Rome's Trevi Fountain Illuminated Red to Remember Persecuted Christians

Bishop Audo warns of the end of the Church's presence in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

04/30/2016 Comments (5)

Losing the Christian presence in Syria would be something "very, very dangerous for the universal Church, for the Muslim people, and for ourselves”, warned Bishop Antoine Audo of Syria's second largest city, Aleppo.

The Chaldean bishop was speaking to the Register after addressing crowds in Rome who had gathered at the city's Trevi Fountain in the evening of April 29. The famous landmark was colored red to honor and remember the blood of persecuted Christian martyrs. The number of Christians being persecuted for the faith is estimated to total 200 million around the world.



The event, which drew a large crowd, included a series of testimonies and ended with a prayer. Its...READ MORE

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Pope Francis at Extraordinary Jubilee Audience: Be Reconciled With God

God never accepts possibility that someone could remain estranged from His love, as long as He finds in that person some sign of contrition for the evil he has committed.

04/30/2016 Comments (1)

Pope Francis has underlined the invitation of the Apostle St. Paul to “be reconciled to God”, saying it applies to all Christians, especially during this Jubilee Year of Mercy.

The theme of reconciliation was central to his catechesis at his extraordinary Jubilee audience on Saturday morning in St. Peter’s Square. Throughout this Holy Year, the Pope is holding such audiences once a month. This Saturday's was also held in honor of members of the security services and their service to peace and reconciliation.

In his discourse, the Pope made a point of drawing on St. Paul’s words in the second letter to the Corinthians 5:20-21: “So we are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing...READ MORE

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Californian Donors Fund Restoration of Vatican Museum's Gallery of Maps

04/29/2016 Comment

A four-year painstaking restoration of the Gallery of Maps in the Vatican Museums has been completed thanks to the generosity of Californian Catholic donors.

The $2.5m project, funded by the California Chapter of the Patrons of the Arts, has fully restored Pope Gregory XIII’s gallery that was painted from 1580 to 1583 by a team of top artists under the leadership of the famous cartographer and Dominican, Ignazio Danti.

The restoration was needed after the 40 meticulously painted maps of the entire Italian peninsular had suffered years of deterioration and previous botched restorations.

Pope Gregory commissioned the gallery so he could explore the Italian peninsula without leaving the...READ MORE

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Bishop Schneider: 'Amoris Laetitia' Demands Clarification

04/27/2016 Comments (15)

Bishop Athanasius Schneider has given a lengthy reflection on Amoris Laetitia in which he makes a consistent case for the need for clarity and precision in the text, particularly with regard to admitting civilly remarried divorcees to Holy Communion.

The bishop’s reflection is a studied, detailed and forceful response that argues against those who see the papal summary of the Synods on the Family as “opening the door” to Holy Communion for remarried divorcees and other practices that would not be consistent with the Church’s constant magisterium.

The Kazakh prelate, who has led resistance to what many see as modernist and secularist strains within both the synods and Amoris Laetitia,...READ MORE

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Joe Biden to Give Talk at Vatican Conference on Friday

04/27/2016 Comments (25)

Vice President Biden welcoming Pope Francis to the Senate, Sept. 2015.

– YouTube

Vice President Joe Biden arrives in Rome on Thursday to attend a conference on breakthroughs in regenerative medicine, part-hosted by the Pontifical Council for Culture.

Biden will deliver a talk the following day about the Obama administration's "Moonshot" initiative which aims to make therapies available to more patients and accelerate cancer research by improving cancer prevention and detecting it at an early stage.

The Vice President, whose son Beau died of brain cancer last year, is aiming to double the rate of progress toward a cancer cure, for which the Obama administration has asked Congress for $1 billion.

The April 28-30 conference, entitled “The Progress of Regenerative...READ MORE

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Vatican Details Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine Ahead of Sunday Collection

04/22/2016 Comments (1)

A collection will be held in all European Catholic churches this coming Sunday to support the people of Ukraine. The initiative comes after Pope Francis called on European Catholics during the Regina Caeli on April 3 to perform a gesture of charity to alleviate the material suffering of Ukrainians.

On the eve of the collection, the Vatican shared today some of the extreme hardships and suffering taking place in a country that continues to be stricken by a conflict that many people think has ended.

The conflict began in the spring of 2014 when Russia made several incursions into Ukrainian territory, beginning with Crimea. After demonstrations by pro-Russian groups in the Donbass area of...READ MORE

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Cardinal Pell a 'Bit Surprised' By Suspension of Auditors

04/21/2016 Comments (10)

Cardinal George Pell


Cardinal George Pell, the prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy, has said he was “a bit surprised” by the decision of the Secretariat of State to suspend an independent audit of the Vatican's finances.

In a short statement released this morning, he said he anticipates the audit will “resume shortly” after “discussions and clarification" of some issues, and added that the work of the “internal auditor which covers all areas has not been interrupted.”

Yesterday the Register reported that the Secretariat of State had sent a letter this week to all Vatican entities saying the first external audit aimed at raising the Vatican’s finances to international anti-money laundering...READ MORE

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EWTN’s ‘World Over’ Panel Highlights Concerns Over 'Amoris Laetitia'

04/18/2016 Comments (21)

A panel on Raymond Arroyo’s most recent The World Over program on EWTN had a very candid but respectful discussion of Pope Francis’ post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia.

In the half hour segment (see above) first aired last Thursday, Robert Royal, president of the Faith and Reason Institute and editor-in-chief of The Catholic Thing, and canonist Father Gerald Murray, weighed in on various aspects of the document. 

Royal began by noting the positive points in the exhortation and that the Holy Father speaks “very clearly” about “at least five controversial issues”: contraception, the right to life, conscientious objection for medical workers, same-sex “marriage” not being in...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