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Vatican Letter to Muslims Re: Violence and Terrorism

The Vatican has published a message to Muslims on the occasion of Ramadan: “There is no life that is more precious than another”

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“Christians and Muslims: Together to counter violence perpetrated in the name of religion”: this is the title of the message the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue sent to Muslims for the start of Ramadan. The wishes were sent by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council and the secretary, Fr. Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, “with Pope Francis”.

The Vatican underlined the gravity of the crimes committed against some ethnic and religious communities: “For some of you and also for others from other religious communities, the joy of the feast is shadowed by the memory of the dear ones who lost their life or goods, or suffered physically, mentally and even spiritually because of violence. Ethnic and religious communities in a number of countries of the world went through various and enormous unjust sufferings: killing of some of their members, destruction of their religious and cultural heritages, forced emigration from their homes and cities, molestation and raping of their women, enslavement of some of their members, trafficking of persons, commerce of organs, and even selling of cadavers!” “However, what makes them even more heinous” in the Vatican’s eyes, “is the attempt to justify them in the name of religion.”

“Needless to say, those who have the responsibility of security and public order have also the duty to protect their people and their properties from the blind violence of the terrorists. Besides, there is also the responsibility of those who have the task of education: families, schools, curricula, religious leaders, religious discourse, media,” the message reads.

“Violence and terrorism,” the text explains, “are first conceived in the mind of the deviated persons, thereafter perpetrated on the ground. All those are involved in the education of the youth and in the various educational spaces should teach the sacred character of life and the derived dignity of every person, regardless of his or her ethnicity, religion, culture, social position and political choice. There is no life that is more precious than another one because it belongs to a specific race or religion. Therefore, no one can kill. No one can kill in the name of God; this would be a double crime: against God and the very person.”

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A History of the Popes: Saints and Sinners, 1

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December 15, 2013 · 9:11 pm

A History of the Popes: Saints and Sinners, 1

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December 15, 2013 · 9:11 pm

Pope Francis recognized as TIME’s ‘Person of the Year’

Since his election in March, Pope Francis has shifted the rhetoric of the Catholic Church with remarks on economic inequality and homosexuality. Gwen Ifill talks to Patricia McGuire of Trinity Washington University and Robert Royal of the Faith and Reason Institute about the Pope’s significant cultural impact in 2013.

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December 12, 2013 · 10:01 am

A Video Game Where Players Assassinate the Pope?!?!

I’m going to resist commenting on this yet to better ask for other people’s opinions, including those who are more familiar than I am about video games and Assassin’s Creed 2, in particular.
How is it possible that there is a widely popular video game where the player plays a Muslim assassin, who breaks into the Vatican, kills priests and assassinates the Pope?

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December 3, 2013 · 6:20 pm

Pope Francis Makes Secular Media His Messenger

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November 21, 2013 · 8:09 pm

Pope Talks to Gay Catholic Group (Rough Translation)

Pope, to the amazement of gay Catholics 
“He responded to our letter”

The group Kairos: “The’ve written, he has blessed us.” Even Don Santoro Bergoglio to write: “I want to ask him how he sees our convictions”

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Pope, to the amazement of gay Catholics "He responded to our letter"

Pen and paper. Among the many revolutions made ​​by Pope Bergoglio, in addition to phone calls home to ordinary people (it is these days the news of a family of Galluzzo call to the phone by Francis, who, after having invited her to Assisi, he asked if he could bless it and l ‘ invited to bring “the greetings and the blessing of the Pope” to the parish), there is also the ‘”post effect”. The mountain of letters delivered every day at his residence in Santa Marta, and sent directly to him by those who hope, as well, to join him, bypassing the “obstacles” curia. And now some people think it may have been one of these “messages in a bottle” that inspired the breakthrough of Bergoglio about gays. A letter sent in June to the Pope by various Italian gay Catholics, but whose signatures had been extensively collected in the group Kairos of Florence, very active on this front. And where gays and lesbians asked Francis to be recognized as people and not as a “category” and called for openness and dialogue on the part of the Church, and recalling that the closure “always feeds homophobia.” Not the first of its kind sent to a pope, but which, as told by one of the leaders of Kairos, Innocent Pontillo, “no one had ever even given a nod of response.” This time, however, the answer came.In another letter from the Vatican Secretariat of State (the contents of both letters is private, and only recently it was decided to make known the exchange), which reads, Pontillo explains that Pope Francis “she really enjoyed that that we wrote, calling it an act of ‘spontaneous confidence’ “and” the way in which we had written. ” While the Pope addressed now also the Community of Piagge: “The climate has changed, and who now, for the Church wants something different, must stand with the Pope” recognizes Father Alessandro Santoro. “As a community,” says “we feel freed from too many doctrinal ties of the past, Francis Pope shows that it is possible to pass from mere doctrinal obedience, fidelity to people’s lives.” Which “does not mean that the Church has its doctrine, provided, however, in the center there is the man with his sufferings, as the Gospel says.” 

But not only that: “The Pope also assured us his greeting of blessing.” “None of us had driven to imagine such a thing,” said the representative of Kairos, remembering, by contrast, as the Archbishop of Florence, Giuseppe Betori, “has always refused to even receive us, arguing that otherwise would have been legitimized as homosexuals. ” Now even the Pope Francesco sends his blessing, and who knows that his subsequent issues on homosexuals (“Who am I to judge the gay?” Said the plane back from Rio de Janeiro, and then the disruptive words Catholic Civilization, “God , when they look at a gay person, or endorse the existence with affection, or rejects condemning? must always consider the person “) does not really even need this correspondence. Bergoglio And, meanwhile, write detainees Sollicciano a letter (already delivered directly to him in recent days by the prison chaplain Father Vincenzo Russo), in which recount the tragedies of life prison and invite him to visit them, perhaps at the Ecclesial Convention of the Episcopal Conference to be held in Florence in 2015 and which has already requested the presence of the pope.Hence the idea (on the occasion of the 4th anniversary, October 27, the celebration of the marriage religious, with another man, a woman born man, who Santoro cost the shift away from Piagge), wrote to the Pope “to speak of our community, of what he does and why he is doing, and to ask him to consider how many convictions incurred by us” (as well as for the wedding, even for communion to gay and divorced and remarried).  

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Francis of Assisi

Film adaptation of the life of Saint Francis Assisi, a knight and son of a wealthy merchant, who turned his back on both violence and materialism.

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September 19, 2013 · 7:41 pm

Real Christianity and Gay People

Catholic priest Father James Martin, S.J., describes real Christianity’s approach toward gay people and even details how hatred of gay people is un-Christian.

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September 15, 2013 · 5:52 am