Cardinal Danneels Admits to Being Part of 'Mafia' Club Opposed to Benedict XVI

New authorised biography also reveals papal delegate at upcoming synod wrote letter to Belgium government supporting same-sex "marriage" legislation because it ended discrimination against LGBT groups

09/24/2015 Comments (111)

Further serious concerns are being raised about Cardinal Godfried Danneels, one of the papal delegates chosen to attend the upcoming Ordinary Synod on the Family, after the archbishop emeritus of Brussels confessed this week to being part of a radical "mafia" reformist group opposed to Benedict XVI.

It was also revealed this week that he once wrote a letter to the Belgium government favoring same-sex "marriage" legislation because it ended discrimination against LGBT groups.

The cardinal is already known for having once advised the king of Belgium to sign an abortion law in 1990, for telling a victim of clerical sex abuse to keep quiet, and for refusing to forbid pornographic,...READ MORE

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Polish Bishops Warn Against 'Divorce Mentality' in the Church

09/24/2015 Comments (2)

UPDATE: Full text of the Polish bishops' statement in English can now be read here.


Polish bishops have issued a statement ahead of next month’s Ordinary Synod on the Family in which they firmly reassert the Church’s teaching that the Eucharist cannot be given to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, and expressly warn against a “divorce mentality”.

The indissolubility of marriage is “the unchangeable teaching of the Catholic Church", the bishops say, quoting Mark 10:9: “What God has joined together, let no man separate.”

Listing nine points of importance in the statement issued Monday, they also cite Pope Benedict XVI, Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Francis in addition to...READ MORE

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VIDEO: White House Welcome Ceremony for Pope Francis

09/23/2015 Comments (3)

** Watch the Pope's apostolic voyage to the United States LIVE with English commentary on EWTN **

Pope Francis’ Address at Welcome Ceremony

The White House South Lawn, Washington

Wednesday September 23, 2015


Mr. President,

I am deeply grateful for your welcome in the name of all Americans.  As the son of an immigrant family, I am happy to be a guest in this country, which was largely built by such families.  I look forward to these days of encounter and dialogue, in which I hope to listen to, and share, many of the hopes and dreams of the American people.

During my visit I will have the honor of addressing Congress, where I hope, as a brother of this country, to offer words of...READ MORE

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VIDEO: Arrival Ceremony for Pope Francis in Washington

09/22/2015 Comment

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Full Text of Pope's Homily at Shrine of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, Cuba

09/22/2015 Comments (1)

Pope Francis' Homily of Pope Francis at Sanctuary of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre 

Santiago, Cuba

Tuesday 22nd September 2015

"The Gospel we have just heard tells us about something the Lord does every time he visits us: he calls us out of our house.  These are images which we are asked to contemplate over and over again.  God’s presence in our lives never leaves us tranquil: it always pushes to do something.  When God comes, he always calls us out of our house.  We are visited so that we can visit others; we are encountered so as to encounter others; we receive love in order to give love.

In the Gospel we see Mary, the first disciple.  A young woman of perhaps between fifteen and...READ MORE

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Full Text of Pope Francis' Homily at Mass in Holguín

09/22/2015 Comment

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Homily of Pope Francis

Mass at Holguín, (Plaza de la Revolución)

Monday September 21, 2015

Feast of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

We are celebrating the feast of the apostle and evangelist Saint Matthew.  We are celebrating the story of a conversion.  Matthew himself, in his Gospel, tell us what it was like, this encounter which changed his life.  He shows us an “exchange of glances” capable of changing history.

On a day like any other, as Matthew, the tax collector, was seated at his table, Jesus passed by, saw him, came up to him and said: “Follow me”.  Matthew got up and followed him. Jesus looked at him.  How...READ MORE

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Why the Pope's Friendliness to Castro? Cardinal's Story Might Offer a Clue

09/21/2015 Comments (11)
CNA, courtesy of Alex Castro

Pope Francis meeting Fidel Castro in Havana on Sunday.

– CNA, courtesy of Alex Castro

Pope Francis’ approach to the communist regime in Cuba, and particularly its former revolutionary leader, Fidel Castro, is receiving some mixed and bemused reactions.

But an exchange between a curial cardinal and Fidel back in the 2000s may provide some clue behind the Pope’s seeming affinity with Castro and the regime, and vice-versa.

Concerns have been raised that, on arrival in Havana, the Pope expressed his “sentiments of particular respect and consideration” towards Fidel who had been heavily criticized for human rights abuses throughout his political life.

The Pope spent half an hour in a “familiar and informal” meeting with the Jesuit-educated former dictator yesterday, offering...READ MORE

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Full Texts of Pope's Homily, Angelus, Vespers in Havana

09/20/2015 Comment

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Homily of Pope Francis

Holy Mass, Havana, Plaza de la Revolución - Havana

Sunday September 20, 2015


The Gospel shows us Jesus asking a seemingly indiscreet question of his disciples: “What were you discussing along the way?”  It is a question which he could also ask each of us today: “What do you talk about every day?”  “What are your aspirations?”  The Gospel tells us that the disciples “did not answer because on the way they had been arguing about who was the most important”.  The disciples were ashamed to tell Jesus what they were talking about.  As with the disciples then, we too can be caught up in these same arguments: who is the most...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