African Catholics exempted from blessing same-sex couples: Pope

ROME- Pope Francis says African Catholics are exempted from blessing same-sex marriage because their culture does not tolerate homosexuality, describing Africans as a “special case.” Mr Fancis disclosed this in an interview with the Italian newspaper La Stampa published on Monday. “Those who protest vehemently belong to small ideological groups. A special case are (sic) Africans: for them, homosexuality is something ‘bad’ from a cultural point of view, they don’t tolerate it,” Mr Francis said. The pope, however, said everyone would appreciate the idea of blessing same-sex marriage as contained in “Fiducia supplicans.” “But in general, I trust that gradually everyone will be reassured by the spirit of the ‘Fiducia supplicans’ declaration of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith: it aims to include, not divide. He invites us to welcome and then entrust people and ourselves to God,” Mr Francis said. The pope’s stance comes in the wake of opposition that followed “Fiducia supplicans,” a document from the Vatican, allowing blessing for same-sex marriage.  Asked if he fears “schism,” possibly breaking from the Catholic fold by those who …

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African Bishops reject same-sex marriage– Catholic priest

NEW YORK- A Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Jean-Miguel Auguste has commended the stand of Catholic Bishops in Africa on blessing same-sex couples, saying “Africa is the only continent that will save the world’’. Auguste, a priest of Brooklyn diocese, who said this in his homily at St. Pius X Parish, New York, on Sunday praised the courage of the Catholic Church in Africa. Pope Francis had on Dec. 18  formally approved letting Catholic priests bless same-sex couples, a radical shift in policy that aimed at making the church more inclusive while maintaining its strict ban on gay marriage. The document from the Vatican’s doctrine office elaborated on a letter Francis sent to two conservative cardinals that was published in October. In that preliminary response, Francis suggested such blessings could be offered under some circumstances, if the blessings weren’t confused with the ritual of marriage. However, Catholic bishops in Africa had said they would not implement the new Vatican policy allowing blessing for same sex-couples. “Africa is the only continent that will save the world. “Today, all the bishops in Africa said to the …

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Pope Francis, Obi, Mbah, Onayeikan pour encomiums on Bishop Gbuji 50th episcopal anniversary

ENUGU- Gov. Peter Mbah of Enugu State, has charged Nigerians to emulate Emeritus Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Most Rev. Anthony Gbuji for his services to humanity. Charmed Nigerians to emulate the bishop’s selflessness, hard work and sense of excellence which he had exhibited over the years.. He made the commendation on Wednesday during a Holy Mass at St. Joseph’s Catholic Parish Emene, Enugu, to mark the Episcopal Golden Anniversary of the 93 year-old bishop. Mbah, while congratulating the nonagenarian clergy, said that Enugu was fortunate to have benefitted from Gbuji’s sacrificial and impactful journey as a priest and thanked the bishop for a lifelong dedication to duty and service. “Let me on behalf of the government and the good people of Enugu State, join His Lordship, the Catholic Bishop of Enugu Most Rev. Calistus Onaga, to also express our profound gratitude and our heartfelt congratulations to the celebrant. “We must continue to draw inspiration from the celebrant’s life and his sparking episcopal accomplishments. The Church and humanity can never forget his Lordship’s immense contributions to the society. “His lordship has …

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Pope Francis ‘slightly unwell’, exhausted, Holy See says

ROME- Pope Francis is “slightly unwell” and exhausted after numerous audiences at the Vatican, according to the Holy See. The head of the Catholic Church mentioned his poor health during a meeting with representatives of the European Rabbinical Conference on Monday, local media reported. The pontiff had a long day filled with audiences and preferred to greet the rabbis individually, a spokesperson for the Holy See, Matteo Bruni, said in a statement. Francis’ planned activities for Monday are expected to continue as usual. The 86-year-old Argentine’s health has been a concern for Catholics worldwide in recent times, with two hospitalisations this year. In March, he was treated for pneumonia, and a few months later, underwent abdominal surgery under general anaesthetic. When asked about his health, the Pope has repeatedly insisted: “I am still alive.” (dpa/NAN)

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Pope Francis Reveals Vatican Involved In Secret Talks To End Russia-Ukraine War

The Vatican is involved in a secret peace mission to try to end the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Pope Francis said on Sunday, adding that it was also ready to help repatriate Ukrainian children taken to Russia or Russian-occupied land. “There is a mission in course now but it is not yet public. When it is public, I will reveal it,” the pope told reporters on Sunday,  April 30 during a flight home after a three-day visit to Hungary. Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, Francis has pleaded for peace practically on a weekly basis, and has repeatedly expressed a wish to act as a broker between Kyiv and Moscow. His offer has so far failed to produce any breakthrough. “I think that peace is always made by opening channels. You can never achieve peace through closure. … This is not easy.” The pope added that he had spoken about the situation in Ukraine with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and with Metropolitan (bishop) Hilarion, a representative of the Russian Orthodox Church in Budapest. “In these meetings we …

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Pope Francis Not Infected With COVID-19, Feeling Better – Vatican

Rome, –  A Coronavirus infection has been ruled out of Pope Francis’ health situation as Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruno says he is doing better after a “quiet night” at the hospital. Bruni said on Thursday, as reported by Italy’s ANSA news agency, that the head of the Catholic Church had “recovered well,” and that his condition was continually improving and his treatment continued as planned. The pontiff worked and read some newspapers in the morning. In the private apartment within Gemelli University Hospital, he prayed in a small chapel and received the Holy Communion, Bruni added. The 86-year-old was taken to the hospital on Wednesday for a respiratory infection, according to the Holy See. “Pope Francis is touched by the many messages he has received and is grateful for the closeness and prayer,” Bruni said. Journalists, camera crews, visitors and hospital patients were observing the tenth floor from the hospitals entry court, where the shades remained closed. Many Christians wished the pope a speedy recovery, including U.S. President Joe Biden and Italy’s head of state Sergio Mattarella. ANSA quoted sources from the Gemelli …

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Pope Francis Hospitalised For Respiratory Infection

Rome, – Pope Francis had a “quiet night” in the hospital after he was admitted for a respiratory infection on Wednesday, according to Italy’s ANSA news agency. The agency quoted sources from the Gemelli University Hospital on Thursday morning that medical staff was “very optimistic’’ that the Pope could be back in the Vatican in just a few days, in time for Palm Sunday and ahead of what is a busy season for the Catholic leader. The 86-year-old was taken to the hospital on Wednesday for a respiratory infection, according to the Holy See. A Vatican spokesman said he would have to stay for “a few days.” No further medical details were given. Earlier, on Wednesday, spokesman Matteo Bruni said Francis, 86, had complained of breathing problems in recent days.

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“End ‘spiral of violence, death’ in Ukraine – Pope Francis begs Putin

Pope Francis of the Roman Catholic Church has for the first time directly appealed to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin to stop the “spiral of violence and death” in Ukraine, Al-Jazeera reported. In an address on Sunday dedicated to Ukraine in St Peter’s Square, the head of the Catholic Church said he is haunted by “rivers of blood and tears”. “My appeal goes above all to the president of the Russian Federation, begging him to stop this spiral of violence and death, even out of love for his own people,” he said. Similarly, Pope Francis called on Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, to be open to serious peace proposals to halt the ongoing war. He also lamented the annexation of four Ukrainian regions by Russia’s troops, saying it risked nuclear escalation, hence urging Putin to think of his own people. Recall that, Putin proclaimed the annexation of four partially occupied Ukrainian regions, calling the residents of Ukraine’s occupied Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia regions “our citizens forever”. Ukraine and Western allies condemned the annexation as illegal, and Kyiv said it will continue …

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Pope Francis Involved In Prisoner Exchange Efforts In Ukraine

Rome – Pope Francis said he was involved in efforts to organise a prisoner exchange in Ukraine, although it was unclear what role he played. He mentioned his efforts while addressing a meeting with Jesuits in Kazakhstan last week, according to local media. The pope said he received a steady number of visits from the Ukrainian people and officials who told him about the war. One was a military officer who focused on prisoner exchanges and brought him a list of more than 300 prisoners. The pope said the officer “asked me to do something to make exchange possible. I immediately called the Russian ambassador to ask if something could be done; if a prisoner exchange could be expedited.” Ukrainian and Russian forces exchanged around 300 prisoners of war last week after previous swaps earlier in the war. Pope Francis’ private meeting with the Jesuits took place on Sept. 15 in Kazakhstan, after he attended a meeting of international religious leaders there. He reiterated his view that the conflict following Russia’s attack on Ukraine is a “third world war”. (dpa/NAN

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World’s Richest Man, Elon Musk Visits Pope Francis With His Children

SpaceX founder and Tesla chief executive, Elon Musk has expressed his excitement at meeting the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis. The world’s richest man on Thursday met the Pope at the Vatican, and posted a photo of the encounter on Twitter. “HONORED TO MEET @PONTIFEX YESTERDAY,” THE BILLIONAIRE TWEETED, Reacting a troll made a remark about his ill-fitting suit Musk admitted it was ‘tragic’. Musk, 50, was accompanied by four of his five teenage children – all born to his first wife Justine Wilson, a Canadian author The Tesla boss’ visit to the Pope comes a week after his son Xavier legally changed gender from male to female and dropped last name to distance herself from father.

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Angry Nigerians react to Pope Francis’ reaction to Owo Church massacre

Pope Francis’ reaction to the brutal killing of Christians in Saint Francis church Owo, Ondo State, has once again aroused the anger of Nigerians. Pope Francis, via his official, verified Twitter, expressed sadness over the horrific attack that left many orphaned, fatherless or motherless and some without any family. Pope condoled with the bereaved’s family and urged everyone to pray together for the conversion of ‘those blinded by hatred and violence’. He tweeted: I was deeply saddened to learn of the horrific attack at Saint Francis church in Owo in #Nigeria. #PrayTogether for all those affected by this act of unspeakable violence and for the conversion of those blinded by hatred and violence. Angry reactions have been trailing this development as Nigerians refused to acknowledge the Pope’s thoughts on prayers for the country and those perpetrating the evil attacks. Many believed the Pope’s thoughts on the conversion of ‘those blinded by hatred and violence is a waste of time, and the recent happenings are a result of the bad governance in the country. Many called for actions to be taken, while some …

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Bishop Resigns After Falling In Love With a Woman (Photos)

A Spanish bishop has resigned from his position to pursue his love interest. It was gathered that the bishop identified as Xavier Novell, 52 fell in love with a divorced author of satanic-themed eroticas. Novell announced last month that he was resigning from his post as Bishop of Solsona in Catalonia for “strictly personal reasons”. On Monday, it was revealed by Religion Digital, a news site, that Novell had fallen for Silvia Caballol, a divorced mother-of-two. Novell reportedly said he had ‘fallen in love’ and ‘wanted to do the right thing.’ Caballol, 38, is a writer of erotic novels featuring characters ‘possessed by the demon of lust’, a fact which has raised eyebrows among Novell’s former colleagues. However, Novell is likely no stranger to the demonic, having been among the handful of Spanish bishops to decline having an exorcist appointed in 2015, opting instead to perform the role himself. He reportedly met Caballol, a psychologist who has studied sexology, yoga, Catholicism and Islam, after he was began studying demonology. Her books are described by her publisher as turning ‘all our …

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Pope to lead Sunday Angelus prayer from hospital

Pope Francis will lead Sunday’s Angelus prayer from the Rome hospital where he is recovering from colon surgery, the Vatican said Friday. “The Angelus will be recited from the 10th floor of the A. Gemelli University Hospital,” spokesman Matteo Bruni said, adding Francis was continuing to improve following last Sunday’s operation. The pope continues to “eat regularly” and has “resumed his work” just five days after the planned surgery for an inflammation of the colon, Bruni said in his daily update. The 84-year-old also spends time going for walks in the hospital’s corridor and reading, he said. The Vatican had said Monday that the Argentine pontiff was expected to stay in hospital for around seven days. Francis is in the same suite on the 10th floor of the Gemelli hospital used by Pope John Paul II — who also lead the Angelus prayer from there in 1992, before coming to the window to wave to the faithful gathered outside. The late pope underwent surgery at the hospital a number of times, including after an attempt on his life in 1981, …

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Vatican Gives Update On Pope Francis’ Health, Recovery After Surgery

Pope Francis is currently recovering after a successful surgery on Sunday. This was revealed by the Holy See spokesman, Matteo Bruni. He said that Pope Francis underwent intestinal surgery and it was successful. Recall that Bruni earlier in a statement late Sunday, said the 84-year-old Pontiff was going in for an intestinal surgery at Agostino Gemelli Polyclinic in Rome. However, while giving an update on the Pope’s health status, Bruni in a statement released said the Pontiff “reacted well” to his surgery but failed to state how long the pope would be spending at the hospital. “The Holy Father was admitted in the afternoon to Agostino Gemelli Polyclinic, where he underwent a planned surgery for a diverticular stenosis of the sigmoid portion of the colon in the evening. “It is important to let the public know that the Holy Father reacted well to the surgery conducted under general anesthesia and was operated upon by a four-person surgical team, plus a four-person anesthesiologist team,’ the statement said. Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a get-well message to the Head of the …

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Surgery: Buhari wishes Pope Francis quick recovery, calls for prayers

Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a get-well message to the Head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis as he heads in for a scheduled surgery of the colon. The president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, confirmed this in a statement in Abuja on Sunday. Buhari called for prayers from Nigerians and the global community as the Pontiff goes in for this routine operation. The Nigerian leader wished Pope Francis a quick recovery. (NAN)

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‘Investigate Mbaka’, Reno Omokri writes Pope, lists his sins

Abuja (Precise Post) – Reno Omokri, the Special Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan, has asked Pope Francis, world leader of the Catholic Church, to investigate Ejike Mbaka, a priest in Enugu state, for his alleged involvement in political matters. In a letter to the Vatican, Omokri accused Mbaka, spiritual director of Adoration Ministry Enugu, Nigeria (AMEN), of making false allegations and other unethical practices. He said the conduct of the controversial Catholic priest has brought disrepute to the church, asking the Pope to ensure that disciplinary measures are brought against Mbaka. “You may or may not have heard of a certain Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka, a Catholic priest in Enugu, Nigeria, who has left the calling he took holy oaths to abide by, to dabble disastrously in politics,” Omokri said. “At various times between the years 2015-2016, this fellow made public pronouncements to the effect that God had told him that He was displeased with and had departed from Nigeria’s then President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. “He then claimed that God had told him that his opponent, Major General Muhammadu …

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