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4created Russian Orthodox ecclesiastical structures in Africa and received over 100 Alexandrian clergy into the Russian church.
Both patriarchates are among the autocephalous churches that make up Eastern Orthodoxy.
“The Russian Church, wanting to increase its power and prestige in the Orthodox world, using secular power and —sometimes —violence, began to trample and ‘enslave’ neighboring Orthodox churches,” Patriarch Theodore wrote. The Moscow Patriarchate’s recent action “is utterly hostile to our Patriarchate, as it is contrary to many other canons which forbid one church from violating the borders of another.”
The poll also found that many Democrats—although not a majority—would favor prison terms for the unvaccinated, and even removing children from their custody.
Rasmussen found that 77% of self-identified Democrats support President Biden’s campaign for vaccine mandates, but only 22% of Republicans.
Among the poll results:
- 55% of Democrats favor fines for the unvaccinated;
- 59% say the unvaccinated should be “confined to their homes”—essentially under house arrest—except in emergencies;
- 48% say government should be allowed to fine or imprison people who question the effectiveness of Covid vaccines;
- 45% would approve a plan to let the unvaccinated “temporarily live in designated facilities or locations” (internment camps?) and
- 29% would endorse “temporarily removing parents’ custody of their children if parents refuse to take the COVID-19 vaccine.”
7named her an Undersecretary of the Synod of Bishops.
“What Pope Francis is doing here at the Vatican . . . is trying to disconnect the leadership role from ordination,” she said, as she commented on the appointment of religious sisters and laity to leadership roles. “The Vatican is like a big cargo ship, it’s not just a small sailing boat. It doesn’t move quickly, you have to be patient.”
8video) on January 6, the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, Pope Francis reflected on the prostration of the Magi before the child Jesus.
If “we abandon our pretense of self-sufficiency, if we make ourselves little inside, we will then rediscover the wonder of worshipping Jesus, because adoration comes from humility of heart,” Pope Francis said to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square. “May the Virgin Mary, the servant of the Lord, teach us to rediscover our vital need for humility and the vibrant desire to worship.”
91999 notification by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and a 2010 statement by the president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.
“I am thinking of your 50 years of ministry, which were 50 years with this ‘style of God,’ 50 years of closeness, of compassion and of tenderness,” Pope Francis wrote on December 10. “You have not been afraid of ‘closeness,’ and in getting close you did it ‘suffering with’ and without condemning anyone, but with the ‘tenderness’ of a sister and a mother. Thank you, Sister Jeannine, for all your closeness, compassion and tenderness.”