Pope Francis

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz President Barack Obama must be elated that in a matter of days, he had played host to two of the world’s most powerful leaders. Arriving within days of each other, Pope Francis, the spiritual leader and symbolic head of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, and President Xi Jinping, the supreme leader of China’s 1.3 billion people, crisscrossed the U.S. in Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines couldn’t have come at a better time. Beset with corruption scandals, social problems, hunger, poverty, and the catastrophic destruction caused by super typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, Pope Francis comes at a time when the people – particularly the poor — seek spiritual intervention to lift them from the social morass that plagues their lives. It did not Read More …

Paoay Church (File Photo)

By Jose Ma Montelibano Reality check: Politics in the Philippines, from the 16th century to the present, has been dominated by Catholics. Therefore, asking for Catholics to enter politics and other social fields like business and other professions, for the purpose of cleansing these from corruption and abuse, is like asking for more of the same. Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle did ask for the faithful Read More …

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L’Osservatore Romano Press Office  Vatican  VATICAN – Pope’s Easter Message: “Christ is hope and comfort to the Christian communities suffering most for their faith on account of discrimination and persecution … is close to all human situations of suffering and injustice” Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) – “If Jesus is risen, then – and only then – has something truly new happened, something that changes the Read More …

Newly elected Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina appears on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican

By Bernie Lopez  Author’s note. Earlier transmission carried a typo error by my original source (see link at the end). The incident happened in August 18, 1996, not 1966 as earlier given. At that time Pope Francis was just a priest, ordained in 1966, became an archbishop in 1998, and a Cardinal in 2001. At the time he ordered the scientific analysis in 1999, he Read More …