ROME (RNS) New Ways Ministry and a similar Catholic LGBT organization in Britain are finding support from the Catholic hierarchy in their efforts to meet the pontiff.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “Be they Catholic, Orthodox, Copts, Lutherans, it doesn’t matter: They’re Christian! The blood is the same: It is the blood which confesses Christ,” Francis said.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “For Jesus, what matters above all is reaching out to save those far off, healing the wounds of the sick, restoring everyone to God’s family,” the pope said. “And this is scandalous to some people!”
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Avoid “that smoldering anger which makes us brood over wrongs we have received,” Francis told the new princes of the church. “No! This is unacceptable in a man of the church.”
(RNS) “No one in the United States of America should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like, or how they worship,” the president said.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “You see the function of cardinal, the position of a cardinal, is changing,” Cardinal-designate Berhaneyesus Souraphiel of Ethiopia said. “It’s no more a big honorific task.”
(RNS) Nearly 28 percent of those surveyed did not identify with a religion, a number that has increased by 12 percent since 1971.
(RNS) If one religion can go from seeing another as contemptible and condemnable, to one that is respected and beloved, it can surely serve as a model for humanity at large.
Neighbors say the noisy atmosphere detracts from the festivals’ religious origins — and the country’s quiet Buddhist getaway image.