marriage  (LATIN TIMES)



MARCH 18, 2016
Vatican To Undertake Ecological Initiatives During Easter Season – During Holy Week and in the Easter season, the Vatican will take part in several initiatives highlighting the importance of ecology and the care for creation. (CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE)



MARCH 24, 2016
Pope More Popular Than World Leaders – Pope Francis is more popular than any political world leader, an opinion poll has suggested. The poll by WIN/Gallup International indicates that Roman Catholics and Jews have the most favourable opinion of the Pope. More than half of the world's protestants and even the majority of atheists and agnostics view him favourably(BBC NEWS)



MARCH 25, 2016
Pope Francis Washes the Feet of Muslim Migrants – They were Muslim, Hindu, Catholic and Coptic Christians. And one by one, Pope Francis knelt down before these migrants on Holy Thursday and washed their feet. In his homily Pope Francis said 'Even today, here, there are two gestures: this, of all of us together, Muslims, Hindus, Catholics, Copts, Evangelical [Protestants] brothers and sisters – children of the same God – we want to live in peace, integrated. One gesture. Three days ago, an act of war, of destruction in a European city, by people who do not want to live in peace. Though behind that gesture, as there were behind that of Judas, there were others. Behind Judas there were those who offered money, that Jesus be delivered up to them. Behind that [other] gesture [on Tuesday in Belgium], there are manufacturers, arms dealers who want blood, not peace; they want the war, not fraternity. Two gestures, just the same: Jesus washes feet, Judas sold Jesus for money. You, we, all of us together, of different religions, different cultures, but children of the same Father, brothers – and there, those poor people, who buy weapons to wreck fraternity. Today, at this time, when I do the same act of Jesus washing the feet of twelve of you, let us all make a gesture of brotherhood, and let us all say: “We are different, we are different, we have different cultures and religions, but we are brothers and we want to live in peace. This, then, is the gesture that I make with you. Each of us has a story, each of you has a story you carry with you. Many crosses, many sorrows: but also an open heart that wants brotherhood. Let each, in his religious language, pray the Lord that this brotherhood be contagious in the world, that there be no 30 pieces of silver to purchase a brother’s murder, that there be always brotherhood and goodness. So be it.' (THE WASHINGTON POST / VATICAN RADIO)



MARCH 25, 2016
Pope Condemns Europe's Failure To Help Migrants in Easter Message  (THE TELEGRAPH)



MARCH 28, 2016
Pope Francis said 'I repeat, once again, that violence and murderous hatred lead only to pain and destruction; respect and fraternity are the only way to achieve peace.(VATICAN)



MARCH 30, 2016
'She's in heaven' – Pope Francis says of Mother Angelica  (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)



APRIL 4, 2016
Pope Francis met with the SSPX's superior general, Bishop Fellay at the Vatican. (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)



APRIL 6, 2016
Pope Francis Meets Divorced/Separated Support Group (VATICAN RADIO)



APRIL 6, 2016
Pope Francis: Use Sport To Bring People Together – Pope Francis gave his support to the Day of Sport for Development and Peace, sponsored by the United Nations. To mark the day, the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace launched a campaign “Let’s play for Sustainable Development Goals”. Pope Francis said 'Sport is a universal language that brings together peoples, and can help persons meet and overcome conflicts. Therefore, I encourage you to live the dimension of sports as the gymnasium of virtue in the full development of individuals and communities.(VATICAN RADIO)



APRIL 7, 2016
Catholics and Methodists Can Learn From One Another, Pope Says – The pope met at the Vatican with members of the World Methodist Council, the Methodist Council of Europe and the Methodist Church in Britain who attended the opening of the new Methodist Ecumenical Office in Rome.    (CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE)



APRIL 8, 2016
Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation on The Joy of Love – The Vatican published Pope Francis’ eagerly-awaited Apostolic Exhortation on the family. The lengthy document, entitled ‘Amoris Laetitia’, or The Joy of Love focuses on the need for “personal and pastoral discernment’” for individuals, recognizing that “neither the Synod, nor this Exhortation could be expected to provide a new set of general rules, canonical in nature and applicable to all cases”.   (VATICAN RADIO)

Pope Emphasizes Flexibility Over Rules for Modern Families   (ABC NEWS)
Pope Francis Cracks Open The Door To Divorced Catholics, Closes It On Gay Marriage (LOS ANGELES TIMES)
Pope Francis Softens Communication Ban For Divorcees, Shifts Tone On Family   (MSNBC)
Pope Francis Urges Tolerance, Offers Hope To Divorced Catholics On Communion   (NBC NEWS)
More Tolerance, Less Judgement – Pope: Ease Up on Divorce and Gays   (CNN)
Pope Has Good News for Divorced Catholics, Not So Much For Gays   (USA TODAY)
Pope's Plan: A Less Judgemental Church   (HUFFINGTON POST)
Pope Insists Conscience, Not Just Rules, Must Lead Faithful   (WASHINGTON TIMES)
Pope Francis Says Conscience, Not Dogma, Must Guide Catholics In Family Life   (FOX NEWS)
Pope Francis, Urging Less Judgement, Signals Path for Divorced On Communion   (NEW YORK TIMES)
Pope Francis Offers Hope To Divorced Catholics, Says No to Gay Marriage   (THE WASHINGTON POST)



APRIL 8, 2016
The New Morality of Pope Francis – For years, priests have been quietly defying the Vatican on family issues. Now Pope Francis has brought them out of the shadows. the Pope’s summary and conclusion about the questions raised at the Synod, which found itself focused on whether divorced and remarried Catholics can receive Communion. Francis takes that up. He says, all but explicitly, yes they can. But it is how he does so that lends this declaration its revolutionary significance. Formerly, in accordance with the Catholic doctrine of the “indissolubility” of marriage, the divorced and remarried were officially shunned. They remained in the pew while most others in the church went forward to the Communion rail. But that shunning is history. “It is important that the divorced who have entered a new union should be made to feel part of the Church,” Francis declares. How that feeling is expressed in practice is to be determined, he writes, not by “a new set of general rules, canonical in nature and applicable to all cases,” but by “a responsible personal and pastoral discernment of particular cases.(THE NEW YORKER)



APRIL 8, 2016
In Amoris Laetitia Pope Francis writes 'No one can be condemned for ever, because that is not the logic of the Gospel!'   (VATICAN)



APRIL 11, 2016
Pope Francis said 'It hurts when I read that small passage from the Gospel of Matthew, when Judas, who has repented, goes to the priests and says: ‘I have sinned' and wants to give … and gives them the coins. ‘Who cares! – they say to him: it’s none of our business!’ They closed their hearts before this poor, repentant man, who did not know what to do. And he went and hanged himself. And what did they do when Judas hanged himself? They spoke amongst themselves and said: 'Is he a poor man? No! These coins are the price of blood, they must not enter the temple… and they referred to this rule and to that… The doctors of the letter. " The life of a person did not matter to them, the Pope observed, they did not care about Judas’ repentance. He continued saying 'History tells us of many people who were judged and killed, although they were innocent: judged according to the Word of God, against the Word of God. Let’s think of witch hunts or of St. Joan of Arc, and of many others who were burnt to death, condemned because according to the judges they were not in line with the Word of God.'(VATICAN RADIO)



APRIL 14, 2016
Pope Francis warns against those who resist the Spirit With 'so-called fidelity to the law' and invites the faithful to pray for the grace of the docility to the Spirit.  (VATICAN RADIO)



APRIL 14, 2016
Cardinal Kasper Says Pope’s Synod Document “Changes Everything” – Cardinal Kasper said 'It seems clear to me as to many other observers, that there can be situations of divorced and remarried where on the way of inclusion, absolution and communion become possible. This could happen not as a general law or as a general permission but according a spiritual and pastoral discernment judging case by case.' The President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity said: 'I don’t like to say, ‘this is revolutionary’, because revolutionary sounds like giving up or destroying something by violence, whereas the document is a renewal and an updating of the original holistic Catholic vision.' (LA STAMPA)



APRIL 16, 2016
During an in-flight press conference, Pope Francis was asked to settle debate about his post-synodal apostolic exhortation on the family and whether the document opened new possibilities for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion under some circumstances. 'I could say, 'Yes. Period,' but that would be too short a response,' the pope said. 'I recommend everyone read the presentation made by Cardinal (Christoph) Schonborn' at the Vatican news conference presenting the document. The cardinal, archbishop of Vienna, had said the document represented "true innovations, but no break" with church tradition.    (AMERICA MAGAZINE)



APRIL 16, 2016
Pope Says Its Crazy To See His Meeting With Bernie Sanders As Political – Pope Francis said on Saturday that his meeting with Bernie Sanders, contesting the Democratic candidacy for the U.S. Presidency, was not meddling in politics and that anyone who thought otherwise should 'look for a psychiatrist'.   (REUTERS)



APRIL 22, 2016
Pope Francis Reneges On Offer to Take in Christian Refugees – A Christian brother and sister from Syria felt blessed to have been among the dozen refugees selected to start a new life in Italy — but now say their savior, Pope Francis, abandoned them on a Greek island. Their dreams were shattered when they were informed the following day that they would not be traveling to Rome. Instead, three Muslim families were taken. Asked why they were all Muslim, Francis said there was something wrong with the papers of a Christian family on the list. The Vatican declined comment.   (NEW YORK POST)



APRIL 23, 2016
An estimated 70,000 teenagers were in Rome to celebrate Francis's Jubilee dedicated to the theme of mercy. In a surprise move Pope Francis heard confessions from 16 of them and a video message from him was broadcast at a rock and rap concert. One of the teenagers chosen to confess said she had been trembling as she approached the chair on which the pope was sitting in St Peter's Square. "But as soon as I sat down I had the feeling of being next to a normal person rather than the pope. Francis is really one of us," Anna Taibi, 15, told La Repubblica newspaper. The Sicilian teenager said she had been touched by Francis's tenderness as he listened to her confession. "I expected him to give me a penance … instead he absolved me and let me go."    (AFP)



APRIL 24, 2016
Pope Francis made a surprise appearance at an Earth Day event. In vintage Francis style, he had a prepared text but abandoned it when he took the stage, delivering an entirely impromptu set of remarks. He said '…we all have something in common, we’re all human. And in this humanity, we can get close to each other to work together … “But I belong to this religion, or to that one …” it doesn’t matter! Let’s all go forward to work together, respecting each other, respecting!'   (CRUX)



APRIL 30, 2016
Pope Greets Rotary Members At Special Jubilee Audience – Nearly 9,000 Rotary members attended the Jubilee Audience in St. Peter’s Square on Saturday at the invitation of Pope Francis. Rotary kicked off the Rotarian Jubilee on Friday afternoon, with a conference on the challenges refugees are facing worldwide. The conference organized by the Jesuit Refugee Service – in partnership with Rotary, UNHCR and WFP – and entitled “Helping Refugees to Start Over”, focused on the work that can be done to give millions of refugees dignity and quality education. Mr. Ravindran, President of Rotary International, called Pope Francis a model for Rotarians, saying "he is doing exactly what every Rotarian should be doing. So we see a great synergy of thought with this Pope, and being here, receiving his blessing, I think is something quite wonderful for us."   (VATICAN RADIO)



MAY 3, 2016
Archbishop Bruno Forte, the Special Secretary for the synods on marriage and family gave a presentation on Amoris Laetitia where claimed that Pope Francis said 'If we speak explicitly about communion for the divorced and remarried, you do not know what a terrible mess we will make. So we won’t speak plainly, do it in a way that the premises are there, then I will draw out the conclusions.'   (ZONALOCALE, translation by ONE PETER FIVE)



MAY 3, 2016
U2's Lead Guitarist Rocks Sistine Chapel – The Edge from Irish rock band sensation U2 played “the most beautiful parish hall in the world” this weekend – the Sistine Chapel. The performance, the first-ever rock concert in the historic chapel, was given for about 200 doctors and researchers who attended a conference at the Vatican last week on regenerative medicine. The conference discussed the use of adult stem cells to cure difficult and rare diseases. The singer dedicated his performance of the 2000 song “Walk On” to Pope Francis, who he called “the people’s pope.” Speakers at the conference included Pope Francis and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.   (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)



MAY 6, 2016
Catholics and Buddhists Should Work Together For The Environment.   (VATICAN RADIO)



MAY 12, 2016
Pope Says Church Should Study Ordaining Women As Deacons – Vatican Radio, which is run by the church, portrayed the Pope's remarks as a broad call "to set up a commission to study the possibility of reinstating female deacons." The question is controversial because it would open the door for women into the Catholic Church's all-male clergy. Since Vatican reforms in the mid 1960s, "permanent deacons" — those who do not plan on becoming priests — can perform many of the same functions as priests, including preach, celebrate marriages, lead funeral services and run parishes   (CNN)
Pope Calls For Commission To Study Reinstating Female Deacons – Pope Francis led an in-depth discussion about the role of women in the Church, saying he wants to set up a commission to study the possibility of reinstating female deacons. Questioned about the prospect of changes to Canon Law which would facilitate the reform process being undertaken by many women’s congregations, the Pope said such changes could be possible, providing they were the result of a process of discernment by the competent authorities.   (VATICAN RADIO)



MAY 16, 2016
Speaking to France's Roman Catholic newspaper, La Croix, Francis said Europe should better integrate migrants and praised the election of the new Muslim mayor of London as an example of where this had been successful. He said 'Faced with current Islamist terrorism, we should question the way a model of democracy that was too Western was exported to countries where there was a strong power, as in Iraq, or Libya, where there was a tribal structure. We cannot advance without taking these cultures into account.'  The pope praised the election of Sadiq Khan as the first Muslim mayor of London, saying 'In London, the new mayor was sworn in in a cathedral and will probably be received by the queen. This shows the importance for Europe to regain its ability to integrate.' Ten days ago, the pope lambasted Europe over what he sees as its inadequate response to the influx of migrants fleeing war and poverty in the Middle-East and Africa.   (REUTERS)
Pope Francis said 'It is true that the idea of conquest is inherent in the soul of Islam. However, it is also possible to interpret the objective in Matthew’s Gospel, where Jesus sends his disciples to all nations, in terms of the same idea of conquest. In the face of Islamic terrorism, it would therefore be better to question ourselves about the way in which an overly Western model of democracy has been exported to countries such as Iraq, where a strong government previously existed.'   (LA STAMPA)



MAY 19, 2016
Pope Francis is to meet the grand imam of Cairo's Al-Azhar at the Vatican on Monday in an unprecedented encounter between the leader of the world's Catholics and the highest authority in Sunni Islam. The hugely symbolic visit comes against the backdrop of a recent improvement in relations between the two faiths after serious tensions during the time of Francis's predecessor, Benedict XVI. Ties were badly soured when the now-retired Benedict made a September 2006 speech in which he was perceived to have linked Islam to violence, sparking deadly protests in several countries and reprisal attacks on Christians. Dialogue resumed in 2009 but was suspended again by Al-Azhar in 2011 when Benedict called for the protection of Christian minorities after a bomb attack on a church in Alexandria, an intervention that was perceived as meddling in Egypt's internal affairs. Relations have steadily improved since Francis became pope in 2013 with inter-faith dialogue near the top of his agenda, something he underlined with a personal message to the Muslim world to mark the end of the first month of Ramadan of his pontificate.   (AFP)



MAY 20, 2016
Milan and Italian Sporting Authorities CONI, FIGC and Lega Serie A Enjoy Memorable Private Audience With Pope Francis – Addressing his guests, Pope Francis said 'You’re champions of sport, but above all champions in life. Your presence offers me the opportunity to express my appreciation of the professional qualities and wonderful traditions that distinguish your clubs and the world of football in general. Many supporters, especially youngsters, are keen followers of yours. You attract the attention of these people, who admire you, and therefore you’re required to behave in a way that demonstrates the human qualities of athletes acting as testimonials of the authentic values of sport.'   (JUVENTUS)



MAY 20, 2016
Commenting on the Gospel passage in which Christ speaks with the Pharisees about adultery, Pope Francis said the Lord overcomes the human vision which would reduce the vision of God to a casuistic equation. The Gospel, the Pope said, is full of examples of the Pharisees and the doctors of the law attempting to trap Jesus by catching Him off guard, seeking to undermine the authority and favour he enjoys with the people. One of those attempts is related in the day’s Gospel, in which the Pharisees tempt Him by asking if it is licit for a man to put away his wife.
Pope Francis said 'But Jesus, so merciful, He is so great, that he never, never, never, closes the door to sinners. And so He does not limit Himself to proclaiming the truth of God, but goes on to ask the Pharisees what Moses had established in the Law. And when the Pharisees responded that Moses permitted a husband to write a bill of divorce, Jesus replied that this was permitted “because of the hardness of your hearts.” That is, Jesus always distinguished between the truth and “human weakness” without “twisting words.” In the world in which we live, with this culture of the provisional, this reality of sin is so strong. But Jesus, recalling Moses, tells us: “But there is hardness of heart, there is sin, something can be done: forgiveness, understanding, accompaniment, integration, discernment of these cases… But always… But the truth is never sold. And Jesus is capable of stating this very great truth, and at the same time being so understanding with sinners, with the weak.'
And so, Pope Francis emphasized, these are “the two things that Jesus teaches us: truth and understanding.” This is what the “enlightened theologians” fail to do, because they are closed in the trap of “a mathematical equation” of “Can it be done? Can it not be done?” and so they are “incapable both of great horizons, and of love” for human weakness.



MAY 22, 2016
Pope Francis strongly implied that the terrorists who attacked Paris and Brussels did so because they 'grew up in a ghetto.' He also applauded the election of Muslim mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, stating it 'illustrates the need for Europe to rediscover its capacity to integrate'.  Pope Francis also claimed Europe’s declining birth rate is a 'grave problem' that makes mass Muslim migration 'necessary.' He described this 'demographic emptiness' as a result of 'a selfish search for well-being'. Pope Francis criticised France’s 'exaggeration' of the separation of church and state, expressing disapproval of the country’s ban on the niqab in public places. This type of veil has been banned in Muslim-majority countries Azerbaijan and Chad. Polls show the vast majority of people in Islamic countries, apart from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, widely disapprove of the garment. Suggesting that the fear of migration in Europe is partly based on a fear of Islam, Pope Francis was asked whether he felt that such fears are justified. He said he didn’t think that 'there is a fear of Islam as such but of [Islamic State] and its war of conquest, which is partly drawn from Islam'. 'It is true that the idea of conquest is inherent in the soul of Islam. However, it is also possible to interpret the objective in Matthew’s Gospel, where Jesus sends his disciples to all nations, in terms of the same idea of conquest' the Pope said.    (BREITBART)



MAY 23, 2016
Benedict XVI Sees Resignation as Expanding Petrine Ministry – Archbishop Georg Gänswein, the personal secretary of the Pope Emeritus and prefect of the Pontifical Household, has confirmed the existence of a group who fought against Benedict’s election in 2005, but stressed that "Vatileaks" or other issues had "little or nothing" to do with his resignation in 2013. Archbishop Georg Gänswein said Benedict did not abandon the papacy like Pope Celestine V in the 13th century but rather sought to continue his Petrine Office in a more appropriate way given his frailty. “Therefore, from 11 February 2013, the papal ministry is not the same as before,” he said. The German prelate especially highlighted Regoli’s account of “a dramatic struggle” that took place in the 2005 Conclave between the “so-called ‘Salt of the Earth Party’” (named after the book interview with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) comprising “Cardinals Lopez Trujillo, Ruini, Herranz, Ruoco Varela or Medina" and their adversaries: "the so-called St. Gallen group” that included “Cardinals Danneels, Martini, Silvestrini or Murphy O’Connor” — a group Cardinal Danneels referred jokingly to as “a kind of mafia-club,” Archbishop Gänswein recalled.   (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER)



MAY 23, 2016
Leaders of the World’s Two Largest Faiths Reconciled With a Hug and a Kiss – With a hugely symbolic hug and an exchange of kisses on the cheek, Pope Francis and the grand imam of Cairo's al-Azhar Mosque took a major step toward restoring relations between major branches of the world's two largest faiths, Roman Catholicism and Sunni Islam. The two met privately for 25 minutes in the pope's private library at the Vatican. 'This meeting is the message' the pope told the imam, Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayeb.   (THE WASHINGTON POST)



MAY 26, 2016
After Pope Francis celebrated Corpus Christi Mass, a procession followed from the Basilica of St. John Lateran to the Basilica of St. Mary Major. Just like last year, Pope Francis didn't directly take part in the procession. He was however, driven to St. Mary Major. Upon his arrival, he concluded the liturgical celebrations.  (ROME REPORTS)



MAY 29, 2016
Pope Francis To Author New Book Answering Teens' Questions – After becoming the first Pope to author a children's book earlier this year, Pope Francis will soon come out with another, based on his responses to questions posed by youth through a new online platform.   (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)



MAY 29, 2016
Pope Francis gives awards to Richard Gere, George Clooney and Salma Hayek – Pope Francis on Sunday awarded medals to American actors at an event held at the Vatican to promote the work of a foundation inspired by the pontiff, Scholas Occurrentes.  The foundation connects technology with arts and sports in order to promote social integration and the culture of encounter for peace. Francis had created a similar organisation when he was Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, but Scholas has now become an international foundation working out of the Vatican. “Important values can be transmitted by celebrities,” said one of the organisers.   (REUTERS / ROME REPORTS)



MAY 30, 2016
Pope Francis held an emotional meeting with hundreds of children on Saturday and told them migrants 'are not dangerous, but in danger'. The meeting followed a surge in migrant traffic this week between Libya and Italy.   (RETUERS)



MAY 30, 2016
In a homily Pope Francis said 'Jesus was Himself tempted to lose the memory of His own mission, to not give way to prophecy and to prefer security instead of Hope. To this people Jesus, because he knew temptation in Himself, reproaches'   (VATICAN RADIO)



MAY 31, 2016
Pope Francis met 12 YouTube vloggers for an hour-long, face-to-face meeting. The vloggers present cover everything from video games to beauty tips in their videos. The “private” meeting will eventually be vlogged by each of the participants, who come from 10 countries and have a collective total of 26 million subscribers. According to YouTube, the group talked about “immigrant rights, gender equality, loneliness and self-esteem, and greater respect for diversity of all kinds.”   (WASHINGTON POST)



JUNE 1, 2016
Pope Meets With Jains To Promote Healing and Caring for Earth and Humanity – Jainism is an ancient Indian religion that promotes compassion and non-violence. Pope Francis spoke to the group about the responsibility all have to care for creation and mother Earth and thanked them for how they view the world. He said 'We all love mother Earth, because she is the one who has given us life and safeguards us; I would also call her sister Earth, who accompanies us during the journey of our existence. Our duty is to take care of her just as we would take care of a mother or of a sister, with responsibility, with tenderness and with peace.'    (ROME REPORTS)



JUNE 1, 2016
Campaigners For Women's Ordination Have Unprecedented Meeting with Vatican Representative – Campaigners have been encouraged by Pope Francis’s recent remarks that he wanted to set up a commission to explore the question of women deacons.   (THE TABLET)



JUNE 2, 2016
Pope Francis' Prayer Intention for June: Human Solidarity – In the video presentation Pope Francis says 'In our cities the elderly and sick are neglected. Can we ignore it? Our cities should be characterized above all by solidarity, which entails not only giving to the needy , but also taking responsibility for one another and fostering a culture of encounter. Will you join me in my prayer? That the aged, marginalized, and those who have no one may find–even within the huge cities of the world–opportunities for encounter and solidarity.'    (VATICAN RADIO)



JUNE 3, 2016
The spiritual seat of the world's Orthodox Christians issued a call for unity ahead of the first ever meeting of the faith's 14 independent churches that is expected to discuss the churches' common future and efforts to heal the nearly 1,000-year rift with the Roman Catholics. All the Orthodox churches, old and new that emerged over the centuries, have never met like this before — not since the "great schism" of 1054, when the Orthodox and Roman Catholics split after disputes over the Vatican's power.   (ASSOCIATED PRESS)



JUNE 6, 2016
An elderly couple with disabilities on the outskirts of Rome now has an electric scooter, thanks to a gift from Pope Francis.     (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)



JUNE 6, 2016
Pope Francis to Address Americans at Evangelical Event with Special Video Message – PULSE, a student-led evangelism movement founded by Nick Hall, has called 1 million Americans to gather on the National Mall in Washington DC on July 16th and join in prayer for the nation at an event called "Together 2016." The event will feature a personal video message from Pope Francis. More Than 40 Well-Known Musicians, Authors, Pastors, Speakers Will Take Stage At National Mall July 16th. Confirmed speakers and artists include: Hillsong United, Kari Jobe, Francis Chan, Lecrae, Nick Hall, Passion, Crowder, Kirk Franklin, Ravi Zacharias, Jeremy Camp, Andy Mineo, Michael W. Smith, Lauren Daigle, Christine Caine, Mark Batterson, Matthew West, Jo Saxton, Mike Kelsey, Casting Crowns, John K. Jenkins, Sr., Josh McDowell, Laurel Bunker, Luis Palau, Tedashii, Tasha Cobbs, Lacey Sturm, York Moore, Trip Lee, Sammy Rodriguez, Ronnie Floyd, Reid Saunders, Bob Lenz, Jose Zayas, Jennie Allen, Nabeel Qureshi, Ann Voskamp, KB, Christine D’Clario, Matt Maher, Sammy Wanyonyi, Lindsey Nobles, Amena Brown, and Josh Brewer   (CHRISTIAN NEWS WIRE – Press Release, Icon Media)



JUNE 9, 2016
In a homily Pope Francis said 'It is not Catholic (to say) ‘or this or nothing:’ This is not Catholic, this is heretical. Jesus always knows how to accompany us, he gives us the ideal, he accompanies us towards the ideal, He frees us from the chains of the laws' rigidity and tells us: ‘But do that up to the point that you are capable.’ And he understands us very well. He is our Lord and this is what he teaches us…And allow me to use this word that seems a bit strange: it’s the tiny sanctity of negotiations. ‘So, I can’t do everything but I want to do everything, therefore I reach an agreement with you, at least we don’t trade insults, we don’t wage a war and we can all live in peace.’ Jesus is a great person! He frees us from all our miseries and also from that idealism which is not Catholic. Let us implore our Lord to teach us, first to escape from all rigidity but also to go out beyond ourselves, so we can adore and praise God who teaches us to be reconciled amongst ourselves and who also teaches us to reach an agreement up to the point that we are able to do so.'   (VATICAN RADIO)



JUNE 10, 2016
Pope Elevates Memorial of St. Mary Magdalene to Feast Day – Pope Francis raised the memorial of St. Mary Magdalene to a feast on the church's liturgical calendar. While most liturgical celebrations of individual saints during the year are known formally as memorials, those classified as feasts are reserved for important events in Christian history and for saints of particular significance, such as the Twelve Apostles. Archbishop Arthur Roche wrote that St. Mary Magdalene's feast day is a call for all Christians to "reflect more deeply on the dignity of women, the new evangelization and the greatness of the mystery of divine mercy…Pope Francis has taken this decision precisely in the context of the Jubilee of Mercy to highlight the relevance of this woman who showed great love for Christ and was much loved by Christ…It is right that the liturgical celebration of this woman has the same level of feast given to the celebration of the apostles in the general Roman calendar and highlights the special mission of this woman who is an example and model for every woman in the church."    (CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE)



JUNE 10, 2016
Pope Meets With Global Organization of Calvinist Churches – The Pope met with the delegation of the World Communion of Reformed Churches, which unites about 225 Protestant churches in 100 countries, representing at least 80 million Christians.    (ROME REPORTS)



JUNE 16, 2016
Most Marriages Today Are Invalid, Pope Francis Suggests – Pope Francis said 'It’s provisional, and because of this the great majority of our sacramental marriages are null. Because they say “yes, for the rest of my life!” but they don’t know what they are saying. Because they have a different culture. They say it, they have good will, but they don’t know.'  He noted that as Archbishop of Buenos Aires he had prohibited marriages in the case of “shotgun weddings” where the prospective bride was pregnant. He did this on the grounds there was a question of the spouses’ free consent to marry…He said that in Argentina’s northeast countryside, couples have a child and live together. He said 'I’ve seen a lot of fidelity in these cohabitations, and I am sure that this is a real marriage, they have the grace of a real marriage because of their fidelity, but there are local superstitions, etc.'
**Updated June 17, 2016 to include a clarification by the Vatican: Pope Francis approved a revision to the official transcript to say that 'a portion' of sacramental marriages are null, instead of 'the great majority.'  While he initially said in unscripted comments that 'the great majority of our sacramental marriages are null,' he later approved a revision of these remarks.  When the Vatican released its official transcript of the encounter the following day, they had changed the comment to say that 'a portion of our sacramental marriages are null.'   



JUNE 16, 2016
Pope Francis said 'Jesus plays the fool a bit' – Pope Francis strung together a series of inconceivable other “pearls” reaching the limits of blasphemy: Jesus in the episode with the adulteress 'plays the fool a bit' (a shocking phrase which the Vatican site changed to “pretended not to understand” , but we have the recording…) and then Jesus, in the same episode when the woman was saved from being stoned – 'was scant on morality' (ha mancato verso la morale).  Then Jesus was not 'a clean one' (“un pulito” ) he actually used this expression.    (LO STRANIERO/translation RORATE CAELI)



JUNE 17, 2016
Priests Who Refuse Baptism To Babies Of Single Mothers Are 'Animals' – Pope Francis has described priests who refuse to baptise children of single mothers as “animals”, while stressing that the moral teaching of Church is based on love not rigidity. An emphasis on the letter rather than spirit of the law can lead to “pastoral cruelty” — like the doctors of the law during the time of Jesus Christ. He explained that the pastoral task of “embracing, accompanying, integrating, discerning should be done without sticking one’s nose into the morality of people’s lives”. Pope Francis explained that at the root of moral legalism, there is an “individualism” that takes comfort in the fact that dilemmas and complexities have been already neatly solved. He defined this behaviour as “hedonistic.” Francis has come under criticism for his refusal to lay down clear moral guidelines – particularly on the question of communion for divorced and remarried Catholics. The Pope said that he had based parts of the document on the work of Cardinal Christoph Schönborn.    (THE TABLET)



JUNE 20, 2016
Pope Francis 'tweeted' – 'We are all on a journey to the common house of heaven, where we will be able to admire with joyful wonder the mystery of the universe.'    (TWITTER)



JUNE 26, 2016
Christians Should Apologize For Helping To Marginalize Gays – Aboard the papal flight from Armenia Pope Francis said:
'I will repeat what I said on my first trip. I repeat what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says: that they must not be discriminated against, that they must be respected and accompanied pastorally. One can condemn, but not for theological reasons, but for reasons of political behavior…Certain manifestations are a bit too offensive for others, no? … But these are things that have nothing to do with the problem. The problem is a person that has a condition, that has good will and who seeks God, who are we to judge? And we must accompany them well…this is what the catechism says, a clear catechism. Then there are traditions in some countries, in some cultures that have a different mentality on this problem. I think that the Church must not only ask forgiveness – like that “Marxist Cardinal” said (laughs) – must not only ask forgiveness to the gay person who is offended. But she must ask forgiveness to the poor too, to women who are exploited, to children who are exploited for labor. She must ask forgiveness for having blessed so many weapons. The Church must ask forgiveness for not behaving many times – when I say the Church, I mean Christians! The Church is holy, we are sinners! – Christians must ask forgiveness for having not accompanied so many choices, so many families…I remember from my childhood the culture in Buenos Aires, the closed Catholic culture.'
He also said 'I think that the intentions of Martin Luther were not mistaken. He was a reformer. Perhaps some methods were not correct. But in that time, if we read the story of the Pastor, a German Lutheran who then converted when he saw reality – he became Catholic – in that time, the Church was not exactly a model to imitate. There was corruption in the Church, there was worldliness, attachment to money, to power…and this he protested. Then he was intelligent and took some steps forward justifying, and because he did this. And today Lutherans and Catholics, Protestants, all of us agree on the doctrine of justification. On this point, which is very important, he did not err.'   



JUNE 29, 2016
Traditionalist St. Pius X society abandons unification, claims Francis spreading errors – A traditionalist group of Catholic bishops and priests that has been separated from the wider Church for decades appears to have abandoned efforts to reunite with Rome, releasing a statement that claims Pope Francis is encouraging the spreading of errors in Church teaching. The society's statement says there is a “great and painful confusion that currently reigns in the Church” that “requires the denunciation of errors that have made their way into it and are unfortunately encouraged by a large number of pastors, including the Pope himself.”    (LA STAMPA)



JULY 2, 2016
Pope Francis sent a video message to the participants in the gathering of the Together for Europe initiative – an initiative that brings together over 300 Christian Movements and Communities of diverse confessions from every part of the Continent. While preserving their independence, collectively they form a network to pursue shared goals, each bringing a contribution specific to their own charism.    (VATICAN RADIO)



JULY 3, 2016
Pope Francis said 'They ("traditionalists") do their work, I do mine. I want an open and understanding Church which accompanies the wounded families. They say "no" to everything. I continue my path without being sidetracked. I do not behead people. I never have liked it. Let me repeat: I reject conflict. You remove a nail by applying pressure upwards. Or you tranquilize them, put them to the side, when they reach retirement age.'    (LA NACION)



JULY 6, 2016
Pope Francis’ prayer intention for July is for Respect for Indigenous Peoples: "That indigenous peoples, whose identity and very existence are threatened, will be shown due respect."
Full text of the Pope's video is:
Representative of Indigenous People: 'Speaking for indigenous peoples, I ask that our ways of life may be respected, our rights and our traditions. Will you listen to me?'
Pope Francis: 'I want to be a spokesman for the deepest longings of indigenous peoples. And I want you to add your voice to mine in a heartfelt prayer that all will respect indigenous peoples, threatened in their identity and even in their existence.'   



JULY 7, 2016
Citing the Second Vatican Council document Sacrosantum Concilium, the Pope referred to the Eucharist as 'a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity,' and he called the faithful to be nourished by it 'in order to be fraternally united among themselves, and cooperate in the building of the Church and the good of the world.'    (VATICAN RADIO)



JULY 10, 2016
Pope’s Teaching on Divorce Divides Bishops – Pontiff’s elliptical language leaves meaning open to interpretation, with dioceses going divergent ways    (THE WALL STREET JOURNAL)



JULY 11, 2016
Catholic Scholars Appeal to Pope Francis to Repudiate ‘Errors’ in Amoris Laetitia    (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER)



JULY 12, 2016
Pope Francis Issues Directive Contradicting Advice Of Cardinal Sarah – Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, urged priests and bishops to start celebrating Masses "ad orientem", or facing away from the congregation, beginning the first Sunday of Advent this year. However, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, issued a statement yesterday clarifying the situation and indicating Pope Francis met with Cardinal Sarah on 9 July to indicate no liturgical directives will begin in Advent.    (THE TABLET)



JULY 15, 2016
As Reforms Roll Out, Pope Francis Proves A Man Of His Word – When we look at what Francis has preached about since practically his first day in office, three biggies come to mind: a Church that's less clerical, has a stronger lay involvement and a greater presence of women. With his decision this week to appoint several lay persons to important Vatican posts, among whom are Americans Greg Burke and Kim Daniels, as well as Spaniard Paloma Garcia Ovejero, Francis has made good on his intentions. The appointments are significant because while laity have always been named as consultors to pontifical councils and congregations, Daniels, Schächter and Soberón were appointed members. Under St. John Paul II's 1988 apostolic constitution Pastor bonus – which regulates and defines responsibilities, duties and the composition of the offices of the Roman Curia but is being reconsidered in Francis' reform – membership to councils and congregations was exclusive to cardinals and bishops.    (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)



JULY 16, 2016
'Together 2016' Shut Down Early Due To Heat – A 12-hour gathering of thousands of Christians on the Washington Monument grounds was stopped four hours early because of heat. A U.S. Park Police spokeswoman said officers responded to 350 medical calls for heat-related injuries.    (WTOP)



JULY 22, 2016
Pope Shakes Up Cloisters With New Norms Focused On Prayer, Centralization    (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)



JULY 27, 2016
Pope Francis responded to recent violence across the globe by saying that the world is at war, saying 'When I speak of war, I talk about it seriously, but it’s not a war of religion. It’s a war for money, for resources, for nature, for dominion. This is the war. Could one think of a religious war? No. All religions want peace. Others want war. Is that clear?'    (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)



JULY 27, 2016
Pope Tells Youth To 'make chaos'    (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)



JULY 28, 2016
For a $25,000 Contribution, You Can Meet Pope Francis – IfOnly.com, which sells deluxe travel and adventure opportunities, celebrity encounters, fine culinary options with famous chefs, and all manner of dreamed-about experiences, with a portion of the proceeds going to nonprofits, is offering a “once-in-a-lifetime meeting with Pope Francis plus a gala and a six-day trip to the Mediterranean”  (SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE)



JULY 30, 2016
In impromptu remarks to young people at World Youth Day Pope Francis said 'We may think that we are the “worst” on account of our sins and weaknesses. However, this is how God prefers us to be, in order that his mercy may spread.' (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)



JULY 20, 2016
Pope Francis 'tweeted' – 'We have come into the world in order to leave a mark.'    (TWITTER)



JULY 31, 2016
After being asked about the assassination of Fr. Jacques Hamel (a priest in France whose throat was slit while celebrating the Holy Mass by Islamic terrorists)
Pope Francis said 'I don’t like to speak of Islamic violence, because every day, when I browse the newspapers, I see violence, here in Italy… this one who has murdered his girlfriend, another who has murdered the mother-in-law… and these are baptized Catholics! There are violent Catholics! If I speak of Islamic violence, I must speak of Catholic violence…and no, not all Muslims are violent, not all Catholics are violent. It is like a fruit salad; there’s everything. There are violent persons of this religion… this is true: I believe that in pretty much every religion there is always a small group of fundamentalists. Fundamentalists. We have them. When fundamentalism comes to kill, it can kill with the language — the Apostle James says this, not me — and even with a knife, no? I do not believe it is right to identify Islam with violence. This is not right or true. I had a long conversation with the imam, the Grand Imam of the Al-Azhar University, and I know how they think…They seek peace, encounter…'  



JULY 31, 2016
Pope Francis 'tweeted' – 'God love us as we are: no sin, fault or mistake can make Him change His mind.'    (TWITTER)



AUGUST 1, 2016
Muslims Go To Mass To Show Solidarity – Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, President of the Italian Episcopal Conference said in a speech at World Youth Day in Krakow that there is no such a thing as a religious conflict. He said the presence of Muslims in the churches of Italy is a first step “to gather all religions around a universal value: peace”   (LA STAMPA)



AUGUST 2, 2016
Vatican Announces Commission on Women Deacons – the Vatican announced that "after intense prayer and mature reflection," Pope Francis has established a “Commission of Study on the Diaconate of Women” and named twelve members to it, six of them women”   (AMERICA MAGAZINE)



AUGUST 2, 2016
Parish Secretaries Seem Like 'disciples of Satan' – Answering a question on whether parishes are still the best way to reach people, the Pope stressed that the parish 'is the house of the people of God' and must have its doors wide open to receive people. But he warned: 'There are parishes with parish secretaries who seem to be 'disciples of Satan' and scare people; parishes with closed doors' he said.   (THE TABLET)



AUGUST 2, 2016
Pope Francis 'tweeted' – 'The secret to joy: never suppress positive curiosity; get involved, because life is meant to be lived.'    (TWITTER)



AUGUST 2, 2016
'Not My Pope' Hashtag Highlights French Divisions – The hashtag #PasMonPape which translates as "not my Pope" became the number one trend in France after Pope Francis's comments comparing Islamic violence to Catholic violence. Some also used the tag #PapeDemission or "Pope Resignation".    (BBC)



AUGUST 3, 2016
Pope Francis released a video message on his universal prayer intentions for August where he speaks of his desire that sports may build a culture of encounter among everyone for a world of peace. In the video (which shows athletes kicking balls through a wall) he says: 'Sports make it possible to build a culture of encounter among everyone for a world of peace. I dream of sports as the practice of human dignity, turned into a vehicle of fraternity. Do we exercise together this prayer intention? That sports may be an opportunity for friendly encounters between people and may contribute to peace in the world.'   (VATICAN RADIO)



AUGUST 4, 2016
Pope Francis had a private meeting July 27 with the bishops of the Poland. He said 'The parish must remain: it’s a structure we must not throw out the window! In fact, the parish is the house of the People of God, the one in which it lives. The problem is how to build the parish! There are parishes with parish secretaries that seem to be “disciples of Satan,” that frighten the people!'   (ZENIT)



AUGUST 15, 2016
U.S. Lutherans Approve Historic Agreement With Catholic Church – Nearly 500 years after Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the Castle Church door, the largest Lutheran denomination in the U.S. has approved a declaration ('Declaration on the Way') recognizing “there are no longer church-dividing issues” on many points with the Roman Catholic Church. The declaration comes as the Lutheran and Catholic churches prepare to kick off a year of celebrations to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation(RELIGION NEWS SERVICE)



AUGUST 23, 2016
Vatican Newspaper: ‘Amoris Laetitia’ Is Authoritative Church Teaching – Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the family is an example of the “ordinary magisterium” — papal teaching — to which Catholics are obliged to give “religious submission of will and intellect,” said an article in the Vatican newspaper. Father Pie-Ninot’s article in L’Osservatore Romano Aug. 23 came in response to questions raised about the formal weight of the pope’s document, “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”). For instance, U.S. Cardinal Raymond L. Burke has said on several occasions that the document is “a mixture of opinion and doctrine.” Accepting “Amoris Laetitia” as authoritative church teaching, Father Pie-Ninot said, applies also to the document’s “most significant words” about the possibility of people divorced and remarried without an annulment receiving Communion in limited circumstances.  (CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE)



AUGUST 25, 2016
Life Isn't Black and White – Teach Priests To Discern the Gray, Pope Says – Pope Francis said 'Future priests need to be formed not with general and abstract ideas, which are (overly) clear and distinct, but this fine discernment of spirits, so that they can help people in their concrete lives'. Seminarians and future priests, he said, 'need to truly understand this: in life not everything is black and white, white and black. No! In life shades of gray predominate. We must then teach how to discern within this gray.' He said the Church today 'needs to grow in her capacity for spiritual discernment',noting that in some seminaries, formation plans place too much of an emphasis on educating 'in the light of ideas that are overly clear and distinct, and therefore of acting with limits and rigidly defined ‘a priori’ criteria.' By having the rules so clearly defined, the formation turns into a formula of 'you must do this, you must not do this' and doesn’t depend on the 'concrete situations' of everyday life, he said.   (CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE)



AUGUST 25, 2016
Meeting Between Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury – Pope Francis and Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, the Primate of the Anglican Communion, will meet in Rome on October 5. They will have a private meeting that could signal a new phase in ecumenical relations.   (CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE)



AUGUST 29, 2016
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Gives Pope Francis Model Drone During Vatican Meeting – Zuckerberg is the latest Silicon Valley heavyweight to meet the Pope. In January the Pontiff met with Apple CEO Tim Cook, just a few days after hosting former Google CEO Eric Schmidt. Pope Francis met Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom in February.   (FOX NEWS)



AUGUST 30, 2016
See Pope Francis Meet Celebrities – Since Pope Francis was elected in 2013, he has met with several of the world’s most famous people – Leonardo DiCaprio (January 28, 2016), George Clooney (May 29, 2016), Mark Zuckerberg (August 29, 2016), Andrea Bocelli (September 26, 2015), Angelina Jolie (January 8, 2015), Patti Smith (April 10, 2013), Apple CEO Tim Cook (January 22, 2016), Joseph Fiennes (February 3, 2016).   (TIME)



New Work Of Mercy Enshrined In First Papal Message For Creation – Pope Francis has added a new work of mercy for Catholics to perform: caring for our common home, the planet and all its inhabitants. ‘It’s not every day that you have a new work of mercy in the Catholic Church!’ That was how the new director of the Vatican press office, American Greg Burke introduced the briefing, focused on the papal message entitled ‘Show Mercy to our Common Home’. Christians have been called to carry out 6 acts of mercy, listed in St Matthew’s Gospel – giving food and drink to the hungry and thirsty, welcoming the stranger, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and the prisoners – with a 7th one, burying the dead, added in medieval times. Now the new papal message adds an eighth one to that list and, as Terence Ward, author of ‘The Guardian of Mercy’ pointed out, it could be seen as the most significant of them all.   (VATICAN RADIO)



Pope Francis released his prayer intention video message for September. In it he says: 'Humanity is experiencing a crisis that is not only economic and financial, but is also ecological, educational, moral, and human. When we talk about crisis, we talk about dangers, but also opportunities. What is the opportunity? Being solidarity. Come, help me. That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center.'   (VATICAN RADIO)



Fortune/Time Global Forum 2016 to Take Place in the Vatican – The unprecedented gathering will convene select global Fortune 500 CEOs, members of the Time 100 and non-profit, academic, religious and labor leaders to address the need for a global economic system that both encourages growth and spreads its benefits more broadly. The  conference will culminate in an address by Pope Francis. Members of the 2016 Global Forum Host Committee include CEOs from Dow Chemical, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Monsanto, McKinsey, PepsiCo, Siemens, Virgin Group and WPP as well as leaders from non-profit organizations including the Rockefeller, Ford and Mo Ibrahim Foundations.'   (FORTUNE)



Anglicans Look To Pope As Role Model of Christian Leadership   (VATICAN RADIO)



Pope Francis said 'Division is the weapon the devil employs most to destroy the Church from within. He has two weapons, but the main one is division: the other is money. The devil enters through our pockets and destroys with the tongue, with idle chatter that divides, and the habit of gossiping is a habit of ‘terrorism’. The gossip is a ‘terrorist’ who throws a grenade – chatter – in order to destroy. Please, fight against division, because it is one of the weapons that the devil uses to destroy the local Church and the universal Church.'    (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)



Pope Holds Private Encounter With Pentecostal Pastors    (NEWS.VA)



SEPTEMBER 12, 2016
Pope Francis On The Correct Interpretation Of “Amoris Laetitia” – The bishops of Buenos Aires sent their priests a document on integrating remarried divorcees (with admission to the sacraments on a case-by-case basis). Francis wrote them a letter praising them for their work, writing 'the text is very good and fully captures the meaning of chapter VIII of the ‘Amoris Laetitia’. There are no other interpretations'. The Pope had already given a verbal response to this last April. He was asked whether there were any real new possibilities for access to the sacraments that did not exist prior to the publication of the “Amoris Laetitia” encyclical. He answered 'I could say “yes” and leave it at that, but that would be too brief a response. I recommend that all of you read the presentation made by Cardinal Schönborn, a great theologian.'    (LA STAMPA)



SEPTEMBER 13, 2016
Pope Endorsement Softens Stance On Divorced Catholics – Pope Francis praises Argentinian document stating some in ‘irregular family situations’ could receive communion   (THE GUARDIAN)



SEPTEMBER 13, 2016
Conference Explores Pope's Vision Of a Social Market Economy – Cardinal Peter Turkson, head of the Vatican’s new dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development, gave the opening address on at an international conference entitled ‘The Economy according to Pope Francis – a case study of social market economy’.   (VATICAN RADIO)



SEPTEMBER 17, 2016
Pope Says Welcoming Refugees Helps Keep Us Safe From Terrorism – Pope Francis has encouraged Europeans to welcome refugees, calling authentic hospitality 'our greatest security against hateful acts of terrorism.' He said 'I encourage you to welcome refugees into your homes and communities, so that their first experience of Europe is not the traumatic experience of sleeping cold on the streets, but one of warm welcome.'   (ASSOCIATED PRESS)



SEPTEMBER 17, 2016
Dilution of Doctrine – This is not a normal moment in the Catholic Church. Someone leaked a letter from Pope Francis to the Argentine bishops, praising their openness to allowing some divorced-and-remarried Catholics to receive communion. The “private” letter was the latest move in a papal dance that’s been going on since Francis was elected. The pope clearly wants to admit remarried Catholics to communion, and he tried by hook and crook to get the world’s bishops to agree. The conservative resistance couldn’t be overcome directly without courting a true crisis. So Francis has proceeded indirectly, offering studied ambiguity in official publications combined with personal suggestions of where he really stands. This dance has effectively left Catholicism with two teachings on marriage and the sacraments. The traditional rule is inscribed in the church’s magisterium, and no mere papal note can abrogate it. But to the typical observer, it’s the Francis position that looks more like the church’s real teaching (He is the pope, after all), even if it’s delivered off the cuff or in footnotes or through surrogates. That position, more or less, seems to be that second marriages may be technically adulterous, but it’s unreasonable to expect modern people to realize that, and even more unreasonable to expect them to leave those marriages or practice celibacy within them.  (THE NEW YORK TIMES)



SEPTEMBER 25, 2016
Pope Francis said 'It is by loving that the God-who-is-Love is proclaimed to the world: not by the power of convincing, never by imposing the truth, no less by growing fixated on some religious or moral obligation.'   (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)



SEPTEMBER 27, 2016
In a meeting with the World Jewish Congress Pope Francis said 'Europe often forgets that it has been enriched by migrants. Europe is closing itself up. Europe is lacking creativity. Europe has a falling birth rate, and problems of high unemployment.' He also spoke about migrants integrating into their new surroundings, which he called 'important'. 'The people who committed the terrorist attacks in Belgium were not properly integrated' he said.   (VATICAN RADIO)



SEPTEMBER 28, 2016
New survey findings suggest that there has been no Francis effect — at least, no positive one – weekly Mass attendance has held steady or marginally declined and certain types of religious observance are weaker now among young Catholics than they were under Pope Benedict.  Pope Francis describes parish priests as 'little monsters' who 'throw stones' at poor sinners.  He has given curial officials a diagnosis of 'spiritual Alzheimer’s.' He scolds pro-life activists for their 'obsession' with abortion. He has said that Catholics who place an emphasis on attending Mass, frequenting confession, and saying traditional prayers are 'Pelagians' — people who believe, heretically, that they can be saved by their own works.  Such denunciations demoralize faithful Catholics without giving the disaffected any reason to return.  Why join a church whose priests are little monsters and whose members like to throw stones?  Francis has built his popularity at the expense of the church he leads(THE NEW YORK TIMES)



OCTOBER 1, 2016
Pope Francis said 'There is a very grave sin against ecumenism: proselytism.(VATICAN)



OCTOBER 2, 2016
Pope Francis 'IS the new evangelization' – Father Rosica, CEO of the Salt and Light Television Network in Canada and English language assistant of the Holy See Press Office while giving a keynote to priests of the Diocese of Pittsburgh said "He (Pope Francis) IS the new evangelization. You can read all the theoretical texts that there are on the new evangelization. But if you want to see it in Technicolor, look at him.” People who sit near Father Rosica on airplanes used to tell him their complaints about the church; now they talk about how much they love Pope Francis, he said….Last year when Pope Francis addressed the U.S. Congress, Father Rosica assisted news media at the Capitol. As the pope spoke, the representative of a major network tapped him on the shoulder and asked, “Father, is it normal that most of us are crying right now?” Father Rosica looked around and saw news producers and burly cameramen with tears streaming down their faces…“Francis is rebranding Catholicism and the papacy,” Father Rosica said.  (PITTSBURGH CATHOLIC)



OCTOBER 2, 2016
Francis: Sexual Morality Determined Case-By-Case, Even For Transgender – Pope Francis has said that Catholics must discern difficult situations of sexual morality on a case-by-case basis, even when presented with a person who is considering or has had gender reassignment surgery. Francis recounted a meeting at the Vatican he had last year with a Spanish transgender man who had written to the pontiff to describe his own case and had asked for a personal encounter together. 'She is a young woman who suffered much because she felt like a young man,' the pope explained. 'She felt like a young man, but she was physically a young woman.' The woman, Francis said, had undergone gender reassignment surgery and had then married a woman. 'He wrote me a letter saying that, for him, it would be a consolation to come [see me] with his wife,' the pope said, clarifying: 'He that was her but is he…We must be attentive, not saying all are the same,' he continued. 'Every case: Welcome it, accompany it, study it, discerning and integrating. This is what Jesus would do today,' said the pope.  (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER)



OCTOBER 2, 2016
Pope Francis said 'Medieval cathedrals were catechesis with sculptures. And in a part of the capital there is Judas hanged with his tongue out and eyes (bulging) out, and on the other side of the capital there is Jesus the Good Shepherd who takes (Judas) and carries him with him. And if you look closely, the face of Jesus, the lips of Jesus are sad on the one hand, but with a small smile of understanding in the other. They understood what mercy is … with Judas, huh!(CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)



OCTOBER 6, 2016
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon met with Pope Francis, he said of the meeting to Vatican Radio "…when world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, it was the Pope’s urging and appeal to world leaders: He urged world leaders to have a stronger and visionary commitment for the world – people and planet – so that they can live in peace and prosperity through partnership."    (VATICAN RADIO)



OCTOBER 6, 2016
Pope Francis Replaces Cardinal Sarah  – In a last minute change, Pope Francis will open the academic year at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family, replacing Cardinal Robert Sarah whom the Institute had originally scheduled for the task. The news of the Holy Father’s attendance at the Oct. 27 inauguration comes just weeks after the Pope controversially hand-picked two prelates — Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia and Msgr. Pierangelo Sequeri — to head the institute. The appointments caused some distress as Archbishop Paglia and Msgr. Sequeri have expressed views that critics say contradict the moral clarity of the Church’s traditional approach to marriage and the family.    (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER)



OCTOBER 6, 2016
For Pope Francis, Legalism Makes Christians Stupid – 'May the Lord give us this grace: to open ourselves to the Holy Spirit, so that we will not become stupid, bewitched men and women who sadden the Holy Spirit,' the Pope remarked in his homily    (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)



OCTOBER 10, 2016
Pope Francis Invites French Muslim Leaders to Meet in Vatican    (BRIETBART)



OCTOBER 12, 2016
Gays and Catholicism: Pope's Words Open Door to Confusion – His shift in tone and broad statements about mercy have left a trail of comments that amount to a Rorschach test open to interpretation. Bishop Tobin wrote "When church leaders have to respond to situations involving persons living an openly 'gay lifestyle ' these days, we're often scolded and told that we should be 'more like Pope Francis,' presumably the 'Who-am-I-to judge' Pope Francis". In the past few months alone, Francis has made statements or taken actions that give fuel to both sides.    (ABC NEWS)



OCTOBER 13, 2016
Pope Francis Received Some 1 Thousand Pilgrims in the Vatican – most of them German Lutherans – as part of ecumenical preparations for the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Lutheran reformation. He said '…We Lutherans and Catholics, are walking on the road that leads from conflict to communion' (A red statue of Martin Luther was placed in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican for this meeting)
Pope Francis also told the group that proselytism was a potential threat to Christian unity, saying 'The last thing you must do is 'to say, to convince'. It's not right to convince someone of your faith. Proselytism is the strongest venom against the path of ecumenism.'
Afterwards, he bade them farewell with a joke, saying 'I also want to ask you a question. Who is better: Lutherans or Catholics? It is better when they are together.'   



OCTOBER 13, 2016
Christians Who Reject All Refugees Are ‘Hypocrites,’ Pope Says – Pope Francis said he does not like the contradiction of those who want to defend Christianity in the West, and, on the other hand, are against refugees and other religions, saying 'It’s hypocrisy to call yourself a Christian and chase away a refugee or someone seeking help, someone who is hungry or thirsty, toss out someone who is in need of my help. If I say I am Christian, but do these things, I’m a hypocrite.(CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE)



OCTOBER 24, 2016
Pope Francis said '…beneath rigidity there is something hidden about a person’s life. Rigidity is not a gift of God. Meekness is; kindness is; benevolence is; forgiveness is. But rigidity is not! Beneath rigidity there is always something hidden, in many cases a double life; but there is also some sort of disease lingering there. How the rigid suffer: when they are sincere and they acknowledge this they suffer! Because they are unable to feel the freedom that God’s children feel; they do not know what it is like to walk in the Law of the Lord and they are not blessed. And they suffer so much!” They seem “good because they follow the Law; but beneath that there is something not so nice about them: either they are bad or they are hypocrites or they are ill. They suffer!'    (LA STAMPA)



OCTOBER 26, 2016
Pope Francis The Manager – Surprising, Secretive, Shrewd – "He does not want any filters," said a person who knows the pope well. "Sometimes he will tell one of his secretaries 'so-and-so is arriving in a few minutes' and that is the first they hear of it. Sometimes he tells one without telling the other." This year, an Argentine visitor told a guard at a Vatican gate that the pope was expecting him. Phone calls had to be made to determine he was not a prankster. The pope had not told anyone he had invited the visitor. Francis likes to break rules and then change them once the shock has died down. Two weeks after his election, he included women in a liturgical service open only to men. Later, he ordered that the rules be formally changed worldwide. "He is sometimes like the leader who says 'I don't care what the generals say, I will tell Lieutenant so-and-so to take that hill'," said a source, adding that the pope enjoyed rattling an inefficient bureaucracy with what the source described as "joyful destruction". Even though his health is good, they say he feels he has little time left and many things still to do; that perhaps explains the hastiness of some of his decisions. Francis appears to enjoy sending signals that he alone is calling the shots.     (REUTERS)



OCTOBER 27, 2016
Leonardo DiCaprio Meets with Pope Francis in Before the Flood Clip – The two public figures had a highly publicized sit-down in January to discuss climate change, and the conversation was captured on video to be included in DiCaprio’s upcoming documentary Before the Flood. “One of the most important spiritual leaders on the planet has now called upon the world community to accept the modern science of climate change,” DiCaprio, who premiered the documentary last week at the United Nations in New York City, says in the clip. “A pope has never done anything like this in history.”    (PEOPLE)



OCTOBER 28, 2016
Pope Makes Complete Overhaul of Vatican Liturgical CongregationPope Francis has replaced all of the members of the Vatican’s Congregation for Sacraments and Divine Worship, the body in charge of liturgical questions. Pope Francis has appointed 27 new members to the Congregation for Sacraments and Divine Worship, completely transforming the membership of that body. The new appointments give a distinctly more liberal character to the congregation. The changes seem likely to curtail the work of Cardinal Robert Sarah, the prefect of the Congregation, who has been a leading proponent of more reverent liturgy.     (CATHOLIC CULTURE)



OCTOBER 28, 2016
In an interview Pope Francis said 'There is a policy we should have clear in every case: to proselytize in the ecclesial field is a sin. Benedict XVI told us that the Church does not grow by proselytism, but by attraction. Proselytism is a sinful attitude. It would be like transforming the Church into an organization…I describe the bad habit of murmurings and gossip as a form of terrorism. It is a form of deep violence that we all have available in our soul and it requires a profound conversion. The problem with this terrorism is that we can all implement it. Every person is capable of becoming a terrorist simply by using the tongue. I don’t speak of the quarrels that are done openly, like wars. I speak about a sneaky terrorism that you do by throwing words like «bombs» and that do a lot of evil. The root of this terrorism is original sin and it is a form of crime.'    (LA CIVILTA CATTOLICA)



OCTOBER 31, 2016
Catholic and Lutheran Churches Pledge To Work For Shared Eucharist – At the conclusion of a historic ecumenical celebration in Lund, Sweden, Pope Francis and the general-secretary of the world's Lutheran churches agreed to work together for a shared Eucharist. Pope Francis and Bishop Mounib Younan, President of the Lutheran World Federation signed a Joint Statement on October 31, 2016 in which Catholics and Lutherans pledged to pursue their dialogue in order to remove the remaining obstacles that hinder them from reaching full unity.
The joint statement reads '…Many members of our communities yearn to receive the Eucharist at one table, as the concrete expression of full unity. We experience the pain of those who share their whole lives, but cannot share God’s redeeming presence at the Eucharistic table. We acknowledge our joint pastoral responsibility to respond to the spiritual thirst and hunger of our people to be one in Christ. We long for this wound in the Body of Christ to be healed. This is the goal of our ecumenical endeavours, which we wish to advance, also by renewing our commitment to theological dialogue…We call upon all Lutheran and Catholic parishes and communities to be bold and creative, joyful and hopeful in their commitment to continue the great journey ahead of us…'
In a homily at the event Pope Francis said 'We have the opportunity to mend a critical moment of our history by moving beyond the controversies and disagreements that have often prevented us from understanding one another…We ought to recognize with the same honesty and love that our division distanced us from the primordial intuition of God’s people, who naturally yearn to be one, and that it was perpetuated historically by the powerful of this world rather than the faithful people, which always and everywhere needs to be guided surely and lovingly by its Good Shepherd. Certainly, there was a sincere will on the part of both sides to profess and uphold the true faith, but at the same time we realize that we closed in on ourselves out of fear or bias with regard to the faith which others profess with a different accent and language…As we know, Luther encountered that propitious God in the Good News of Jesus, incarnate, dead and risen. With the concept “by grace alone”, he reminds us that God always takes the initiative, prior to any human response, even as he seeks to awaken that response. The doctrine of justification thus expresses the essence of human existence before God'     



NOVEMBER 1, 2016
Pope Offers New Beatitudes For Saints Of A New Age – The best description of the saints the pope said, is found in the beatitudes from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, which begins, "Blessed are the poor in spirit." New situations require new energy and a new commitment, he said, and then he offered a new list of beatitudes for modern Christians:
'Blessed are those who remain faithful while enduring evils inflicted on them by others and forgive them from their heart.
Blessed are those who look into the eyes of the abandoned and marginalized and show them their closeness.
Blessed are those who see God in every person and strive to make others also discover him.
Blessed are those who protect and care for our common home.
Blessed are those who renounce their own comfort in order to help others.
Blessed are those who pray and work for full communion between Christians.'   



NOVEMBER 1, 2016
Yayo Grassi, who made headlines in 2015 because of his personal meeting with Pope Francis in Washington, DC, shared about his relationship with the pope and Francis’ approach to homosexuality, saying: “I have known Pope Francis since he was my teacher, my professor in high school when I was seventeen years old. I know that he knew then that I was gay, and we have been friends ever since. I visited him in Rome and then we visited when he came to Washington. He met who was at the time my boyfriend both times, and he’s always asking about him.” Grassi also told attendees at a New Ways Ministry event about an exchange he had with the pope, when Francis was Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina: “When the gay marriage law was being discussed in the Senate in Argentina, I read on the internet that then-Cardinal Bergoglio was very much against it and that he had said really painful and hateful things about the approval of the law. I was very surprised. I was very surprised more than anything else because knowing him, and knowing how much love there is in his heart, it was difficult for me to understand that he would do such a hateful thing…So I wrote him a quite extensive letter. I sent him an email telling him how much I admire him, how important he was in my life, and how much he did for me. How he had brought forward through his education the most open and progressive thought in my life. And then I went on saying, I will never be able to thank you, so you might think its a very strange way to thank you if I tell you I’m very disappointed by the way you treated the gay [marriage] law.” Cardinal Bergoglio replied to Grassi’s letter in two days. He first asked forgiveness because of the hurt his former student felt and continued, as paraphrased by Grassi: 'Believe me I never said any of those things. The press picked up from two letters that I sent to the nuns asking them not to give any kind of opinion on this, and they were distorted and they were put as my words.'    (NEW WAYS MINISTRY)



NOVEMBER 8, 2016
Pope receives Emma Bonino – Pope Francis had an audience with former Italian foreign minister Emma Bonino for talks about asylum seekers and the integration of migrants. Bonino, 68, is a former leader of the Radical Party and was involved in domestic campaigns for divorce and abortion in the 1970s.    (ANSA)



NOVEMBER 11, 2016
Pope Francis met a group of young men who have left the priesthood to show his closeness and affection towards them. A Vatican statement said the young men took the difficult decision to leave the priesthood after serving for several years in parishes where loneliness, misunderstanding, fatigue arising from their many responsibilities prompted them to rethink their choice. It said the men spent months and years wrestling with uncertainty and doubts before coming to the decision they had made a mistake by becoming priests and decided to leave and form a family.    (VATICAN RADIO)



NOVEMBER 11, 2016
Pope Laments ‘Rigidity’ Of Youth Who Prefer Latin Mass – Pope Francis insisted the Mass reformed after the Second Vatican Council is here to stay and 'to speak of a ‘reform of the reform’ is an error.' In authorizing regular use of the older Mass, Pope Benedict XVI was 'magnanimous' toward those attached to the old liturgy, 'But it is an exception.', he said. Pope Francis said he wonders why some young people, who were not raised with the old Latin Mass, nevertheless prefer it. 'And I ask myself: Why so much rigidity? Dig, dig, this rigidity always hides something, insecurity or even something else. Rigidity is defensive. True love is not rigid.'    (CRUX/CATHOLIC CULTURE)



NOVEMBER 11, 2016
In an interview Pope Francis said 'What we want is a battle against inequality, this is the greatest evil that exists in the world…It has been said many times and my response has always been that, if anything, it is the communists who think like Christians.' When asked if Martin Luther was another prophet he said 'Yes, I quoted him because I admire him.'    (LA REPUBBLICA)



NOVEMBER 12, 2016
Pope Praises Marxist Communists, Criticises Youth Who Love Latin Mass    (EWTN)



NOVEMBER 13, 2016
In a homily, commenting on the 21st Chapter of the Gospel of St. Luke, Pope Francis said 'Those who follow Jesus pay no heed to prophets of doom, the nonsense of horoscopes, or terrifying sermons and predictions that distract from the truly important things. Amid the din of so many voices, the Lord asks us to distinguish between what is from him and what is from the false spirit. This is important: to distinguish the word of wisdom that the God speaks to us each day from the shouting of those who seek in God’s name to frighten, to nourish division and fear.'    (VATICAN RADIO)



NOVEMBER 13, 2016
Four Cardinals Formally Ask Pope for Clarity on Amoris Laetitia – Out of “deep pastoral concern,” four cardinals have taken the very rare step of publicizing five questions they have sent Pope Francis in a bid to clear up “grave disorientation and great confusion” surrounding his summary document on the Synod on the Family, Amoris Laetitia.     (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER)


NOVEMBER 17, 2016
Pope Francis Decides Not to Hold Pre-Consistory Meeting of Cardinals – Vaticanist claims it is because more cardinals were planning on resubmitting "doubts" over his exhortation on the family, 'Amoris Laetitia', at the meeting. The Vatican is not commenting.    (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER)



NOVEMBER 18, 2016
Pope Francis Dismisses Critics Of His Teachings – 'Some people — I am thinking of certain responses to Amoris Laetitia — continue to misunderstand,' Francis said. 'It’s either black or white [to them], even if in the flow of life you have to discern.' Asked about critics who accuse the pope of “Protestantizing" the Catholic church, Francis said, 'I don’t lose sleep over it...When not given in bad faith, they help with the way forward. Other times you see right away that the critics pick bits from here and there to justify a pre-existing viewpoint; they are not honest, they are acting in bad faith to foment divisions. You see right away that a certain ‘rigorism’ is born out of a lack of something, from a desire to hide inside the armor of one’s own sad dissatisfaction behind some kind of body armour. If you watch Babette's Feast, you see this rigid form of behaviour.' On "Christian unity" he said 'The Church never grows through proselytism but “through attraction”, as Benedict XVI explained. Proselytism among Christians is therefore in itself a serious sin because it contradicts the very dynamics of becoming and remaining Christians. The Church is not a football team in search of fans.'  Speaking on the "Year of Mercy" he said '…Mercy is God’s name and it is also His weakness, His weak spot. His mercy always leads him to forgive and forget our sins. I like to think that the Almighty has a bad memory. Once he forgives, he forgets. Because he is happy to forgive. That’s all I want…Jesus doesn’t ask for grand gestures, only for us to let ourselves go and show appreciation'    (LA STAMPA/NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER/AVVENIRE)



NOVEMBER 19, 2016
Speaking to newly created Cardinals Pope Francis said '…In God’s heart there are no enemies. God only has sons and daughters. We are the ones who raise walls, build barriers and label people. God has sons and daughters, precisely so that no one will be turned away…'    (VATICAN RADIO)



NOVEMBER 25, 2016
Pope: Eternal damnation is not a torture chamber but distance from God – In a homily Pope Francis said 'Eternal damnation is not a torture chamber. That’s a description of this second death: it is a death. And those who will not be received in the Kingdom of God, it's because they have not drawn close to the Lord. These are the people who journeyed along their own path, distancing themselves from the Lord and passing in front of the Lord but then choosing to walk away from Him. Eternal damnation is continually distancing oneself from God.'   (VATICAN RADIO)



NOVEMBER 28, 2016
Pope Francis Holds Firm Against Conservative Pushback – The issue of communion for remarried Catholics has become a touchstone for Catholics, determining on which side of the conservative/liberal divide they stand. Conservatives say giving communion to divorced and remarried Catholics would break with the millennia-old teaching of the Church that second marriages are adulterous. They cite Jesus himself, who says in the Gospel of Luke 16:18: "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery." The doctrine has been affirmed by Church fathers and popes prior to Francis, including most recently by John Paul II. The Pope's refusal to answer questions directly is emblematic of how Francis effects change in the Catholic Church: he doesn't deal in the doctrinal nitty-gritty but goes straight to the people — via his priests — regardless of the rules.    (CNN)



DECEMBER 2, 2016
Italian Prisoners Honor Pope Francis With Flash Mob Dance – Around 70 inmates danced a Zumba routine flash mob titled the "Pope is Pop" to celebrate Pope Francis’s calls for prison reform. The prisoners were Catholic, Muslim and Orthodox from all over the world dancing to lyrics such as “Tonight you are not alone, Francis is there, everywhere. Hallelujah!”    (CRUX)



DECEMBER 2, 2016
Netflix Buys Pope Francis Mini-Series From Berlusconi’s Mediaset    (VARIETY)



DECEMBER 6, 2016
The Pope has declined to respond to the five questions, which ask for “Yes” or “No” answers on whether aspects of Amoris Laetitia, particularly related to whether civilly remarried divorcees without an annulment and not living in continence can receive holy Communion, are consistent with previous papal teachings. Since the Dubia were published, Pope Francis has reacted only in an indirect way, saying in a recent interview that 'certain responses' to Amoris Laetitia 'persist in seeing only white or black, when, rather, one ought to discern in the flow of life.' He also said such opposition can derive from a 'bad spirit' or psychological defects that foster division and argued that such thinking showed a lack of understanding about how the Holy Spirit has been working in the Church since the Second Vatican Council.  Cardinal Burke told the Register last month that Cardinal Müller earlier had relayed to the signatories that the Pope would not be responding to the questions they had submitted. “He [Cardinal Müller] was told by the Pope that he was not to respond to the Dubia and that there would be no response to them,” he said.    (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER)



DECEMBER 7, 2016
Pope Insists Suggestion On Remarried Has Church Backing – Pope Francis says the majority of the world’s bishops back his suggestion that civilly remarried Catholics can receive Communion, adding fuel to the debate that has riled some conservative Catholics. Francis said his 2016 document “The Joy of Love” — which contains the suggestion — was the fruit of two meetings of bishops over two years. 'It is interesting that all that (the document) contains, it was approved in the Synod by more than two thirds of the fathers. And this is a guarantee,' he said. In September, Francis fully endorsed the interpretation of the question by Argentine bishops, who wrote a set of guidelines saying “The Joy of Love” clearly allows the possibility of access to the sacraments in exceptional cases. 'There are no other interpretations,' Francis wrote in approving the Argentine guidelines. Church teaching holds that unless divorced Catholics receive an annulment, or a church decree that their first marriage was invalid, they are committing adultery in a new civil marriage and cannot receive Communion.     (THE WASHINGTON POST)



DECEMBER 7, 2016
Francis said the media should be wary about scandal-mongering—even when the story is true. Francis said the media, by taking pleasure in spreading such “disinformation,” risks falling into coprophilia—arousal derived from excrement, while its audience could fall into coprophagia, the consumption of excrement. He said 'I believe that the media should be very clear, very transparent, and not fall prey—without offense, please—to the sickness of coprophilia, which is always wanting to communicate scandal, to communicate ugly things, even though they may be true,' he said. 'And since people have a tendency towards the sickness of coprophagia, it can do great harm.'    (TIME)



DECEMBER 7, 2016
Vatican Updates Guidelines For Educating Priests – The Congregation for Clergy Dec. 7 released a detailed set of guidelines and norms for priestly formation. The document says the education must include a study of climate change and other environmental threats. Catholic priests must be "promoters of an appropriate care for everything connected to the protection of creation."  Psychologists can provide valuable help to the seminary rector and diocesan bishop "in the assessment of personality, expressing an opinion as to the psychological health of the candidate and in therapeutic accompaniment, in order to shed light on any problems that may emerge and to assist in growth in human maturity," the document says. The Congregation for Clergy recommends that women be on the staff of seminaries or teach at the universities where the candidates study and that seminarians' ability to relate to and work with women be considered in the candidate's evaluation, since the majority of parishioners with whom the future priest will work are women.    (CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE)



DECEMBER 9, 2016
In a homily Pope Francis said 'About rigidity and worldliness, it was some time ago that an elderly monsignor of the curia came to me, who works, a normal man, a good man, in love with Jesus – and he told me that he had gone to buy a couple of shirts at Euroclero [the clerical clothing store] and saw a young fellow – he thinks he had not more than 25 years, or a young priest or about to become a priest – before the mirror, with a cape, large, wide, velvet, with a silver chain. He then took the Saturno [wide-brimmed clerical headgear], he put it on and looked himself over. A rigid and worldly one. And that priest – he is wise, that monsignor, very wise – was able to overcome the pain, with a line of healthy humor and added: ‘And it is said that the Church does not allow women priests!’. Thus, does the work that the priest does when he becomes a functionary ends in the ridiculous, always.'   (VATICAN RADIO)



DECEMBER 9, 2016
Christmas Tree and Nativity Scene Light Up in the Vatican – The nativity scene includes a traditional Maltese boat, which not only represents Maltese tradition, but also the plight of the refugees that have to cross the Mediterranean fleeing from war and poverty.   (ROME REPORTS)



DECEMBER 13, 2016
Pope Francis said 'Just as Judas tried to repent and found no welcome from the chief priests, so today, there are people in the Church who have forgotten they are to be pastors, and do not welcome the suffering….The poor Judas, a traitor and repentant, was not welcomed by the pastors. Because these people had forgotten what it was to be a pastor. They were the intellectuals of religion, those who had the power, who advanced the catechesis of the people with a morality composed by their own intelligence and not by the revelation.'   (VATICAN)



DECEMBER 14, 2016
Pope Francis tweeted 'Now is the time to unleash the creativity of mercy, to bring about new undertakings, the fruit of grace.'   (TWITTER)



DECEMBER 14, 2016
Pope Francis’ Council of Cardinals met this week with discussion on how reform of the Curia’s departments will move forward. Vatican spokesman Greg Burke stressed that there was no talk whatsoever about the “dubia” sent to the Pope by four cardinals over footnote 351 in “Amoris Laetitiareferring to communion and divorced and remarried Catholics. The letter “is not the purpose” of the Council of Cardinals, Burke said, adding that the Pope was “very clear” in saying that the Synod of Bishops had already spoken on the matter.   (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)



DECEMBER 15, 2016
Even St. John the Baptist Had Dark Times – Although John was great, strong, secure in his vocation, 'he still had dark moments, he had his doubts,' said Francis. In fact, John began to doubt in prison, even though he had baptized Jesus, 'because he was a Saviour that was not as he had imagined him…The great can afford to doubt, because they are great…The great can afford to doubt, and this is beautiful. They are certain of their vocation but each time the Lord makes them see a new street of the journey, they enter into doubt. ‘But this is not orthodox, this is heretical, this is not the Messiah I expected.’ The devil does this work, and some friend also helps, no? This is the greatness of John, a great one, the last of that band of believers that began with Abraham, that one that preaches conversion, that one that does not use half-words to condemn the proud, that one that at the end of his life is allowed to doubt. And this is a good program of Christian life. Let us ask from John the grace of apostolic courage to always say things with truth, from pastoral love, to receive the people with the little that they can give, the first step. God will do the rest. And also the grace of doubting. Often times, maybe at the end of life, one can ask, “But is all that I believed true or are they fantasies?” the temptation against the faith, against the Lord. May the great John, who is the least in the kingdom of Heaven, and for this reason is great, help us along this path in the footsteps of the Lord.'   (ROME REPORTS/VATICAN RADIO)



DECEMBER 15, 2016
Answering a question put to him by a nurse in paediatrics, who asked why children suffer, Pope Francis said: 'I have no answer to this question. Nor has Jesus given an answer to these words. There is no answer to this question, all we can do is look at the crucifix and let it give us the answer. Is God unjust? He was unjust with his son, he sent him to the cross, if we follow this logic then we have to say this.'   (LA STAMPA)



DECEMBER 22, 2016
Pope Francis has outlined more reforms to the Roman Catholic Church, including elevating more women and lay people to leadership positions and focusing more on the multicultural nature of the modern church. It's the third year in a row the pope has used his Christmas address to Vatican employees to lecture them about how they must change. Two years ago, Francis accused them of spiritual Alzheimer's. This year he spoke of malevolent resistance. (NPR)



DECEMBER 22, 2016
Pope Francis Calls for ‘Unconditioned Obedience’ to Achieve Curial Reform –  The Pope said he wishes to increase “regular meetings” between heads of dicasteries and the Pope, and “particular attention” paid to “greater frequency” of meetings with dicastery members. Some inside sources and observers say this is aimed at lessening the influence of the heads of dicasteries in the governance of the Church, particularly ones such as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith whose purpose is to provide unity of doctrine for the universal Church. The overall aim of synodality is to make the Church more decentralized and democratic. The Pope then listed 17 steps he has implemented including a reference to new Statutes of the Pontifical Academy for Life, ones which controversially state that members will no longer be required to sign a declaration saying that they uphold the Church’s pro-life teachings.   (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER)



DECEMBER 23, 2016
Pope Says He May Split the Catholic Church – Walter Mayr, the Rome correspondent of the German magazine Der Spiegel, reports the following at the conclusion of his 23rd December article on Pope Franics and the crisis over the dubia: "In a very small circle, Pope Francis is said to have self-critically further explained himself as follows: 'It is not to be excluded that I will enter history as the one who split the Catholic Church'."   (EWTN, UK)



DECEMBER 28, 2016
Pope Francis: Complaining To God Is A Way Of Praying – At a General Audience Pope Francis said 'I won't say that Abraham loses patience, but he complains to the Lord. This is what we learn from our father Abraham: complaining to the Lord is a form of prayer. Sometimes I hear confessions where people say, "I complained to the Lord," But no. to complain; he is a father, and this is a form of prayer. Complain to the Lord; this is good…Faith is also fighting with God, showing our bitterness without false devotion. I am angry with God, and I have told him this, and this, and this…Don’t worry, He is a Father, and he understands. Be brave, be brave. This is the hope.(ROME REPORTS/CATHOLIC ONLINE)





JANUARY 2, 2017
Pope Appoints Protestant Pastor As Editor of Argentina's L'Osservatore Romano – For the first time in the history a protestant will be at the helm of a version of the Catholic newspaper. Argentine Marcelo Figueroa is a pastor of a Presbyterian Church and the director of the Argentine Biblical Society. Pope Francis, Marcelo Figueroa, and Rabbi Abraham Skorka co-hosted a TV show at the Buenos Aires’ diocesan channel when the Holy Father was Cardinal of Buenos Aires.     (EWTN, UK)



JANUARY 10, 2017
Pope Francis: Jesus Had Authority Because He Always Served Others – In his homily at Santa Marta, the pope criticized the clericalism of those who try to advise others without worrying about them. Pope Francis said 'Jesus served the people, He explained things because the people understood well: He was at the service of the people. He had an attitude of a servant, and this gave authority. On the other hand, these doctors of the law that the people…yes, they heard, they respected, but they didn’t feel that they had authority over them; these had a psychology of princes: ‘We are the masters, the princes, and we teach you. Not service: we command, you obey.’ Jesus never passed Himself off like a prince: He was always the servant of all, and this is what gave Him authority.'     (ROME REPORTS)



JANUARY 16, 2017
Pope Francis held a meeting with Alpha Condé, President of the Republic of Guinea. They addressed issues such as protection of the environment, migration, dialogue with the Muslim world and peace for Republic of Guinea. Alpha Condé gave an interesting work of art to the pope and explained it to him, "It's called Nmba. It is the god of fertility, so that women have many children." Pope Francis, very attentive to the explanation, responded as well, saying 'Italy needs fertility.'     (ROME REPORTS/VIDEO)



JANUARY 16, 2017
Pope Says There's 'No Point' Going to Mass If You Don't Really Believe In It – Pope Francis said in a homily 'If I say I am Catholic and go to Mass, but then don’t speak with my parents, help my grandparents or the poor, go and see those who are sick, this does not prove my faith, there’s no point.'     (INDEPENDENT/LA STAMPA)



JANUARY 17, 2017
Vatican To Issue Stamp Featuring Martin Luther – The Vatican office charged with issuing stamps, known as the Philatelic and Numismatic Office, confirmed that Luther will be celebrated with a postage stamp in 2017.     (LIFESITE NEWS)



JANUARY 19, 2017
Pope: Luther’s Intention Was To Renew The Church, Not Divide Her – Speaking to members of an Ecumenical Delegation from Finland who are in the Vatican to take part in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Pope Francis said that 'the intention of Martin Luther five hundred years ago was to renew the Church, not divide her'.     (VATICAN RADIO)



JANUARY 19, 2017
Maltese Bishop Threatens Priests Will Be Suspended For Refusing Communion To Divorced/Remarried – (NOTE: The Gozo Diocese issued a statement on January 20th that the rumor is “absolutely false,” and no such threat has been issued.)      (EWTN, UK/CATHOLIC CULTURE)



JANUARY 20, 2017

Pope Francis said in a homily 'At times, I like to think about joking with the Lord:‘You don’t have a good memory!’ This is the weakness of God: when God forgives, He forgets.'   (VATICAN RADIO)



JANUARY 26, 2017

Arnold Schwarzenegger Visits Pope Francis, Talks Environmental Issues   (ABC NEWS)



JANUARY 26, 2017
Pope Takes Over Religious Order Whose Leader Defied Him In Clash Over Condoms – The Vatican announced it was taking over the embattled Knights of Malta in an extraordinary display of papal power after the leader of the sovereign lay Catholic order publicly defied Pope Francis in a dispute over condoms. The move is remarkable — and controversial — because it marks the intervention of one sovereign state, the Holy See, into the internal governing affairs of another.    (CHICAGO TRIBUNE/NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER)



JANUARY 26, 2017
Pope Francis Has Ordered a Review of the New Mass Translation – Pope Francis has ordered a review of “Liturgiam Authenticam,” the controversial decree behind the most recent translations of liturgical texts from Latin into English and other languages. The commission is also tasked with examining what level of decentralization is desirable in the church on matters such as this     (AMERICA MAGAZINE)



JANUARY 27, 2017
In a homily Pope Francis said 'Obeying all the commandments, all of them…Yes, it’s true, but this paralyzes you too, it makes you forget so many graces received, it takes away memory, it takes away hope, because it doesn’t allow you to go forward'     (ROME REPORTS/VIDEO/VATICAN RADIO)



FEBRUARY 1, 2017
German Bishops Say the Divorced-and-Remarried May Receive Communion – The German bishops have published their own guidelines on Amoris laetitia allowing, in certain cases, for divorced-and-remarried Catholics to receive Communion. The decision by the German bishops' conference comes on the heels of a similar announcement made by the bishops of Malta.     (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)



FEBRUARY 4, 2017
Pope Francis: Try To Change The Rules Of The Socio-Economic System – Pope Francis on Saturday called for a change of 'the rules of the game of the socio-economic system,' adding 'imitating the Good Samaritan of the Gospel is not enough.(VATICAN RADIO)



FEBRUARY 4, 2017
Conservative Criticism Intensifies Against Pope Francis – On Saturday, dozens of posters appeared around Rome featuring a stern-looking Francis and referencing the "decapitation" of the Knights of Malta and other actions Francis has taken against conservative, tradition-minded groups. The posters, written in Roman dialect, also cited the way Francis had "ignored cardinals," a reference to the four cardinals who have publicly asked Francis to clarify whether divorced and civilly remarried Catholics can receive Communion. Francis hasn't responded directly, though he has made it clear he favors case-by-case allowances.     (ASSOCIATED PRESS)



FEBRUARY 5, 2017
Pope Records Video Message for Fans Attending Super Bowl – Look out, Lady Gaga. The pope is joining the Super Bowl frenzy. In a papal first, Pope Francis has recorded a video message that will be shown to tens of thousands of fans during Sunday's Super Bowl game. In the video message he says 'Great sporting events like today's Super Bowl are highly symbolic, showing that it is possible to build a culture of encounter and a world of peace. By participating in sports, we are able to go beyond our own self-interest and – in a healthy way – we learn to sacrifice, to grow in fidelity and respect the rules. May this year’s Super Bowl be a sign of peace, friendship and solidarity to the world.'     (ASSOCIATED PRESS/CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)



FEBRUARY 6, 2017
German Catholics and Lutherans Take New Steps Towards Unity – The 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation offers Catholics and Lutherans an opportunity to take further steps towards reconciliation and full Christian unity. That was Pope Francis’ message to an ecumenical delegation from Germany. Catholics and Lutherans will also be participating in other joint events this year, he said, including a shared  congress to present new translations of the Bible.     (VATICAN RADIO)



FEBRUARY 7, 2017
Cardinal Marx: Pope’s Line in Amoris Laetitia is “Very Clear” – Defends German bishops’ guidelines on document as Cardinal Walter Kasper says allowing intercommunion with Protestants in some cases is the “position of the current Pope.”     (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER)



FEBRUARY 8, 2017
Anglican Liturgy To Be Celebrated In St Peter’s – An Anglican liturgy will be celebrated at the heart of the Catholic Church when choral evensong takes place in St Peter’s basilica on March 13.     (LA STAMPA)



FEBRUARY 9, 2017
Pope Denounces ‘Restorationist’ Orders, Pokes Fun at Medjugorje – When asked how he keeps peace amid tension and opposition, the Pope jested, saying 'I don’t take tranquilizers!' and said he’s learned to take the advice given to him by Italians, to maintain 'a healthy couldn’t-care-less attitude.' One of the questions had to do with the themes for the upcoming Word Youth Days. All of them are related to the Virgin Mary. He said 'But the real Madonna! Not the Madonna at the head of a post office that every day sends a different letter, saying: ‘My children, do this and then the next day do that.’ No, not that Madonna. The real Madonna is the who generates Jesus in our hearts, a Mother. The superstar Virgin Mary, who seeks the limelight is not Catholic.' Asked what should be done about the plummeting number of vocations to the priesthood, the pope said that while the decline “worries me” he is also worried about the rise of new traditional religious orders. He said 'Some are, I might say, ‘restorationist’: they seem to offer security but instead give only rigidity. When they tell me that there is a Congregation that draws so many vocations, I must confess that I worry.'     (CRUX/CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)



FEBRUARY 10, 2017
In a letter to the The World Meetings of Popular Movements Pope Francis wrote 'I would also like to highlight the work done by the PICO National Network (a George Soros funded organization) and the organizations promoting this meeting…here we also find an opportunity: that the light of the love of neighbor may illuminate the Earth with its stunning brightness like a lightning bolt in the dark; that it may wake us up and let true humanity burst through with authentic resistance, resilience and persistence.'     (VATICAN)



FEBRUARY 14, 2017
Vatican's Top Legal Aide Says Divorced-and-Remarried May Receive Communion     (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)



FEBRUARY 17, 2017
Pope Francis To Activists: Stand With Migrants, Do Not Deny Climate Science, There Is No Such Thing As ‘Islamic Terrorism’     (AMERICA MAGAZINE)



FEBRUARY 17, 2017
Muslim Refugee Hails Pope Francis As The Example Of Religion – A Muslim Syrian woman whose family was brought to Rome from Lesbos by Pope Francis last April, said that the openness he has shown to those of different faiths has deeply impressed her, saying "He is very open to all of the cultures, all of the religions, and he sets an example for all the religious people in the world, because he uses religion to serve the human being.”     (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)



FEBRUARY 18, 2017
Vatican 'House of Cards' As Pro and Anti-Pope Factions Clash – A real-life version of the hit political drama "House of Cards" is unfolding at the Vatican (House of Cards is a Netflix show about a corrupt politician named Francis who steals the US Presidency after getting the sitting President to resign). The root of the row lies with the pontiff's intimation last year that some believers who have divorced and remarried should be able to take communion. Four conservative cardinals accused the pope of sowing confusion and demanded an answer to "doubts" about family guidelines Francis published in April. US cardinal Raymond Burke took on the guise of conspirator-in-chief, warning the 80-year-old pope that he could be sanctioned if he does not reply. The pontiff had already demoted the American two years previously when he moved him from a top Vatican job in 2014 to be the "patron" of the Knights of Malta.     (AFP)



FEBRUARY 20, 2017
Malta’s Archbishop: Seminarians Can Leave if They Don't Agree With Pope Francis – The Archbishop of Malta has confirmed that he told the country’s seminarians earlier this month that if any of them do not agree with Pope Francis, “the seminary gate is open,” implying they are free to leave. The remarks are the latest in what Church sources in Malta say is a heavy-handed crackdown on any ecclesiastic unwilling to subscribe to the Maltese bishops’ interpretation of the apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia — an interpretation the bishops say is identical to the Holy Father’s.     (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER)



FEBRUARY 20, 2017
During a visit to the Roman parish of Santa Maria Josefa Francis spoke to children of the conclave that elected him. A child named Alessandro asked, “Why did you become Pope?” Francis replied: 'Because the guilty are in the room . He is one of them.' [the Pope points at Cardinal Agostino Vallini, Vicar of Rome, and the kids burst out laughing].     (LA STAMPA)



FEBRUARY 22, 2017
Pope Francis tweeted 'Jesus entrusted to Peter the keys to open the entrance to the kingdom of heaven, and not to close it.'   (TWITTER)



FEBRUARY 22, 2017
New Jesuit Chief Claims Jesus’ Own Words Against Divorce Are ‘Relative,’ Subject To ‘Interpretation’ – The new head of the Jesuit order has claimed that the words of Jesus against divorce are “relative” and must be “discerned” according to the “conscience” of each individual. In an interview Fr. Arturo Sosa Abascal when asked about Jesus Words regarding divorce in the Gospel of St. Matthew said "So then, there would have to be a lot of reflection on what Jesus really said. At that time, no one had a recorder to take down his words. What is known is that the words of Jesus must be contextualized, they are expressed in a language, in a specific setting, they are addressed to someone in particular…Over the last century in the Church there has been a great blossoming of studies that seek to understand exactly what Jesus meant to say… That is not relativism, but attests that the word is relative, the Gospel is written by human beings, it is accepted by the Church which is made up of human persons… So it is true that no one can change the word of Jesus, but one must know what it was!"   (LIFESITE NEWS/ROSSOPOPORA)



FEBRUARY 23, 2017
Pope Suggests 'Better To Be Atheist Than Hypocritical Catholic' – Pope Francis delivered another criticism of some members of his own Church on Thursday, suggesting it is better to be an atheist than one of "many" Catholics who he said lead a hypocritical double life. He said 'But what is scandal? Scandal is saying one thing and doing another; it is a double life, a double life. A totally double life: ‘I am very Catholic, I always go to Mass, I belong to this association and that one; but my life is not Christian, I don’t pay my workers a just wage, I exploit people, I am dirty in my business, I launder money…’ A double life. And so many Christians are like this, and these people scandalize others. How many times have we heard –all of us, around the neighborhood and elsewhere – ‘but to be a Catholic like that, it’s better to be an atheist.’ It is that, scandal.'   (REUTERS/VATICAN RADIO)



FEBRUARY 23, 2017
Pope Francis received his long-time friend from his native Argentina, Rabbi Abraham Skorka along with a delegation of Jewish leaders involved in the preparation of a new edition of the Torah.    (VATICAN RADIO)



FEBRUARY 24, 2017
During a homily about the passage from the Gospel of St. Mark (chapter 10) where the Pharisees asked Jesus “Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?", Pope Francis said 'Jesus does not say whether it is lawful or not lawful; it does not fit into their logic. Because they thought about faith in terms of 'can' or 'cannot', of where you can, to where you can not. The logic of the series: Jesus does not come in, in this. It addresses the question: 'But what did Moses command you? What is in your law?' They explain that Moses gave permission to divorce ones wife, and they had fallen into the trap, really. Because Jesus qualified them as 'hard of heart': 'For your hardness of heart, he wrote you this commandment', and he tells them the truth. No clever reasoning and without permitting it. The truth. The way of Jesus – it is quite clear – is the path from case studies to truth and mercy. Jesus throws out case studies. To those who wanted to test Him, to those who thought about this 'logic of what's permitted,' He called them – not there, but in other passages from the Gospel – hypocrites.'    (ROME REPORTS)



FEBRUARY 25, 2017
Pope Quietly Trims Sanctions For Sex Abusers – Pope Francis has quietly reduced sanctions against a handful of pedophile priests, applying his vision of a merciful church even to its worst offenders in ways that survivors of abuse and the pope’s own advisers question. "With all this emphasis on mercy … he is creating the environment for such initiatives," the church official said, adding that clemency petitions were rarely granted by Pope Benedict XVI, who launched a tough crackdown during his 2005-2013 papacy and defrocked some 800 priests who raped and molested children.    (ASSOCIATED PRESS)



FEBRUARY 27, 2017
Pope Francis Visits Anglican Parish in Rome – First time a Roman pontiff has set foot in an Anglican parish inside his own Diocese of Rome.    (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER)



MARCH 1, 2017
EU Leaders Will Turn To the Pope Over Plans To Revive Struggling Bloc – European leaders are set to hold an historic meeting with the Pope later this month when they head to Rome to unveil their make-or-break plans to revive the struggling EU. Joseph Muscat, the prime minister of Malta which currently holds the rotating EU presidency, said “I do think he [Pope Francis] is the ultimate world leader that within the circumstances has the skills and the vision to say things that transcend the obvious and banalities we all say in politics.”    (EXPRESS)



MARCH 1, 2017
Pope Seeks To Set Example For World Leaders As He Accepts Electric Car     (CATHOLIC HERALD)



MARCH 2, 2017
Report: Some Cardinals Want Pope Francis to Resign, Fear Schism Worse Than The Reformation – The London Times quoted a Vatican expert as saying, “A good number of the majority that voted for Bergoglio in 2013 have come to regret their decision, but I don’t think it’s plausible that members of the hierarchy will pressure the Pope to resign…Those who know him know it would be useless…[Pope Francis] has a very authoritarian streak. He won’t resign until he has completed his revolutionary reforms, which are causing enormous harm.”    (CNS NEWS)



MARCH 9, 2017
Francis On The Cover Of Rolling Stone. “He’s A Pop Pope” – A photo of the Pope giving his thumb up opens the issue of the Italian March edition. Rolling Stone celebrates Francis, a Pope “ who has won over all young people with his words of attention for weakest and poorest, with his tones that are close to the common people, with a manner that is popular, indeed pop – He is “a Pope who really seems suited to our times.”    (LA STAMPA)



MARCH 10, 2017
Pope Francis Signals Openness to Ordaining Married Men in Some Cases    (THE NEW YORK TIMES)



MARCH 13, 2017
'What frightens me?' the pope asked, repeating the question posed by Sara, one of the children at the Rome parish of St. Magdalene of Canossa. Sara had told him she's afraid of witches, but Pope Francis told her that witches don't really exist and those who claim to be able to cast spells are lying. He said 'And it frightens me when in a family, neighborhood, workplace, parish — or even the Vatican — there is gossip. That's scary. You have heard or seen on TV what terrorists do? They throw a bomb and run. Gossip is like that. It's throwing a bomb and running away.'    (CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE)



MARCH 13, 2017
First Anglican Evensong celebrated in St Peter's Basilica   (VATICAN RADIO)



MARCH 14, 2017
In a homily Pope Francis said 'Converting doesn't come from a fairy who converts us with a magic wand. No, it's a journey of avoiding and of learning.'   (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY/VIDEO)



MARCH 19, 2017
Key Aide To Pope Benedict: As He Approaches 90, He’s Fine – “Pope Benedict is in good shape. What bothers him most are his legs, so he uses a walker for help, and he gets along very well. Otherwise, he’s quite clear in his head, and quite bright. He participates in everything. He reads, he prays, he listens to music, and he has visitors…” said German Archbishop Georg Gänswein, the Prefect of the Papal Household for Pope Francis and also private secretary to Pope Benedict.   (CRUX)



MARCH 25, 2017
Dr. Emilce Cuda is the first woman to receive a doctorate in theology from Argentina’s Pontifical Catholic University. She recently published a book titled Para Leer a Francisco (‘Reading Francis’). Dr. Cuda met Pope Francis on March 17, 2017 as part of a delegation of theologians. She says at the meeting Francis urged them to do theological ethics with a 'hermeneutic of unity in difference'. In the meeting, the pope jokingly likened this to the way the Holy Trinity functions. 'Inside the Holy Trinity they’re all arguing behind closed doors,' Cuda says Francis told them, 'but on the outside they give the picture of unity.'   (CRUX)



MARCH 29, 2017
Pope Francis greeted members of a delegation from the Iraqi Supervisory Boards and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. The Iraqi Supervisory Boards are made up of Shiites and Sunnis, as well as Christians, Yazidis, and Sabeans/Mandaeans. Pope Francis said 'We are all brothers, and where there is brotherhood, there is peace. We are all sons of God. We have a common father on Earth: Abraham and out of that first ‘going forth’ of Abraham, we all come together, up until today. We are brothers, and as brothers, we are all different and all the same, like fingers on a hand: there are five fingers; all are fingers but all are different.(VATICAN RADIO)



MARCH 30, 2017
Disney's CEO and Chairman Meets Pope Francis – Robert Iger, the CEO and chairman of Disney, greeted Pope Francis after the General Audience. Introducing his family, he also recalled that the pope has family in his company, saying "Your niece works for us in Buenos Aires, for Disney.”    (ROME REPORTS)



APRIL 4, 2017
In a homily Pope Francis said 'Jesus ‘made himself the serpent,’ Jesus ‘made himself sin,’ and he took upon himself all the filth of humanity, all the filth of sin. And he ‘made himself sin’, he made himself to rise up so that all the people might look at him, the people wounded by sin, us. This is the mystery of the cross and Paul says it: ‘He made himself sin’ and he took the appearance of the father of sin, the cunning serpent….But what is the cross for us? Yes, it is the sign of Christians, it is the symbol of Christians, and we make the sign of the cross, but we do not always do it well, sometimes we do it so-so…because we do not have this faith in the cross. The cross for some people is a badge of belonging: ‘Yes, I carry the cross to show that I am a Christian.’ And it's fine but not just as a badge, as if it were a team, the badge of a team; but rather as the memory of the man who made himself sin, who made himself the devil, the serpent, for us; he debased himself up to the point of totally annihilating himself.'    (L'OSSERVATORE ROMANO)



APRIL 6, 2017
Pope Francis Thanks Maltese Bishops for ‘Amoris Laetitia’ Guidelines – On behalf of Pope Francis, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri has reportedly sent a letter to Malta’s bishops to thank them for their guidelines on applying the controversial Chapter 8 of the apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love). The Maltese bishops’ document drew strong criticism from some theologians, canon lawyers, and some Vatican officials who argued that it appeared to assert the primacy of conscience over the objective moral truth. The bishops stated in the guidelines that some remarried divorcees can receive Holy Communion after a period of discernment, with an informed and enlightened conscience, and if they are “at peace with God.” Critics said the criteria clearly contradicted previous papal teaching, the Catechism, canon law, and Vatican instruction, stressing that Church teaching clearly forbids allowing Holy Communion for remarried divorcees engaging in sexual relations without an annulment.    (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER)



APRIL 11, 2017
Faithful Storm Out of Mass in Italy After Priest Criticizes Pope Francis – A priest is being asked to take a break from his parish in the small Italian town of Montesilvano after some in his congregation reportedly stormed out of Mass when he openly criticized Pope Francis on Palm Sunday. In his homily Pushparaj, who is from India, reportedly referred to the pope’s dialogue with other faiths and in particular his decision to wash the feet of a Muslim woman at a detention center outside Rome on Holy Thursday in 2013. “In four years Pope Francis has only been bad for the church,” the priest reportedly said.   (RELIGION NEWS SERVICE)



APRIL 15, 2017
In his Easter Vigil homily Pope Francis said 'In the resurrection, Christ rolled back the stone of the tomb, but he wants also to break down all the walls that keep us locked in our sterile pessimism, in our carefully constructed ivory towers that isolate us from life, in our compulsive need for security and in boundless ambition that can make us compromise the dignity of others.'    (VATICAN RADIO)



APRIL 17, 2017
Conservative Opposition to Pope Francis Spurs Talk Of A Schism In The Catholic Church    (LA TIMES)



APRIL 19, 2017
Bill O’Reilly Meets Pope Francis in Vatican V.I.P. Line    (NEW YORK TIMES)



APRIL 23, 2017
Pope Francis described some of Europe's holding centres for migrants and refugees as 'concentration camps'.    (BBC)



APRIL 25, 2017
Pope Francis Gives A Surprise TED Talk, Calls For A ‘Revolution Of Tenderness’ – Pope Francis used an international forum dedicated to promoting cutting-edge ideas to spread his own revolutionary message:  'When there is an ‘us,’ there begins a revolution,' the world’s most powerful religious leader told the room of cultural elites in a surprise videotaped message at the international TED conference.   (WASHINGTON POST)



MAY 2, 2017
Pope Plans Pentecost Celebrations With Charismatics And Pentecostals – Pope Francis has invited thousands of Catholic charismatics and members of Pentecostal and Evangelical churches to Rome to celebrate Pentecost.   (CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE)



MAY 3, 2017
Vatican Academy Head Says UN Should Push “Global Social Change” – The pontiff had earlier sent the conference a message in which he said 'at the beginning of the twenty-first century, the need for a new humanism is felt ever more strongly.'    (CRUX)



MAY 5, 2017
Portuguese soccer club Fatima is renaming its stadium (currently called Fatima Municipal Stadium) for Pope Francis, who is due to visit the town next week. A plaque bearing the name "Estadio Papa Francisco" will be unveiled when the pontiff arrives May 12.   (FOX NEWS)



MAY 5, 2017
Pope Francis To Appear In Feature Film For First Time In Vatican History – The pontiff plays himself in the movie, which is called Beyond the Sun. It is the first time in the history of the Roman Catholic Church that a Pope has agreed to play a cameo role in a film. The Holy Father reportedly asked producers to come up with a film aimed at young people that could communicate the message of the Gospels. Mr Iervolino, one of the producers, said he had been impressed by the Pope’s acting abilities.   (THE TELEGRAPH)



MAY 5, 2017
Pope Denounces Rigid Christians – In a homily Pope Francis said 'I think, when I say this, of the many young people in the Church today who have fallen into the temptation of rigidity. Some are sincere, they are good. We have to pray that the Lord might help them to grow along the path of meekness.' Others, he said, 'use rigidity in order to cover over weakness, sin, personality problems; and they use rigidity' to build themselves up at the expense of others.   (VATICAN RADIO)



MAY 10, 2017
Pope Francis’ Message to His Holiness Tawadros II on Day of Friendship With Copts – In a letter Pope Francis said 'May we continue to advance together on our journey towards the same Eucharistic table, and grow in love and reconciliation.'   (ZENIT)



MAY 11, 2017
Pope Francis: Death Penalty Is Inadmissible – While people once even used religious reasons to justify practices such as slavery, the death penalty and “wars of religion,” over time the Holy Spirit has deepened the church’s understanding of the Gospel, the pope said. 'Slavery is a mortal sin; today we say this. Back then, some would say that this could be done because these people did not have a soul!' he said. The number of people enslaved today is 'even more, but at least we know that it is a mortal sin. The same goes for the death penalty; for a time, it was normal. Today, we say that the death penalty is inadmissible.'   (CRUX)



MAY 12, 2017
Pope Francis Greets Vatican Observatory Conference Participants – Pope Francis greeted participants taking part in a conference organized by the Vatican Observatory entitled "Black Holes, Gravitational Waves and Space-Time Singularities". He said 'I encourage you to persevere in your search for truth. For we ought never to fear truth, nor become trapped in our own preconceived ideas, but welcome new scientific discoveries with an attitude of humility.'   (VATICAN RADIO)



MAY 12, 2017
At the Chapel of the Apparitions in Fátima during the Blessing of the Candles Pope Francis said 'Pilgrims with Mary…But which Mary? A teacher of the spiritual life, the first to follow Jesus on the “narrow way” of the cross by giving us an example, or a Lady “unapproachable” and impossible to imitate? A woman “blessed because she believed” always and everywhere in God’s words, or a “plaster statue” from whom we beg favors at little cost? The Virgin Mary of the Gospel, venerated by the Church at prayer, or a Mary of our own making: one who restrains the arm of a vengeful God; one sweeter than Jesus the ruthless judge; one more merciful than the Lamb slain for us? Great injustice is done to God’s grace whenever we say that sins are punished by his judgment, without first saying – as the Gospel clearly does – that they are forgiven by his mercy! Mercy has to be put before judgment and, in any case, God’s judgment will always be rendered in the light of his mercy.'   (VATICAN)



MAY 12, 2017
Pope Francis identifies himself as 'bishop dressed in white' in a prayer at the Little Chapel of the Apparitions in Fatima. He also said 'I want to be a prophet and messenger to wash the feet of all, at the same table that unites us.'   (CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE/CATHOLIC HERALD/VATICAN)



MAY 13, 2017

At the press conference on the plane returning from Fatima Pope Francis said:
'Before disembarking I received scientists from all religions who were doing studies in the Vatican Observatory at Castel Gandolfo, including agnostics and atheists. And an atheist said to me, “I’m an atheist.” I won’t tell you from what ethnicity or place of origin he was – he spoke in English. And at the end, he asked me, ‘I ask you a favor: tell the Christians that they should love their message of peace more.”'

A reporter asked "in Fatima you presented yourself as the “bishop dressed in white.” Up to now, this expression applied rather to the vision of the third part of the secret, St. John Paul II, the martyrs of the twentieth century. What does it mean now, your identification with this expression?" Pope Francis replied 'The prayer, that, I did not write it… the sanctuary wrote it…but also I have tried because they said this, and there is a connection with the white. The bishop of white, Our Lady of white, the white glow of the innocence of children after Baptism and innocence…there is a connection to the color white in that prayer. I believe – because I did not write it – but I believe that literally they have tried to express with white that desire for innocence, for peace…innocence: to not hurt the other…to not create conflict, the same.'
The reporter then asked "Is it a revision of the interpretation…" He replied 'No, but that vision…I believe that then Cardinal Ratzinger, at that time prefect of the Doctrine of the Faith, explained everything clearly. Thank you.'

After being asked what he thinks of the Medjugorje apparitions Pope Francis said 'I personally am more nasty, I prefer the Madonna as Mother, our Mother, and not a woman who’s the head of a telegraphic office, who everyday sends a message at such hour. This is not the Mother of Jesus. And these presumed apparitions don’t have a lot of value. This I say as a personal opinion. But, it’s clear. Who thinks that the Madonna says, ‘come tomorrow at this time, and at such time I will say a message to that seer?’ No.'   

A journalist asked "…the way the society is organized, the decisions that we make, often are contrary to the indications of the Church. I refer to marriage between homosexuals, the legalization of abortion, now we’re going to begin discussing euthanasia. How do you see this?"  Pope Francis answered 'I think it’s a political problem. And that also the Catholic conscience isn’t a catholic one of total belonging to the Church and that behind that there isn’t a nuanced catechesis, a human catechesis. That is, the Catechism of the Catholic Church is an example of what is a serious and nuanced thing. I think that there is a lack of formation and also of culture. Because it’s curious, in some other regions, I think of the south of Italy, some in Latin America, they are very Catholic but they are anti-clerical and ‘priest-eaters’, that … there is a phenomenon that exists. It concerns me. That’s why I tell priests, you will have read it, to flee from clericalism because clericalism distances people. May they flee from clericalism and I add: it’s a plague in the Church. But here there is a work also of catechesis, of raising awareness, of dialogue, also of human values.'    (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)



MAY 19, 2017
German director Wim Wenders has made a documentary on Pope Francis entitled Pope Francis, A Man Of His Word. The audience will see Francis tackling issues dear to his heart like ecology, migration, consumerism and social justice.     (ANSA)



MAY 19, 2017
Pope Francis said 'But there were always those people who, without any commission, go about disturbing the Christian community with speeches that upset souls: "Eh, no, someone who says that is a heretic, you can’t say this, or that; this is the doctrine of the Church.’ And they are fanatics about things that are not clear, such as these fanatics who go about there, sowing discord in order to divide the Christian community.'     (VATICAN RADIO)



MAY 21, 2017
Pope Francis said 'The language of Christians who cherish the Holy Spirit, who was given to us as a gift, is special: they don’t have to speak in Latin, no. It’s another language: it’s the language of gentleness and respect.'     (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)



MAY 25, 2017
Francis Stacks The College Of Cardinals – Pope Francis has done numerous revolutionary things during his first four years as pope, but it is hard to top the change he has made to the College of Cardinals. He looks for bishops who support his own pastoral style and vision for the church. This ensures that those he appoints will be more likely to support continuity at the next conclave, rather than reject the direction in which he is leading the church. Progressive Catholics are undoubtedly cheering the pope on as he chooses new cardinals, while conservatives are gnashing their teeth.     (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER)



MAY 30, 2017
Pope Francis said 'A shepherd must be ready to step down completely from his church, rather than leave in a partial manner…All shepherds have to step down. There comes a moment where the Lord says ‘go to another place, come here, go there, come to me.’ And it’s one of the steps that a shepherd must take; be prepared to step down in the correct way, not still hanging on to his position.    (VATICAN RADIO)



JUNE 1, 2017
Jesuit superior general Fr Arturo Sosa said “We have formed symbolic figures such as the devil to express evil. Social conditioning can also represent this figure, since there are people who act [in an evil way] because they are in an environment where it is difficult to act to the contrary.” He also said Pope Francis has “opened the door” to women’s ministry by establishing a commission to look into the diaconate. When asked about the possibility of women being ordained to the priesthood, Fr Sosa said: “There will come a time when their role is better recognised. The Church of the future will have a different hierarchy, with different ministers.”     (CATHOLIC HERALD)



JUNE 3, 2017
Pope Francis met with Evangelical leaders who are in Rome for the Vigil of Pentecost     (VATICAN RADIO)



JUNE 5, 2017
Pope To Thousands Of Charismatics: Your Way Of Praying Is Consistent With The Bible – The Circus Maximus, the scene of many martyrdoms in Imperial Rome, hosted the main event of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal's fiftieth anniversary. More than 50,000 people attended, including non-Catholic Christians.   (ROME REPORTS)



JUNE 7, 2017
Pope Francis said 'It is He who cannot be without us. This is a great mystery: God cannot be God without man. This is a great mystery…Now I propose one thing to you: each of us has many problems, many needs. Let us think a little in silence about these problems and needs. Let us also think of the Father, of our Father who cannot be without us, and who is watching us at this moment.'     (ROME REPORTS/VIDEO)



JUNE 9, 2017
Following Pope Francis, Catholics and Protestants in the U.S. mark the Reformation     (AMERICA MAGAZINE)



JUNE 13, 2017
Argentinian Bishop Organizes Special Mass to Give Communion to Adulterous Couples, Cites Pope Francis – The local bishop of the Parish Church of San Roque, Reconquista, Santa Fe (Argentina), organized a solemn Mass, in which he publicly announced that according to the norms sent in a letter by Pope Francis, and within the framework of the integration of Christians who are "marginalized" because of their irregular situation of being divorced and remarried or in an irregular situation (the divorced in a new union), after having completed a period of 6 months of meetings called the "path of discernment", it was determined in accordance with what was previously stated by order of the Pope to include them in full and sacramental communion. Communion was given to all those mentioned (some 30 couples). Again and again excerpts of Amoris laetitia were mentioned where it is said that the divorced and remarried ought to be included in full communion.     (ADELANTE LA FE/RORATE CAELI)



JUNE 13, 2017
Pro-Abortion Theologian Picked as Pontifical Academy for Life Member – Pope Francis has appointed 50 academics as members of the Pontifical Academy for Life. Some choices are causing considerable concern, particularly that of Nigel Biggar, an Anglican professor of moral and pastoral theology at the University of Oxford, who has in the past supported legalized abortion up to 18 weeks and has expressed qualified support for euthanasia. New and reappointed members also a Muslim and a Jewish scholar.     (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER)



JUNE 13, 2017
Pope Francis established the World Day of the Poor to be celebrated on the 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time – this year falling on November 19, 2017. In his address for the day Pope Francis said 'Blessed, therefore, are the open hands that embrace the poor and help them: they are hands that bring hope. Blessed are the hands that reach beyond every barrier of culture, religion and nationality, and pour the balm of consolation over the wounds of humanity. Blessed are the open hands that ask nothing in exchange, with no "ifs” or "buts” or "maybes”: they are hands that call down God’s blessing upon their brothers and sisters.'     (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY/ROME REPORTS)



JUNE 15, 2017
Pope, Rabbi Skorka Join Effort To Promote Friendship Across Faiths – The pope and his friend Rabbi Abraham Skorka appear in a video montage and together in their own video as part of the "Make Friends" initiative coordinated by the Elijah Interfaith Institute. The video series also includes Orthodox, Anglican and Lutheran leaders, Jewish rabbis, Sunni and Shiite Muslim clerics, Buddhist monks and nuns, and Hindu and Sikh leaders.     (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER)



JUNE 17, 2017
Merkel: Pope Urged Me To Fight For Paris Climate Deal – German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Pope Francis encouraged her to work to preserve the Paris climate accord despite the US withdrawal and shared her aim to “bring down walls,” and not build them.    (CATHOLIC HERALD)



JUNE 17, 2017
‘Doctrinal Anarchy’ As Bishops’ Conflicting Positions On Amoris Laetitia Show – Belgium’s bishops have become the latest to read the exhortation as giving access to the Sacraments for some civilly remarried divorcees without an annulment. They follow the bishops’ conferences of Malta, the Philippines and Germany, as well as some bishops from other countries who have issued similar guidelines. By contrast, Poland’s bishops’ conference became the first national conference to declare that Amoris Laetitia has not changed Church doctrine on Holy Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, and that they continue not to have access to the Sacraments as the Church considers them to be living in an objective state of adultery. A key problem is that the Pope’s own position on this issue has been ambiguous. Although last year he backed an Argentine bishops’ directive advocating support for giving Holy Communion to some remarried divorcees and, a few months ago, wrote a letter thanking Maltese bishops for their guidelines on interpreting the document, he has yet to state an official position, despite being formally asked to do so by four cardinals. Cardinals Carlo Caffarra, Walter Brandmüller, Raymond Burke, and Joachim Meisner sent him a list of dubia last September, five doubts about Amoris Laetitia aimed at resolving confusion over this issue, and other questions over whether the document is in continuity with the Church’s teaching. The Pope has asked Cardinal Müller not to respond, but said in an interview that some, 'as with certain responses to Amoris Laetitia, persist in seeing only white or black, when rather one ought to discern in the flow of life.'    (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER)



JUNE 19, 2017
Dubia Cardinals Seek Papal Audience – After seven months of not receiving a response from Pope Francis to their request that he clarify highly disputed parts in his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, four cardinals asked the Holy Father for an audience in April but the Pope has yet to respond.    (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER)



JUNE 21, 2017
Pope Francis Greets National Football League's Hall of Fame Delegation – Pope Francis was greeted to a warm round of applause by members of the NFL's Hall of Fame delegation. Pope Francis said 'Our world, and especially our young people, need models, persons who show us how to bring out the best in ourselves, to use our God-given gifts and talents, and, in so doing, to point the way to a better future for our societies.'     (ROME REPORTS)



JUNE 26, 2017
Vatican Investigates Catholic Group After Exorcism Claim That Francis Is Devil's Man – The leader of a Brazilian traditionalist movement that was praised in the past two pontificates has resigned, and a video has subsequently emerged of the leader relaying bizarre claims by one of his priests regarding Pope Francis. Mgr João Scognamiglio Clá Dias, the founder and now ex-leader of the Heralds of the Gospel, can be seen in the video saying that the devil had told the Heralds priest that Francis was “my man”. Satan said Francis is “stupid” and does “everything I want”, Clá Dias says.   (THE TABLET)



JULY 1, 2017
Pope Francis Replaces Critical Theologian Gerhard Ludwig Muller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith – The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has been increasingly isolated during this pontificate on doctrinal matters. It emerged that despite lodging a large number of corrections of Amoris Laetitia before its publication, none was accepted. Some will feel uneasy about having two members of the Society of Jesus holding the two most senior positions in the Church. America Magazine (The Jesuit Review) reports that a number of Cardinals had asked Francis to remove Cardinal Müller from the post because he had on several occasions publicly disagreed with or distanced himself from the pope’s positions—in particular regarding “Amoris Laetitia” – and they felt this was undermining the papal office and magisterium.  (BBC/NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER/AMERICA)



JULY 7, 2017
Pope Francis sent a message to leaders of the world's economy gathered for the G20 summit. In his address he said 'In the minds and hearts of government leaders, and at every phase of the enactment of political measures, there is a need to give absolute priority to the poor, refugees, the suffering, evacuees and the excluded, without distinction of nation, race, religion or culture, and to reject armed conflicts.'    (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)



JULY 8, 2017
In an interview Pope Francis said 'Either Europe becomes a federal community or it will no longer count for anything in the world.'    (LA REPUBBLICA)



JULY 11, 2017
Former Top Vatican Official Strikes Back At Pope – A top Vatican cardinal recently dismissed by Pope Francis struck back this week, calling the Pope's treatment of him and other Vatican employees "unacceptable." "I cannot accept this way of doing things," Cardinal Gerhard Muller said in an interview. "As a bishop, [the Pope] cannot treat people in this way.  I have said this before — the church's social teaching must also be applied to the way employees are treated here in the Vatican," Muller said, implying that there has been a disconnect between the Pope's teaching and how they are applied within his own curia.    (CNN)



JULY 14, 2017
'No Whingeing', Says Pope Francis, With Unusual Sign Stuck On Door Of His Vatican Apartment – Whiners and moaners have been put on notice by Pope Francis, who has stuck a big sign to the front door of his Vatican apartment that reads: “Complaining is forbidden”. The good-humoured notice appears to be aimed at cardinals, priests and members of his staff who may be more inclined to bring problems than solutions. The sign says that “offenders are subject to a syndrome of victimhood that reduces their sense of humour and capacity to solve problems.” The notice concludes: “To become the best of yourself, you must focus on your own potential and not on your limits. So stop complaining and act to change your life for the better." The sign was a gift from an Italian psychologist and author of self-help books, Salvo Noé, whom the Pope met last month.    (THE TELEGRAPH)



JULY 27, 2017
Pope Francis ‘Paving Way For Antichrist’ – Dr. Jose Galat, director of the Great Colombia University and Teleamiga television network claims Pope Francis is a “false prophet” who is “paving the way for the Antichrist.” The Colombian Catholic Church had urged all clergies in the country to dissuade worshipers from watching the Teleamiga network after Galat had called the pope a false prophet in his talk show, “A coffee with Galat.” When interviewed about his collision with church authorities, Galat doubled down, claiming that the “real pope” is Benedict XVI, who resigned in 2013. Francis “was elected by a mafia of cardinals,” according to the ultra-conservative TV network and university director.    (COLUMBIA REPORTS)



AUGUST 1, 2017
In a CNN town hall regarding climate change hosted by Anderson Cooper, former US Vice President and climate change activist Al Gore said " I'm a Protestant, but I'll tell you, because of Pope Francis, I really could become a Catholic." (CNN)



AUGUST 2, 2017
Pope Francis said 'The life of the Church is – I will use a rather strong word – a contamination of light. The more light of Jesus we have as Christians, and the more light of Jesus there is in the life of the Church, the more she is alive. The life of the Church is a contamination of light.'    (VATICAN)



AUGUST 21, 2017
Pope Says Migrants' Rights Should Override National Security Concerns   (REUTERS)



AUGUST 23, 2017
Pope Francis said 'The closing pages of the Bible show us the ultimate horizon of our journey as believers: the heavenly Jerusalem, the celestial Jerusalem. It is envisioned first of all as an immense tent, where God will welcome all mankind so as to dwell with them definitively.'    (VATICAN)



AUGUST 24, 2017
Pope Francis Says With Magisterial Authority: The Vatican II Liturgical Reform Is ‘Irreversible’   (AMERICA MAGAZINE)



Pope Francis has revealed that he sought the help of a psychoanalyst for six months when he was 42 and the leader of the Jesuit order in Argentina during the country’s military dictatorship. Francis said the weekly sessions with the psychoanalyst helped him a lot. 'For six months, I went to her home once a week to clarify a few things. She was a doctor and psychoanalyst. She was always there,' he told Wolton for the 432-page book Pope Francis: Politics and Society. 'Then one day, before she died, she called me. Not to receive the sacraments – because she was Jewish – but for a spiritual dialogue. She was a good person.' Francis told Wolton he now felt free. 'Of course, I’m in a cage at the Vatican, but not spiritually. Nothing frightens me,' he said. At the time of his sessions in 1978 or 1979, tensions over the leadership of Jorge Bergoglio, as Pope Francis was then known, were high among Argentina’s Jesuits. He had earlier been accused of effectively delivering two fellow priests to the military authorities in 1976, when he refused to publicly endorse their controversial social work in the slums of Buenos Aires.   (THE GUARDIAN)



Le Figaro Magazine published excerpts of the work “Pope Francis: Meetings with Dominique Wolton: Politics and Society”. The Holy Father addressed the question of “morality” with the sociologist. He said 'One cannot teach morality with precepts such as you can’t do that, you must do that, you must, you must not, you can, and you can’t'. Recalling also the question of Communion to divorced persons who have remarried, the Pope contests the 'fixed' and 'rigid' norms. He gives Pastors this advice: 'Speak then with the divorced man, speak with the divorced woman, receive, accompany, integrate, discern!' He points the finger at the 'temptation of the Church' to pronounce herself in terms of 'they can’t do this': 'But no, and no, and no! This type of interdiction is what one finds in Jesus’ dramas with the Pharisees. The same! The greats of the Church are those that have a vision that goes beyond, those that understand. Behind every rigidity, there is an inability to communicate…it’s a form of fundamentalism. When I come across a rigid person, especially a young one, I say to myself immediately that he’s sick…I fear rigidity. I prefer a disordered youth, with normal problems, who is enervated…because all these contradictions will help him grow.'   (ZENIT)



The book, Politics and Society, contains the transcripts of 12 conversations between the pope and the French sociologist Dominique Wolton. The French Le Figaro Magazine has released three large abstracts from the book. Some quotes of Pope Francis include:
'Today we have to rethink the concept of ‘just war.’ We have learned in political philosophy that in order to protect yourself you may wage war and consider it just. But can it be defined a ‘just war’? The only just thing is peace… I don’t like to use the term ‘just war.’ We hear people say: ‘I make war because I have no other means to defend myself.’ But no war is just. The only just thing is peace.'

'The Church is not bishops, popes, and priests. The Church is the people. And Vatican II said: ‘The people of God, as a whole, do not err.’ If you want to know the Church go to a village where the life of the Church is lived. Go to a hospital where there are many Christians that come to help, laymen, sisters…Go to Africa, where there are many missionaries. They burn their life there. And they make real revolutions. Not to convert, it was another time when we spoke of conversion, but to serve.'

'How do we Catholics, teach morality? You cannot teach it with precepts such as: ‘You can’t do that, you have to do that, have to, can’t, have to, can’t.’ Morality is a consequence of the encounter with Jesus Christ. It’s a consequence of faith, for us Catholics. And for others, morality is the consequence of an encounter with an ideal, or with God, or with oneself, but with the better part of oneself. Morality is always a consequence…there is a great danger for preachers, that of falling into mediocrity. Condemning only morality – forgive the expression – ‘under the belt.’ But no one talks of the other sins like hate, envy, pride, vanity, killing another, taking a life. Entering the mafia, making illegal agreements…'

'Marriage between people of the same sex? ‘Marriage’ is a historical word. Always in humanity, and not only within the Church, it’s between a man and a woman… we cannot change that. This is the nature of things. This is how they are. Let’s call them ‘civil unions.’ Lets not play with the truth. It’s true that behind it there is a gender ideology. In books also, children are learning that they can choose their own sex. Why is sex, being a woman or a man, a choice and not a fact of nature? This favors this mistake. But let’s say things as they are: Marriage is between a man and a woman. This is the precise term. Lets call unions between the same sex ‘civil unions’.'



In a series of interviews with Dominique Wolton, Pope Francis said 'The most minor sins are the sins of the flesh, because the flesh is weak. The most dangerous sins are those of the mind.'   (CATHOLIC HERALD)



Game of Thrones actor Jonathan Pryce will play Pope Francis in Netflix's The Pope. Joining Pryce will be Anthony Hopkins, who will play Francis' predecessor Pope Benedict. Netflix's The Pope follows the the election and resignation of Pope Benedict and the eventual election of Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio — later Pope Francis — becoming the first Jesuit to enter the papacy.   (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER)



Pope Francis said 'In the Gospel, we have heard the genealogy of Jesus, which is not a “simple list of names”, but rather a “living history”, the history of the people that God journeyed with; by making himself one of us, God wanted to announce that the history of the just and of sinners runs through his blood, that our salvation is not a sterile entity found in a laboratory, but rather something concrete, a life that moves forward. This long list tells us that we are a small part of a vast history, and it helps us not to claim excessive importance for ourselves; it helps us elude the temptation of over-spiritualizing things; it helps us not withdraw from the concrete historical realities in which we live. It also integrates in our history of salvation those pages which are the darkest and saddest, moments of desolation and abandonment comparable to exile. The mention of women – though none of those referred to in the genealogy has the category of the great women of the Old Testament – allows us a particular rapprochement: it is they, in the genealogy, who tell us that pagan blood runs through the veins of Jesus, and who recall the stories of scorn and subjugation.'   (VATICAN RADIO)



Pope Francis Shifts Power From Rome With ‘Hugely Important’ Liturgical Reform – Pope Francis, who has used his absolute authority in the Vatican to decentralize power from Rome, made a widespread change to the ways, and words, in which Roman Catholics worship by amending Vatican law to give national bishop conferences greater authority in translating liturgical language. Rita Ferrone, a specialist in Catholic liturgy said that by loosening Rome’s grip on the language of prayers, Francis had restored the intention of the reforms of the Second Vatican Council and erased some of the rollbacks of his predecessor, Benedict XVI. With “Magnum Principium,” a papal Motu Proprio — or a document issued under the pope’s own legal authority – Francis altered a key 2001 instruction by Pope John Paul II that empowered Vatican officials in Rome to ensure local translations adhered to the standard Latin.   (NEW YORK TIMES)



SEPTEMBER 14, 2017
Addressing newly appointed Bishops, Pope Francis said 'Discernment is a remedy for the immobility of “it has always been so” or “let us take time”. It is a creative process that does not just apply schemas. It is an antidote against rigidity, because the same solutions are not valid everywhere. It is always the perennial today of the Risen Lord that demands that we do not resign ourselves to the repetition of the past, and have the courage to ask ourselves whether the proposals of yesterday are still evangelically valid. Do not let yourselves be imprisoned by the nostalgia of having only one answer to apply in all cases.'    (ZENIT)



SEPTEMBER 19, 2017
Pope Francis Sets Up New John Paul II Institute on Marriage and Family – The new entity, issued by papal decree, replaces the previous institute founded by John Paul II in 1981. Its aim is to carry forward the teaching of Amoris Laetitia and make it irreversible. Today’s announcement comes after significant changes at the Institute, including the appointments last year of Archbishop Paglia as grand chancellor, and Msgr. Pierangelo Sequeri, as dean. Both are known to support a much criticized interpretation of Amoris Laetitia which would allow some remarried divorcees to receive Holy Communion, as well as being supportive of a softening of the teaching of Paul VI’s encyclical, Humanae Vitae, which reaffirmed the Church’s ban on artificial contraception.    (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER)



SEPTEMBER 22, 2017
Vatican To Set Up Joint Committee with Muslim World League – Pope Francis held talks with Dr. Muhammad Al-Issa, Secretary General of the Muslim World League. A statement from the Pontifical Council said that the two sides reaffirmed the following points: that religion and violence are incompatible; that religions have moral resources capable of contributing to fraternity and peace; that the phenomenon of fundamentalism, in particular when violent, is troubling and joint efforts are required to counter it.    (VATICAN RADIO)



SEPTEMBER 23, 2017
Conservative Theologians Accuse Pope Of Spreading Heresy – Several Roman Catholic theologians, priests and academics have formally accused Pope Francis of spreading heresy. In a letter delivered to Francis last month, the 62 signatories issued a "filial correction" to the pope — a measure they said hadn't been employed since the 14th century. The letter accused Francis of propagating seven heretical positions concerning marriage, moral life and the sacraments with his 2016 document "The Joy of Love" and subsequent "acts, words and omissions." When it was released in April 2016, "The Joy of Love" immediately sparked controversy because it opened the door to letting civilly remarried Catholics receive Communion. Church teaching holds that unless these Catholics obtain an annulment — a church decree that their first marriage was invalid — they cannot receive the sacraments, since they are seen as committing adultery. Francis didn't create a church-wide pass for these Catholics, but suggested — in vague terms and strategically placed footnotes — that bishops and priests could do so on a case-by-case basis after accompanying them on a spiritual journey of discernment. Subsequent comments and writings have made clear he intended such wiggle room.    (ASSOCIATED PRESS)



SEPTEMBER 25, 2017
Vatican Blocks Site For Pope Heresy Initiative – The Secretariat for Communication of the Holy See has blocked access to a website where it it possible to sign a petition accusing Pope Francis of heresy. As a result it is not possible to access the page in any language from computers inside the Vatican.    (ANSA)



SEPTEMBER 22, 2017
Pope Francis said 'I cannot fail to express my concern about manifestations of intolerance, discrimination and xenophobia that have appeared in various parts of Europe. Often this reaction is motivated by mistrust and fear of the other, the foreigner, those who are different. I am even more worried about the disturbing fact that our Catholic communities in Europe are not exempt from these defensive and negative reactions, supposedly justified by a vague moral obligation to preserve an established religious and cultural identity.'   (VATICAN)



SEPTEMBER 29, 2017
The Pope Is Writing Edict About Fake News – Francis said in an interview last year that media that focus on scandals and spread fake news to smear politicians risk becoming like people who have a morbid fascination with excrement.   (REUTERS)



OCTOBER 4, 2017
Opus Dei Leader Says Filial Correction Signers ‘Attack The Pope’ – An Opus Dei leader has denounced the signatories of a recently-published “filial correction” of Pope Francis regarding “heresies” propagated by the pontiff. The order’s Vicar General, Monsenor Mariano Fazio, accused the more than two hundred scholars and clergy who have signed the Correction of “attacking the pope” and airing the Church’s dirty laundry in public.   (LIFESITE NEWS/ LA NACION)



OCTOBER 4, 2017
Pope Francis announced that the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops will convene a meeting inviting young people from different parts of the world, both young Catholics and young people from different Christian denominations and other religions, as well as non-believers. He said 'the Church wants to listen to the voice, the sensitivity, of faith and also the doubts and criticisms of young people.'   (VATICAN RADIO)



OCTOBER 8, 2017
Pope Francis tweets 'When you experience bitterness, put your faith in all those who still work for good: in their humility lies the seed of a new world.'    (TWITTER)



OCTOBER 8, 2017
Pope Francis said 'Brothers and sisters, God does not avenge himself! God loves, he does not avenge himself, he waits for us to forgive us, to embrace us.'    (VATICAN)



OCTOBER 9, 2017
Canon Law Must Serve Vatican II Vision Of The Church, Pope Says – In a message to a canon law conference in Rome Canon law Pope Francis said canon law can and should be an instrument for implementing the vision of the Second Vatican Council.  (CRUX)



OCTOBER 9, 2017
Eugeno Scalfari, who has interviewed Pope Francis numerous times writes "Pope Francis, preceded in this by John XXIII and Paul VI, but with a more revolutionary force than ecclesial theology, has abolished the places where, after death, souls must go: Hell, Purgatory, Paradise. Two thousand years of theology have been based on this kind of afterlife, which even the Gospels confirm. However, it is with some attention to the theme of Grace – that is in part due to the letters of Saint Paul (to the Corinthians and the Romans) and partly even more so to Augustine of Hippo. All souls are endowed with Grace, and so they are born perfectly innocent and they remain so unless they take the path of evil. If they are aware of it and do not repent even at the moment of death, then they are condemned. Pope Francis, I repeat, has abolished the places of eternal dwelling in the afterlife of souls. The thesis held by him is that the souls dominated by evil and not repentant cease to exist while those who are redeemed from evil will be assumed into beatitude, contemplating God."    (IL SISMOGRAFO)



OCTOBER 11, 2017
Pope Francis said 'a Christian knows that in that same future there will be Christ’s return. No one knows when this will take place, but the thought that at the end of our history there will be Merciful Jesus suffices in order to have faith and not to curse life. Everything will be saved. Everything.'    (VATICAN)



OCTOBER 11, 2017
Pope Francis said 'The word of God cannot be moth-balled like some old blanket in an attempt to keep insects at bay! No. The word of God is a dynamic and living reality that develops and grows because it is aimed at a fulfilment that none can halt. This law of progress, in the happy formulation of Saint Vincent of Lérins, “consolidated by years, enlarged by time, refined by age”, is a distinguishing mark of revealed truth as it is handed down by the Church, and in no way represents a change in doctrine. Doctrine cannot be preserved without allowing it to develop, nor can it be tied to an interpretation that is rigid and immutable without demeaning the working of the Holy Spirit.'   (VATICAN RADIO)



OCTOBER 19, 2017
Pope Francis Praises John Wesley (Founder of Methodists) – Pope Francis said his example converted many people to God. 'We cannot fail to rejoice' when the Holy Spirit works through other Christian denominations, the Pope added, as they 'also help us grow closer to the Lord.' However, he concluded by saying we cannot grow in holiness without 'growing in communion'. 'Let us prepare ourselves with humble hope and concrete efforts for that full recognition which will enable us to join one another in the breaking of bread together.'    (CATHOLIC HERALD)



OCTOBER 22, 2017
Pope Tells Cardinal Sarah Power Is Shifting From Rome To Bishops – In a rare move, Pope Francis has issued a public letter to one of his own cardinals correcting his interpretation of one of the pontiff's decisions. Francis tells Cardinal Robert Sarah, head of the Vatican's liturgical department, that the pope's recent document 'Magnum Principium' does indeed mean a power shift away from Rome and toward local bishops' conferences. Francis also wanted Sarah to be clear that Liturgiam Authenticam, a 2001 document under John Paul II seen by many observers as the high-water mark of the centralizing push, is no longer fully in force because certain articles were clearly abrogated by Magnum Principium. 'Magnum Principium does not sustain anymore that translations must conform in all points to the norms of Liturgicam Authenticam,' Francis wrote.     (CRUX)



OCTOBER 31, 2017
The Vatican will issue a new postage stamp marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The postage stamp issued by the Philatelic Office for the occasion depicts in the foreground Jesus crucified and in the background a golden and timeless view of the city of Wittenberg. With a penitential disposition, kneeling respectively on the left and right of the cross, Martin Luther holds the Bible, source and destination of his doctrine, while Philipp Melanchthon, theologian and friend of Martin Luther, one of the main protagonists of the reform, holds in hand the Augsburg Confession, the first official public presentation of the principles of Protestantism written by him.   (ZENIT)



NOVEMBER 1, 2017
Former U.S. Bishops’ Head Of Doctrine Lays Out His Deep Concerns About This Pontificate In Letter To The Holy Father. – Capuchin Father Thomas Weinandy, who is now a member of the Vatican's International Theological Commission and the former chief of staff for the U.S. Bishops' committee on doctrine has written to Pope Francis saying his pontificate is marked by “chronic confusion” and warning that teaching with a “seemingly intentional lack of clarity risks sinning against the Holy Spirit.” He stressed the Holy Spirit is given to the Church, and particularly to the Pope, to “dispel error, not to foster it,”. He pointed out to the Holy Father that he seems “to censor and even mock” critics of his post-synodal apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, who wish to interpret it in accord with Church tradition, committing a “kind of calumny" that is “alien to the nature of the Petrine ministry.” He warned against the Pope’s concept of synodality, criticized him for resenting criticism (leading to silence from bishops), and censured Francis for being silent in the face of some bishops’ erroneous teachings and pastoral practice.  Because of his letter, the The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops asked Fr. Weinandy to resign from his current position as consultant to the bishops, and he has submitted his resignation. (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER/CATHOLIC WORLD REPORT/CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)



NOVEMBER 11, 2017
Pope Francis reaffirmed the “primacy” of using one’s conscience to navigate tough moral questions in his first comments since he was publicly accused of spreading heresy by emphasizing conscience over established church teaching. Francis reaffirmed the centrality of “The Joy of Love” as the church’s guide to Catholic couples today trying to navigate complicated family situations.  (ASSOCIATED PRESS)



NOVEMBER 29, 2017
Meeting with Buddhist monks Pope Francis said 'The great challenge of our day is to help people be open to the transcendent. To be able to look deep within and to know themselves in such a way as to see their interconnectedness with all people. To realize that we cannot be isolated from one another. If we are to be united, as is our purpose, we need to surmount all forms of misunderstanding, intolerance, prejudice, and hatred. How can we do this? The words of the Buddha offer each of us a guide.'   (ZENIT)



DECEMBER 2, 2017
Pope Francis Promulgates Guidelines Allowing Communion For Some Adulterers As His "Authentic Magisterium" – The Vatican's organ for promulgating the Official Acts of the Apostolic See, Acta Apostolicae Sedis (AAS), has published its October 2016 issue, containing Pope Francis' infamous Letter to the Buenos Aires Bishops. AAS not only published this letter, declaring that there are 'no other interpretations' of Amoris Laetitia other than those of the Buenos Aires bishops, but it also published the full Buenos Aires guidelines themselves, which permit Holy Communion in some cases for couples in a state of permanent and public adultery who are not committed to living in complete continence. Most significantly, AAS upgrades Pope Francis' private letter to the Buenos Aires bishops to the official magisterial status of an "Apostolic Letter" ("Epistola Apostolica") and it includes a special rescript as an addendum by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State. This rescript declares that Pope Francis expressly intends that both documents – the pope's letter and the Buenos Aires guidelines themselves – bear the character of his "authentic Magisterium", and that the pope personally ordered their publication in AAS and on the Vatican website.    (RORATE CÆLI/VATICAN)



DECEMBER 5, 2017
‘Dictator Pope’ Book Causes Stir In Rome – The book makes numerous allegations about the Pope's behaviour. The Dictator Pope draws on a wide range of material including confidential sources within the Vatican. It interprets Francis as a particularly Argentine figure, “Juan Perón in ecclesiastical translation”. As president of Argentina, Perón would appear to agree with everyone, telling parties from different sides that they were correct.    (CATHOLIC HERALD)



DECEMBER 6, 2017
Pope Francis: Keep 'status quo' in Jerusalem to avoid conflict – The pope said he was “profoundly concerned” after President Donald Trump announced plans for the U.S. to support the relocation of the Israeli capital to Jerusalem. Pope Francis said Jerusalem is a sacred place for Christians, Jews and Muslims. He appealed to all sides to respect “the status quo of the city” as according to the United Nations resolutions and said dialogue between all parties would come only through 'recognizing the rights of all people…The primary condition of that dialogue is reciprocal respect and a commitment to strengthening that respect, for the sake of recognizing the rights of all people, wherever they happen to be.'     (FOX NEWS)



DECEMBER 7, 2017
Lord's Prayer: Pope Francis Calls For Change – Pope Francis has said the Roman Catholic Church should adopt a better translation of the phrase “lead us not into temptation” in the “Our Father”, the best known prayer in Christianity. 'That is not a good translation,' the pope said in a television interview . Francis said the Catholic Church in France had decided to use the phrase “do not let us fall into temptation” as an alternative and indicated that it or something similar should be applied worldwide. He said 'The French have changed the text with a translation that says 'do not let me fall into temptation.' I am the one who falls, but it isn't He who throws me into temptation and then looks on to see how I fell. A father does not do this; a father helps us get up immediately. The one who leads you into temptation is Satan, that's Satan's role.'    (BBC/REUTERS/TV2000)



DECEMBER 12, 2017
Pro-life Leaders From 13 Countries Accuse Pope Francis of Failing To Uphold Church Teaching – The signatories say that in recent years that teaching has increasingly been replaced by “ambiguity, and even by doctrines directly contrary to the teaching of Christ and the precepts of the natural law”.   (CATHOLIC HERALD)



DECEMBER 14, 2017
Italy to Allow Refusal of End-of-Life Care – The bill had languished in Parliament for 30 years, facing strong resistance from conservative Catholic lawmakers who said it effectively introduced state-sanctioned euthanasia. Pope Francis bolstered the bill when he told participants at a medical conference that while euthanasia or assisted suicide was not permitted, stopping treatment for terminally ill people could in some cases be 'morally licit' and 'acknowledges the limitations of our mortality, once it becomes clear that opposition to it is futile…It is clear that not adopting, or else suspending, disproportionate measures means avoiding overzealous treatment' the pope said.    (NEW YORK TIMES)



DECEMBER 21, 2017
Pope Francis once again used a Christmas greeting to dress down Vatican officials. Francis has a tradition of giving the Curia a tough-love Christmas greeting. He spent a good chunk of his remarks urging Vatican officials to overcome the plots and cliques that "represent a cancer of self-referential attitudes" in the church. And he warned against "traitors of trust," or those who seek to take advantage of the church for personal gain.
He also said:
'Making reforms in Rome is like cleaning the Sphinx with a toothbrush.'
'The relationship of the Roman Curia to other religions is based on the teaching of the Second Vatican Council and the need for dialogue..My meetings with religious leaders during the various Apostolic Visits and here in the Vatican, are a concrete proof of this.'
'Christmas reminds us that a faith that does not trouble us is a troubled faith. A faith that does not make us grow is a faith that needs to grow. A faith that does not raise questions is a faith that has to be questioned. A faith that does not rouse us is a faith that needs to be roused. A faith that does not shake us is a faith that needs to be shaken.'



DECEMBER 24, 2017
Can The Pope's Vatican Redesign Our Economy? – Pope Francis has an ambitious goal: to redesign our global economy to serve even our most vulnerable. His vision of a new 'social economy' is one that discards and hides no one. Cardinal Turkson is the Pope's top advisor on integral human development and is helping shape the newly launched Laudato Si' Challenge – an initiative to seed fund and accelerate entrepreneurs building companies that change the world.  (FORBES)



DECEMBER 24, 2017
Pope Francis Puts Focus on Refugees in Christmas Eve Mass   (THE NEW YORK TIMES)





JANUARY 1, 2018
Pope Francis used his New Year's Day address to highlight the struggles of migrants and refugees, calling upon global leaders to offer more assistance in 2018.  He said 'Many destination countries have seen the spread of rhetoric decrying the risks posed to national security or the high cost of welcoming new arrivals, and thus demeaning the human dignity due to all as sons and daughters of God. Those who, for what may be political reasons, foment fear of migrants instead of building peace are sowing violence, racial discrimination and xenophobia, which are matters of great concern for all those concerned for the safety of every human being…It is my heartfelt hope this spirit will guide the process that in the course of 2018 will lead the United Nations to draft and approve two Global Compacts, one for safe, orderly and regular migration and the other for refugees. As shared agreements at a global level, these compacts will provide a framework for policy proposals and practical measures.(CNN/VATICAN)



JANUARY 2, 2018
Bishops Issue Profession About Sacramental Marriage – Three Kazakhstan bishops have issued a profession of the “immutable truths about sacramental marriage” in response to Pope Francis’ interpretation of Amoris Laetitia to allow some “remarried” divorcees access to the sacraments. The Ordinaries say that the Pope’s interpretation is causing "rampant confusion," will spread the “plague of divorce,” and is “alien” to the Church’s entire faith and Tradition. (Since the profession was first issued more prelates have signed.)   (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER)



JANUARY 9, 2018
Academy for Life Member Uses Amoris Laetitia to Justify Contraceptive Use (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER)



JANUARY 15, 2018
Loud laughter accompanied the joke Francis made in answer to a question posed to him by the journalist Cristiana Caricato of TV2000, who, greeting him, asked him what the doctor gives him to be able to face such long journeys. “We want to know what the doctor gives you so that we can take it too, we who struggle just as you do” – a reference to Bergoglio’s stamina during these trips. 'But I do not go to the doctor, I go to the witch!', he said, laughing heartily.   (LA STAMPA)



JANUARY 16, 2018
Award To Pro-Abortion Politician A Matter Of Protocol, Vatican Says – The conferral of the Vatican’s Order of St. Gregory the Great to Dutch politician and pro-abortion activist Liliane Ploumen was part of an ordinary diplomatic exchange of honorific titles, and does not mean that the Vatican supports Ploumen’s abortion campaigns, a Vatican spokesperson explained. In 2017, Ploumen launched an international campaign to support abortion named “She Decides,”. Ploumen herself showed off the medal in an interview and said “the Vatican knows that I founded ‘She decides’, but this did not prevent them from awarding me.” (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)



JANUARY 17, 2018
In a speech to the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile Pope Francis said 'An ancient cabalistic tradition says that evil originates in the rift produced in the human being by eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Knowledge thus gained the upper hand over creation, subjecting it to its own designs and desires.' (NOTE: Francis here is quoting from La mystique Juive (Jewish Mysticism) by Gershom Scholem, a historian and authority on the Jewish Kabbalah)   (VATICAN)



JANUARY 19, 2018
Pope Shocks Chile By Accusing Sex Abuse Victims Of Slander – Pope Francis accused victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile of slander, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country. 'The day they bring me proof against Bishop Barros, I’ll speak,' Francis said. 'There is not one shred of proof against him. It’s all calumny. Is that clear?' Francis reopened the wounds of the abuse scandal in 2015 when he named Barros as bishop of the southern diocese of Osorno. Victims say Barros knew of the abuse, having seen it, but did nothing. Francis had defended the appointment before, calling the controversy “stupid”. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)



JANUARY 23, 2018
Vatican ‘Asks Underground Chinese Bishops To Stand Aside For Government-Backed Ones’ – A Vatican delegation reportedly asked two bishops to stand down as part of a deal with Chinese authorities  (CATHOLIC HERALD)



JANUARY 23, 2018
Francis' Commitment To Abuse Survivors In Question – Within the space of four days, Pope Francis twice slandered abuse survivors. On the papal flight from Peru Jan. 21, he again called testimony against Chilean Bishop Juan Barros Madrid "calumny." Despite at least three survivors' public accounts to the contrary, he also again said he had not seen evidence of Barros' involvement in a cover-up.  The script is all too familiar: Discredit the survivors' testimony, support the prelate in question, and bank on public attention moving on to something else. Francis' defense of Barros is only the latest in a number of statements he has made that have hurt survivors, and the whole body of the church. The pope's statements on zero tolerance for abusers have been strong, but again and again he has refused to deal decisively with those who provided cover for the abusers.   (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER)
(NOTE – On Apr 11, 2018 Pope Francis admitted to making “serious mistakes” in handling the Chile's massive sex abuse crisis and asked for forgiveness. Francis admitted to misjudging the severity of the affair, telling Chile's bishops that “I have made serious mistakes in the judgement and perception of the situation, especially due to a lack of truthful and balanced information.” – Catholic News Agency)



JANUARY 24, 2018
Pope Francis says “An impeccable argument can rest on undeniable facts, but if it is used to hurt another and to discredit that person in the eyes of others, however correct it may appear, it is not truthful. We can recognize the truth of statements from their fruits.”   (ROME REPORTS)



JANUARY 26, 2018
Portuguese Diocese Endorses Communion For Remarried – The Archdiocese of Braga in Portugal has released the most in-depth response yet to Pope Francis’s Amoris Laetitia. The Braga document says that divorced and remarried Catholics may receive Communion after a process of discernment of around six months.   (CATHOLIC HERALD)



JANUARY 27, 2018
In an address to members of the Italian Red Cross Pope Francis concluded his speech saying 'I ask the blessing of God – God the Father of us all, Father of all confessions – on you all.'   (VIDEO/VATICAN NEWS)



JANUARY 29, 2018
Pope Revamps Ecclesiastical Universities In New Apostolic Constitution – Pope Francis said that on the cultural level as well as that of academic training and scientific study, “a radical paradigm shift” and “a bold cultural revolution” are needed which involve a worldwide network of ecclesiastical universities and faculties which are capable of promoting the Gospel and Church Tradition, but which are also “ever open to new situations and ideas.”   (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)



JANUARY 29, 2018
After Papal Meeting, Cardinal Zen Says Vatican ‘Selling Out’ Church In China – In a move that has upset many in the Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican asked two “underground” bishops in China to surrender their positions to individuals approved by the country’s authoritarian government, including one the Vatican had excommunicated (CATHOLIC HERALD/NEW YORK TIMES)



FEBRUARY 5, 2018
Pope Francis Received Sex Abuse Victim’s Letter, Contradicting Denial – Pope Francis received a victim’s letter in 2015 that graphically detailed how a priest sexually abused him and how other Chilean clergy ignored it, contradicting the pope’s recent insistence that no victims had come forward to denounce the cover-up.   (AMERICA MAGAZINE)



FEBRUARY 6, 2018
Cardinal Zen: ‘Vatican is ready to surrender to the Chinese communist party(CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)



FEBRUARY 15, 2018
Pope Francis doesn't read websites that accuse him of heresy, for reasons of “mental health(ROME REPORTS)



FEBRUARY 17, 2018
Pope Francis to Rome pastors 'Paul VI will be a saint this year. One cause for beatification is underway, that of John Paul I; his cause is open. And Benedict and I, we're on the waiting list. Pray for us.' (CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE)



FEBRUARY 20, 2018
Pope’s Personal Role In New Vatican Financial Scandal – The Pope personally requested, and obtained in part, a $25 million grant to a corruption-plagued, Church-owned dermatological hospital in Rome accused of money laundering. The Pope made the request for the massive grant, which is 100 times larger than its normal grants, through Papal Foundation board chairman Cardinal Donald Wuerl. Pope Francis asked for the funds to be directed to the Istituto Dermopatico dell'Immacolata, a dermatological hospital in Rome that has been plagued with corruption and financial scandal for years. On January 6, the steward who until then served as chairman of the Foundation’s audit committee submitted his resignation along with a report of the committee’s grave objections to the grant.   (LIFESITE NEWS)



FEBRUARY 22, 2018
German Bishops Allow Holy Communion For Protestant Spouses in ‘Some Cases’ – The Evangelical Church in Germany responded by saying the decision was as “an important step on the road of ecumenism.”The German bishops’ move echoes comments made by Pope Francis in November 2015 when he appeared to suggest that a Lutheran married to a Catholic could receive Holy Communion based on the fact that the Lutheran wife was baptized and would be acting in accordance with her conscience. (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER)



FEBRUARY 23, 2018
Judge Cites Pope Francis To Justify Ending Baby’s Life Against Parents’ Wishes   (LIFESITE NEWS)



FEBRUARY 27, 2018
Pope Francis Has Created Turmoil, Theologian Warns – Father Thomas Weinandy, a mainstream theologian, said the Pope’s ambiguous teachings over marriage, divorce, Holy Communion and other faith and moral issues had caused confusion and division among people, priests and bishops.   (THE AUSTRALIAN)



MARCH 2, 2018
Pope's Geneva Trip To Highlight 'Rich Collaboration' With World Council of Churches (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER)



MARCH 13, 2018
Vatican Doctors Photo Of Benedict's Praise For Francis – The Vatican admitted that it altered a photo sent to the media of a letter from retired Pope Benedict XVI about Pope Francis. The Vatican's communications office released the photo of the letter on the eve of Francis' five-year anniversary. The letter was cited to rebut critics of Francis who question his theological and philosophical heft and say he represents a rupture from Benedict's doctrine-minded papacy. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)



MARCH 28, 2018
A French priest announced in a televised interview that Pope Francis approved of his blessing of homosexual couples. Father Daniel Duigou said that he had a personal meeting with Pope Francis. “The first question he [the pope] asked me was: 'Do you bless divorced and remarried couples?'. He recalled responding, “I listen and I bless, and I also bless homosexual couples.” According to Duigou the Pope responded: 'Yes, because to bless means that God thinks well of people and that God thinks well of all people.' (LIFESITE NEWS/KONBINI NEWS)



MARCH 29, 2018
Does Hell Exist? Pope Francis Says No In New Interview That Could Change Catholic Church Forever – In an article titled “It Is an Honor to Be Called a Revolutionary," La Repubblica founder Eugenio Scalfari asked, "What about the bad souls?" Seemingly going against centuries of core Christian belief, Pope Francis said the souls of sinners simply vanished after death and were not subject to an eternity of punishment. 'They are not punished, those who repent obtain the forgiveness of God and enter the rank of souls who contemplate him, but those who do not repent and cannot therefore be forgiven disappear. There is no hell, there is the disappearance of sinful souls.' Pope Francis said. Shortly after the article was published, the Vatican issued this statement: "What is reported by the author in today’s article is the result of his reconstruction, in which the literal words pronounced by the Pope are not quoted. No quotation of the aforementioned article must therefore be considered as a faithful transcription of the words of the Holy Father. " (NEWSWEEK)



APRIL 9, 2018
Pope Francis Puts Caring for Migrants and Opposing Abortion on Equal Footing – Caring for migrants and the poor is as holy a pursuit as opposing abortion, Pope Francis declared in a major document issued by the Vatican. 'The other harmful ideological error is found in those who find suspect the social engagement of others, seeing it as superficial, worldly, secular, materialist, communist or populist,' Pope Francis wrote in an apostolic exhortation on the subject of holiness. 'Our defense of the innocent unborn, for example, needs to be clear, firm and passionate. Equally sacred, however, are the lives of the poor, those already born, the destitute, the abandoned.' Throughout the document, Francis urges followers to be less consumed with showy demonstrations of faith and piousness than with patiently and lovingly raising children, working hard to support families and representing what he called “the middle class of holiness.” (NEW YORK TIMES)



APRIL 10, 2018
Order of Malta Members Warned Not To Insult Pope Online – Members of the Order of Malta have been warned not to defend the Dictator Pope book or its author on social media, or make statements “offensive to the Holy Father”. In an email the Order tells members to “swiftly” report anyone not complying.  (THE CATHOLIC HERALD)



APRIL 15, 2018
Speaking with children who attend the catechism at San Paolo della Croce, Pope Francis said 'We are all children of God, all, even the unbaptized ones, yes, even those who believe in other religions, or those who have idols. Those of the mafia are also children of God but prefer to behave like children of the devil.'
On of the children, Emanuel, asked Pope Francis if his deceased father, who was an atheist went to heaven after his death and not to hell. This is what Francis answered: 'If only we could cry like Emanuele when we have pain in our hearts. He cries for his father who died and had the courage to do so before us because there is love in his heart – he points out – his father was an atheist, yet he had his four children baptized, he was a good man. It's nice that a son says that about his father, that he "was good". If that man was able to raise his children like that, then he was a good man. God is proud of your father. God has the heart of a father, your father was a good man, he is in heaven with Him, be sure. God has a father's heart and, would God ever abandon a non-believing father who baptize his children? God was certainly proud of your father, because it is easier to be a believer and have your children baptized than to be a non-believer and have your children baptized. Pray for your father, talk to your father. That is the answer.' (LA STAMPA)



APRIL 23, 2018
In 'Historic' Move, Pope Names Three Laywomen To Doctrinal Congregation  (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER)



APRIL 29, 2018
Pope Francis tweets 'Do we really want peace? Then let's ban all weapons so we don't have to live in fear of war.' (TWITTER)



MAY 1, 2018
Katy Perry Meets Pope Francis, Speaks At Vatican Conference – Pop star Katy Perry revealed she’s a fan of Pope Francis during a trip to the Vatican. The singer praised the pontiff for his “compassionate heart and inclusivity”. Perry was at the Vatican to speak at a conference on scientific advancements in health care. Perry was invited to speak about how a practice known as Transcendental Meditation has helped her gain control over her anxiety and stress.  (HUFFPOST)



MAY 4, 2018
Pope Francis joked 'This Holy Spirit is a disaster because He never tires of being creative!' (ZENIT/VATICAN)



MAY 19, 2018
Juan Carlos Cruz who met with Pope Francis as one of the victims of the abuses in Chile reported that Pope Francis said to him 'Juan Carlos, that you are gay does not matter. God made you like that and he loves you like that and I do not care. The Pope wants you like that, you have to be happy with who you are.' (EL PAIS/CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY/CNN)



MAY 24, 2018
Pope Francis said 'The most important role of religions is that of promoting the culture of encounter, along with the promotion of true education in responsible behavior in caring for creation.' (LA STAMPA)



MAY 28, 2018
‘Heretic’ In The Vatican – Celebrated by progressives around the world for his push to update and liberalize aspects of church doctrine, Francis is facing fierce blowback from traditionalists who take issue with his openness to Muslim migrants, his concern for the environment and his softer tone on divorce, cohabitation and homosexuality. Opposition has become so heated that some advisers are warning him to tread carefully to avoid a “schism” in the church. Francis is a “master strategist” who achieves his agenda “by stealth and cunning,” according to a diplomatic observer. (POLITICO)



JUNE 3, 2018
Pope Francis Appoints First-Ever Layperson As Rector Of The Pontifical Lateran University (AMERICA MAGAZINE)



JUNE 6, 2018
Cardinal Parolin, Vatican Secretary Of State, At The Elite Bilderberg Meeting – Cardinal Pietro Parolin will take part in the Bilderberg Conference, an annual private gathering of global political, business and media leaders, in Turin, Italy, June 7 – 10. Cardinal Parolin’s participation may be an expression of the “culture of the encounter” encouraged by Pope Francis. The pope has often asked officials to engage a dialogue with the world. (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)



JUNE 15, 2018
Pope Francis said 'Jesus' doctrine about women changes history. Before Jesus the view about women was one thing but after Jesus they are another. Jesus dignifies women and puts them on the same level as men because he takes that first word of the Creator, both are "the image and likeness of God", both of them; not first the man and then a little lower down the woman, no, both are. And a man without a woman beside him – whether as a mother, as a sister, as a bride, as a working companion, as a friend – that man by himself is not the image of God. This is a sin against God the Creator, rejecting women because without her we men cannot be the image and likeness of God.' (VATICAN NEWS)



JUNE 21, 2018
Pope Francis Says Individual Bishops Must Decide About Communion In Mixed Marriages – The question of allowing Protestants married to Catholics to receive Communion at Mass in special cases has to be decided by each individual bishop and cannot be decided by a bishops’ conference, Pope Francis told reporters. The pope was asked about his recent decision requesting the Catholic bishops’ conference of Germany not publish nationwide guidelines for allowing Communion for such couples. He said the guidelines went beyond what is foreseen by the Code of Canon law 'and there is the problem.' The code does not provide for nationwide policies, he said, but 'provides for the bishop of the diocese (to make a decision on each case), not the bishops’ conference. This was the difficulty of the debate. Not the content…There was no stepping on the brakes' he said. (CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE)



JUNE 21, 2018
In an in-flight press conference Pope Francis said:
'But then if you say that there are religions of peace, I ask myself, where are the religions of war? It’s tough to understand this. It’s tough. But, some groups, I would say in almost all of the small religious groups, I will say a bit simply fundamentalists, seek wars…Also we Catholics have some. They always seek destruction, no?'
'In the ecumenical movement we have to take from the dictionary a word: “proselytism.” Clear? You cannot have ecumenism with proselytism. You have to choose. Either you have an ecumenical spirit or you are a proselytizer.'



JULY 5, 2018
Pope Francis Appoints First Layperson As Head Of Vatican Communications  (AMERICA MAGAZINE)



JULY 29, 2018
Reflecting on the parable of the multiplication of the loaves and fish, Pope Francis said the Gospel invites us to be "open and industrious” in the face of humanity’s “cry” of hunger. He also invited those present not to waste the resources of the world. He said 'What do you do at home with the lunch you haven’t eaten? Do you throw it away?  No!' (VATICAN NEWS)



AUGUST 2, 2018
Pope Francis Changes Teaching To Oppose Death Penalty In All Cases – Francis had approved a change to the Catechism of the Catholic Church the compilation of official Catholic Church teaching. The new teaching says the previous policy is outdated and that there are other ways to protect the common good. “Consequently the church teaches, in the light of the Gospel, that the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person,” and she works with determination for its abolition worldwide,” reads the new text. (THE GUARDIAN)



AUGUST 13, 2018
Fr. Thomas Rosica writes "Pope Francis breaks Catholic traditions whenever he wants, because he is 'free from disordered attachments.' Our Church has indeed entered a new phase: with the advent of this first Jesuit pope, it is openly ruled by an individual rather than by the authority of Scripture alone or even its own dictates of tradition plus Scripture." (ZENIT/SALTANDLIGHTTV)  (Note: After this quote received negative attention on social media Zenit edited the article and removed the quote.  It is still visible on the Salt and Light website.)



AUGUST 15, 2018
Changes to Lord’s Prayer To Be Made Official in Italy – Changes to the Lord’s Prayer proposed by Pope Francis will take effect in Italy this November. The new Italian text of the prayer will no longer read, “lead us not into temptation,” but “do not abandon us into temptation,”. (BREITBART)



AUGUST 25, 2018
Pope Francis Tells Survivors Those Who Cover Up Abuse Are ‘SH*T’ – Pope Francis referred to those who cover up child abuse in the Catholic Church as “caca” – the Spanish word for s**t – during a meeting in Dublin with abuse survivors, according to two eyewitnesses. (THE IRISH TIMES)



AUGUST 25, 2018
Ex-Nuncio Accuses Pope Francis – In an extraordinary 11-page written testament, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, a former apostolic nuncio to the United States has accused several senior prelates of complicity in covering up Archbishop Theodore McCarrick’s allegations of sexual abuse, and has claimed that Pope Francis knew about sanctions imposed on then-Cardinal McCarrick by Pope Benedict XVI but chose to repeal them. Archbishop Viganò said that Pope Francis “continued to cover” for McCarrick and not only did he “not take into account the sanctions that Pope Benedict had imposed on him” but also made McCarrick “his trusted counselor.” Viganò said that the McCarrick advised the Pope to appoint a number of bishops in the United States, including Cardinals Blase Cupich and Joseph Tobin. "He [Pope Francis] knew from at least June 23, 2013 that McCarrick was a serial predator,” Archbishop Viganò stated, but although “he knew that he was a corrupt man, he covered for him to the bitter end. It was only when he was forced by the report of the abuse of a minor, again on the basis of media attention, that he took action [regarding McCarrick] to save his image in the media,” wrote Viganò. (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER)



AUGUST 26, 2018
Pope Francis Long Knew of Cardinal’s Sexual Abuse and Must Resign, Archbishop Says (NEW YORK TIMES)



Pope Decries "Emergency" Of Plastics Blighting World's Seas – Pope Francis called for concrete action to combat the "emergency" of plastics littering seas and oceans, lamenting the lack of effective regulation to protect the world's waters. With countries promoting policies to thwart migrants from arriving by sea, Francis prayed that 'waters may not be a sign of separation of peoples, but of encounter for the human community.'   (ASSOCIATED PRESS)



Pope Touts Virtue Of Silence After Sex Abuse Cover-Up Claims – Francis offered the advice in his homily at Mass. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano stunned the faithful last month by claiming Francis allegedly lifted unconfirmed Vatican sanctions against disgraced Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Francis has said he 'won't say a word' about Vigano's allegations that Benedict XVI as pope had sanctioned McCarrick, including avoiding public life, but that Francis later allegedly lifted the sanctions. Francis said Jesus' grace helps people discern when to speak and 'when we should stay silent.' (CBS NEWS)



SEPTEMBER 18, 2018
Pope Francis Boosts Authority of the Synod of Bishops – In new apostolic constitution, the Holy Father gives the body new powers including applying magisterial authority to a synod’s final document.   (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER)



SEPTEMBER 18, 2017
What gave Jesus authority, Pope Francis explained, was that 'he spent most of his time on the road', touching, embracing, listening and looking at the people in the eye. 'He was near them', the Pope said. 'this is what gave him authority'. (VATICAN NEWS)



SEPTEMBER 19, 2018
U2 frontman Bono met privately with Francis to discuss themes that Bono told reporters included "the wild beast that is capitalism" and sustainable development. Bono said he told Francis how it looks to some that abusers are more protected than victims and "you can see the pain in his face, and I felt he was sincere." (NEW YORK TIMES)



SEPTEMBER 22, 2018
Francis was given a book about the Pope John Paul II by Polish photographer Grzegorz Galazka. Receiving the large book with a beaming John Paul on the cover, Francis quipped: '(Pope John Paul II) was a saint, I am the devil.' (ASSOCIATED PRESS)



SEPTEMBER 22, 2018
Vatican Signs Deal With China – The deal was denounced by critics as a sellout to the communist government. As part of the deal, the Pope would recognise seven Chinese bishops who were appointed by Beijing without the Vatican’s approval, and were excommunicated as illegitimate. Cardinal Joseph Zen, the former archbishop of Hong Kong said “They’re sending the flock into the mouths of the wolves. It’s an incredible betrayal. The consequences will be tragic and long lasting, not only for the church in China but for the whole church because it damages the credibility."



OCTOBER 8, 2018
Pope Francis speaks of Our Lady, and explains the Hail Mary prayer in a new book interview. Some quotes:
'From the moment she was born until the Annunciation, to the moment she encountered the angel of God, I imagine her as a normal girl, a girl of today, I can’t say she a city-girl, because she is from a small town, but normal, educated normally, open to marrying, to starting a family. One thing I imagine is that she loved the Scriptures: she knew the Scriptures, she had done catechesis in a family environment, from the heart. Then, after the conception of Jesus, she was still a normal woman: Mary is normal, she is a woman that any woman in this world can imitate. No strange things in life, a normal mother: even in her virginal marriage, chaste in that frame of virginity, Mary was normal. She worked, went shopping, helped her Son, helped her husband: normal.'

'The angel does not say to Mary: “You are full of intellect, you are intelligent, you are full of virtue, you are an super-good woman”. No, he said, “You are full of graceˮ, that is, of gratuitousness, of beauty. Our Lady is the beauty par excellence. Beauty is one of the human dimensions that we too often neglect. We speak of truth, of goodness and leave beauty aside. Instead, it is as important as the others. It is important to find God in beauty.' (LA STAMPA)



OCTOBER 16, 2018
Pope at Mass: Be Careful Around Rigid Christians – Pope Francis said 'always, under or behind rigidity, there are problems, grave problems' (VATICAN NEWS)



OCTOBER 23, 2018
Push To Allow Married Priests In Some Areas Gains Traction Under Pope Francis – the Vatican is laying the groundwork to open formal debate on an issue that has long been taboo: opening up the priesthood to married men in parts of the world where clergy are scarce. (CHICAGO TRIBUNE)



OCTOBER 26, 2018
VaticanNews Styles Pope as “Successor of Christ” – Vatican News, the Holy See's news agency, has referred to Pope Francis not as the successor to Peter or vicar of Christ on earth, but as the "successor of Christ," a name previously unknown to the Church on at least three occasions. (EPONYMOUSFLOWER/VATICAN NEWS)



OCTOBER 27, 2018
The Vatican released the final document of the Youth Synod and various paragraphs are causing concern.
Despite considerable opposition, all the paragraphs on synodality passed with a two-thirds majority. Some saw it as a means of decentralizing and democratizing the Church and the magisterium away from the papacy and the Vatican to local churches. By doing so, they believe it makes it easier to introduce heterodox teachings into the Church.
Paragraph 150 is being criticized for vague language about homosexuality that can be interpreted in a variety of ways. It speaks of sexuality requiring “a deeper anthropological, theological and pastoral elaboration” in multiple but “appropriate ways.” The paragraph also speaks of a Church commitment “against all discrimination and violence on a sexual basis,” words at variance with no. 2358 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which opposes “unjust discrimination” in this regard, not “all discrimination.”
The role of women in the Church figures far more than any were expecting. Critics say this “excessive emphasis” on the issue that the document calls “unavoidable change” is merely a means of paving the way towards the acceptance of women deacons.   (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER)



OCTOBER 29, 2018
Pope Francis tweeted 'We are called to listen to what the Spirit tells us. The Holy Spirit is always something new.' (TWITTER)



NOVEMBER 2, 2018
Michael Moore, film-maker, told "Late Night" with Seth Meyers about his meeting with Pope Francis. He said "I went to the weekly audience, and then he asked to speak to me privately. It was an amazing moment, and I asked him if I could ask him a question. And he said, 'Yes.'
And I said, "Do you believe that an economic system that benefits the few, the wealthy at the expense of the many is a sin?" And he said to me, 'Si' in Italian. And I said, "So you believe capitalism, the kinda — the capitalism we have now is a sin?" He goes, 'Yes, it is.' He said, 'The poor must always come first.'
And then he grabbed my hand and he said, 'Please, pray for me.' And I said, "I will, and please pray for me. And he said, 'No, you have to make more movies.' And I'm like, "I just wanted a prayer." He's like, 'No, you go back to — you go back work.' He has a sense of humor." (VIDEO/NBC)



NOVEMBER 8, 2018
When Pope Francis handed Crown Prince Federick of Denmark a copy of Laudato Si, he said the environment was 'the most important challenge of our time.' (CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE)



NOVEMBER 8, 2018
A Pope Francis Gargoyle Now Watches Over Cologne Cathedral – It took about a week for visitors to the massive Catholic cathedral in Cologne, Germany, to notice a small addition to its ornate Gothic entrance — a carved stone figure of Pope Francis leaning forward like a gargoyle. The sculpture shows the Argentine-born pope smiling at passers-by with his right hand ready to greet them. It’s attached to a stone canopy over a large statue of the Bible’s King Solomon, like a little bird perched over his shoulder to observe the crowd. (RELIGION NEWS SERVICE)



NOVEMBER 12, 2018
Pope Francis said 'There is always confusion and disorder with the power of the Holy Spirit but we must not be afraid because it is a beautiful sign.' (VATICAN NEWS)



NOVEMBER 18, 2018
In a forceful interview with Aldo Maria Valli, Msgr. Nicola Bux has warned that the current pontificate is issuing statements that are generating “heresies, schisms, and controversies of various kinds”. The theologian said “heretical statements” on marriage, the moral life and reception of the sacraments are now “at the center of a vast debate which is becoming more and more passionate by the day.” Msgr. Bux feels the situation has become especially urgent after the Pope changed the Catechism to declare the death penalty “inadmissible.” The change contradicts the Tridentine and St. Pius X Catechisms. “More useful” than a fraternal correction, he said, would be to examine the “juridical validity” of Pope Benedict’s XVI’s resignation and “whether it is full or partial.” Such an “in-depth study” of the resignation, he said, could help to “overcome problems that today seem insurmountable to us.” “Great change” in the Church is “palpable” under Pope Francis, Msgr. Bux said, along with a “clear intention to mark a line of discontinuity, or break, with previous pontificates.” Such a rupture, he went on to say, is a “revolution” that “generates heresies, schisms, and controversies of various kinds”. (EDWARD PENTIN / ALDOMARIAVALLI.IT)



NOVEMBER 21, 2018
Speaking on the Ten Commandments, Pope Francis said 'God’s precepts can be reduced to being only the beautiful facade of a life, which in any case remains an existence of slaves and not of children. Often, behind the Pharisaic mask of asphyxiating correctness, something awful and unresolved hides.' (ZENIT)



NOVEMBER 29, 2018
The Pope: If Necessary, The Church Goods Are To Be Sold To Help The Poor – Pope Francis said 'The Church should not see with anxiety that many churches, until a few years ago needed, are now no longer necessary, for lack of faithful and clergy, or for a different distribution of the population in cities and rural areas, but welcome this change as a sign of the times that invites us to reflect and requires us to adapt.'   (LA STAMPA)



NOVEMBER 30, 2018
Pope Francis Unites In One Single Body All Catholic Charismatic Renewal Organizations   (ROME REPORTS)



DECEMBER 13, 2018
Pope Francis reportedly personally asked a faithful, underground Chinese bishop (Msgr. Guo) to cede his office to a formerly excommunicated, government approved cleric “as a sacrifice for the general situation of the Chinese Church.” According to some priests, with this passage, the Vatican has consigned the Church into the hands of the government. (ASIA NEWS)



DECEMBER 17, 2018
Pope Francis said that popes 'in past centuries' ignored 'the primacy of mercy over justice' in using the death penalty, which he called an 'inhuman form of punishment' that is now 'always inadmissible.'   (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY / LIFESITE NEWS)



DECEMBER 21, 2018
Francis Denying Immaculate Conception: “Mary Not Born A Saint” – Pope Francis said 'Our Lady and Saint Joseph are full of joy: they look at the Child Jesus and they are happy because, after a thousand worries, they have accepted this gift of God, with so much faith and so much love. They are “overflowing” with holiness and therefore with joy. And you will tell me: of course! They are Our Lady and Saint Joseph! Yes, but let us not think it was easy for them: saints are not born, they become thus, and this is true for them too.'  (GLORIA TV/VATICAN)



DECEMBER 21, 2018
Leniency for Priests Guilty of Abuse – A little-known Vatican appeals panel established by Pope Francis has sharply reduced penalties meted out to priests convicted of sexual abuse under church law in more than a third of the cases that have come before it. (THE WALL STREET JOURNAL)



DECEMBER 31, 2018
Vatican Spokesman Greg Burke And Deputy Resign Suddenly – The pope recently overhauled the Vatican's media operations by ousting the longtime editor of the Vatican newspaper, and naming a new director of editorial content for all Vatican media, Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli.    (ABC NEWS)





JANUARY 2, 2019
Pope in Audience: It's Better To Be Atheist Than Go To Mass Hating The World – Pope Francis said 'How many times do we see the scandal of those people who go to church and stay there all day or go every day and then live hating others or talking badly about people? This is a scandal – it is better not to go to church: better to live as an atheist.' (ROME REPORTS / LA REPUBBLICA / VIDEO)


JANUARY 2, 2019
Pope Francis says 'Our God doesn't require sacrifices to win his favor. Our God needs nothing. In our prayer, he asks only that we keep a channel of communication open so we can continually discover that we are his beloved children.' (CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE)


JANUARY 7, 2019
Pope Francis warned against a resurgence of nationalist and populist movements and criticized countries that try to solve the migration crisis with unilateral or isolationist actions. Francis praised the United Nations’ Global Compact on Migration, which set objectives for how the movement of people can be managed. The United States, Italy, Hungary and Poland are among nations that boycotted the meeting. (REUTERS)


JANUARY 15, 2019
Pope to Academy for Life: Promote humanism of fraternity (VATICAN NEWS)


JANUARY 15, 2019
The Pope: God Is Father And Also Mother And Always Loves, Even Criminals   (LA STAMPA)


JANUARY 20, 2019
The Vatican received information in 2015 and 2017 that an Argentine bishop close to Pope Francis had taken naked selfies, exhibited “obscene” behavior and had been accused of misconduct with seminarians, undermining Vatican claims that allegations of sexual abuse were only made a few months ago. The scandal over Zanchetta, 54, is the latest to implicate Francis as he and the Catholic hierarchy as a whole face an unprecedented crisis of confidence over their mishandling of cases of clergy sexual abuse of minors and misconduct with adults. The pope’s decision to allow Zanchetta to resign quietly, and then promote him to a new No. 2 position in one of the Vatican’s most sensitive offices, has raised questions again about whether Francis turned a blind eye to the misconduct of his allies or dismissed allegations against them as ideological attacks.    (ASSOCIATED PRESS)


JANUARY 20, 2019
Pope Francis said 'It’s no accident that placed, at the beginning of Jesus’ public life, is a nuptial ceremony, because in Him God has married humanity.'    (ZENIT)


JANUARY 23, 2019
Pope Francis Says the Fear of Migration Is 'Making Us Crazy'  – Francis famously has called for “bridges, not walls.” After celebrating Mass in 2016 on the Mexican side of the U.S. border, he denounced anyone who wants to build a wall to keep out migrants as “not Christian.”    (TIME)


JANUARY 28, 2019

Asked about sexual education in schools, Pope Francis said 'I believe that in schools we must give sex education. Sex is a gift from God, it is not a monster, it is a gift from God to love. That some people use it to earn money or exploit is another problem. But we need to give an objective sexual education, that is without ideological colonization….The ideal is to start from home, with the parents. It is not always possible because there are so many different situations in families, and because they do not know how to do it. And so the school makes up for this, because otherwise it will remain a void that will then be filled by any ideology.'

Asked what drives young people away from the Church, Pope Francis said 'The hypocritical Catholics, right? Hypocritical Catholics, you know? They go to mass every Sunday but they don't pay a bonus and they pay you under the table, using people, then they go to the Caribbean on vacation all through the exploitation of people. "But I'm a Catholic, I go to mass every Sunday." If you do that, you give a counter-witness. This, in my opinion, alienates people from the Church the most. Even the laity, all of them. But I would say: don't say that you're a Catholic if you don't bear witness. Say 'I am from a Catholic upbringing, but I'm lukewarm, I'm worldly, forgive me, don't look at me as a model,' this must be said. I'm afraid of Catholics like that, huh? That they believe themselves to be perfect!'    (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)


JANUARY 29, 2019
Pope Francis is urging people of good will to come together in dialogue in a framework of plurality in order to build a fraternal civilization for authentic human promotion.   (VATICAN NEWS)


JANUARY 29, 2019
Pope Francis Says ‘No’ Then ‘Maybe’ to Married Clergy – The Holy Father said he is personally opposed, but then recommended the radical ideas of a bishop who supports ordaining untrained older married men of proven virtue. Although the Pope reiterated several times that he could not see himself ordaining married men, he made it clear that it was 'something to study, think, rethink, and pray about.'    (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER)


FEBRUARY 4, 2019
In a joint document with Grand Imam di Al-Azhar Ahamad al-Tayyib titled "Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together" Pope Francis wrote 'The pluralism and the diversity of religions, colour, sex, race and language are willed by God in His wisdom, through which He created human beings.'    (VATICAN)


FEBRUARY 4, 2019
Speaking at the Interfaith Meeting in Abu Dhabi Pope Francis said 'According to the biblical account, in order to preserve humanity from destruction, God asked Noah to enter the ark along with his family. Today, we too in the name of God, in order to safeguard peace, need to enter together as one family into an ark which can sail the stormy seas of the world: the ark of fraternity.'   


FEBRUARY 8, 2019
Pope Francis said 'Life has value only in giving it, in giving it in love, in truth, in giving it to others, in daily life, in the family.' (VATICAN NEWS)


FEBRUARY 9, 2019
Pope Francis asks moral theologians to work more on environmental responsibility, says he's rarely heard someone confess to polluting or harming the earth. 'We still aren't conscious of this sin.' (CINDY WOODEN, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE)


FEBRUARY 13, 2019
Microsoft President Brad Smith met Pope Francis to discuss the ethical use of artificial intelligence and ways to bridge the digital divide between rich and poor nations (REUTERS)


FEBRUARY 15, 2019
Pope at Mass: Be Free From Fear Of Migrants And Refugees (VATICAN NEWS)


FEBRUARY 20, 2019
Francis warned, 'those who spend their lives accusing, accusing, and accusing are – I won't say children , because the devil doesn't have any – but they are the friends, cousins and relatives of the devil.' (LA STAMPA)


FEBRUARY 20, 2019
Pope Francis taught 'You cannot pray, repeating words like a parrot. Either you enter into the mystery, aware that God is your father; or you are not praying. If you pray in a different way, you're not praying.' (ROME REPORTS)


FEBRUARY 25, 2019
Pope Francis Covered Up For Bishop Who Had Gay Porn On His Phone Involving Minors (CATHOLIC HERALD)


MARCH 7, 2019
Signs Point to a New Attack on the Eucharist – A number of controversial subjects have been proposed for the agenda of he Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon region, including the ordination of married men. Another proposal is to permit the replacement of the bread used in the consecration of the Eucharist with yuca. Yuca is a South American starch tuber. The Church has long been quite specific that the bread for the Holy Eucharist must be made with pure wheat flour. This purity is necessary for validity. (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER)


MARCH 8, 2019
Francis Urges Personal Conversion In Implementing Sustainable Development Goals – Francis emphasized that 'for a correct transition to a sustainable future, it is necessary to recognize ‘one’s own mistakes, sins, vices or negligence,’ ‘to repent of heart, to change from within,’ to be reconciled with others, with creation and with the Creator'. The Sustainable Development Goals are 17 global goals covering social and economic development issues set by the United Nations in 2015 as a part of the “2030 Agenda” resolution. (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)


MARCH 9, 2019
Pope Meets With Mormon Leadership In Rome To Dedicate Temple – Pope Francis met with the leadership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the first-such meeting of its kind, on the eve of the dedication of the church’s huge new temple in Rome. The Vatican offered no details of Francis’ audience with the church president and other leaders. The Latter-day Saints said it was the first-ever meeting between a pope and head of their church, and said the two men discussed religious liberty, family and youth among other topics. While the Vatican issued no statement on the meeting, the Latter-day Saints' website carried a long piece. The website reported that the meeting with the pope lasted 33 minutes.  (ASSOCIATED PRESS/CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE)


MARCH 11, 2019
LGBT Catholics Westminster meet Pope Francis (THE TABLET)


MARCH 7, 2019
Pope Francis said 'the Lord is purifying His Bride, He is converting us all to Himself, He is putting us to the test for we to understand that without Him we are dust, He is saving us from hypocrisy, from the spirituality of appearances. He is blowing his Spirit to restore beauty to his Bride, surprised in flagrant adultery.' (VATICAN INSIDER)


MARCH 17, 2019
Pope Francis said 'Christ’s Transfiguration shows us the Christian perspective of suffering. Suffering is not sadomasochism: it is a necessary but transitory passage.' (VATICAN)


MARCH 19, 2019
Pope Francis declined to accept the resignation of a French cardinal convicted of covering up sexual abuse, a decision that drew fire from victims and their advocates in France and abroad. Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon had offered to step down in a private meeting with the pontiff. The pope had cited the “presumption of the cardinal’s innocence” in declining to accept his resignation. (WALL STREET JOURNAL)


MARCH 21, 2019
The Pontifical Academy for Life has encouraged parents to have their children vaccinated. In 2005 the Academy noted that many vaccines use cell lines derived from aborted children and strongly urged the faithful to press for the development of vaccines that were developed by morally licit means. In the 2017 statement, the Pontifical Academy concluded that “the use of such vaccines does not signify some sort of cooperation in voluntary abortion.” The 2017 statement was issued shortly after Pope Francis completely revamped the Pontifical Academy for Life, replacing all of the group’s members and giving the office a new direction. (CATHOLIC CULTURE)


MARCH 26, 2019
Video of Pope Francis trying to avoid having his ring kissed goes viral – Footage of Pope Francis repeatedly pulling his hand away from being kissed by a long line of people has gone viral. “It was a simple question of hygiene,” Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti told reporters after he asked the pope directly. Gisotti explained that there were many people in line and the pope did not want to spread germs as one person after another repeatedly kissed his hand at short intervals. (VIDEO/THE GUARDIAN/REUTERS)


MARCH 31, 2019
Pope Warns Catholics Off Converting Others – In Morocco the pope insisted to an audience of around 400 that trying to convert people to one's own belief 'always leads to an impasse'. 'Please, no proselytism!' he said. (AFP)


APRIL 3, 2019
Pope Francis said 'With the Muslims we are descendants of the same Father, Abraham: why does God permit so many religions? God willed to permit this: the theologians of Scholasticism referred to God’s permissive voluntas. He willed to permit this reality: there are so many religions; some are born of the culture, but always looking to Heaven, looking at God. However, what God wills is fraternity among us in a special way – here is the reason for this trip – with our brothers, children of Abraham like us, the Muslims. We must not be scared by the difference: God has permitted this.' (ZENIT)


APRIL 17, 2019
Pope Francis Encourages Teen Climate Activist Greta Thunberg To Continue Her Fight –  'Continue, continue,' Francis told her, 'Go on, go ahead.' (CBS NEWS)


APRIL 18, 2019
In an episode of the BBC2 series Pilgrimage: The Road To Rome, gay British comedian Stephen Amos is among stars shown having audiences with Pope Francis. Stephen told the Pope: “So me coming on this pilgrimage, being non-religious, I was looking for answers and faith. But as a gay man, I don’t feel accepted.” Francis replied carefully: 'Giving more importance to the adjective [gay] rather than the noun [man], this is not good. We are all human beings and have dignity. It does not matter who you are, or how you live your life – you do not lose your dignity. There are people that prefer to select or discard people because of the adjective. These people don’t have a human heart. For those of you who are believers, pray for me. For those of you who do not believe, could you wish me a good journey, so I do not let anyone down.'
Stephen left in tears and said: “He gave me faith in humanity. He knows his response to my question… will have ramifications around the world. He’s saying those who hold extreme religious views of anti-homosexuality or anti-abortion don’t have a human heart and that is huge.” (MIRROR/VIDEO)


APRIL 27, 2019
Pope Francis Donates $500,000 To Migrants At US Border (ABC NEWS)


MAY 1, 2019
Scholars Ask Bishops To Take Action Against Pope’s ‘Heresy’ – Academics claim the Pope has shown 'persistent' disbelief of Catholic doctrines. They ask the world’s bishops to take action by admonishing the Pope, and – if he does not repudiate his alleged heresies – to “declare that he has committed the canonical delict of heresy and that he must suffer the canonical consequences of his crime.” (CATHOLIC HERALD)


MAY 1, 2019
In a letter to "Young Economists and Entrepreneurs Worldwide" inviting them to an event titled "Economy of Francesco" to take place in Assisi March 26-28 2020 Pope Francis writes 'we can promote together, through a common “covenant”, a process of global change. One in which not only believers but all men and women of good will, beyond differences of creed and nationality, can participate, inspired by an ideal of fraternity attentive above all to the poor and excluded. I invite each of you to work for this covenant, committing yourselves individually and in groups to cultivate together the dream of a new humanism responsive to the expectations of men and women and to the plan of God…With you, and through you, I will appeal to some of our best economists and entrepreneurs who are already working on the global level to create an economy consistent with these ideals.' (VATICAN)


MAY 2, 2019
Pope Francis Calls For New ‘Supranational’ Authorities To Enforce UN Goals – Pope Francis said 'The common good has become global and nations must associate for their own benefit. When a supranational common good is clearly identified, there is need for a special legally constituted authority capable of facilitating its implementation.' (LIFESITE NEWS/VATICAN)


MAY 4, 2019
In a video greeting to North Macedonia of Pope Francis said 'The particular beauty of your country comes from the variety of cultures and ethinic and religious affiliations that inhabit it.' (VATICAN NEWS/VIDEO)


MAY 7, 2019
One journalist asked Pope Francis where he finds the energy and strength needed to travel and work as he does. 'First of all I would like to say I do not resort to witchcraft!' the Pope said. (VATICAN NEWS)


MAY 8, 2019
Pope Francis said 'Above all you have the opportunity to create healthy friendship and train yourselves to respect the peculiarities and the idea of others, learning to recognize in the other a brother and a companion with whom to share serenely a stretch of the road. This will help you to live in society with the right attitude, recognizing cultural, religious, and social diversity as human wealth and not as a threat.' (VATICAN/LIFESITE NEWS)


MAY 23, 2019
Pope Francis: Church Must Learn to Abandon Old ‘Traditions’ – It is a mistake for the Church to try to hold onto old traditions or to have clear answers for everything, said Pope Francis. By not always giving “clear rules” that would quickly resolve issues, Jesus was protecting the Church from the temptation of “efficientism,” Francis said, which is the desire for the Church to have everything under control, avoiding surprises, with its agenda always in order. 'Jesus does not want the church to be a perfect model, satisfied with its own organization and able to defend its good name,' he said. Living like Jesus demands the “courage of renunciation,” the pontiff said, a willingness to abandon traditions that are dear to us. Changing and adapting is not about imposing something new, he said, “but leaving aside something old.” (BREITBART)


MAY 28, 2019
Pope Francis Denies He Knew of Abuse by McCarrick – 'About McCarrick I knew nothing. Obviously, nothing, nothing. I don’t remember if he told me about this. If it’s true or not. No idea! But you know that about McCarrick, I knew nothing. If not, I wouldn’t have remained quiet, right?' Francis said (NEW YORK TIMES)


MAY 29, 2019
Pope Francis said he reacted “with a sense of humor” to the accusation of heresy made against him earlier this month. 'It does not hurt me at all. Hypocrisy and lies hurt me, these hurt me. But such a mistake, where there are even people who have filled their heads with…no, please, you have to take care of them too. I also pray for them because they are wrong and poor people, some are manipulated. And who are those who signed…?' (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)


MAY 29, 2019
Pope Francis said 'The Vatican City State as a form of government, the Curia, whatever it is, is the last European court of an absolute monarchy. The last. The others are now constitutional monarchies, the court is diluted. Here there are still court structures that must fall..The scheme of the court is what has to disappear. And this was requested by all the cardinals, well, most, thanks be to God.' (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)


JUNE 2, 2019
Speaking of visiting Pope Benedict XVI Pope Francis said 'Every time I go to visit him I feel like that, I take his hand and get him to talk. He speaks little, slowly, but with the same depth, as always — because Benedict's problem is his knees, not his head. He has a great lucidity, as always'. Pope Francis commented that Benedict XVI reminds him that “the tradition of the Church is always in motion.” He compared tradition to “a tree that grows, flourishes, and bears fruit.” “Tradition is the guarantee of the future and not the keeper of the ashes. It's not a museum(CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)


JUNE 5, 2019
Let’s not wait for the theologians,’ Says Pope Francis About Sharing The Eucharist – Pope Francis made an extraordinary statement on the role of theology in ecumenical relations. Francis told reporters 'There is already Christian unity. Let’s not wait for the theologians to come to agreement on the Eucharist.' Today, Catholics are encouraging their Protestant spouses to join them at Communion. Divorced and remarried Catholics are returning to Communion. Gay couples approach Communion ministers together. Catholic couples are practicing contraception. (RELIGION NEWS SERVICE)


JUNE 8, 2019
Pope To Charismatics: Being Afraid Of Change Is A Temptation From The Devil (CRUX)


JUNE 8, 2019
Pope Francis: The World Needs An Ecological ‘Conversion’ (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)


JUNE 13, 2019
After Scandals, Pope Orders His Diplomats To Toe The Line – As the Church under Francis has become more polarised, some nuncios (Vatican ambassadors) have taken to social media to criticise directly some of the pope’s decisions or draw attention to criticism by conservative groups. Francis pointedly told the envoys that it was incompatible with their role to “criticise the pope behind his back”. (EURONEWS)


JUNE 14, 2019
Pope Francis Backs Carbon Pricing (Taxes) And 'Radical Energy Transition' To Act Against Global Warming  (ABC NEWS)


JUNE 19, 2019
Pope Francis tweeted 'Jesus became bread broken for us, and He asks us to give ourselves to others, no longer to live for ourselves, but for one another.' (TWITTER)


JUNE 21, 2019
Pope Seeks More Freedom In Theology, Dialogue With Islam –  Catholic theology students must learn the culture, language and way of thinking of Jews and Muslims 'to better understand and live out our relationship,' he said. 'Theological freedom is necessary. Without the possibility of trying new paths, you don't create anything new.' He called for a revision of the way theology is taught so that it focuses on welcome, dialogue and flexibility. In addition, lay people should be encouraged to take up theological studies, especially women, he said. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)


JUNE 23, 2019
Pope Francis said 'In the presence of the Eucharist, Jesus who becomes bread, this simple bread that contains the entire reality of the Church…Surprisingly, the account of the multiplication of the loaves does not mention the multiplication itself. On the contrary, the words that stand out are: “break”, “give” and “distribute. In effect, the emphasis is not on the multiplication but the act of sharing. This is important. Jesus does not perform a magic trick; he does not change five loaves into five thousand and then to announce: “There! Distribute them!” No. Jesus first prays, then blesses the five loaves and begins to break them, trusting in the Father. And those five loaves never run out. This is no magic trick; it is an act of trust in God and his providence…He does not work spectacular miracles, but uses simple things, breaking bread in his hands, giving, distributing and sharing it. God’s omnipotence is lowly, made up of love alone. And love can accomplish great things with little. The Eucharist teaches us this: for there we find God himself contained in a piece of bread.' (VATICAN)


JUNE 28, 2019
Vatican Encourages Chinese Catholic Priests to Register With Beijing – The Vatican is encouraging Catholic bishops and priests in China to register with state authorities, a sign of the pope’s bigger push for rapprochement with Beijing even at a cost to the church’s independence. Last year, Pope Francis agreed with China to recognize bishops Beijing had appointed, and to jointly select bishops from then on. (WALL STREET JOURNAL)


JULY 2, 2019
Pope Gives Relics Of St. Peter To Orthodox Patriarch – Pope Francis gave Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople a famous reliquary containing bone fragments believed to belong to St. Peter. It was “another gigantic step toward concrete unity,” Archbishop Job said. (CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE)


JULY 2, 2019
Pope Francis tweeted 'Through your attention to the little ones and to the poor, you can kindle stars in the night for those who suffer.' (TWITTER)


JULY 8, 2019
Pope Francis Names 7 Women To Previously All-Male Congregation (CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE)


AUGUST 9, 2019
In an interview with La Stampa Pope Francis said
'Never forget that “the whole is greater than the parts.” Globalization, unity, should not be conceived as a sphere, but as a polyhedron: each people retains its identity in unity with others.'
'Sovereignism reveals an attitude toward isolation. I am concerned because we hear speeches that resemble those of Hitler in 1934. “Us first, We…We…”: these are frightening thoughts. Sovereignism means being closed.'
  (When asked "What do you fear most for our planet?)
'The disappearance of biodiversity. New lethal diseases. A drift and devastation of nature that can lead to the death of humanity.'   (LA STAMPA)


Pope Francis unexpectedly named 13 new cardinals on September 1, choices that have again revealed his wish for the Church to go out to the peripheries and the developing world. But they also reveal Churchmen supportive of other issues close to his heart including open migration policies, concern for the environment and populism, a diplomatic rather than realist stance toward Islam, and sympathies for those supportive of homosexual issues. (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER)


Pope Says It’s ‘an Honor That the Americans Attack Me– On the papal plane en route to Mozambique, Pope Francis acknowledged the sharp opposition he has faced from conservative Catholic detractors in the United States, calling it an “an honor that the Americans attack me.
After the pope’s comments, Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni told journalists on the papal flight that “in an informal context the pope wanted to say that he always considers criticisms an honor, particularly when it comes from important thinkers and, in this case, of an important nation.”
When the pope asked a reporter what Cardinal Müller had been saying about him, he told him the cardinal had been saying he would try and save Francis’ papacy from bad theology. Francis replied that Cardinal Müller 'has good intentions and he is a good man, but he is like a child'. (NEW YORK TIMES/CRUX)


Pope Francis Just Named A Pro-LGBT+ Bishop As Cardinal – LGBT+ advocates are celebrating after the Pope elevated a leading pro-gay bishop to the College of Cardinals.  (PINK NEWS)


Speaking to an Interreligious Meeting of Youth in Mozambique, Pope Francis said 'I thank the members of different religious confessions who have joined us, and those who do not belong to any particular religious tradition. Thank you for encouraging one another to live and celebrate today the challenge of peace as the family that we are. You are experiencing that all of us are necessary: with our differences, we are all necessary. Our differences are necessary. Together, you are the beating heart of this people and all of you have a fundamental role to play in one great creative project: to write a new page of history, a page full of hope, peace and reconciliation. Do you want to write this page? When I entered, you chanted, “Reconciliation!”' (VATICAN)


Pope ‘On Path To Allowing Worship Of Spirits’ – The Pope is paving the way for Vatican approval of spirit-worship in a desperate attempt to tackle a shortage of priests in the Amazon, critics have claimed. A synod planned by Pope Francis for next month has provoked the fiercest clash yet between the pontiff and his conservative critics. Walter Brandmüller, a German cardinal, has claimed that a document prepared ahead of the synod is "heretical" because of its respect of indigenous faiths and their veneration of nature. (THE TIMES)


SEPTEMBER 10, 2019
At a press conference aboard an airplane returning from Africa, Pope Francis said:

'When we acknowledge international organisations and we recognise their capacity to give judgment, on a global scale – for example the international tribunal in The Hague, or the United Nations. If we consider ourselves humanity, when they make statements, our duty is to obey. It is true that not all things that appear just for the whole of humanity will also be so for our pockets, but we must obey international institutions. That is why the United Nations were created.'
'We need to go forward strengthening the international institutions: the United Nations, that they might take in hand once again their role; that the European Union might become stronger, not in the sense of domination, but in the sense of justice, of fraternity, of unity for all…there are ideological colonializations that want to enter into the popular culture and change those cultures and homogenize humanity. It is the image of globalization like a sphere, all of the points being equidistant from the centre. Instead, true globalization is not a sphere, it is a polyhedron where each people preserves their own identity but it united to all of humanity.'
'In the Church there is always the option for schism, always. But it is an option that the Lord leaves to human freedom. I am not afraid of schisms, I pray that there will be none, because what is at stake is people’s spiritual health…A schism is always an elitist separation stemming from an ideology detached from doctrine. It is an ideology, perhaps correct, but that engages doctrine and detaches it… And so I pray that schisms do not happen, but I am not afraid of them. This is one of the results of Vatican II, not because of this or that Pope. For example, the social things that I say are the same things that John Paul II said, the same things! I copy him. But they say: the Pope is a communist… Instead, a morality based on such a pelagian ideology leads you to rigidity, and today we have many schools of rigidity within the Church, which are not schisms, but pseudo-schismatic Christian developments that will end badly. When you see rigid Christians, bishops, priests, there are problems behind that, not Gospel holiness.' (VATICAN NEWS)


SEPTEMBER 13, 2019
Pope Francis Invites Religious, Political Leaders To Sign ‘Global Pact’ For ‘New Humanism’ – Pope Francis has announced he is hosting an initiative for a “Global Pact” to create a “new humanism.” The Pope is inviting representatives of the main religions, international organizations and various humanitarian institutions, as well as key figures from the world of politics, economics and academia, and prominent athletes, scientists and sociologists to sign a “Global Pact on Education" so as to “hand on to younger generations a united and fraternal common home.” (LIFESITE NEWS)


SEPTEMBER 14, 2019
In audience with Prison officers, Pope Francis said 'Life imprisonment is not the solution to problems – I repeat: life imprisonment is not the solution to problems – but a problem to be solved. Because if hope is locked in a cell, there is no future for society. Never deprive yourself of the right to a fresh start!' (CATHOLIC SAT)


SEPTEMBER 24, 2019
Speaking to the Vatican communications team Pope Francis said 'Why say authentically Christian? It is Christian! The mere fact of the noun ‘Christian’, ‘I am Christ’ is strong: it is an adjective noun, yes, but it is a noun…One of the things you must not do is advertising, mere advertising. You must not behave like human business that try to attract more people. To use a technical word: you must not proselytise. It is not Christian to proselytise.' (THE GUARDIAN)


SEPTEMBER 26, 2019
Pope Francis said that clericalism is a direct result of rigidity and linked to a fixation on sexual morality. He said 'One dimension of clericalism is the exclusive moral fixation on the sixth commandment. We focus on sex and then we do not give weight to social injustice, slander, gossip and lies. The Church today needs a profound conversion in this area. Clericalism has a direct consequence in rigidity. Have you never seen young priests all stiff in black cassocks and hats in the shape of the planet Saturn on their heads? Behind all the rigid clericalism there are serious problems.' (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)


SEPTEMBER 26, 2019
Pope Francis said 'Today I felt a certain bitterness after a meeting with young people. A woman approached me with a young man and a young woman. I was told they were part of a slightly fundamentalist movement. She said to me in perfect Spanish: “Your Holiness, I am from South Africa. This boy was a Hindu and converted to Catholicism. This girl was Anglican and converted to Catholicism.” But she told me in a triumphant way, as though she was showing off a hunting trophy. I felt uncomfortable and said to her, “Madam, evangelization yes, proselytism no.(NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER)


SEPTEMBER 30, 2019
Pope Francis Met With James Martin, A Priest Who Ministers To LGBTQ Catholics – Martin said that the audience – which included only himself, Francis and an interpreter — happened at the invitation of the pope. New Ways Ministry, a group that “advocates for justice and equality for LGBTQ Catholics,” celebrated Francis’s meeting with Martin in a statement: "It is a clear signal that Pope Francis is calling the church to conversion away from the negative messages it has sent in the past about LGBTQ people. It is a day of celebration for LGBTQ Catholics" (WASHINGTON POST)


OCTOBER 5, 2019
Fragments from the ceiling of St Peter's Basilica fell to the ground during a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis on the afternoon of 4 October. (WANTEDINROME)


OCTOBER 7, 2019
Pope Francis attended an indigenous ritual, a tree-planting ceremony in the Vatican gardens. Participants danced around a mandala, spread soil from "symbolic places," and bowed to two female fertility figures. They sang and held hands while dancing in a circle around the images, in a dance resembling a traditional offering to Mother Earth. No explanation was provided by the event organizers as to why the dance was performed for the Feast of St. Francis or what it symbolized. People carried bowls of dirt from different places around the world, each symbolizing a different issue from ecological devastation to migration. The dirt was placed around a tree from Assisi, which was planted as a “symbol of integral ecology.” After what appeared to be the offering of prayers by participants, who prostrated themselves on the grass around a blanket upon which fruit, candles, and several carved items were set, an indigenous woman approached the pope and presented him with a black ring, which appeared identical to the one she was wearing. The ring appeared to be a tucum ring — a black ring worn in Brazil and Latin America as a sign of dedication to certain social causes, and often associated with liberation theology. Cardinal Peter Turkson spoke about Francis’ environmental encyclical Laudato Si saying "God’s Word transformed ‘chaos’ at the dawn of creation into a ‘cosmos,’ an ordered world system, capable of supporting human life, and suitable to be home for man. And the lesson here is simple: ‘Chaos’ with the Word of God becomes ‘Cosmos.’" (VIDEO/CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY/LIFESITENEWS)


OCTOBER 7, 2019
At the opening of the Amazon Synod Pope Francis said he was saddened by a joke about 'men who brought the offerings to the Altar with feathers on their head; what is the difference between this headdress, and the biretta used by officials of this dicastery?' (VATICAN NEWS/VIDEO)


OCTOBER 9, 2019
Eugenio Scalfari, who has met with and interviewed Pope Francis on multiple occassions said of Pope Francis "Those who, as it has happened many times with me, have had the luck of meeting him (Francis) and speaking to him with the greatest cultural intimacy, know that Pope Francis conceives Christ as Jesus of Nazareth, man, not God incarnate. Once incarnate, Jesus ceases to be a God and becomes a man until his death on the cross. Scalfari mentioned examples in Scriptures in which Christ prayed, among them his agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, to support his thesis that Jesus Christ was not divine. He wrote that when he raised those points to Pope Francis, the pope told him: ‘They are the definite proof that Jesus of Nazareth, once he became a man, even if he was a man of exceptional virtue, was not a God.’”
The Vatican Press Office issued a statement which reads: "As has been affirmed on other occasions, the words that Dr. Eugenio Scalfari attributes between quotes to the Holy Father during his colloquies held with him cannot be considered as a faithful account of what was effectively said, but represent rather a personal and liberal [loose] interpretation of that which he heard, as appears entirely evident from what was written today concerning the divinity of Jesus Christ." (LA REPUBBLICA/CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY/VATICAN)


NOVEMBER 1, 2019
Many Chinese Catholics say that last September’s Sino-Vatican Agreement has served to embolden the government to take punitive action against Catholics who did not belong to state-approved churches. Officials have reportedly claimed that “the Vatican supports us” and have ordered an additional 40 churches be destroyed. (CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY)


NOVEMBER 7, 2019
Pope Denied Bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ – In the Nov. 5 edition of La Repubblica and in the introduction to his new book, Eugenio Scalfari, a long-time friend of Pope Francis and frequent papal interviewer, states that Pope Francis said, 'He [Jesus] was a man until he was placed in the tomb by the women who recomposed his body. That night, in the tomb, the man [Jesus] disappeared and came forth from the grotto in the semblance of a spirit that met the women and the Apostles while still preserving the shadow of the person, and then he definitely disappeared.' (CNS NEWS)


NOVEMBER 15, 2019
Catechism Will Be Updated To Include Ecological Sins, Pope Says – 'We should be introducing – we were thinking – in the Catechism of the Catholic Church the sin against ecology, ecological sin against the common home' Francis said. Francis also called on the international community to recognize ecocide as a 'fifth category of crime against peace.'  (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER)


DECEMBER 5, 2019
Pope and Grand Imam propose a World Day of Fraternity to the UN – In a message to the Secretary General of the United Nations Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed Al-Tayyeb propose that 4 February be declared World Day of Human Fraternity and asks the United Nations to participate, together with the Holy See and Al-Azhar, in the organization, in the near future, of a World Summit on Human Fraternity. (VATICAN NEWS)


DECEMBER 13, 2019
Pope Calls Idea Of Declaring Mary Co-Redemptrix ‘Foolishness’ – Pope Francis said 'She never wanted for herself something that was of her son. She never introduced herself as co-redemptrix. No. Disciple. Mary never stole for herself anything that was of her son. When they come to us with the story of declaring her this or making that dogma, let’s not get lost in foolishness…She became mestiza (one of mixed racial or ethnic ancestry) with humanity. Because she made God mestizo. And this is the great mystery: Mary makes God a mestizo, true God but also true man. Mary is woman, Our Lady; Mary is the mother of her Son and of the Holy hierarchical Church, woman of our peoples but who made God a mestizo.” (CRUX)


DECEMBER 19, 2019
Pope Francis Has Migrant Crucifix Installed in Vatican – Pope Francis presided over the installation of a migrant crucifix in the Vatican, on which he had a migrant life vest placed on the cross in place of the body of Jesus. Francis said 'I decided to exhibit this life jacket, ‘crucified’ on this cross, to remind us that we must keep our eyes open, keep our hearts open, to remind everyone of the absolute commitment to save every human life, a moral duty that unites believers and non-believers.' (BREITBART)


DECEMBER 20, 2019
Visiting a High School in Rome, Pope Francis said 'To be consistent in your faith you cannot say to Jewish or Muslim kids ‘come and be converted’. This coherence will make you mature. We are not in the time of the crusades.' (CATHOLIC SAT/AVVENIRE)


DECEMBER 21, 2019
In an address to the Curia Pope Francis said 'Christendom no longer exists!…We are no longer living in a Christian world, because faith – especially in Europe, but also in a large part of the West – is no longer an evident presupposition of social life; indeed, faith is often rejected, derided, marginalized and ridiculed…Time begins the processes, space crystallizes them. God is found in time, and in ongoing processes. We should not privilege spaces of power over time, even long ones, of processes. We have to start processes rather than occupy spaces….Let us always remember that behind all rigidity lies some imbalance. Rigidity and imbalance feed each other in a vicious circle.' (VATICAN NEWS)


DECEMBER 21, 2019
Italy’s soccer manager Roberto Mancini says he made a Sign of the Cross during games but “then we went to the Pope” who said, "‘Why are you making the Sign of the Cross, don't you have other thoughts at that time?' So since then I don't do it. I don't want to make the Pope angry” (MEDIASET/VIDEO)




MARCH 1, 2020
Pope Francis said 'Jesus answers the devil with the Word of God, not with his word.' (ZENIT)


APRIL 1, 2020
Rain Damages Medieval Miraculous Crucifix Used By Pope Francis – The famous Crucifix was displayed outside St Peter’s Basilica for almost two hours without any protection from the elements during Pope Francis’ Urbi et Orbi ceremony in response to the coronavirus. (LIFESITENEWS)


APRIL 2, 2020
Pope Francis Drops ‘Vicar of Christ’ Title In Vatican Yearbook – This year’s annual directory simply lists the name “Jorge Mario Bergoglio”. (LIFESITENEWS)


APRIL 9, 2020
Pope Says Coronavirus Pandemic Could Be Nature's Response To Climate Crisis  (CNN)


APRIL 12, 2020
In Easter message, Pope Francis proposes universal basic income – 'I hope that this time of danger will free us from operating on automatic pilot, shake our sleepy consciences and allow a humanist and ecological conversion that puts an end to the idolatry of money and places human life and dignity at the center' Pope Francis said. (VATICAN)


APRIL 16, 2020
Pope Francis Jokes Whisky Is 'The Real Holy Water' In Video Censored By The Vatican – The footage featured the Pope accepting a bottle of Oban malt from a group of Scottish student priests and has been cut from forthcoming documentary Priest School. (MIRROR)


MAY 2, 2020
Pope Francis tweeted 'Let us turn this time of #pandemic into a test case to prepare for our collective future. Without an all-embracing vision, there will be no future for anyone.' (TWITTER)


MAY 2, 2020
Pope Francis telephoned Andrea Baruffi, an 18 year old autistic man who had written him a letter. At the end of the call Andrea said to Pope Francis “We pray a lot for you, but you don’t need it, you are already a saint.” Jesting, Francis laughed, and said, 'Who knows, maybe we’ll see each other in Hell?' (CRUX/VIDEO)


MAY 4, 2020
Pope Francis said 'The Lord died for all. And also for people who do not believe in Him or are of other religions: he died for everyone. That does not mean that proselytism must be done: no. But He died for everyone, He justified everyone.' (VATICAN)


MAY 12, 2020
Pope Francis said 'Without Jesus, we cannot do anything. Just as there is no branches without the vine. If you permit me to say this, it seems that the Lord without us cannot do anything either, because the fruit comes from the branches, not from the vine.' (VATICAN)


JUNE 23, 2020
Pope Francis had sharp words for “disobedient” priests who continued to say public Mass for the faithful and to hear confessions during the coronavirus lockdown, accusing them of behaving like “adolescents.” Pope Francis praised those priests who fully complied with all the regulations. (BREITBART)


SEPTEMBER 16, 2020
Pope Francis tweeted 'As many spiritual masters have taught us, heaven, earth, sea, and every creature have an iconic capacity or mystical capacity to bring us back to the Creator and to communion with creation.' (TWITTER)


OCTOBER 22, 2020
Pope Francis Backs Same-Sex Civil Unions – in a documentary film, Francesco said 'Homosexual people have a right to be in a family. They are children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out or be made miserable over it. What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered. I stood up for that.' Last month, he reportedly told a group representing the parents of LGBT children that 'God loves your children as they are and the Pope loves your children as they are, because they are children of God.' (THE GUARDIAN)


DECEMBER 3, 2020
Pope Francis tweeted 'Inclusion should be the “rock” on which to build programmes and initiatives of civil institutions meant to ensure that no one, especially those in greatest difficulty, is left behind.' (TWITTER)


DECEMBER 8, 2020
Pope Francis and Business Found Group Promoting "Inclusive Capitalism" – The group, the brainchild of Lynn Forester de Rothschild has announced pledges toward environmental and sustainable-business goals. (NEW YORK TIMES)



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In all humility and in full knowledge of our own unworthiness, we have the duty to declare that the overwhelming worship expressed towards Francis I is due to his defenders' love towards the rebellious commandments and false teachings of this man.

+  To follow Francis' heretical commandments is to make him like unto God.
+  To call those who follow the Laws of God 'fundamentalists' means to not accept God's Laws.

To declare blasphemous those who oppose a pharisee's heresies against God is to honor a rebellious man before God.
+  To defend a burglar in order to condemn the victim of his theft is to betray God.
+  To push for modernism in order to appeal to the world and refill our churches is to be an arrogant hypocrite who would rather direct humanity towards eternal flames by changing God's Saving Word in order to suit his/her own worldly desires without crucifying his/her own flesh in imitation of Christ.
+  Based on God's Holy Word, therefore, to honor and obey the one who now unlawfully occupies Peter's Chair is to honor and obey Satan who is his lord.

Shall you continue on this path and accept the lies told by the False Prophet, soon you will worship the man of sin, the murderer, the Beast, the one universally known as the Antichrist.

This is the belief of the original Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.
Whoever denies this, denies God and His Word.

"The coming of the lawless one is apparent in the working of Satan, who uses all power, signs, lying wonders, and every kind of wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion, leading them to believe what is false, so that all who have not believed the truth but took pleasure in unrighteousness will be condemned." – 2 THESSALONIANS 2


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