Philadelphia’s delegation to Vatican City met with Pope Francis this morning during his weekly Papal audience.
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Although a private meeting with Pope Francis was canceled, a delegation from Pennsylvania had the chance to speak with the Pontiff in Rome Wednesday morning.
Signaling a dramatic shift in Vatican tone, Pope Francis said the Catholic Church had become obsessed by “small-minded rules” about how to be faithful and that pastors should instead emphasize compassion over condemnation when discussing divisive social issues of abortion, gays and contraception.
A Priest from Connecticut is the man who took over the duties as “English-language voice of the Vatican” from a beloved Philadelphia native.
It’s the first full day on the job for Pope Francis and he’s already making the rounds.
The election of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as Pope Francis has local Catholics very excited.
Former NBA great Dennis Rodman is in Rome closely following the election process of the new Pope and he spoke with Eyewitness News Wednesday.
The 115 voting cardinals will need at least one more day to decide the new leader of the Catholic Church. The conclave cast its first ballot for a pope Tuesday night and the smoke was black.
“Jesus didn’t say women can’t be priests. He didn’t say that anyplace. It’s not in the Gospels anywhere. If we’re going to follow a literal sense, then all the priests should be Jewish,” sister Maureen Paul Turlish said.
His resignation shocked the world, but Pope Benedict has still not made an official resignation Tweet.