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The author shares his reasons for writing the controversial book and his concerns about this pontificate.
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Sources confirm that, with the Holy Father’s approval, the Vatican’s head of doctrine has thrown out the bishops’ proposal allowing Holy Communion for some Protestant spouses, but the Pope wishes the rejection letter to remain secret.
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Father of two-year old toddler at the center of battles between his parents and UK authorities to keep him alive appeals to the Holy Father for Alfie to receive care at the Vatican-run Bambino Gesù hospital in Rome.
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Vincent Lambert, a severely disabled Frenchman without a terminal illness, and Alfie Evans, a two-year old toddler with an undiagnosed disease, face state imposed death sentences against the will of their parents.
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In Gaudete et Exsultate, the Holy Father offers guidance on the many paths to sanctity in today’s world.
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The six-point profession of faith, titled ‘We testify and confess,’ reaffirms the Church’s unchanging teaching in key areas.
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Bishop Athansius Schneider defines the qualities required of the Petrine Office and warns against silence in the face of ignorance of the truth, and attacks on the truth. Cardinal Walter Brandmüller says holiness is a requirement for the important participation of the laity on matters of doctrine.
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In a speech at a conference in Rome addressing confusion in the Church, the American cardinal outlined the limits of papal power, and pays to tribute to Cardinal Joachim Meisner who ‘tirelessly’ presented Christ’s teaching.
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A Milan hospital offers to give a second opinion on toddler with undiagnosed brain disease as UK hospital tries again to turn off his life support, contrary to his parent’s wishes.
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The American cardinal says the recent ‘interview’ regarding hell was a ‘profound scandal,’ and that the Holy Father is not only failing to proclaim the Church’s constant doctrine and sound discipline but also ‘increasing the confusion’ over crucial issues.
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A look at some of the Holy Father’s previous teachings on holiness ahead of the publication of his new apostolic exhortation ‘Gaudete et Exsultate’ on Monday.
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The retired German cardinal expresses serious concerns about the bishops’ ‘pastoral handout’ which would allow some Protestant spouses in mixed marriages to receive Holy Communion.
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Cardinals Zen, Burke, and Brandmüller as well as a former president of the Italian Senate are to address the April 7 conference in Rome.
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The power of God’s love “dispels wickedness, washes faults away, restores innocence to the fallen, and joy to mourners, drives out hatred, fosters concord and brings down the mighty.”
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To celebrate Easter is to allow Jesus to triumph over “craven fear,” an “invitation to break out of our routines” rather than “continue standing speechless” as events happen.
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Nonagenarian atheist philosopher also claims Pope is honoured to be called a revolutionary, but the Vatican stresses that although the two men met, no interview was given and the comments are not a “faithful” rendering of what was said.
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Although the resignation has its flaws, the fallout from ‘Lettergate’ finally led to some accountability for wrongdoing at the Vatican.
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Bertalan Kiss says the extraordinary form of the Roman rite is not stuck in the past but rather draws on the treasures of the Church’s heritage and attracts young people because it ‘challenges them.’
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The meeting, with interventions from cardinals and bishops, will be entitled ‘Catholic Church: Where Are You Heading?’
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The Vatican released on Saturday the full text of Benedict XVI's letter to Msgr. Vigano showing that two paragraphs were concealed. The Vatican said it had no intention to censor the letter but chose to leave out parts of it as the letter was confidential. The story as it developed.
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Ahead of the publication of pastoral guidelines on Amoris Laetitia, the bishops have stressed the importance of discernment and accompaniment for some divorced and remarried Catholics although it is not clear if that means they can receive Holy Communion.
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The Christian woman, imprisoned and on death row for blasphemy in Pakistan, said it is a ‘miracle’ she has been allowed to keep the Rosary which she has received with ‘devotion and gratitude.’
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Links to recent articles, as requested by some readers.
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The Holy Father is heralded for his work in trying to eradicate the scourge of human trafficking.
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Appointments announced today show the issue will be discussed, and could result in wide-ranging and concrete changes.
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The Holy Father’s zeal for today’s ecumenical movement is unmistakable, but becoming a member of the global body made up of half a billion Protestant and Orthodox believers would probably be a step too far.
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The former prefect at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith speaks to the Register about the Vatican’s handling of clergy sexual abuse and controversial interference by some prelates in individual cases.
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In a Letter to bishops, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith tackles two modern tendencies which it argues make the true salvation offered by the Catholic Church ‘difficult to understand.’
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The group of around 500 British priests and deacons draw attention to a worsening of the phenomenon and in response urge Catholic teaching to be proclaimed with pastoral charity and sensitivity.
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Eternal City almost brought to a standstill this morning as the first snowfall in six years covered the city.
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In a landmark speech, the former head of the USCCB’s doctrinal committee says the Church’s leadership is attacking her identity and calls on the faithful to mount a ‘robustly positive’ response.
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Cardinal Reinhard Marx says a new ‘guide’ allowing some Protestant spouses to receive Holy Communion under certain circumstances is a ‘positive step;’ some theologians have strongly warned against such a move.
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In this year’s World Youth Day message, the Pope gives pastoral advice on how to overcome fear, and tells young people not to be closed in a room with a computer and smartphone but to “open wide the doors of your life!”
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Italian priest who helped make the discovery says it is reminiscent of the Eucharistic miracle of Siena in 1730.
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Despite issuing a strong threat to priests opposed to the appointment of Bishop Peter Okpaleke, the Holy Father accepts the bishops' resignation, taking account of opposing priests’ ‘repentance.’
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The Holy Father revealed the news in an informal conversation with Rome priests on Thursday.
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The Pope emeritus writes a short letter to an Italian newspaper, thanking readers for their expressions of concern as the fifth anniversary of the announcement of his resignation approaches.
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In a talk given to European bishops in 1989, the future pontiff foresaw many of the challenges afflicting the Church today, and proposed how to understand and effectively deal with them.
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In a reflection on Amoris Laetitia posted on the academy’s website, German moral theologian Gerhard Höver argues that the term fails to account for complexity of different situations.
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In his message for World Day of Social Communications, the Pope warns of the ‘dire consequences’ of such disinformation and calls for a ‘purification of truth’ in today’s media, based on the knowledge of God’s love for mankind.
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In a message to the annual meeting of political and economic leaders, the Holy Father called for an inclusive society that protects human dignity, especially for the poorest and most vulnerable.
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A source close to the matter says the Dutch government must take responsibility for how Lilianne Ploumen, a militant pro-abortion politician, abused her Order of St. Gregory medal, and that her award was actually meant as a ‘slight.’
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In her maiden speech as U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, Callista Gingrich says the Church’s example in trying to bring peace and prosperity to the war-torn nations has been an ‘inspiration to the world.’
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The international meeting in Rome, one of the last wishes of the late Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, is due to take place in April.
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The Holy See Press Office says Dutch militant pro-abortion politician Lilianne Ploumen was given the ancient papal honor as ‘diplomatic practice’ for a visiting official head of state delegation to the Vatican.
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The Pope will pray at the tomb of Bishop Stefan Czmil, one of his favorite teachers at elementary school.
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Cesar Willy De Vroe lost all his possessions but found the faith and became known for his generosity.
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The Vatican Secretary of State’s comments come amid unease that the document is being used by some to alter Church teaching, specifically regarding the Church’s ban on artificial contraception.
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In a recent talk, moral theologian Father Maurizio Chiodi uses a chapter of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the family to justify artificial contraception in some circumstances — a theory critics say is reminiscent of the Anglican’s disastrous Lambeth Conference resolution of 1930.
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The Kazakh Ordinaries took the decision in response to Pope Francis’ official interpretation of ‘Amoris Laetitia’ which they say is leading to ‘rampant confusion’ and is ‘alien’ to the entire faith.
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An investigation by the ‘Handelsblatt’ newspaper shows that despite sharp falls in attendance, the Church is sitting on a multi-billion dollar fortune. It also lacks financial transparency, and is not properly resourcing Catholic hospitals.
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“Devotion to Mary is not spiritual etiquette; it is a requirement of the Christian life. Looking to the Mother, we are asked to leave behind all sorts of useless baggage and to rediscover what really matters.”
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As tensions increase on the Korean peninsula, the Holy Father asks that an image showing child victims from Nagasaki be shared with the words “the fruit of war.”
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Pope calls on all to see Jesus in children caught up in conflicts and hardship around the world: “May we commit ourselves, with the help of his grace, to making our world more human and more worthy for the children of today and of the future.”
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“The faith we proclaim tonight makes us see God present in all those situations where we think he is absent. He is present in the unwelcomed visitor, often unrecognizable, who walks through our cities and our neighbourhoods, who travels on our buses and knocks on our doors."
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Sources tell the Register the most serious claims involve Bishop Juan José Pineda, an auxiliary bishop in the Honduran cardinal’s archdiocese, to whom the cardinal is very close.
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The new legislation, which allows adults to refuse ‘ordinary means’ of end-of-life medical treatment in living wills, also contains no clause for conscientious objection.
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The Holy Father chooses a former practitioner and bioethics expert for Paris, and a former head of the Mexican bishops’ conference as Archbishop of Mexico City — the world’s largest diocese.
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Pope suggests ways of making concerns known about a person without gossiping behind their back which, he repeats, is “terrorism.”
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In the first of two homilies during his visit to Burma, the Holy Father urges the faithful to be guided by the Lord’s wisdom and love, which seeks not revenge but forgiveness and compassion.
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Shows delight at receiving the newspaper as he greets Rome correspondent Edward Pentin on the papal plane to Burma.
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The Holy Father became the first Pontiff to set foot in Burma when he arrived in Yangon at around 1.20pm local time. He will spend the day resting before flying to the nation’s capital for formal engagements tomorrow.
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The Holy Father condemns the imposition of Western secular values on other peoples and nations, saying every time a ‘cultural and ideological colonization’ comes along, ‘it sins against God the Creator because it wants to change Creation as it was made by Him.’
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The Institute's president stresses the importance of looking at the ‘concrete reality of situations’ to find ways of ‘effective pastoral care.’
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In wishing to honor two recently deceased cardinals, the American cardinal makes a final plea to the Holy Father for clarity, saying the “grave” situation is “continually worsening” and that it is “urgent” the Pope “confirm his brothers in the faith.”
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Famed Italian author criticizes the Holy Father for mirroring modern society by turning the Church into a place where “everything is unstable and changeable.”
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Former U.S. Bishops’ head of doctrine lays out his deep concerns about this pontificate in a letter to the Holy Father.
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The former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith agrees with philosopher Rocco Buttiglione that Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation “must be understood in the orthodox sense.”
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The former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith criticizes some Catholics for being too enthusiastic about Luther whose “revolution” was “against the Holy Spirit.”
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Tristan Azbej, deputy state secretary for the Aid of Persecuted Christians, says it’s time to “step up” and “form alliances” on their behalf.
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Appeals for “honest politics” and warns against further chaos which is the “worst enemy” for minorities.
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American Steve Rasche, who is helping to lead efforts to resettle Christians in northern Iraq, says steps must be taken to avert another “real war” in the region which, if it broke out, would “finish Christians in Iraq.”
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Organizers say the aim is to take a new and broad look at the encyclical “in the context of a time of change” and because difficulties have become “more complex.”
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The American cardinal says the witness to the Truth of the patron saint of politicians, who died defending the indissolubility of marriage when few others would, is “exceptionally important” today.
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Prime Minister Viktor Orbán opens conference by calling on nations, particularly in Europe, to cast aside political correctness, stand up against Christian persecution, and defend the roots of Christian civilization.
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A favorite of Pope St. John Paul II, the majestic church and mystical grotto dedicated to Our Lady of Graces make a memorable pilgrimage from the Eternal City.
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They condemn the country’s government and security services for brutality and atrocities as well as violence perpetrated by young civilians after protestors demand independence in Anglophone parts of the country.
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Tells general assembly meeting of the Pontifical Academy for Life that the Church must acknowledge “delays and shortcomings” and that Academy members can no longer be limited to “specific situations of ethical, social or legal conflict.”
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Writing in the preface of a Russian edition of his book ‘Theology of the Liturgy,’ the Pope emeritus says a misunderstanding of liturgical reform has placed the Church in danger.
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Italian philosophy professor Rocco Buttiglione criticizes the signatories for standing as judges over the Pope, while a theologian and an author argue that those behind the ‘Correctio filialis’ have contravened a Vatican instruction for theologians. The Register also publishes the full text of a speech by Cardinal Marc Ouellet warning against both ‘alarmist’ and ‘permissive’ interpretations of Amoris Laetitita.
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Says his role as a member will allow him to assist in the work of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, serve as a judge when asked to do so, but it is not a full time position.
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Cardinal Pietro Parolin sends message of condolence on behalf of the Holy Father after the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
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In a question and answer session during his visit to Colombia, now published in La Civilta Cattolica, the Pope again defends the document against its critics, repeating that its moral basis is Thomistic, and dismisses theologians who take a “purely casuistic” approach to morality.
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The prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith says the Pope deserves ‘full respect’ and his ‘honest critics deserve a convincing answer’ as the Vatican declines to comment on a filial correction of the Holy Father, made public on Sunday.
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The initiative, the first time such a mechanism has been used since the Middle Ages, accuses the Pope of “propagating heresies” and respectfully asks that he teach the truth of the Catholic faith in its integrity.
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Summaries of some of the speeches, images of the events, and why Dominicans figured so highly during the Sept. 14-17 celebrations in Rome.
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The new entity, issued by papal decree, replaces the previous institute founded by John Paul II in 1981. Its aim is to carry forward the teaching of Amoris Laetitia and make it irreversible.
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Vatican announces that the senior official has been recalled to Rome after U.S. authorities cited possible ‘violation of child-pornography laws.’
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The encounter took place at the Pope’s Santa Marta residence, after which the missionary priest told reporters of his 18 months’ captivity in Yemen.
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The Indian missionary was freed earlier today after being held captive for 18 months by Islamist militants. Statements from the Vatican and the Indian bishops’ conference.
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Father George Woodall warns against calling into question the Church’s ban on artificial contraception as some senior Church leaders look to soften the teaching of the encyclical which turns 50 next year.
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The American cardinal praises Cardinal Caffarra as an exemplary priest, bishop and cardinal, who wished to use the fruits of his study of the Church's doctrine and discipline for the “best possible care of souls.”
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Widely thought to be the Church’s leading expert on marriage and the family and one of the four ‘dubia’ cardinals, the Italian cardinal passed away this morning after a long illness.
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A major four-day event in Rome next week dedicated to Benedict XVI’s 2007 decree will spotlight how much the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite enriches the Church and strengthens people’s faith in this time of great spiritual crisis.
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Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer of Regensburg tells the Register that only putting Christ at the center and ceasing to follow a “relativistic zeitgeist” will unify the Church and stop the crisis in Germany’s materially wealthy Church that continues to lose vast numbers.
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A miraculous journey and fervent prayer lead Dario Ramirez, who was forced to flee the Maduro regime in 2014, to pop the question to his girlfriend Maryangel Espinal at an audience with the Holy Father.
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The Holy Father invokes magisterial authority to say the path of liturgical reform cannot be turned back. He also says more work needs to be done in implementing the reforms, and a change of mentality is needed.
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Vatican Secretary of State expresses hopes for visit after meeting with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, during which the strengthening of bilateral ties, collaborating to resolve global conflicts and defending religious freedom were among the issues discussed.
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The ghostwriter of the Pope’s apostolic exhortation says the Holy Father wanted to discreetly change the Church’s pastoral practice on a key part of the Church’s moral teaching, while a prominent English Dominican calls for a procedure to correct papal errors in the document.
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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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Edward Pentin

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