Pope Stirs Controversy Amongst Evangelicals

Pope Francis created a controversy amongst Evangelicals this week, when he stated in his weekly address, that those who believe they can maintain a “personal” and “direct” relationship with Jesus Christ outside the “mediation of the Church” was “dangerous and harmful.”

Pope says Communists are Closet Christians

Pope Francis said in an interview Sunday to mark the feast of Saints Peter and Paul that communists had stolen the flag of Christianity, according to Reuters.

Pope Francis Has Most Influence on Twitter

Pope Francis has 14 million Twitter followers, nearly a third of U.S. President Barack Obama, however according to a study; the pontiff is considered the most influential on the social networking platform.

Vatican Partners with Islamic Museum in Historic First

In a historic first, the Vatican partnered with the Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization to present “so that you may know each other.” The “exhibition is one-of-a-kind — not only because it presents excellent artwork, but also because it furthers dialogue between Christians and Muslims,” Deutsche Welle reported.

Mafia is Ex-Communicated Declares Pope Francis

Pope Francis targeted Italy’s most dangerous crime organizations, the Mafia, stating the Mafiosi and their actions were an example of the “adoration of evil” and any members of the crime syndicate were excommunicated from the Catholic Church.

Pope Originally Wanted Jerusalem for Prayer Summit

The unprecedented summit at the Vatican on Sunday, joining Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in prayers for peace, was initially supposed to take place in Jerusalem during Pope Francis’ May visit to the Holy Land.

Pope Francis’ Speech During the “Prayer for Peace”

Pope Francis invited Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority Leader Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday to pray together in the hope that the gesture would help relaunch the Middle East peace process. The following is the full text of Pope Francis’ speech on Sunday.

Islamic prayers to be held at the Vatican

For the first time in history, Islamic prayers and readings from the Quran will be heard at the Vatican on Sunday, in a move by Pope Francis to usher in peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

What language did Jesus speak? Bibi and the Pope Disagree

Pope Francis carried out a headline-grabbing three-day tour of the Holy Land, visiting refugees, hugging clerics and honoring the victims of the Holocaust. But perhaps the most interesting moment of the trip came during an exchange with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a meeting in Jerusalem. The Israeli premier and the pope found occasion for a slight historical quibble.

Pope Makes Mideast Leaders a Peace Offer They Couldn’t Refuse

By inviting the president of Israel and the head of the Palestinian Authority to his Vatican home for a “prayer for peace,” Pope Francis picks up where Secretary of State John Kerry left off—using moral suasion to bring the two famously recalcitrant sides together in the same room. But in this case, Francis is leaving out the Israeli leader who matters most.

Pope concludes first day in Israel with visit to Jerusalem

Pope Francis arrived on Sunday evening at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, where he was scheduled to meet with the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I.

Vatican: Atheists still going to Hell

A Vatican spokesman explained Thursday that atheists are still going to perdition despite Pope Francis’ homily last week that proclaimed all of us, even atheists, were capable of doing good.

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