Remembering Blessed John Paul II One Year On

04/30/2012 Comments (2)

Tapestry of Blessed John Paul II unveiled on the facade of St. Peter's basilica, May 1st 2011.

Thousands of young people are expected to gather tonight for a prayer Vigil just outside Rome to celebrate the first anniversary of Blessed Pope John Paul II’s beatification.

Due to take place at the Tor Vergata esplanade, the venue for Rome’s World Youth Day in 2000, the Vigil will begin at 8pm with a torchlight procession. A large crowd of young people from Rome, together with 400 other youths from across Europe, will be taking part, according to the Vicariate of Rome which is organising the event. They are in the Eternal City for a meeting of European universities.

After reciting the Regina Caeli prayer yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI sent a greeting to the participants in which he...READ MORE

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Cardinal Bertone on Pope's Wisdom, Serenity and Coherence

04/19/2012 Comments (3)

"What strikes you about Benedict XVI is his coherence, his wisdom and his serenity, also with the clear awareness [he has] of the problems that the Church and humanity debates."

The words of Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, writing in today’s edition of the Italian daily, Il Messaggero, on the 7th anniversary of the Holy Father’s election as Pope.

“Perhaps for this reason,” the Pope’s deputy continued, “his teaching doesn’t leave anyone indifferent.” In Benedict XVI, he added, “is found coherence and wisdom, also in the clear indications he gives to the world about the essential value of religious liberty, in the reception of people of every culture and religion,...READ MORE

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Vatican Confirms SSPX Response

04/18/2012 Comments (10)

The Vatican confirmed in a short statement this morning that yesterday it received a response to the doctrinal preamble from the Society of St. Pius X, and it is now being examined by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the response is substantially different from the previous one, therefore "encouraging" and marks a "step forward" according to Catholic News Service. He also said it will be examined "quickly", and given to the Pope, probably within a "few weeks." Father Lombardi added: "we cannot consider the matter concluded yet."

"On April 17, 2012 was received, as requested at the meeting of March 16, 2012, held at the...READ MORE

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Vatican Hoping to Make SSPX Announcement Early Next Week

04/14/2012 Comments (242)

The Vatican is hoping to announce early next week the Society of St. Pius X’s clarifications to the fraternity's earlier response to a “Doctrinal Preamble” that could form the basis of reconciliation with Rome. But as of April 14th, those clarifications had not been received.

Speaking to the Register this morning, Msgr. Guido Pozzo, Secretary of the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” – the Vatican body charged with helping to bring reconciliation with the SSPX - said “we haven’t yet received a response” but he added that the fraternity have “preannounced they will arrive at a final clarification, therefore I am hoping that at the beginning of next week we’ll be able to know their...READ MORE

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Pope’s Easter Homilies and Addresses - Full Texts

04/05/2012 Comments (3)

Check back here for the Holy Father's other addresses and homilies during the Easter Triduum. The full program of papal liturgical events this Easter including PDFs of the booklets of celebration can be found here.

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Pope Benedict XVI's 2012 Easter Urbi et Orbi address:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Rome and throughout the world!

"Surrexit Christus, spes mea" – "Christ, my hope, has risen" (Easter Sequence).

May the jubilant voice of the Church reach all of you with the words which the ancient hymn puts on the lips of Mary Magdalene, the first to encounter the risen Jesus on Easter morning. She ran to the other disciples and breathlessly announced: "I have seen the...READ MORE

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Pope's Homilies and Addresses in Cuba - Full Texts

03/26/2012 Comment

Below are the Holy Father’s homilies and addresses during his visit to Cuba. Please check back here to read them soon after they are delivered:

March 28 - The Holy Father’s farewell address at Havana airport:

Mr President,
Your Eminences, my Brother Bishops,
Distinguished Authorities,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear Friends,

I thank God for allowing me to visit this beautiful Isle which left so deep a mark on the heart of my beloved predecessor, Blessed John Paul II, when he came to these lands as a herald of truth and hope. I too greatly have wished to come among you as a pilgrim of charity, in order to thank the Virgin Mary for the presence of her venerable statue of the Sanctuary of El...READ MORE

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Pope's Farewell Address to Mexico - Full Text

03/26/2012 Comment

Mr President,
Distinguished Authorities,
Your Eminences,
Dear Brother Bishops,
Dear Mexican friends,

My brief but intense visit to Mexico is now coming to an end. Yet this is not the end of my affection and my closeness to a country so very dear to me. I leave full of unforgettable experiences, not the least of which are the innumerable courtesies and signs of affection which I have received. With all my heart I thank the President for his kind words to me, and for all that the authorities have done for this memorable Journey. And I thank the many people who have helped, even in the smallest details, to make the events of these days go smoothly. I beg the Lord that all these efforts may...READ MORE

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Pope's Homily at Vespers in León Cathedral - Full Text

03/26/2012 Comment

Yesterday evening, the Holy Father delivered this homily at Vespers in León cathedral. Below it is an address by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican Secretary of State, given at a dinner after Vespers in honor of Mexico’s bishops and visiting bishops. Also present at the dinner was Mexico’s President, Felipe de Jesús Calderón Hinojosa.

Your Eminences,
Dear Brother Bishops,

It gives me great joy to be able to pray with all of you in this Basilica-Cathedral of León, dedicated to our Lady of Light. In the lovely painting venerated in this basilica, the Blessed Virgin holds her Son in one hand with immense tenderness while extending her other hand to succour sinners. This is how the Church 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. Follow on Twitter @edwardpentin