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East-West, Rome’s Best!

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- In an historic step to heal the 1,000-year schism that split Christianity, Pope Francis and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba next week in an attempt to begin bridging the church's East-West divide.   The Feb. 12 meeting between Francis and Patriarch Kirill was announced Friday...

Pope Francis’ “Last Christmas” Warning

In a grim speech, the Pope said that the current chaotic state of the world marks the beginning of the “end times”, and that this time next year the world is likely to be unrecognisable.  Francis, who previously announced the beginning of World War 3, had labelled this year’s Christmas as a “charade” during a...

Pope Francis: Dublin Next To Host World Meeting of Families – Joke, Right?

Pope Francis has announced that the next World Meeting of Families will take place in 2018 in Dublin.  He made the announcement at the concluding Mass of the World Meeting of Families which ended in Philadelphia this evening. It was the final stage of Pope Francis’ historic trip to United States. Tonight’s Mass in...

Surely, Now’s The Time To Raise Most Important Issue In The World?

Below, a report of the planned meeting between the Pope and Vladimir Putin in Rome - surely an excellent opportunity to raise the question of the Consecration of Russia.  I say that, because I doubt that Putin will have any objection, and that puts the bishops in their place. I did read somewhere that he...

Court Vs Conversation…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1EJi_1vesU Obviously, it is wrong to use an employer's time to evangelise (or do anything else that is unrelated to the job  - that's stealing) but what about breaks, lunchtime etc?  Is it OK to discuss religion, hopefully bring colleagues to at least think about the Faith? Or is it a case of "not the time...

General Discussion (8)

If there’s something of interest in the news that’s not covered in one of the topic threads, or you have a question to ask, a comment you’d like to  make about anything under the sun, more or less, this is the thread for you. However, please check first, to ensure that you haven’t missed...

Same-Sex Vote: Priests For YES – Resign!

Fr Adrian Egan (above) published a letter in the Irish Times, 30 April, in which he asserted his intention to vote YES in the same-sex marriage referendum to take place in Ireland on 22nd May. Click on the photo to read his letter, published on a new website called Priests For Yes - I mean,...

Homosexuality: Judge For Yourself…

There's a "new kid on the block" in the form of what looks to be an excellent new website full of  factual information on homosexuality. Below is the text from their home page. Check out the statistics - very interesting indeed, although not at all well known.  I wonder why not?      "Pope Francis made his...

Evil: Is It Ever Moral To Be Neutral?

After a consultation with our members, the results of which indicated clearly a wide range of views, the Association of Catholic Priests has decided not to adopt a position in favour or against the Marriage Equality referendum. At the same time we appeal for a respectful and civilised debate in which the issues involved can...

Bishop Vs “Catholic” Charities…

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth has urged his clergy to support only those charities whose work is compatible with Church teaching.   Bishop Egan wrote to his priests asking them to undertake a review of the charities they support by the end of the year. In a letter he explained: “A number of people have asked...