» 03/15/2013, 00.00
Francis's election sparks lively prayers, conversions and a defamation campaign
Old, unfounded accusations have been rehashed by "anti-clerical left-wing" elements. Pope did tell Argentineans they need not come to Rome, but can donate money to the poor. The Holy See does not invited foreign leaders to its events, like the inaugural Mass, but anyone who comes is "welcome" even if the country does not have diplomatic relations with the Holy See. On China, Fr Lombardi calls for patience.
Benedict XVI decides future popes will always be elected by a two-thirds majority
In ‘Motu proprio’ the Pope abolishes hypothetical rule that allowed for a simple majority after 13 days of voting without an election. Now cardinals will cast their ballot in a run-off or second-ballot vote.
Synod: accompanying families as Jesus did with the disciples in Emmaus
Today, the work groups discussed the second part of the Instrumentum laboris. Some proposed a day of prayer and adoration for marriage and the family. Others suggested a "catechumenate as part of marriage preparation with witnesses, and not only experts. Participants mentioned Asia Bibi and Coptic martyrs. Questions about the final report and a letter by 13 cardinals to the pope were mentioned at the briefing.
Pope calls on "all interested parties" to stop Ukraine conflict, says Fr Lombardi
In a press release, the head of the Holy See Press Office reiterates Francis' call for the end to a conflict "that has claimed many innocent victims". At the same time, As St. John Paul II often repeated, humanity must find the courage to substitute the right to force with the power of law.
Pope: consistory, prayer for Christians victims of persecution
The pope refers to "the succession of attacks" in Sudan and Nigeria, "the dramatic evolution" of the situation in Ukraine and the "persistent conflict" in Syria and the Central African Republic. Many conflicts are described as religious in nature, not infrequently surreptitiously placing Christians and Muslims in opposition, when in fact they are mainly of an ethnic, political or economic nature.
Fr. Lombardi: Benedict XVI’s resignation "a truly incisive decision in the History of the Church"
The Pope Emeritus "lives a discreet life, without any public dimension, but this does not mean that he is isolated, closed as if in a strict cloister". His relationship with Pope Francis "also includes moments of personal encounter, dialogue ... one goes to the home of the other and vice versa. And then there are other forms of contact for example the phone or messages that are sent: a completely normal relationship and, I would add, one of solidarity".
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