Pope Francis calls Catholic media criticism "the work of the devil"
Francis also revealed he offered a Jewish woman the Eucharist against church policy
Hi ReligionUnplugged readers,
It’s no secret that Pope Francis isn’t a fan of criticism of his papacy. He was asked about his health on a trip to Slovakia following a recent operation.
“Still alive,” the pope replied, “even though some people wanted me to die.”
He then spoke out against critical Catholic media. Senior editor Clemente Lisi writes on the pope’s remarks and the responses of various Catholic media outlets.
In other Pope Francis news, Timothy Nerozzi writes about an anecdote the pope shared about offering a Jewish woman the Eucharist. Despite the act breaking canon law, he called the incident an “act of God.”
See you next week!
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