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Growing Pains

 

Pope and Ayatollah walk together in footsteps of Abraham

 

06 March 2021, The Tablet

Pope and Ayatollah walk together in footsteps of Abraham



Pope and Ayatollah walk together in footsteps of Abraham

Pope Francis at an interreligious meeting on the plain of Ur near Nasiriyah, Iraq, earlier today.
CNS photo/Paul Haring

Pope Francis’ historic meeting with Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani marks a new step in Christian-Muslim relations. This is a moment that ranks alongside St John Paul II’s first official papal visits to a synagogue in 1986 and mosque in 2001

The foundation stone for these groundbreaking moves is the Second Vatican Council’s declaration, Nostra Aetate, which unequivocally condemned anti-semitism, and opened a dialogue with Islam. It transformed the Catholic Church’s relations with other faiths. 

How Catholicism became a breeding ground for conspiracy theories

 

How Catholicism became a breeding ground for conspiracy theories

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VATICAN CITY (VATICAN CITY)
Religion News Service

March 5, 2021

By Claire Giangravé

A perfect storm of institutional crises, the polarization of perceived winners and losers and an influx of evangelicals has made Catholicism fertile ground for conspiracy theories.

If it’s true that all roads lead to Rome, it’s also true that in one way or another, all conspiracy theories lead to the Vatican.

Be it the illuminati, aliens or even a time machine buried in its hidden archives, the Vatican has been a favored subject for conspirators thanks to its penchant for secrecy and a talent for smoke and mirrors.

But a new wave of conspiratorial thinking, especially among Catholic conservatives, is changing the face of the Catholic Church today, experts say.

A perfect storm of institutional crises, the polarization of perceived winners and losers under Pope Francis’ pontificate and the migration of evangelicals into the church has created a fertile ground for conspiracy theories, especially about papal authority.

“In recent…

Francis encourages Iraqi Christians in dramatic visits to ISIS-destroyed churches

 

Francis encourages Iraqi Christians in dramatic visits to ISIS-destroyed churches

Feeling weary and brokenhearted this Lent? Read this book on suffering

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Feeling weary and brokenhearted this Lent? Read this book on suffering

 

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Iraq is Pope Francis’ most complicated papal trip ever

 

Francis tells Iraqi faith leaders: violence in name of religion 'greatest blasphemy'

Francis tells Iraqi faith leaders: violence in name of religion 'greatest blasphemy'

 

Third Sunday of Lent: Respect for God's dwelling

"Christ Driving the Money-Changers from the Temple," by Rembrandt van Rijn, a 1635 etching (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Third Sunday of Lent: Respect for God's dwelling

Scripture for Life: The heart of the scandal Jesus caused that day with the purification of the temple was not in driving away the money changers but his proclamation that he, a human being, was the new temple.