Pope Francis spoke to a large crowd last week to address the massacre in France and condemned "deviant forms of religion" for the shedding of blood.
"Losing their freedom, people become enslaved, whether to the latest fads, or to power, money, or even deviant forms of religion," Francis said in an address to the members of the Diplomatic Corps. There is a "culture of rejection" that leads to "the breakdown of society and spawning of violence and death."
Last week was one of the worst attacks in the city of Paris, with a total of 17 people left dead after persons loyal to the Islamic State murdered 12 persons, and another two people killed a police officer and several hostages in a standoff that ended on Friday. The three suspected killers were shot dead by police after the standoff. In the wake of the assault, Parisians and European leaders came together to send a powerful message that they would not cower to terrorists. more >>
Pope Francis has said that his continued criticism of the global financial system is not because he supports Communism, but because of Jesus' call for Christians to serve the poor. The Vatican meanwhile is set to publish a report titled "This Economy Kills," highlighting the damage that the world economy brings to impoverished populations.
"Jesus affirms that you cannot serve two masters, God and wealth," Francis said Sunday in an interview with Italian newspaper La Stampa. "Is it pauperism? No, it is the Gospel."
"Jesus tells us that it is the 'protocol' on the basis of which we will be judged, it is what we read in Chapter 25 of Matthew: I had hunger, I had thirst, I was in prison, I was sick, I was naked and you helped me: dressed me, visited me, you took care of me." more >>
Angelina Jolie paid a visit to the Vatican and hosted a screening of her latest film "Unbroken" for Pope Francis.
Released on Christmas Day, Jolie's latest directorial project follows the story of Olympian and WWII vet Louis Zamperini who survived 47 days stranded at sea and two years in a Japanese POW camp. On Thursday morning, the Oscar-winning actress arrived in Rome where she was able to share the film with the Pontiff.
"Being invited with my film to the Vatican is an honor and a great tribute to the story that I have told in 'Unbroken,'" the 39-year-old star said, according to a statement from Universal Pictures. "The story of the hero Louis is a great example of strength and forgiveness." more >>
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are scheduled to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican later this month for a special introduction, according to reports on Wednesday.
Although the Hollywood power couple consider themselves nonreligious, the pair will fly into Rome in early Jan. in order to attend a "VIP meet-and-greet with Pope Francis," reported US Weekly. Both Pitt and Jolie "admire the Pope" as well as his message, according to a source close to the stars.
The Argentinian Pontiff is beloved for his affirmations of Catholic doctrines on abortion, artificial contraception, and homosexuality. Pope Francis maintains the Church's teaching against homosexual acts but also said gay people should not be marginalized. more >>
What were the most talked about topics discussed within the evangelical community in 2014? The Christian Post had a chance to chat with Ed Stetzer, author, speaker, and executive director of LifeWay Research Division and go over what issues seemed to gain the most attention among both pastors and congregations.
The following issues and topics are in no particular order.
1. LGBT inside church and ministries. When World Vision U.S. decided in March of 2014 to first, hire Christians in same-sex marriages and then, only two days later reverse its ground-breaking decision as the result of intense criticism from evangelical leaders, the conversation about gays within the Christian community increased in intensity. more >>
"Tragically, the growing scourge of man's exploitation by man gravely damages the life of communion and our calling to forge interpersonal relations marked by respect, justice and love," writes Pope Francis in his Jan. 1 World Day of Peace Message.
But as the message's title – "No Longer Slaves, but Brothers and Sisters" – indicates, the pope is reminding us of the Good News that Jesus has freed us from the slavery of personal sin and the structures of societal sin, and invites us to accept this divine freedom, to live it out in our lives, and to share it with all people.
However, instead of offering freedom and fraternity, the exploitation of countless human beings by many who hold power, "leads to contempt for the fundamental rights of others and to the suppression of their freedom and dignity," laments the pope. more >>