What's this? / Report Bad Ads
Latest News
Pope Francis

Holy See adopts UN Convention against Corruption

September 23, 2016. Pope Francis has asked the Vatican to be exemplary in the fight against corruption and meet the set international standards in this regard. Therefore, the Secretary of State has announced that the Holy See will conform to the Merida Convention against Corruption. This requires countries to implement anti-corruption measures concerning its laws, institutions and practices. From now on, the Roman Curia and the Vatican City State will review its administrative procedures to align them to the standards set by the Convention. Through this compliance, the Vatican says it hopes to contribute to increased transparency and proper management of public affairs in the international community.
Pope Francis

Cardinal Parolin to preside at liturgy before peace signing between Colombia and FARC

September 20, 2016. Colombia's government has invited the Vatican Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, to preside over a liturgy before the ceremony to unite representatives from the Colombian government and the FARC, in Cartagena de Indias. The liturgy will take place before the ceremony related to agreements of Havana between the Colombian government and the FARC. It will be next Monday, September 26, and dozens of heads of state are scheduled to attend. In the liturgy, Parolin will "ask God to enlighten each Colombian to work conscientiously and with complete freedom, so that in a responsible and informed way, they can participate in making decisions that concern the common good of the entire country, which is so dear to Pope Francis."
Pope Francis

Pope Francis pays tribute to Father Jacques Hamel

September 13, 2016. Pope Francis will celebrate Mass for Jacques Hamel, the priest murdered in France by two terrorists on July 26 in the church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray. It will be held on Wednesday, September 14 at 7 a.m inside the chapel of his residence in Casa Santa Marta. The bishop from Diocese of Rouen along with 80 pilgrims from the same diocese will be present.
Pope Francis

Pope Francis' calendar from September to November

SEPTEMBER Sunday 25, 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time: At 10.30 a.m. in St. Peter’s Square, Holy Mass and Jubilee of Catechists. Friday 30 to Sunday 2 October: Apostolic trip to Georgia and Azerbaijan. OCTOBER Saturday 8: At 5.30 p.m. in St. Peter’s Square, Marian vigil. Sunday 9, 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time: At 10.30 a.m. in St. Peter’s Square, Holy Mass and Marian Jubilee. Sunday 16: 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time: At 10.15 in St. Peter’s Square, Holy Mass and canonisation of Blesseds Salomone Leclercq, José Sanchez del Rio, Manuel González García, Lodovico Pavoni, Alfonso Maria Fusco, José Gabriel del Rosario Brochero, and Elisabeth of the Holy Trinity. Monday 31 to Tuesday 1 November: Apostolic trip to Sweden to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. NOVEMBER Friday 4: At 11.30 in the Vatican Basilica, Holy Mass for the souls of cardinals and bishops who died during the year. Sunday 6, 32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time: At 10 a.m. in the Vatican Basilica, Holy Mass and Jubilee of Prisoners. Sunday 13, 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time: At 10 a.m. in the Vatican Basilica, Holy Mass and Jubilee of the Homeless. Sunday 20, Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe: At 10 a.m. in St. Peter’s Square, Holy Mass for the conclusion of the Jubilee of Mercy.
Pope Francis

Pope announces next World Day of Peace: “Non-Violence: A Style of Politics for Peace”

August 26, 2016. This is the theme Pope Francis has chosen for the next World Day of Peace, to be celebrated on January 1, 2017. Pope Francis has talked about the worrisome surge of violence that has taken over the world. On his trip to Poland in July he said the world is in a "piecemeal World War." That is why he wishes that this 50th World Day of Peace, the fourth of his pontificate, be a beacon of diplomacy and good will. The Pope wants to underline the prevalence of law in international affairs as a way to ensure a peaceful future. The World Day of Peace is a project started by Paul VI in 1968. It is celebrated the first day of every year, and it is usually an occasion where the pope makes important statements about the Social Doctrine of the Church.

Can successful politicians still be good Catholics?

2015-09-18

When Pope Francis delivers his address to the United States Congress, he'll be speaking to a group familiar with his message. About nine out of ten members of Congress are Christian. In fact, nearly one third are Catholic.

And the politicians in Congress represent just a fraction of the Catholic politicians in the U.S. There are thousands of city councilmen and women, mayors, state legislators, governors, and other elected officials who identify as Catholic. 

And while these politicians may be familiar with the Pope's ideas, they don't always agree with him.

The Pope's speech to Congress could cause some discomfort for its audience. That's because remaining true to the faith is a challenge for every Catholic politician.

MICHAEL DRIESSEN
Prof. John Cabot University (Italy)
"There is a real political debate going on, which he is walking straight into. And which he has impacted and he has led in many ways.”

The Pope has spoken forcefully about a diverse range of issues, from global warming, to abortion, to the death penalty.

There are few, if any, Catholic politicians who agree with the Pope on every issue. But does that make them bad Catholics?

It depends on the gravity of the issue and how directly responsible the politician is. A civic leader's position on abortion will come under closer scrutiny than her opinion about zoning ordinances.

Another answer came from the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith in 2002, when it published a famous note about "The Participation of Catholics in Political Life.”

The Note reads, "The social doctrine of the Church is not an intrusion into the government of individual countries. It is a question of the lay Catholic’s duty to be morally coherent, found within one’s conscience, which is one and indivisible.”

While the Church usually does not involve itself in specific policy arguments, it believes that Catholic leaders' views should be coherent with the faith.

This is easier said than done. One prominent Catholic mayor described the "tension” he experiences between his beliefs and his public life.

MARTY WALSH
Mayor of Boston (USA)
"I've had that tension a couple times in my time as a legislator and now as mayor. But again, my relationship with my Church is my spiritual connection with my God. And I think that's important to keep up front. Not saying the Church is right or wrong, or I'm right or wrong, or people are right or wrong, it's just that I'm elected to represent people of all different faiths and people of no faith, so I have to keep that into consideration.”

Today, Catholics are more or less equally divided between the nation's two biggest parties. According to CNN, President Obama won 50 percent of the Catholic vote in 2012. His Republican challenger Mitt Romney won 48 percent.

Neither party can say it fully aligns with the Church's teaching. Democrats are generally more likely to agree with Pope Francis' views on immigration and the environment. Republicans typically join the Pope's opposition to gay marriage and abortion.

These differences have led many Democratic and Republican politicians to say that they live their religious life separately from their public life. A cardinal who helped Pope Francis prepare his ecology encyclical said that this is a mistake.

CARD. PETER TURKSON
June 18, 2015
"It is a separation that is a little bit artificial. And I wish that we would move away from such artificial categories and divisions...It is important for politicians to realize they cannot do this with a split personality.”

Catholic politicians often succeed politically at the expense of their personal religious beliefs.

For example, Democrats with national ambitions back abortion rights to gain support from the rest of their party. Likewise, Republicans running for president feel pressure from their political base to take hardline immigration stances.  

Turkson suggested that it's not just politicians who face these kinds of moral dilemmas.

CARD. PETER TURKSON
June 18, 2015
"It's a question that at a certain point invites us to make a fundamental decision. What, at the end of the day, is the goal you want?”

The United States remains deeply conflicted on a series of issues, and politicians represent those divisions. But one top U.S. official doesn't think the Pope is necessarily concerned about easing polarization in the country.

KENNETH HACKETT
U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See
"I don't think the Pope is going there to mend divisions, or whether he's even worried about the differences of opinion in the United States. What I believe he'll do in the United States, as he's done elsewhere, is hold up important values and principles and speak to those.”

During his address to Congress and the United Nations, the Pope will certainly speak about the his and the Church's moral beliefs. The question is: Will he be able to change minds too?


ATO
RR/MG/AA
V
-PR
Up:ATO