- Dec 10, 2019
Pope Francis has sent his condolences to the Philippines after the death of Cardinal Ricardo Vidal at the age of 86. Vidal served as the Archbishop of Cebu from 1982 until 2010. Francis commended the cardinal’s soul “to the infinite love and mercy of our heavenly father.”
The Adorers of the Blood of Christ congregation has objected to the building of a pipeline on land they own, and worked loosely with the anti-pipeline group in efforts to block construction. The sisters say that the pipeline “is a violation of the sanctity of creation, compelling us to challenge its installation through peaceful, prayerful resistance.”
During his daily Mass, Pope Francis said those who criticized Jesus, like the Pharisee in the Gospel, were “corrupted by vanity, appearance, by exterior beauty and justice.” Christians today also are at risk of thinking this way, which leads them to become “ideologues of Christianity” rather than true followers of Jesus, he said.
Pope Francis approved the resignation of 58-year-old Indonesian Bishop Hubertus Leteng following the investigation into allegations that he secretly borrowed $94,000 from the Indonesian bishops’ conference and $30,000 from the diocese, without providing an accountability report. Now the diocese and the bishops’ conference want him to repay the money.
Pope Francis is famous for giving interviews, and he says he prefers small, neighborhood newspapers and magazines. “In fact, in those cases I really am listening to the questions and concerns of common people. I try to respond spontaneously, in a conversation I hope is understandable, and not with rigid formulas,” he said. A new book collecting his interviews is coming out this week in Italian.
Though the couple was married in the United States, the aunt and uncle of Bishop Dominick J. Lagonegro happened to be visiting family in Portugal Oct. 13, 1917. They “heard what was going on” at Fatima and went to see for themselves, he said, sharing the incredible story of the Miracle of the Sun that his aunt had told him multiple times during his life.