More than 60 percent of voters in the Catholic-majority Slovenia said "no" to legalizing same-sex marriage in a referendum held Sunday, just as Pope Francis had advised them.
The referendum took place after a gay marriage law approved by the former Communist country's left-leaning parliament in March was challenged before any same-sex couples could marry. A group called Children Are At Stake collected 40,000 signatures to challenge the bill.
Pope Francis has officially recognized a second miracle attributed to Mother Teresa, with the Vatican announcing she is to be made a saint in 2016.
"The Holy Father has authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to proclaim the decree concerning the miracle attributed to the intercession of blessed Mother Teresa," the Roman Catholic Church announced on Friday. BBC News noted that Teresa, who died in 1997, was beatified in 2003, but needed a second miracle attributed to her name before she could be declared a saint of the Catholic church.
Francis has now affirmed that a second miracle has indeed been credited to the popular nun, with the unexplained healing of a Brazilian man with brain tumors in 2008. more >>
The Vatican's Commission for Religious Relations with Jews has released a major new document claiming that Jews are saved even without believing in Jesus Christ.
Although pegged "rock", the album is an eclectic collection of eleven tracks containing sacred hymns from the Christian tradition reworked by contemporary artists and composers. Pope Francis' voice is heard all throughout the musical pieces with excerpts of his most significant speeches.
The pontiff's voice is set over a compilation of songs ranging from rock to pop, Latin music to Gregorian chants. more >>
"The Letters" hits theaters December 4, and takes an inside look into the life of Mother Teresa by focusing on the inception of her ministry and her battles with loneliness and spiritual emptiness. Although making a film comprised of the personal letters of one of the world's most adored person of our generation may seem like a very good concept initially, after watching the movie and hearing first hand that it was not at all Mother Teresa's desire to divulge her personal battles or charity to the public, it now all seems a bit insensitive.
The film kicks off in 1998 with Vatican investigator Benjamin Praagh, played by actor Rutger Hauer (Batman Begins, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind). He visits India after a supposed ray of light emanated from a locket containing Mother Teresa's photo in it and "healed" a woman with a tumor. The scene left out, however, that there were real life reports from the patient's doctor citing that medicine was the healer and not the revered mother.
The alleged miracle was what put Mother Teresa on track to becoming a declared saint by the Vatican, which was the preface of the film. But Teresa was instead ordained "beatitude," not a saint just yet because in Catholicism in order for a deceased person to be named a saint, evidence must be presented to persuade Church officials that the person in question lived a godly life and performed at least two miracles as evidence that God worked through them. more >>
On the eve of World AIDS Day, Pope Francis admitted Monday that the question about whether the Roman Catholic Church should condone condom use to help prevent the spread of HIV is a complicated issue for the moral of the church.
During an in-flight press conference on the return trip from his six-day visit in Africa, a German journalist asked the pontiff: "We know that condoms are not the only method of solving the epidemic, but it's an important part of the answer. Is it not time for the church to change its position on the matter? To allow the use of condoms to prevent more infections?"
As the Catholic Church has historically opposed all forms of contraception and teaches abstinence is the best way to prevent sexually transmitted diseases, Pope Francis responded by saying that he felt that the journalist's condom suggestion would only have a small effect on a larger problems facing the continent, the Catholic News Agency reports. more >>