Pro Life gearing up to campaign for repeal of abortion act

Former Fine Gael TD, Terence Flanagan, told the Pro Life Campaign’s annual AGM in the RDS on Saturday that he would do everything to turn things around “to get rid of” of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy law.

To applause, he told nearly 600 delegates that the way the legislation had been presented to the Irish people by the Government and the media was “very wrong and very dishonest.”

Don’t Glamourise Teen Suicide future Primate Appeals

Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh, Dr Eamon Martin, has made a strongly worded appeal over teen suicide urging young people to be aware of the terrible pain it leaves in its aftermath.

Speaking to the Sunday Independent, the future Primate of All Ireland warned that “glamorising” suicide risked triggering copycat tragedies.

Drawing on his experience as head of St Columb’s College in Derry, a position he held until 2008, he said he had noted levels of depression among students increasing.

Cardinal Bertone ends mandate as Secretary of State

Vatican City, 15 October 2013 (VIS) – This morning in the Apostolic Palace, the Pope visited the staff of the Secretariat of State on the occasion of the end of the mandate of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B. as secretary of State, a role in which he will be succeeded by Archbishop Pietro Parolin, formerly apostolic nuncio to Venezuela. Archbishop Parolin will assume his role within a few weeks as he has had to undergo an operation that prevented him from being present today.

Pope Francis: Beware of Idolatry and Hypocrisy

(Vatican Radio) Idolatry and hypocrisy do not spare even the Christian life. Pope Francis put us on guard against both these vices in his homily at this morning’s Mass at the Casa Santa Marta. In order not to give in to the dangers of these sins, he said, it is necessary to put into practice the commandments of love of God and love of neighbour

Pope Francis: Women called to Service, not Servitude

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Saturday spoke about “the vocation and the mission” of women on Saturday when addressing participants of a study seminar organized by the Women’s Section of the Pontifical Council for the Laity on the 25th anniversary of Blessed Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter Mulieris Dignitatem. The letter was the first in papal teaching dedicated entirely to the theme of the woman, and the study seminar in particular discussed the point which says that God entrusts man, the human being, to woman in a special way.

“What does this ‘special entrusting’…of the human being to woman signify? It seems evident to me that my predecessor is referring to maternity,” said Pope Francis.

Pope Consecrates World to Immaculate Heart of Mary

The Pope celebrated Mass in St Peter’s square this morning in honour of the Marian Day, an event organised as part of the Year of Faith on the anniversary of the final apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima (13th of October 1917). He also consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Please find below the full text of Pope Francis’ homily in English translation.

Pope Francis: Mary’s Faith Unties the Knot of Sin

(Vatican Radio) Thousands of pilgrims were in Saint Peter’s Square Saturday evening to join Pope Francis in venerating the original statue of Our Lady of Fatima. The statue made its journey to Rome as the celebrations for the Feast of Our Lady Fatima, which is October 13. Pope Francis will preside over Mass on Sunday morning, and the recitation of the Rosary before the statue. He will then consecrate the world to Mary’s Immaculate Heart.

Don’t be Naive, The Devil Exists, Pope tells Congregation 11th Oct

Pope Francis stated emphatically that the Devil’s existence is a reality, in his homily at a daily Mass on October 11.

The Pope observed that some priests, when they preach about Gospel accounts of Jesus driving out demons, say that the stories refer to mental illness. It is true that sometimes mental illness can mimic demonic possession, the Pope conceded. “But it is also true that there was the devil!”

Pope Francis invited to address European Parliament 11th Oct 2013

At the conclusion of an essay published in L’Osservatore Romano, European Parliament President Martin Schulz invited Pope Francis to address the 766-member body.

The piece was published on October 11, the day of a scheduled meeting between Schulz and the Pope.

“Twenty-five years ago, on this same day, John Paul II delivered before the European Parliament meeting in Strasbourg an inspirational speech,” Schulz wrote. “Today, for the European Parliament, it would be a great honor to hear again the message of the Holy Father, his words of foresight, solidarity, and hope.”