Monday, January 8, 2018


The pontiff also offered a ringing endorsement of the pro-life cause, lamenting that “innocent children are discarded before they are even born, unwanted at times simply because they are ill or mal-formed.” Later in the speech, the pontiff issued a strong defense of the traditional family, defining it as “that faithful and indissoluble communion of love that joins man and woman,” and linking declining respect for the family to a “demographic winter” in some parts of the world marked by historically low fertility rates.
The pontiff also spoke forcefully on the need to defend religious freedom, “including the freedom to change religion,” which was a direct challenge to anti-conversion laws in several nations around the world.
“Sad to say, it is well-known that the right to religious freedom is often disregarded, and not infrequently religion becomes either an occasion for the ideological justification of new forms of extremism or a pretext for the social marginalization of believers, if not their downright persecution,” the pontiff said.


Mark Thomas said...

Answer: His Holiness Pope Francis.


Which Pope smiled when shown the papal tiara?


Mark Thomas

Anonymous said...

Which pope smiled when shown the tiara? The same one who smiled when he was given the communist “crucifix”.

Mark Thomas said...

Anonymous said..."Which pope smiled when shown the tiara? The same one who smiled when he was given the communist “crucifix”.

Right-wing bloggers have attempted to defame His Holiness Pope Francis via the selective use of a photograph that depicts supposedly the Pope expressing displeasure when shown the tiara.

Rorate Caeli, via Twitter, a few days ago, revived the photo in question to defame Pope Francis...just as they had done a few weeks ago.

But right-wing bloggers refuse to show the photo of Pope Francis smiling when shown the tiara.

Anonymous, the "communist Crufix" was not accept by Pope Francis as a "communist" Crufix. Pope Francis denounced any attempt to link communism to Catholicism and things Catholics.

CBS News reported the following comment issued by Pope Francis:

"As we can see, this concern for the poor is in the Gospel, it is within the tradition of the church, it is not an invention of communism and it must not be turned into some ideology, as has sometimes happened before in the course of history," an apparent reference to the Latin American-inspired liberation theology."

Certain folks invented the notion that Pope Francis accepted with please a so-called "communist Crucifix."


Mark Thomas