San Gennaro Relic Liquefies in Presence of Pope Francis

03/21/2015 Comments (15)
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The blood relic of San Gennaro, Naples' patron saint, liquefied in the presence of Pope Francis today, the first time the miracle has occurred in front of a Pontiff since Pope Pius IX. 

The miracle of the relic, in which half of the blood liquefied, took place during Francis' visit to Naples cathedral. Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, the Archbishop of Naples, said it was "a sign that St. Gennaro loves Pope Francis: half of the blood turned to liquid.” Following applause from the faithful, the Pope said this "means the saint loves us halfway. We all have to convert a little more so that he loves us more.” 

The miraculous liquefying of the ancient relic of St. Gennaro usually takes place three...READ MORE

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Italian Senate Passes 'Speedy Divorce' Bill

03/19/2015 Comments (4)
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The Italian senate yesterday overwhelmingly passed a bill which will drastically speed up divorce proceedings.

228 senators backed the bill, with just 11 against and 11 abstentions. Due to additional amendments made by the senate, it must now go back to Italy’s parliament for final and expected approval.

At present, divorces in Italy can be granted after three years of consensual separation. The proposed changes will significantly reduce that time period to six months, or a year if one side contests the split.

The new measures also include separation of assets: the bill stipulates they should be divided the moment a court authorizes a couple to live separately.

The senate amendments...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Approves Canonization of St. Thérèse's Parents

03/18/2015 Comments (3)

Pope Francis today approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of the parents of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Louis and Zelie Martin, paving the way for their canonization.

The Holy Father issued a decree confirming the miracle at an audience this morning with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the Vatican said in a statement.

Pope Francis is now expected to consult with cardinals on possibly holding the canonization ceremony during the Ordinary Synod on the Family, to take place Oct. 4-25.

Louis Martin (22 August 1823 - 29 July 1894) and Marie-Azelie Guérin Martin (23 December 1831 - 28 August 1877) were beatified in 2008 in the basilica...READ MORE

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Is the Synod Secretariat Stacking the Deck Again?

03/14/2015 Comments (120)

The Vatican today announced that the vice president of the John Paul II Pontifical Institute for the Study of Marriage and the Family will be a consulter to the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops.

Professor José Granados' appointment, alongside eleven other consulters, means he will be taking part in the upcoming Ordinary Synod on the Family in October. This is significant because at last October’s synod no faculty member from the John Paul II Institute was represented (although some previous institute presidents did attend, including its founding president, Cardinal Carlo Caffarra).

The synod was criticized for ignoring John Paul II’s teachings on marriage and the family,...READ MORE

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Pope to Open '24 Hours for the Lord'

03/13/2015 Comments (2)

Pope Francis will today preside at a penitential liturgy in St. Peter’s basilica at 5pm (noon Eastern), during which he will open the Lenten initiative “24 Hours for the Lord”.

As last year, he is expected to go to confession in public in a gesture aimed at encouraging the faithful to renew their relationship with the Lord through receiving the Sacrament of Penance.

Churches worldwide are encouraged to remain open for 24 hours today and tomorrow. The Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, which is organizing the initiative, says it is a “concrete sign of mercy” that aims to underline the need for prayer, contemplation of the Eucharist, as well as a chance to go to...READ MORE

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Pope to Open '24 Hours for the Lord'

03/13/2015 Comments (1)

Pope Francis will today preside at a penitential liturgy in St. Peter’s basilica at 5pm (noon Eastern), during which he will open the Lenten initiative “24 Hours for the Lord”.

As last year, he is expected to go to confession in public in a gesture aimed at encouraging the faithful to renew their relationship with the Lord through receiving the Sacrament of Penance.

Churches worldwide are encouraged to remain open for 24 hours today and tomorrow. The Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, which is organizing the initiative, says it is a “concrete sign of mercy” that aims to underline the need for prayer, contemplation of the Eucharist, as well as a chance to go to...READ MORE

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Separating Unitive From Procreative Is Root of Culture of Death

British Pro-Life Doctor on How Contraception Has Led to Culture of Death, and the Steady Erosion of Parental Protection

03/10/2015 Comments (34)

Brock Chisholm, the first director of the World Health Organization, said that sex education "should be introduced in the 4th grade, eliminating 'the ways of elders' by force if necessary".

The main root of the Culture of Death, a central aspect of the “throwaway culture” often highlighted by Pope Francis, is the artificial separation through contraception of the unitive and procreative dimensions of sexual relations.

This view is strongly held by Dr. Thomas Ward, vice-president and founder of the U.K.’s National Association of Catholic Families. Ward, a family doctor, argues the damage caused by this artificial separation is also being amplified by the steady removal of parental protection of children.

(Proof of this was seen in Scotland today, March 10th, when various Scottish health boards voiced opposition to pupils and teachers opting out of sex education lessons, or...READ MORE

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Vatican Held to Ransom Over Michelangelo Letter

03/09/2015 Comments (1)
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The Vatican has received a ransom demand for the return of two rare documents, one a handwritten letter of Michelangelo, that have been missing from St. Peter’s basilica since 1997.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi confirmed Sunday that Cardinal Angelo Comastri, the archpriest of St. Peter’s basilica, had been contacted recently by a person who offered to retrieve the documents for “a certain price”.

Italian newspaper Il Messaggero said the person, described as a former Vatican employee, had asked for €100,000 for the precious objects. Father Lombardi said the cardinal “naturally refused” to pay the ransom “because these are stolen documents”.

The missing artifacts include...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. Follow on Twitter @edwardpentin