Pope Francis defends the family as God intended it

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

While visiting Sri Lanka and the Philippines recently, Pope Francis turned more than a few heads by explaining in detail, and some three times in four days, just how right Blessed Pope Paul VI had been when he wrote Humanae Vitae. He issued what can only be described as some of the harshest criticism of abortion and contraception of his pontificate …

Pope Francis braves storm to address typhoon survivors in Philippines

Jim Wogan News, Pope Francis

By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service  TACLOBAN, Philippines (CNS) — Fourteen months after Typhoon Haiyan devastated much of the central Philippines, Pope Francis braved a tropical storm to encourage survivors in their ongoing work of recovery. The weather forced him to leave the area hours ahead of schedule, so he made up for reduced contact with words and gestures …

Pope receives enthusiastic welcome in Philippines

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service MANILA, Philippines — Pope Francis did not disappoint hundreds of former street children who were part of a massive campaign to show him one of the centers where they have found safety and love. Although it was not in his official program, Pope Francis walked out of Manila’s Immaculate Conception Cathedral after Mass Jan. …