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The former prefect of the Apostolic Signatura explains in a new interview how a correction of parts of the Holy Father’s magisterium would be enacted, pays tribute to the recently deceased Cardinal Meisner, and stresses the importance of true mercy.
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Herman Van Rompuy, a former president of the European Council, says in a tweet that the time when Rome had the final say is “long past.”
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Brothers of Charity group have until the end of August to rescind policy that allows doctors to perform euthanasia on mentally ill patients in its 15 psychiatric hospitals.
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Oscar Schlenker discusses the situation in Venezuela, and people’s perception of the bishops’ and Holy See’s differing approaches in resolving the unrest.
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The U.S. cardinal says disorientation and error have entered into the Church “in a diabolical way,” but encourages Catholics to remain steadfast in the faith as well as courageous and serene, knowing Christ’s victory is “already written.”
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The $2m initiative will give new hope to the citizens of Karemlash on the Nineveh Plain after they were evicted by ISIS in 2014.
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The stigmata saint’s stark warning, amid signs that some in the Church are losing, or perhaps never had, a horror for such a grave sin.
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Despite strong protests, local Caritas office sponsors Emma Bonino to speak on immigration with the approval of the parish priest while the local bishop chooses to remain silent.
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In a new interview, the Vatican Secretary of State also shares his views on China, Europe, Venezuela — and Russia to where he will make an historic visit at the end of August.
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The Roman Forum, which this year celebrated its 25th symposium, seeks to fuse Catholic culture and study in a “truly Catholic atmosphere.”
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Whatever the exact truth behind the lurid and disturbing story, it has further exposed such gravely sinful behavior taking place in the Vatican that one senior member of the curia says has “never been worse.”
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New York hospital offers to ship experimental drug to help the critically ill baby.
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The Spanish journalist was suffering from terminal cancer.
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The former Archbishop of Cologne, one of the four cardinals to send questions about Amoris Laetitia to Pope Francis, died peacefully in his sleep.
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Pope Francis and President Trump also come to the aid of the infant after U.K. and European courts ruled to end his life support.
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Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer, currently Secretary to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, takes over as prefect of the important dicastery, replacing Cardinal Gerhard Müller whose five-year mandate was unusually not renewed.
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Holy See says Pope Francis has granted the Australian prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy a leave of absence to defend himself against charges of sexual assault; the cardinal has pledged to then return to work in the Vatican.
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He asks for the Blessed Virgin's intercession so the Holy Spirit can “bridge every gap” between our hearts and the heart of Christ.
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In his first opportunity to preach after receiving the cardinals’ request for an audience, the Pope warned against resisting the Holy Spirit and fearing “novelties of the Church.”
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Vatican Secretary of State said “conditions are in place” to visit Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill and President Vladimir Putin in August.
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As with the previous consistory of new cardinals, the Pope appears to have decided against a meeting with members of the College of Cardinals.
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Theologian and former consulter to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith calls on the Pope to make a declaration of faith, warning that unless the Pope safeguards doctrine, he cannot impose discipline.
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Pope tells members of the NFL Hall of Fame that sports can help “combat the exaggerated individualism, indifference and injustice that holds us back from living as one human family.”
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Libero Milone had only been in the new post two years during which time he faced a number of challenges, including resistance to more rigorous audits.
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The four cardinals, who earlier asked Pope Francis to provide doctrinal clarity about some elements of Amoris Laetitia, requested the audience in a May letter.
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The April 25 missive was hand-delivered to the Pope on May 6 but has received no response.
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Polish and Belgian bishops have become the latest to issue statements on Communion for civilly remarried divorcees, and both contradict the other.
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In an interview with the Register, Egyptian Greek Melkite Jesuit Father Henri Boulad explains why he believes Islamist terrorists are applying what their religion teaches them, and why the Church fails to address this because she has fallen prey to a leftist ideology that is destroying the West.
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The country’s episcopal conference calls for full investigation and for justice to prevail after a series of homicides against the country’s clergy and religious which they attribute to “obscure diabolical forces.”
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Signs of Christianity’s decline are now clearly showing in England’s historic cathedral city.
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Since the pontificate of Blessed Paul VI, the Ordinary form of the Roman Rite has been without one of the “greatest octaves” which critics argue has led to a detrimental effect on the Church’s liturgical life.
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The meeting comes after Vatican-brokered peace talks broke down and amid increasing protests.
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Rome conference examines attacks on the family and the faith as the Church marks the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima.
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Speaking to the Register, the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship shares his recommendation on how the Church can best resolve the crisis of secularization she is facing, and discusses his motivations for writing his new book on silence.
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The two leaders also highlighted freedom of worship and conscience and hoped for ‘serene collaboration’ over the issue of immigration, but the environment was omitted from the Vatican statement.
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Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States until last year, also discusses Trump's immigration position and looks forward to Callista Gingrich as U.S. ambassador to the Holy See.
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Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the former apostolic nuncio to the US, was among the marchers taking part in Italy's 7th March for Life on Saturday.
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The cardinal-designates will be elevated to the College of Cardinals at a consistory on Wednesday June 28, the vigil of the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul.
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White House confirmed nomination Friday ahead of the President’s meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday.
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In a Rome speech, the Italian cardinal warned that societies are now facing a “frightful” war on marriage and the family but urged the faithful not to be afraid, to witness to Christ, as the victory is already won.
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In an afterword for the cardinal’s new book on the importance of silence, the Pope emeritus praises the Vatican’s liturgy chief as a “spiritual teacher.”
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At the Mass on the centenary of the apparitions at Fatima, the Holy Father reminded the faithful that godlessness “risks leading to hell” but that Mary came to remind us that “God’s light dwells within us and protects us.”
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“With Mary, may each of us become a sign and sacrament of the mercy of God, who pardons always and pardons everything.”
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Full text of the Holy Father's prayer, recited this evening at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima.
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The prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy says the latest “serious irregularities” show “the moment of truth” in the Vatican’s economic reforms is approaching.
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A total of 193 people died crossing the Mediterranean this past weekend out of 6,000 refugees who made the journey over the two days.
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The Pope’s special delegate to the Order tells the Register it can never be separated into religious and humanitarian sectors, and expresses confidence in the institution’s future.
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Confirmation of the visit, which follows plenty of speculation, will be the first stop of his trip to Europe.
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Pope announces former Vietnamese Vatican Cardinal, who evangelised his prison guards so effectively they had to keep changing them, possessed “heroic virtue”.
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Calls for diplomacy and negotiation to resolve the crisis on the Korean Peninsula, says he hasn't yet received a request from President Trump to visit him at the Vatican.
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The Holy Father stressed importance of open-minded education and looking to God rather than affairs of this world.
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Also tells reporters on the papal plane the two-day apostolic voyage has a “special aspect” because of invitations from civil and religious leaders.
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In Register interview, Professor Claudio Pierantoni explains his concerns about Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation.
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In a volte-face, former Grand Master Fra' Matthew Festing will vote in elections this week which are being spearheaded by the Vatican.
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Speakers at the conference, which took place close to the Vatican, respectfully but firmly criticized contentious parts of the papal document on the family.
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But the Vatican says there are no developments yet on a visit in May.
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Some in the Order say move is designed to keep Fra' Festing from having any influence in the election of a new Grand Master.
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Celebrates birthday in Bavarian style saying the Lord has always helped him on a journey of life that's included trials and hard times.
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“With one voice, in every part of the world, we proclaim the great message: “The Lord is truly risen, as he said!” May Jesus, who vanquished the darkness of sin and death, grant peace to our days.”
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“The Lord is alive! He is living and he wants to rise again in all those faces that have buried hope, buried dreams, buried dignity.”
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The Pope said the prayer at the conclusion of the Via Crucis at the Colosseum.
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The Holy Father pinpoints three icons priests can draw upon to keep the good news of the Gospel fresh in their preaching.
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The Paliano jail is famous for housing former mafia members who have become police informants.
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The Pope Emeritus, who turns 90 on Easter Sunday, has taken note of the controversies surrounding the document and how it has been implemented.
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Time constraints prevent an encounter in Rome around the time of a G7 Summit in Sicily; meanwhile speculation mounts that Callista Gingrich is soon to be appointed the next U.S. ambassador to the Holy See.
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The Syriac Orthodox archbishop of Mosul, whose flock are among the last people who speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus, criticises the West for placing animal rights ahead of the wellbeing and survival of Christians.
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Gratitude sent through a letter from Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops.
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Speakers from 5 continents will address the “urgent need” for clarity on the apostolic exhortation’s controversial chapter.
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The heir to the British throne and wife Camilla meet the Pope for half an hour, discuss topics of “mutual interest.”
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The Vatican’s liturgy chief speaks of disaster and schism as the consequences of placing man and not God at the center of worship; praises Summorum Pontificum on its 10th anniversary.
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Yohanna Towaya, who lost all his livelihood after ISIS invaded his home town, says Christians and Yazidis prayed for Trump to win the U.S. election and have high hopes he can lead the way in saving them from this crisis.
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Volunteer John Neill discusses the hard realities facing Iraq’s Christians and stresses the urgent need for security and funding.
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Founder of charity helping persecuted Christians reflects on a visit last week to some of the liberated towns and villages in northern Iraq.
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‘Bild’ sheds light on a multi-million dollar donation seen to be at the center of the Order’s recent dispute with the Holy See.
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On the 4th anniversary of his election, the Holy Father has been praised by the media for bringing the Church closer to the world, while some within the Church feel ignored.
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But the Holy Father also points to upholding the Church's celibacy rule, stressing that “voluntary celibacy” is not a solution to the vocations crisis in the Church.
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Congregation for Divine Worship is preferring not to comment on reported papal commission while liturgical experts dismiss concerns over its precise nature as exaggerated due to lack of information.
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Holy See stresses move is to avoid economic exploitation and not connected with recent posters in Rome critical of Pope Francis.
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Instruction comes as it emerges priests who disagree with bishops’ interpretation of Amoris Laetitia are being bullied and intimidated.
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The Cardinal Patron of the Order says he is “stunned” by Von Rumerstein’s account of Albrecht von Boeselager's dismissal and considers it “a calumny”; also gives interview detailing his recent visit to Guam.
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Release of new recording coincides with worldwide tour that includes the U.S. in October.
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Reliable sources tell the Register Council of Nine Cardinals made the pledge due to concerns about posters critical of the Holy Father appearing across Rome.
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The Vatican’s top diplomat also calls on politicians to be close to the concrete needs of real people.
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Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio pens short booklet on 'Amoris Laetitia' arguing the pastoral practice could be acceptable if such persons “desire to change” their sinful situation.
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Archbishop Henryk Hoser’s mission will be to gain deeper knowledge of the pastoral situation there and the needs of pilgrims.
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Defends German bishops’ guidelines on document as Cardinal Walter Kasper says allowing intercommunion with Protestants in some cases is the “position of the current Pope.”
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Jesuit Father Hans Langendörfer speaks to the Register about the Church tax, the German bishops’ controversial guidelines on Amoris Laetitia, and the general secularization of the German Church.
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Re-instated Grand Chancellor Albrecht von Boeselager outlines his priorities as Pope Francis appoints his Special Delegate to the ancient chivalric Order.
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Appeal made as Cardinal Gerhard Müller gives new interview upholding traditional teaching of the Church on contentious issues, and German bishops issue guidelines saying remarried divorcees can receive the sacraments “in individual cases”.
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Maltese prelate defends controversial guidelines on ‘Amoris Laetitia’ in his first interview since they were released. Says in a homily that the faithful should direct questions on the document to Pope Francis.
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Albrecht von Boeselager reinstated as Grand Chancellor; Order to elect new Grand Master “soon”.
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Declaration made in a letter from Cardinal Parolin to the Order of Malta as details emerge about what happened during the Pope’s meeting with the Grand Master.
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Order’s governing council must still vote to accept the resignation; Vatican says Pope will appoint a Papal Delegate to head the Order.
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Urges looking at the world’s problems through the lens of the Good News of Christ’s redemptive suffering.
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Says he and Archbishop Scicluna are in “complete unity” with Pope Francis, thereby offering a “guarantee that the teaching is authentic.”
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In a new interview, the Pope warns that populism in a time of crisis is what led to the rise of Hitler and urges dialogue.
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Sudden changes in approach to doctrine, episcopal rivalries, and a swift drafting process are some of the factors that led to the contentious document.
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Benjamin Harnwell, founder of the Rome-based Institute for Human Dignity, discusses the “intuitive genius” of one of the most influential Catholics in the new Trump administration.
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Striking differences between the two documents, as well as other papal teachings.
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The archbishop emeritus of Bologna sheds light on the thinking of the four cardinals, and why they see a papal clarification of ‘Amoris laetitia’ as so vital.
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Edward Pentin began reporting on the Pope and the Vatican with Vatican Radio before moving on to become the Rome correspondent for the National Catholic Register. He has also reported on the Holy See and the Catholic Church for a number of other publications including Newsweek, Newsmax, Zenit, The Catholic Herald, and The Holy Land Review, a Franciscan publication specializing in the Church and the Middle East. Edward is the author of “The Rigging of a Vatican Synod? An Investigation into Alleged Manipulation at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family”, published by Ignatius Press. Follow him on Twitter @edwardpentin