Pope Francis' Chrism Mass Homily - Full Text

03/25/2016 Comments (1)

In the morning of Holy Thursday yesterday, the Holy Father presided at the Holy Chrism Mass in St. Peter's basilica. The Mass was concelebrated by cardinals, bishops and priests (diocesan and religious) present in Rome. During the Mass, the priests renewed the promises they made at the time of of their ordination and the Holy Father blessed the sacred oils (Chrism, the oil of catechumens, and the oil of the sick), which will be used during the Easter Vigil, and in liturgical celebrations throughout the year.

We publish below the homily the Pope pronounced after the proclamation of the Holy Gospel:After hearing Jesus read from the Prophet Isaiah and say: “Today this Scripture has been...READ MORE

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Former Vatican Bank President: The Source of All Misery Is ‘Moral Misery’

03/22/2016 Comments (5)

Professor Ettore Gotti Tedeschi

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A largely undetected, anti-Catholic “gnosis” (knowledge of spiritual mysteries) is pervading many areas of life, destroying Christian values that have been the bedrock of Western civilization for millennia. This is the thesis put forward by Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, former president of the Vatican Bank, financier, economist and visiting professor of economics at three universities.

It also appears in a new book interview with the economist called Un Mestiere del Diavolo (“A Job of the Devil”).

In this email interview with the Register, the Italian professor elaborates on what he means by “gnosis,” discusses what he means when he says "the devil has retired", and expresses his support and...READ MORE

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Vatican Confirms Pope to Wash Feet of Refugees on Holy Thursday

03/22/2016 Comments (2)

The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis will wash the feet of young refugees at a Rome center for asylum seekers on Holy Thursday.

The Mass of the Lord’s Supper with the Holy Father will take place at the Castelnuovo di Porto Center, north of Rome. The Pope is likely to wash the feet of women as well as men, and possibly some non-Catholics.

For the last three years, the Pope has visited prisons to celebrate the Mass. It will also be the first time the Pope performs the washing-of-the-feet ritual since he issued an instruction to allow “all the people of God” to take part, not only men.

Cardinal Robert Sarah has since clarified that it is not obligatory for priests to also wash the...READ MORE

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Pope Condemns 'Blind Violence' of Brussels Attacks

Belgian bishops and the president of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences also issue statements of condolence.

03/22/2016 Comments (27)

Pope Francis has sent a telegram to Archbishop Jozef De Kesel of Mechelen-Brussels expressing his “deepest sympathy” after today’s terrorist attacks in Belgium.

He also condemned the “blind violence which causes so much suffering”, entrusted to God’s mercy those who died, and said he “prays for those who have lost relatives.”

At least 31 people were killed and many seriously injured in attacks at Brussels international airport and a city metro station on Tuesday.

The attacks came four days after Salah Abdeslam, the main fugitive in the Paris attacks, was seized in Brussels.

Here below is the full text of his statement, sent through the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro...READ MORE

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Archbishop Gänswein: Pope Will Adhere to Magisterium on Divorce-Remarriage

Prefect of the Pontifical Household says the Pope has awoken expectations regarding Church reform but not yet clear how these will all be played out.

03/21/2016 Comments (15)

Archbishop George Gänswein has sought to reassure the faithful that Pope Francis will adhere to the Church’s teaching on Holy Communion and civilly remarried divorcees.

In an interview over the weekend with Deutsche Welle, the prefect of the Pontifical Household, who is also Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s private secretary, said it is “not the first time” that a pope has tried to tackle this question, but that he was “convinced” that Francis “will continue on the path of his predecessors —that is to say, also according to the Church’s Magisterium.”

The German prelate’s comments come after Cardinal Walter Kasper said last week the Pope’s imminent post-synodal apostolic exhortation — his...READ MORE

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A Rome Miracle Celebrated by a Mass With Cardinal Burke

The Patron of the Sovereign Order of Malta celebrated Mass March 16th to commemorate a famous Rome miracle involving St. Philip Neri.

03/17/2016 Comments (4)

Every year on March 16, the owners of the Palazzo Massimo alle Colonne in the center of Rome throw open its doors to the public for just one day to mark the miracle involving St. Philip Neri and Prince Paolo Massimo.

Always a popular event, attended by hundreds of pilgrims, some coming from other parts of Europe just for the occasion, this very Roman tradition unofficially marks the beginning of Spring in the Eternal City and the imminent arrival of Easter.

To commemorate what happened on March 16, 1583, priests celebrate Masses all morning at the three altars in the palazzo’s ornate chapel, with the main Mass usually celebrated by a cardinal. This year, that honor was given to Cardinal...READ MORE

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Cardinal Kasper Suggests Exhortation Could Be Published Saturday

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Cardinal Walter Kasper giving a talk in Rome in February.

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UPDATE: Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told reporters March 17 that the apostolic exhortation will be released sometime after Easter week, in the first half of April.

Cardinal Walter Kasper has said Pope Francis’ eagerly anticipated summary document on the Synod on the Family could be published as soon as this Saturday, and that it will mark the “first step” in a reform of the Church that has taken nearly two millennia to achieve.

According to the Italian newspaper Il Terreno, the German theologian told an audience in the Italian city of Lucca on Monday evening that in a “few days (March 19)” a document of about “two hundred pages will be released”.

It’s not clear if, by...READ MORE

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Latest on the ‘Vatileaks 2’ Trial

Spanish monsignor says journalists didn't threaten him to obtain information; questions raised over why the Vatican is prosecuting Italian assistant.

03/16/2016 Comments (2)
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Statue of a saint on the top of the colonnade in St. Peter's Square.

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UPDATE: Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told reporters March 17 that the trial has been adjourned after Francesca Chaouqui's lawyer presented medical documentation showing that, following a hospital visit, Chaouqui, who is pregnant, should take "absolute rest in bed" for a period of 20 days. The next hearing is scheduled to take place in the morning of April 6.

On the second day of testimony on Tuesday in the trial of five people accused of leaking confidential Vatican documents, a former Vatican official said he felt pressured to divulge the information after receiving threats from a colleague.

Spanish Msgr. Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda told the Vatican court that Francesca...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