"The Mufti explained things very well to me, with such meekness, and using the Quran..." - Pope Francis
“I went to Turkey as a pilgrim, not a tourist…when I entered the Mosque, I couldn’t say: ‘Now, I’m a tourist!’ No, it was completely religious. And I saw that wonder! The Mufti explained things very well to me, with such meekness, and using the Quran, which speaks of Mary and John the Baptist. He explained it all to me....At that moment I felt the need to pray. I asked him: ‘Shall we pray a little?’ To which her esponded: ‘Yes, yes’. I prayed for Turkey, for peace, for the Mufti, for everyone and for myself, as I need it… I prayed, sincerely....Most of all, I prayed for peace, and I said: ‘Lord, let’s put an end to these wars!’ Thus, it was a moment of sincere prayer.” …Pope Francis at his press conference on board the flight returning fromTurkey on November30, 2014.
“Certainly such attempts can nowise be approved by Catholics, founded as they are on that false opinion which considers all religions to be more or less good and praiseworthy, since they all in different ways manifest and signify that sense which is inborn in us all, and by which we are led to God and to the obedient acknowledgment of His rule. Not only are those who hold this opinion in error and deceived, but also in distorting the idea of true religion they reject it, and little by little, turn aside to naturalism and atheism, as it is called; from which it clearly follows that one who supports those who hold these theories and attempt to realize them, is altogether abandoning the divinely revealed religion.” …Pope Pius XI, Mortalium Animos
Hello, Mr. Fry,
I see that over four million people have watched the with Gay Byrne on the RTE One TV programme ‘The Meaning of Life’ on 1/2/2015. You are clearly angry with God, calling him a ‘capricious, mean-minded, stupid God’, an ‘utter maniac’ and ‘utterly monstrous’. I say that you are ‘angry with God’ but it is clear that you don’t actually believe in God at all; what you meant was that if God exists then he is a monstrous maniac because, as you see it, he has created a world of unnecessary suffering and pain, including bone cancer in children.
In the 1960s the rapid displacement of its ancient Latin liturgy within the Catholic Church, first vernacularised, then supplanted by a new rite in 1969, has ever since occasioned perennial conflict between those who call the process a reform and those who term it an anti-liturgical and unhistorical revolution replete with cultural illiteracy. One instance of this conflict, covertly conducted, is provided by the foundation and continuance of the annual Père Receveur Commemoration at La Perouse on the north headland of Botany Bay. This February event commemorates the death of an eighteenth century French naval chaplain and the inception of the Catholic Mass at Botany Bay during the initial weeks of the British First Settlement in Australia in 1788. The lengthy sojourn of the Laperouse Expedition in Botany Bay from 26th January to 10th March that year occasioned both.