Private lives of John Paul II and John XXIII examined before they were made “saints straight away”

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 04/29/2014 - 12:40

John and John Paul, the two saints who have been canonized by Pope Francis, have something in common: a significant number of people wanted them to be proclaimed saints right after their death. In Roncalli’s case, it was not just the public that expressed a strong wish for this to happen; three hundred bishops signed a proposal asking Paul VI to proceed with John XXIII’s canonization by acclamation at the end of the Second Vatican Council.

The Hamas factor and Francis’ visit to the Holy Land

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 04/26/2014 - 14:13

The meeting had already been included in the official schedule for the Pope’s trip to the Holy Land: at 10 am on Sunday 25 May--after President Abu Mazen’s courtesy visit--Pope Francis will meet and address Palestinian leaders in Bethlehem. But since yesterday, a new question has arisen in relation to this meeting: which Palestinian government will Bergoglio find before him when he visits? And, above all, will representatives of militant Islamic movement Hamas also be present at the meeting?

Cardinal: dedication to God links John XXIII, John Paul II

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 04/22/2014 - 18:25

The papacies of John XXIII and John Paul II are connected in their dedication to God and to lives of priestly service, a cardinal who worked with both of the pontiffs stressed.

“The two Popes are linked above all by the fact that they were Popes, and Saint Popes, and this is connected with the deepness of their ministry, of a life totally dedicated to their priestly service,” said Cardinal Paul Poupard, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Culture.

Cardinal Poupard worked at the Secretariat of State beginning in 1959, the second year of John XXIII’s papacy.

Iran’s view of Francis: “A religious leader who believes in dialogue”

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 04/19/2014 - 02:55

"Vatican Insider" has interviewed the Ambassador of Tehran to the Holy See, Mohammad Taher Rabbani.“One of the Pope’s striking traits is the humility and love he feels for people.” This is how the ambassador, one of the first diplomats to present his letters of credence to the new Pope last year, talks to Vatican Insider about Francis’ first year as Pope and about the forthcoming visit to the Holy Land. Following is the text of the interview:

Vatican to appear before the UN's anti-torture committee in May

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 04/16/2014 - 14:39

This May the Holy See is to present its initial report on the Convention against Torture (CAT) to the relevant UN committee. Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi confirmed this in a statement to journalists. Responding to their questions, Fr. Lombardi clarified that the Vatican would be presenting its report next month, alongside Cyprus, Lithuania, Guinea, Montenegro, Sierra Leone, Thailand and Uruguay.