Pope Francis on Wednesday described the usage of mobile phones during mass as an “ugly thing.”The Catholic head admonished thousands of people at his weekly audience in St Peter’s Square, who take pictures with their cell phones during Masses, saying they should focus on God instead.
The mass shooting at a Texas Church over the weekend in which 26 people were killed was “act of senseless violence,” Pope Francis has said in a condolence message on Tuesday in Rome.
Pope Francis began the last day of his visit to Colombia with a hitch after he bumped his head against the vehicle barrier when he lost balance while riding in the popemobile.
The Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria, Embassy of Holy See Vatican, Archbishop Antonio Fillpazzi, has pledged Vatican’s support for the anti-corruption crusade and development of education sector in Nigeria.
For four years, some parishes of the Roman Catholic Church in Imo have been without a bishop .Pope Francis had tried to mediate in the issue and even forced the priests to write a letter of apology. While this is ongoing, parishioners have continued to mourn those killed inside a church in Ozubulu in Anambra state There is serious panic in Nigeria over reports Pope Francis is seriously considering shutting down a total of 163 parishes of the Catholic Diocese of Ahiara in Imo state following the alleged stubborn refusal of of some priests to accept the appointment of Peter Okpalaeke as bishop.
Pope Francis has given Nigerian priests 30 days to pledge obedience to him and accept a bishop appointed for their diocese – or risk being suspended, the Associated Press news agency reports.
The pontiff met on 8 June a delegation from Nigeria’s Ahiara diocese, where priests have been refusing to accept the 2012 appointment by then pontiff, Benedict XVI, of the local bishop, Peter Okpaleke.
Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano reported Sunday that Pope Francis was acting “for the good of the people of God” by threatening to suspend the priests from the ministry if they did not pledge in a letter, by July 9, “total obedience” and accept Bishop Okpaleke’s appointment.
The Vatican issued only a short statement on the 8 June meeting, describing the situation in the diocese as “unacceptable”, the Catholic Herald reported.
The protests were motivated by the fact that Bishop Okpaleke is not a local priest, it added.
The newspaper quoted the Pope as saying that every priest of the diocese must write a letter to him by 9 July asking for forgiveness and “must clearly manifest total obedience to the Pope” – or else he would be suspended and would lose his office, reports the BBC.
He said he was taking a tough line because “the people of God are scandalised. Jesus reminds us that whoever causes scandal must suffer the consequences”, the Catholic Herald quoted the Pope as saying.
Source: New Telegraph
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