Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine has tried to explain in a recent speech how he reconciles his Christian faith with his support for LGBT issues, and suggested that the Roman Catholic Church, which he is a member of, may one day embrace gay marriage too.
"As a devout Catholic, for a long time while I was battling for LGBT equality, I believed that marriage was something different," Kaine said at the 20th annual Human Rights Campaign dinner in Washington on Saturday, according to CBS News.
"I had a difficult time reconciling that reality with what I knew to be true from the evidence of my own life, with the teachings of the faith that I had been raised in for my entire life," he added. more >>
American Catholic Cardinal Raymond Burke, the former head of the highest court at the Vatican, has said that despite what some people claim, it's not true that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.
Burke explained that while Christians seek to follow the way of Jesus, the God of Islam seeks to govern countries and people's lives.
Burke, who serves as archbishop and the patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, made his remarks during a teleconference last month, the National Catholic Register reported this week, in which he said: more >>
As Roman Catholics around the world celebrated their newest saint on Sunday when Pope Francis canonized Mother Teresa of Calcutta, known as the "saint of the gutters," several publications have been recalling her strong pro-life speeches, including one in the presence of Hillary Clinton.
Reuters reports that as many as 120,000 people gathered at the Vatican to honor Teresa, who was one of the most well known Catholic figures of the 20th century, establishing a ministry for the poor in the Indian city of Calcutta.
"For Mother Teresa, mercy was the salt which gave flavour to her work, it was the light which shone in the darkness of the many who no longer had tears to shed for their poverty and suffering," Pope Francis said on Sunday. more >>
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of social media giant Facebook and his wife, Priscilla Chan, met with Roman Catholic leader Pope Francis at the Vatican, and later shared their admiration for the pontiff's "mercy and tenderness" and the way he has connected with people of different faiths.
"Priscilla and I had the honor of meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican. We told him how much we admire his message of mercy and tenderness, and how he's found new ways to communicate with people of every faith around the world," Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook message on Monday.
"We also discussed the importance of connecting people, especially in parts of the world without internet access. We gave him a model of Aquila, our solar-powered aircraft that will beam internet connectivity to places that don't have it. And we shared our work with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to help people around the world," he added. more >>
A Roman Catholic priest who was friends with Mother Teresa for over 30 years has spoken on the alleged visions and direct instructions from Jesus Christ that the nun received during her life and service, noting that the soon-to-be saint promised to continue to bring souls to God from Heaven.
The priest, Father Sebastian Vazhakala, told Catholic News Agency that Teresa's visions of Jesus were detailed in her accounts found in the archives of the Jesuits in Calcutta, where she did much of her service, following her death in 1997.
Vazhakala revealed that Teresa had 'ongoing communication with Jesus through words and visions' from the period of Sept. 10, 1946, to Dec. 3, 1947, when she was teaching at St. Mary's school in Calcutta as part of the Irish order of the Sisters of Loreto. more >>
Pope Francis has warned Roman Catholic faithful that achieving eternal salvation is a serious life goal, given that God will close the door on entering through the narrow path one day.
"The Lord offers us many opportunities to save ourselves and to enter through the door of salvation. This door is an opportunity that must not be wasted," Francis said on Sunday, according to Vatican Radio, encouraging people to seize the opportunity for salvation without too much academic discourse.
"Because at a certain moment 'the landlord got up and locked the door' (v.25), as mentioned in the Gospel. But if God is good and loves us, why does He close the door — He will close the door at a certain point? Because our life is not a video game or a soap opera; our life is serious and the goal to achieve is important: eternal salvation," he added. more >>