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 >>
Vatican leader Pope Francis and French President François Hollande held a private meeting on Wednesday where they discussed the murder of a priest at the hands of Islamic State supporters in July, finding unity following major disagreements over gay marriage and homosexuality earlier this year.
AFP reported that Hollande said he wanted to discuss "religious freedom, secularism and unity with respect for everyone."
"French secularism's message is one which unites, not one that wounds," Hollande said. "The Republic must defend the right to believe and also to not believe. more >>
A Hungarian Archbishop has warned that European nations are making a big mistake by allowing mass Muslim immigration, and said that Islam is guided by a "will to conquer," which is driving millions to come onto the continent.
"Jihad is a principle for Muslims that means they must expand," Catholic Archbishop Gyula Marfi of Veszprém said in an interview on Wednesday, according to Breitbart News. "The earth must become dar al-Islam, that is, Islamic territory, by introducing Shariah — Islamic law."
Marfi argued that the Muslim "will to conquer" is one of the key factors behind the millions of Muslim immigrants seeking refugee status in Europe, which has created a humanitarian crisis. more >>