September 2015

Vatican Confirms Pope Met With Kim Davis

by Steve Ray on September 30, 2015

Fr. Lombardi Affirms Meeting With Kentucky County Clerk Took Place in WashingtonBy Deborah Castellano Lubov, Vatican City, September 30, 2015 (ZENIT.org)

The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis has met with Kentucky county clerk, Kim Davis, but did not elaborate.

In a statement released by the Holy See Press Office this afternoon, its director, Father Federico Lombardi, addressed the media reports about the Pope meeting Davis in Washington, stating: “I do not deny that the meeting took place, but I have no comments to add.”

Davis was put in jail for six days for disobeying a federal court order to issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples, stressing she couldn’t go against her conscience and citing biblical opposition to same-sex marriage. Davis’ dilemma has sparked a controversy across the country over whether government employees, along with private businesses, have a legal right to refuse to serve same-sex couples.

Pope Francis just concluded his Apostolic Visit to Cuba and the United States’ cities of Washington, New York, and Philadelphia, during which time he highlighted in his various discourses the importance of religious freedom.

According to Davis’ lawyer, Matthew Staver, yesterday, Ms. Davis and her husband, Joe were discretely brought by car into the Vatican Embassy on Thursday afternoon. He noted that Francis gave her rosaries and told her to “stay strong.” During the 10 to 15 minute encounter with the Holy Father, security, helpers and photographers were reportedly present.

On the press conference on the papal flight from Philadelphia to Rome Sunday, Francis was asked about public officials refusing to carry out duties on grounds of conscience. Without mentioning Davis, the Pope responded, “I can say the conscientious objection is a right that is a part of every human right. … Conscientious objection must enter into every juridical structure because it is a right, a human right.”

Text of In-flight Press Conference on Return Flight from United States: http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/text-of-pope-s-press-conference-on-return-flight-from-the-united-states

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The alarm went off at 4:30 AM. Oh my! But everyone thanked us later. It allowed us to pray the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa without crowds or interruption.

It also allowed us to enter the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, touch the top of Calvary with a prayer on our lips before being seated on our benches for a private Mass with the Franciscans at the Tomb of Christ. Wow!

Deacon Ron and Fr. Sean Sheridan (President of Franciscan University of Steubenville) celebrated Mass INSIDE the Tomb. It was awesome and everyone was overwhelmed.

After breakfast a trip to the Church of St. Stephen’s where the first martyr was killed. I gave a long talk there about St. Stephen and St. Paul. We gave everyone some free time to explore Jerusalem on their own as you will see in the video.

Then a Holy Shroud Exhibit tour, dinner, my talk on the Israeli-Palestinian situation and time for the group to gather for reflection of their impression and experiences of this pilgrimage.

VIA DOLOROSA, CALVARY AND MASS AT THE TOMB

PART 2 WITH ST. STEPHEN’S CHURCH, WALKING THROUGH THE OLD CITY AND MORE

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Another great day! Enjoy!

MASS AT GETHSEMANE, MOUNT OF OLIVES, UPPER ROOM, MEETING WITH BISHOP SHOMALI AND MORE

FR. SEAN SHERIDAN’S HOMILY AT GETHSEMANE

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Touching the Two HOLIEST Places in the World on the Same Day

September 28, 2015

Yup, that is what we did. All day in Bethlehem culminating in touching the birthplace of Jesus. Then we went to the Holy Sepulchre where the Franciscans escorted up into the Church while each of us had time to enter and touch the tomb of Jesus. Wow, what a day! Enjoy! BETHLEHEM, SHEPHERDS FIELD FOR […]

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Boat Ride on Galilee, Mass where Jesus said, “Eat My Flesh, Drink My Blood”, Eating St. Peter’s Fish, Drive to Jerusalem

September 27, 2015

Another amazing day full of deep spirituality and fun adventure. Enjoy! BOAT RIDE, CAPERNAUM, EATING ST. PETER’S FISH, DRIVE TO JERUSALEM, PRAYING AT VISITATION FR. SEAN SHERIDAN’S HOMILY AT CAPERNAUM

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Steubenville Pilgrimage Day Three, another Whopper!

September 26, 2015

Beatitudes and Fr. Sean sheridan’s excellent homily overlooking the sEa of Galilee.  Then to Caesarea Philippi where Jesus said to Peter, “You are Rock and on this rock…” And a whole lot more. Enjoy! OUR DAY TOURING UPPER GALILEE FR. SEAN’S HOMILY ON MOUNT OF BEATITUDES

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Steubenville Pilgrimage: Transfiguration, Cana and Nazareth

September 25, 2015

Beautiful weather, biblical sites, praise worship and Mass, local cuisine, confession, Rosary and free afternoon for swimming in Galilee and relaxing where Jesus walked.  Doesn’t get much better than this. Enjoy today’s Virtual Pilgrimage … TODAY’S ADVENTURE TODAY’S HOMILY AT TRANSFIGURATION

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Fox News Special Shot at Franciscan University of Steubenville: “Losing Faith in America?”

September 25, 2015

STEUBENVILLE—On July 25, a FOX News crew led by FOX anchor Bill Hemmer came to Franciscan University of Steubenville during the Defending the Faith Conference and interviewed Franciscan University faculty, conference speakers, and students, including theology professor Dr. Scott Hahn and sociology professor Dr. Anne Hendershott.   The results of those interviews will be seen in a FOX News Special, “Losing Faith in America?” The […]

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Franciscan University of Steubenville Day One of Holy Land Pilgrimage

September 24, 2015

We are off to a great start. Plane landed on time and we are now up in Galilee in our hotel on the Shore of the Sea of Galilee.  Mass on the patio with the waves splashing on the sea wall. Enjoy the video of our day and a second video with President Fr. Sean […]

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You Know You Are a Heretic when…

September 24, 2015

You decide you know more, you have a new previously unknown truth…

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Last 3 Holy Land Trips of 2015 SOLD OUT

September 23, 2015

Our last three Holy Land pilgrimages for this year are completely sold out. Our first trip in 2016 is in March and it only has 10 seats left. If anybody wants to join us on a pilgrimage this year they can join our pilgrimage cruise with Fr. Larry Richards following the footprints of St. Paul. […]

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Pope Confounds Both Left and Right

September 23, 2015

  Good article trying to unravel Pope Francis’ thought and teaching as he enters the politically-charged US arena.  Catholic World Report tries to works through the issues to demonstrate the Pope is a son of the Church teaching faithfully the Churh’s long held social doctrine.  Confounding the Left and Right (the Comments are interesting reading too). One […]

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What the Pope will Say and App to Follow the Pope

September 22, 2015

First, here is a nice app to follow the Pope’s visit to the USA: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/usa-catholic-church/id1023005804?mt=8 Second, here is a 5 minute concise and helpful overview of what the Pope will probably say and do in the USA. Fr. Sirico sounds right on to me.

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Pope to Castro :-)

September 22, 2015

  

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Fishing with the Government

September 22, 2015

Politics are part of life and part of what Christians should be involved in. I offer no apologies for political cartoons though some think we should leave government and politics to the pagans.

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Free Maps and Timeline of St. Paul’s Journeys and Writings

September 21, 2015

Since you still have time to register for our “Seminar at Sea” — our St. Paul Cruise in a little over a month along with Fr. Larry Richards… … I thought I would share this wonderful website with multiple maps from the life of St. Paul. They help tie things together with his letters, and […]

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