American Archbishop Named Cardinal in Surprise Consistory

10/24/2012 Comments (1)

A long-serving Curial archbishop from the United States is to be elevated to the College of Cardinals and will be made archpriest of the papal basilica of St. Paul’s Outside the Walls, Pope Benedict XVI announced today.

Milwaukee-native Archbishop James Harvey, prefect of the Papal Household, was one of six new members nominated in a surprise announcement by the Pope at the end of his weekly general audience.

The full list of the new cardinals, whom the Holy Father will appoint at a consistory on Nov. 24th, the eve of the Feast of Christ the King, are:

  • Archbishop James Harvey, Prefect of the Papal Household whom the Pope plans to appoint archpriest of the Papal Basilica of...READ MORE

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Bishop Williamson Removed As Member of SSPX

10/23/2012 Comments (45)
Kvalvika

Bishop Richard Williamson during his infamous interview on Swedish television in 2009.

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The Superior General of the breakaway Society of St. Pius X has removed Bishop Richard Williamson as a member of the priestly fraternity, it is being claimed.

The reliable Rorate Caeli blog said it could confirm that Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the SSPX, had removed Williamson from the fraternity, and that the removal "comes at the end of an internal procedure that included repeated entreaties by the higher authorities of the Society regarding Williamson's decisions and actions that apparently went unheeded.”

Other sources say Fellay was not happy with Williamson’s blog and newsletters whose content sowed dissent within the ranks of the SSPX, and which counselled...READ MORE

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Pope: May Their Witness Speak to the Whole Church - Full Text

10/21/2012 Comment
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Faithful fill St. Peter's Square at today's canonization Mass. 21 October 2012

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HOMILY OF POPE BENEDICT XVI

AT THE CANONIZATION MASS OF BLESSEDS:

JACQUES BERTHIEU 

PEDRO CALUNGSOD 

GIOVANNI BATTISTA PIAMARTA

MARÍA CARMEN SALLÉS Y BARANGUERAS

MARIANNE COPE

KATERI TEKAKWITHA

ANNA SCHÄFFER 

St Peter's Square, 21st October 2012

The Son of Man came to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many (cf. Mk 10:45)

Dear Brother Bishops,

Dear brothers and sisters!

Today the Church listens again to these words of Jesus, spoken by the Lord during his journey to Jerusalem, where he was to accomplish the mystery of his passion, death and resurrection. They are words which enshrine the meaning of Christ’s mission on earth, marked by his sacrifice,...READ MORE

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Pope Introduces New Weekly Catechesis for Year of Faith

10/18/2012 Comments (2)

POPE BENEDICT XVI'S WEEKLY GENERAL AUDIENCE

St Peter's Square

17th October 2012

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today I will introduce the new cycle of catechesis, which will be developed throughout the Year of Faith that has just started and interrupt - for this period - the cycle dedicated to the school of prayer. With the Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei I chose this special year, so that the Church would renew its enthusiasm to believe in Jesus Christ, the only Saviour of the world, revive the joy of walking on the path that He has shown us, and witnesses in a concrete way the transforming power of the faith.

The fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican...READ MORE

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Title and Cover of Pope's New Book Released

10/17/2012 Comments (2)

Image Books, the American publishing house given rights to publish the English language edition of Pope Benedict XVI's final installment of his Jesus of Nazareth trilogy, has today released details of the book's cover and title (right).

Called simply "The Infancy Narratives", the book is scheduled to go on sale in North America on December 4th. 

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Pope: Vatican II Opened With "Extraordinary Expectation"

The Holy Father issues a new reflection on the Second Vatican Council

10/12/2012 Comments (4)
Rome Reports

– Rome Reports

 

H. H. POPE BENEDICT XVI

Reflections on the Second Vatican Council

 

It was a splendid day on 11 October 1962 when the Second Vatican Council opened with the solemn procession into St Peter’s Basilica in Rome of more than two thousand Council Fathers. In 1931 Pius XI had dedicated this day to the feast of the Divine Motherhood of Mary, mindful that 1,500 years earlier, in 431, the Council of Ephesus had solemnly recognized this title for Mary in order to express God’s indissoluble union with man in Christ. Pope John XXIII had chosen this day for the beginning of the Council so as to entrust the great ecclesial assembly, which he had convoked, to the motherly goodness of Mary and...READ MORE

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Pope: Church Must Not Be Debased to Fashion of the Times

10/12/2012 Comment
CTV

Presidents of episcopal conferences listen to Pope Benedict XVI as he delivers an address in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, 12 Oct. 2012

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Pope Benedict XVI today reiterated that the Second Vatican Council did not break with Tradition but rather was an expression of Tradition’s continued vitality.

Reflecting on Pope John XXIII’s controversial use of the word ‘aggiornamento’ (updating) to describe the Council, the Pope said he was convinced that the word “was and remains correct” because Christianity “must not be considered as ‘something that has passed’, nor must we live with our gaze always turned back, because Jesus Christ is yesterday, today and forever. “

"For this reason", the Holy Father went on, "Christianity is always new” and he warned against seeing it as “a fully mature tree” sprung from the mustard seed of...READ MORE

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Pope's Homily at Opening Mass of Year of Faith

10/11/2012 Comments (17)
CTV

The Holy Father incensing the altar during Mass to open the Year of Faith, Oct. 11, 2012.

– CTV

HOMILY OF POPE BENEDICT XVI

MASS TO OPEN THE YEAR OF FAITH

St. Peter's Square

11 October 2012

 

Dear Brother Bishops,

Dear brothers and sisters!

Today, fifty years from the opening of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, we begin with great joy the Year of Faith. I am delighted to greet all of you, particularly His Holiness Bartholomaois I, Patriarch of Constantinople, and His Grace Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury. A special greeting goes to the Patriarchs and Major Archbishops of the Eastern Catholic Churches, and to the Presidents of the Bishops’ Conferences. In order to evoke the Council, which some present had the grace to experience for themselves - and I...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