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Italian Freemasonry Magazine Strongly Endorses Pope Francis’ Human Fraternity Document

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A document on human fraternity which Pope Francis and Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar university, co-signed last year in Abu Dhabi, has been given a ringing endorsement in the magazine of Italy’s largest Freemasonic fraternity. The Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together is “innovative” and a “slow-release drug” that could […]

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‘Terrible’ Vatican-China Deal Sending Catholics ‘To Catacombs’

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The Holy See must reconsider pastoral guidelines it issued last year encouraging Chinese clergy to join the country’s official state-run church and urgently make its secret 2018 agreement with China public, Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kuin has insisted. In March 20 comments to the Register, the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong said he finds it “incredible” […]

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The Book Scrubbing Controversy

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The book’s rollout caused a backlash against Benedict appearing as co-author of the book, even though it appears the Pope Emeritus had given at least tacit prior approval for the full manuscript. The controversy regarding the book on the priesthood and priestly celibacy with parts penned by Benedict XVI and Cardinal Robert Sarah has produced […]

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The Political Pan-Amazon Synod?

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A set of ideological presuppositions, derived from the political left and also rooted in some strands of liberation theology, informed both the synodal discussions and the synod’s final document. The Pan-Amazonian synod that took place last month highlighted an array of sociopolitical and environmental concerns affecting both the indigenous people of the region and the […]

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Ousted Bolivian President Reportedly Chief Promoter of Pachamama at Amazon Synod

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Edward Pentin has tweeted that Evo Morales, the recently ousted president of Bolivia, was a major promoter of including the Pachamama idols in the Amazon synod.  Francis reportedly met with Morales on at least 4 occasions since 2015.  People may recall that Morales gave Francis a bizarre hammer and sickle crucifix in 2015. Iniciamos el […]

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10 German Dioceses Push for Major Changes During Upcoming ‘Synodal Path’

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Now that the Pan-Amazonian Synod is over, attention is turning to the German bishops’ “synodal path” whose latest development is the publication of a joint letter from vicars general representing 10 German archdioceses which strongly endorses the synodal process that begins Dec. 1. The letter, published on Tuesday, was addressed to the German bishops’ conference and […]