Cardinal Caffarra Among Signatories of Declaration Upholding Church's Teaching on Marriage

Declaration drawn up in response to what signatories see as continued confusion over the Church's moral teaching following the Synods on the Family and Amoris Laetitia.

09/28/2016 Comments (11)

An increasing number of laity, clergy and prelates, including such prominent Church leaders as Cardinal Carlo Caffarra and the respected Austrian theologian Wolfgang Waldstein, have signed a declaration of faith to counter what they see as continued ambiguities over key moral Church teachings on marriage and the family.

As of Sept. 28, over 1,800 Church figures, including many priests, pro-life leaders, and eminent scholars, had added their name to a “Declaration of Fidelity to the Church’s Unchangeable Teaching on Marriage and to Her Uninterrupted Discipline”.

The declaration, made public on Sept. 27 with an initial 80 signatories, was drawn up in response to “the confusion” over the...READ MORE

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World Famous Exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth Dies at 91

The outspoken Pauline priest had performed over 70,000 exorcisms over the past 30 years.

09/16/2016 Comments (62)

Father Gabriele Amorth.

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The renowned exorcist, Pauline Father Gabriele Amorth, has died at the age of 91. 

A priest of the diocese of Rome, Father Amorth was admitted to hospital a few weeks ago suffering from pulmonary complications, according to Italian media reports.

His death was announced by the San Paolo group which has published many of his books.

Born in Modena on May 1, 1925, Gabriele Amorth entered the Pauline congregation in Alba in 1947, five years after meeting its founder, Blessed Giacomo Alberione.  Ordained in 1951, he was appointed exorcist of the diocese of Rome in 1985 by Cardinal Ugo Poletti.

Often sought out by media around the world for his views on exorcism and understanding the struggle...READ MORE

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Is Pope Francis Planning to Visit the United Arab Emirates?

Pope is scheduled to meet Abu Dhabi's crown prince at the Vatican on Thursday.

09/14/2016 Comments (3)

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Pope Francis will meet a high level delegation from the United Arab Emirates on Thursday and may accept an invitation to make an historic visit to the Arab state, although the Vatican has yet to speak about the possibility.

In June, the UAE’s Minister for Tolerance, Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, formally invited Pope Francis to visit the country. A government source told the Register Sept. 13 that the invitation “was accepted but no date has yet been sent.” 

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi, will also have talks with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin on Thursday. 

During their meeting, the Pope and Sheikh Mohamed are expected to discuss joint...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Backs Holy Communion for Some Remarried Divorcees

In letter to Argentine bishops, Pope expresses clear support for a pastoral approach allowing some remarried divorcees, unable to live in continence, to receive Holy Communion.

09/13/2016 Comments (55)
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Pope Francis has said there are “no other interpretations” of Amoris Laetitia other than one put forward by a group of Argentine bishops to admit some divorced and remarried Catholics, not necessarily abstaining from sexual relations, to Holy Communion.

In a Sept. 5th letter to the bishops of Buenos Aires, the Pope wrote that their document on applying chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia “is very good and completely explains” the meaning of the controversial chapter which some theologians have read as giving a green light to a possible break with Church teaching.

Amoris Laetitia is Pope Francis' post-synodal apostolic exhortation (summary document) on the Synod on the Family.

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Archbishop Gänswein: New Benedict XVI Book 'Deconstructs' Old Image of Pope Emeritus

Benedict XVI's personal secretary highlights "new" and "illuminating" passages related to the Pope Emeritus' resignation.

09/13/2016 Comments (2)
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Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI “never became so human” as he does in a new book interview he has given the German journalist Peter Seewald, a work which achieves a “final deconstruction” of how both friends and foes have seen him in the past.

This is according to Archbishop Georg Gaenswein, Benedict’s personal secretary, in a Sept. 12 address at a launch of the book in Munich.

Entitled Benedict XVI — Last Testament, the 200 or so pages of conversations were published in various languages last Friday and will be published in English in November. Seewald has previously interviewed Benedict for Salt of the Earth, God and the World, and Light of the World.

Archbishop Gaenswein, who is also...READ MORE

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Recent Key Appointments Unsettle John Paul II Institute on Marriage and Family

09/12/2016 Comments (39)

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia

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Last month, Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, until now president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, as the new grand chancellor of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family.

The Institute, established in 1981, is devoted to the study of the truth about the human person in all its dimensions with the aim of generating a “culture of life”. Headquartered in Rome, it has centers in Washington D.C. and around the world.

Archbishop Paglia has often spoken out in defense of the Church’s teaching on family, marriage and human sexuality, but he has also made it clear through his statements and actions that he is no standard-bearer of the...READ MORE

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Benedict XVI To Reveal More Details of His Life and Pontificate in New Book

09/08/2016 Comments (8)

Advance details have emerged of some of the contents of a new book interview with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, due to be published in various languages tomorrow. The English edition is not expected until November.

The new book, called “Benedict XVI - Last Testament: In His Own Words” by German author Peter Seewald, is said to be a mix of autobiography, testimony and written defense. The aim is to help Joseph Ratzinger explain himself and his pontificate to the world, according to its publishers.

The German daily Suddeutsche Zeitung, which has seen an advance copy of the book, says Benedict discusses “delicate” matters such as the strengths and weaknesses of his pontificate, cliques,...READ MORE

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Hungarian Government Creates New Department for Persecuted Christians

Also pledges 3 million euros to help persecuted Christians worldwide.

09/06/2016 Comments (7)

Viktor Orbán meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican last month.


The Hungarian government has set up a special government department for persecuted Christians and given 3 million euros ($3.35m) to help Christians facing violence and oppression around the world.

The news comes after Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, met Pope Francis and Middle Eastern patriarchs in Rome at the end of August.

The new state sub-secretariat, to be headed by Tamás Török, until recently Hungary's deputy ambassador to Italy, will be part of the Hungarian Ministry for Human Capacities, a key government ministry responsible for education and church issues. The ministry is led by Zoltán Balog who accompanied Orbán to Rome last month.

Already one million euros has been...READ MORE

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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