Author Archives: Christopher Hale

Pope Francis to visit the United States in 2015

This morning the Vatican confirmed that Pope Francis intends to visit the United States in September 2015 to participate in the World Meeting of Families. Below is a statement from Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good on this exciting news. We give thanks to God for the great news that Pope Francis will be visiting the […]

President to use executive power on immigration reform

President Obama–lambasting the Tea Party intransigence on immigration reform–announced today a new effort to fix the immigration system using his executive powers. Here’s the latest from CNN: According to the official, Obama will order a shift in security resources to border regions and call for additional action he can take “without Congress but within his […]

Sudanese Christian Woman Freed After Death Sentence

CNN is reporting: A Sudanese woman who had been sentenced to death because she declined to renounce her Christian faith has been freed, her lawyer said Monday. Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, 27, reunited with her husband after getting out of custody, said her lawyer, Mohaned Mustafa El-Nour. An appeals court found that an initial judgment against […]

Pope Francis: Mafia is excommunicated

Burns Strider, a Washington political strategist, paraphrasing The Godfather said it well: they turned down an offer they shouldn’t have refused. Today Pope Francis  announced during a pastoral trip to Calabria in southern Italy that the Mafia had been excommunicated from the Catholic Church. He said they are guilty of the “adoration of evil and contempt […]

Interview: Francis open to resigning papacy

This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise to those who follow the Bishop of Rome on a regular basis. In a Spanish-language interview that aired on Friday, Pope Francis said he was open to renouncing the papacy one day. Here’s the full account from The Telegraph: [Francis] said that Pope Benedict’s historic decision to resign […]

Why Tea Party Catholicism Is a No Go

Is Tea Party Catholicism dead as a legitimate political stance within the Catholic Church? That’s what Pope Francis’ close Honduran cardinal-advisor Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga is arguing. During his keynote address at a June 3rd forum hosted by The Catholic University of America’s Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, Rodriguez—defending Pope Francis’ economic teachings—derided the […]

Pope Francis fires Vatican financial board

Normally we focus on the Church in the world, but Pope Francis is really shaking up internal Church matters in a way we can’t ignore. Today Francis fired everyone on the Vatican’s financial oversight committee. Here’s a brief read out from the Associated Press: “Pope Francis has ousted the all-Italian board of the Vatican’s financial […]

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