Pope Francis' recent comments on abortion, homosexuality and contraceptives have been praised by the majority of U.S. Catholics according to a new poll, with the Vatican leader enjoying a very high favorability rating in general.
The independent Connecticut-based Quinnipiac University poll found that support for Pope Francis' widely-reported comments is at 68 percent among American Catholics, though 23 percent have disagreed. The support was found strongly among men and women of all age groups.
"We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible. I have not spoken much about these things, and I was reprimanded for that. But when we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context," Pope Francis said in an interview conducted in August with Antonio Spadaro, S.J., editor in chief of La Civiltà Cattolica, an Italian Jesuit journal. more >>
U.S. President Barack Obama recently said in an interview that he is "hugely impressed" with the new Catholic Pope Francis, adding that he specifically admires the pope for his willingness to "embrace people as opposed to push them away."
"I tell you, I have been hugely impressed with the pope's pronouncements. Not because of any particular issue," the Commander-in-Chief told CNBC in a recent interview. Obama's comment was made in response to what he thought about the pope's recent suggestion that the church not become "obsessed" with certain issues, such as abortion or same-sex marriage.
"First of all, he seems somebody who lives out the teachings of Christ," Obama continued. "Incredible humility, an incredible sense of empathy to the least of these, the poor […] He's also someone who is first and foremost thinking about how to embrace people as opposed to push them away," Obama, who has never met the pope, continued. more >>
Joel Osteen shared about people needing proper focus and perspective during a recent interview in which he addressed the government shutdown, the Pope, and homosexuals, while giving insight into his childhood upbringing.
Osteen sat down with Huffington Post Live yesterday to also speak on his newly released book, Break Out: 5 Keys to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life in which he challenges readers to have a new perspective in order to let nothing hold them back, and to reject any labels that might limit them.
"It seems like its gotten worse over the last 10 years," Osteen said, referring to changes in culture and politics. "It seems like there's more pushing people down these days. One of my chapters is on perspective and a lot of it is what we focus on. Whatever you focus on, gets bigger." more >>
Pope Francis called unemployment and loneliness the most serious of the world's evils and criticized proselytism in his interview with Eugenio Scalfari, the atheist founder of Italian newspaper La Repubblica, which has now been published online.
"The most serious of the evils that afflict the world these days are youth unemployment and the loneliness of the old. The old need care and companionship; the young need work and hope but have neither one nor the other, and the problem is they don't even look for them any more. They have been crushed by the present," Francis said in the long interview published online with an English translation on Oct. 1 by La Repubblica.
The leader of the Roman Catholic Church had unexpectedly set up the interview with Scalfari after the two had exchanged letters focusing on non-believers and the grace of God in September. The La Repubblica founder, who also worked as editor of the publication from 1976 to 1996, admitted that he was shocked that Pope Francis wanted to meet and speak in person, and took the opportunity to conduct a lengthy interview on Sept. 24 at the Pope's residence, which touched on a number of issues. more >>
Pope Francis and eight hand-picked cardinals are set to rewrite the Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus of the Roman Catholic Church in what some are calling an "unprecedented" move as they hold a three-day meeting this week.
The seven cardinals representing the Church on different continents, including Africa and Asia, Europe and Australia, North, Central and South America, will be joined by cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, president of the Governing body of Vatican City State. Together, along with the bishop of Albano, serving as secretary, and Pope Francis, they will stay at the Santa Marta guesthouse and meet behind closed doors of the library inside the Apostolic Palace.
The Vatican has announced that Blessed Pope John XXIII and Blessed Pope John Paul II are to be canonized, or declared as saints of the Roman Catholic Church on April 27, 2014.
Pope Francis announced the news on Monday morning at the Public Ordinary Consistory, Vatican Radio revealed. The chosen date in April also celebrates the Second Sunday of Easter and Divine Mercy.
The Vatican added that retired Pope Benedict XVI, who became the first pope in nearly 600 years to retire when he stepped down in February because of health issues, might join the ceremony to honor his predecessors. more >>