Pope Francis is set to meet next week with WBC middleweight boxing champion and fellow Argentinean Sergio Martinez, when the two will discuss anti-bullying and domestic violence against women.
"In the past couple of months, I will have had two of my dreams as a Catholic come true, to visit the Basilica of our Lady Guadalupe in Mexico and to be received by the Pope," 38-year-old Martinez said. "I will be asking the Pope for blessings and spiritual protection to all of those who enter the ring."
Muhammad Ali's meeting with Pope John Paul II in 1982 was the last time a professional boxer had met a pontiff for a private conversation, USA Today noted, and Martinez has made his excitement ahead of the meeting known. more >>
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia spoke bluntly on a wide range of topics in a lively interview with New York magazine's Jennifer Senior published Sunday.
Pope Francis is "absolutely right" about the Catholic Church needing to be more evangelistic, Scalia said, and he has often "bemoaned the fact that the Catholic Church has sort of lost that evangelistic spirit." more >>
A canon law petition backed by the author of The Exorcist that challenges Georgetown University's behavior as a Catholic institution has been submitted to Pope Francis.
More than 2,000 Catholics signed the petition submitted by William Peter Blatty, author of The Exorcist and the Academy Award-winning screenplay based on the novel, according to a press release. Blatty graduated from Georgetown, which is located in Washington D.C., in 1950.
The petition says the university has failed to fully comply with church law for more than 20 years by not implementing Ex corde Ecclessiae, a papal constitution instituted by Pope John Paul II for Catholic universities. It also claims this failure has led to "deviations from authentic doctrinal and moral teachings" and "a long series of Scandals to the faithful through actions inconsistent with a Catholic identity," among other accusations. more >>
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 >>