SSPX Issues Statement Clarifying Its Position With Rome

06/29/2016 Comments (71)

Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the Society of St. Pius X.

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The Society of St. Pius X has clarified its constant position vis-à-vis Rome after a meeting of major superiors of the Society this week.

In a statement published today, the SSPX cited the "great and painful confusion that currently reigns in the Church", as well as the need for a supportive Pope who "concretely favors the return to Sacred Tradition." 

It said that the proclamation of Catholic doctrine "requires the denunciation of errors" that have made their way into the Church, ones which are "unfortunately encouraged by a large number of pastors, including the Pope himself."

The Society said that it "does not seek primarily a canonical recognition", but rather to bring the light of...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Response to the Register's Question on Brexit

06/28/2016 Comments (13)
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Pope Francis about to answer questions on the papal plane from Armenia, June 26, 2016.

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Does Pope Francis think the majority of UK voters were right in voting to leave the European Union?

I tried to find out when I asked him on the papal plane if he is concerned the EU might disintegrate and possibly war ensue following the “Brexit” vote, something the “Remain” campaign had warned could happen and were criticized for needless scaremongering.

The Holy Father didn’t directly answer the question: he spoke of a “climate of division” in Europe, and chose instead to distinguish between the need for a “healthy disunity” in the European Union, and “Balkanisation”, or secession, that is “not emancipation”.

He said he did not place Brexit in the latter category, but rather the push...READ MORE

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Pope Francis on Pope Emeritus: ‘The Wise Grandfather at Home’

Holy Father pays tribute to Pope Emeritus on the eve of a ceremony to celebrate Benedict XVI's 65 years as a priest.

06/27/2016 Comments (5)
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At noon tomorrow, Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will make another rare appearance together at a ceremony to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Benedict’s ordination to the priesthood.

During the event, to take place in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace, the Holy Father will present Benedict XVI with a book entitled Teaching and Learning the Love of God, a collection of Joseph Ratzinger’s homilies on the priesthood. Also present will be Benedict’s brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger (they were ordained together), and a few senior Vatican officials.

The ceremony will be televised on Vatican television and also streamed live on YouTube here. Due to the Feast of Sts. Peter...READ MORE

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VIDEO: Pope Francis' Answers to 3 Questions on Papal Plane from Armenia

06/27/2016 Comments (5)

Pope Francis answered seven questions in total on the papal plane from Armenia last night, including one from the Register on the Brexit vote. The full text of the press conference can be read here

I wasn't able to film all of it, but I did catch his responses to three questions: on whether there are two popes, if the Church should apologise to homosexuals, and how he would be approaching his visit to the Nazi extermination camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau when he travels to Poland for World Youth Day next month. To view the English translation of his comments, make sure you click on the CC (closed caption) icon on the bottom right.

1. Elisbetta Piqué, La Nacion: "Congratulations on...READ MORE

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Pope Francis in Etchmiadzin: 'We Have Embraced as Brothers'

06/26/2016 Comments (3)

At a Divine Liturgy with the Armenian Apostolic Church, Pope Francis has made a heartfelt appeal for unity, saying the two churches have “embraced as brothers” and “believe and experience that the Church is one.”

In his address on Sunday in Etchmiadzin, where the mother church of the Armenian Apostolic Church is located, the Holy Father called on the Holy Spirit to “re-establish us in unity” so that “communion between us [may] be complete.”

He said a unity must be sought that is not about “submission of one to the other, or assimilation, but rather the acceptance of all the gifts that God has given to each.”  

He also urged both churches to “respond to the appeal of the saints” to...READ MORE

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Turkish Minister Responds to Pope Francis' Use of Term 'Genocide'

Vatican Spokesman says there is "nothing of the spirit of the crusade" in the Pope's words but rather a spirit of peace and reconciliation.

06/26/2016 Comments (5)

Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Nurettin Canikli

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Turkey's deputy foreign minister has said Pope Francis' use of the term "genocide" in reference to the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in the early part of the 20th century was "very unfortunate."

According to Reuters, Nurettin Canikli said: "Like the picture we see with Britain’s departure from the European Union (EU), unfortunately signs of crusaders’ mindset and all of its reflections can be seen both in the Pope and the activities of the papacy." One of the points of contention in the "Brexit" referendum was whether Britain should be backing Turkey's wish to join the EU.  

"The Pope’s statement is no different," he went on. "It is not an objective statement, it is not...READ MORE

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Images of Pope Francis' Visit to Armenia, Day 2

06/25/2016 Comment

Holy Mass on Saturday June 25, 2016, with Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians in Gyumri:

Ecumenical Service and Prayer for Peace with Karekin II in Republic Square, Yerevan, Armenia

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Full Texts of Pope Francis' and Karekin's Addresses at Ecumenical Prayer Vigil

06/25/2016 Comment
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Pope Francis and Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians, pictured at the beginning of this evening's ecumenical prayer vigil.

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Here below are the full texts of Pope Francis' and Armenian Catholicos Karekin II' addresses at an ecumenical prayer vigil in Yerevan this evening:

Address of His Holiness Pope Francis

Ecumenical Prayer Vigil for Peace

Yerevan, 25 June 2016


Venerable and Dear Brother, Supreme Patriarch-Catholicos 

of All Armenians,

Mr President,

Dear Brothers and Sisters,


God’s blessing and peace be with all of you!

I have greatly desired to visit this beloved land, your country, the first to embrace the Christian faith.  It is a grace for me to find myself here on these heights where, beneath the gaze of Mount Ararat, the very silence seems to speak.  Here the khatchkar – the stone crosses –...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