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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - John Paul Ii
Pope Francis had a closed-door meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, the latest example of the pontiff’s deeper wade into politics than his Catholic Church predecessors.
Pope Francis is going to meet with President Vladimir Putin in hopes of bolstering relations and tamping down accusations that the Catholic Church proselytizes in Russia.
With one quick Tuesday statement, the Vatican shot down any ideas among Catholic Church members of remarrying then partaking of Communion absent an annulment — a fire-starter of a pronouncement from a papacy that's been roundly criticized in conservative circles for going soft on gay marriage, abortion and contraception.
Pope Francis announced the date on Monday for Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII to receive their official declaration of sainthood: April 27, 2014.
Pope Francis offered an olive branch of sorts to the doctrine-minded, conservative wing of the Catholic Church on Friday as he denounced abortions as a symptom of today's "throw-away culture" and encouraged Catholic doctors to refuse to perform them.
Pope Francis is warning that the Catholic Church's moral edifice might "fall like a house of cards" if it doesn't balance its divisive rules about abortion, gays and contraception with the greater need to make the church a merciful, more welcoming place for all.
Pope Francis kicked off the first World Youth Day festival of his papacy, addressing hundreds of thousands of rain-soaked young pilgrims from around the world who flocked to Rio de Janeiro's famed Copacabana Beach to hear his message.
The July 5 announcement by the Vatican that blessed John Paul II, the pontiff who died in 2005, has been "cleared" by Pope Francis for canonization was not overly surprising. From the chants of "Santo Subito!" ("Saint Now!") at his funeral to his beatification two years ago to the two miracles attributed to him, the Polish-born pope was a favorite among Roman Catholics, and he was respected and loved by many beyond the church's ranks.
Pope Francis said a second miracle attributed to John Paul II has panned out as true, and the now-deceased pontiff will be given the title of sainthood at a ceremony later this year.
Pope John Paul II has cleared the final obstacle before being made a saint, awaiting just the final approval from Pope Francis and a date for the ceremony that could come as soon as Dec. 8, a Vatican official and news reports said Tuesday.
After Pope John Paul II died in 2005, hundreds of thousands thronged into St. Peter's Square, chanting, "Santo subito!" ("[Make him] a saint now!") There will be no such chants in the piazza on the day Pope Benedict XVI relinquishes the office of Bishop of Rome.
America's 77 million Catholics generally gave Pope Benedict XVI high marks, but his surprise decision to step down after just eight years comes as the U.S. church confronts a string of unanswered questions, on issues ranging from divisions with the Obama administration on birth control and gay marriage to political activism by U.S. nuns and the continuing fallout from the sexual-abuse scandals in dioceses across the country.
Pope Benedict XVI praised the performance of Beethoven's Ninth symphony on Friday evening at Milan's La Scala theater as "a moment of elevation of the soul."
One of the Vatican's biggest scandals in decades widened Monday with the pope's butler — arrested for allegedly having confidential documents in his home — agreeing to cooperate with investigators, his lawyer said Monday.
This sun-scorched city is accustomed to playing second fiddle to Havana, at the other end of Cuba. On Monday, though, Santiago comes first as Pope Benedict XVI arrives and brings the world's gaze with him.
Where Pope John Paul II was charismatic, loved the spotlight and became famous for grand gestures, Benedict, despite his "God's Rottweiler" nickname, was known to be bookish and private — he later said he prayed not to be elected pope but "evidently, this time He didn't listen."