Pope Francis' 2015 'State of the World' Address - Full Text

01/12/2015 Comments (6)

Ambassadors accredited to the Holy See listen to the Pope deliver his annual address to the diplomatic corps in the Sala Regia of the Apostolic Palace, Jan. 12, 2015.

This morning at 10:30 in the Sala Regia of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican, Pope Francis delivered his traditional annual speech to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See, also called his "state of the world" address.

Following some introductory words by the dean of the diplomatic corps, His Excellency Jean-Claude Michel, ambassador of the Principality of Monaco to the Holy See, the Pope gave the following address:

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Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I thank you for your presence at this traditional meeting, which allows me at the beginning of each new year to offer to you, your families, and the peoples you represent, my cordial greetings and best wishes.  I am...READ MORE

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Joint Statement from the Confraternities of Catholic Clergy in Support of Marriage

01/09/2015 Comments (8)

The Confraternities of Catholic Clergy, a group of anglophone priests from dioceses across the world, have issued the following statement pledging their "unwavering fidelity" to traditional Church doctrine regarding marriage and the true meaning of human sexuality.

The priests, who represent nearly 1,000 clergy worldwide, have been holding their annual meeting in Rome. 

Here below is the full text of their statement:

"The International gathering of Confraternities of Catholic Clergy meeting in Rome (January 5th to 9th 2015), have discussed issues pertinent to the forthcoming Synod on the Family in response to the Holy Father's call for reflection. The fathers pledge their unwavering...READ MORE

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Pope Issues 'Strongest Condemnation' of Paris Attack

01/07/2015 Comments (10)

Pope Francis has issued the "strongest condemnation" of today's terrorist attack in Paris by Islamist militants. Here below is my translation of Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi's statement, released this evening.  

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"The Holy Father expresses the strongest condemnation of the horrific attack that struck the city of Paris this morning, claiming a high number of victims, sowing death, throwing the entire French society into disarray, and deeply disturbing all peace-loving people, well beyond the borders of France.

In prayer, Pope Francis shares in the suffering of the wounded and the families of the deceased and calls upon all to oppose by every means possible the spread of...READ MORE

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Orders of Friars Minor Face ‘Grave’ Financial Problems

01/06/2015 Comments (7)

The OFMs are alleged to have made significant losses through investments, such as Il Cantico (The Canticle), a new three-star hotel close to the Vatican.

The General Curia of the Order of Friars Minor has driven the most prominent branch of the Franciscans to near-financial ruin because of a series of poor investments and general financial mismanagement.

In a letter sent to its members Dec. 17, Indianapolis-born Brother Michael Perry, minister general of the Franciscan order since May 2013, revealed that an internal investigation begun in September 2014 found the order’s General Curia to be in a “grave” situation, thus putting the entire order at risk.

“I underscore ‘grave’ financial difficulty,” he wrote, and explained this has been caused by systems of management and oversight that have been “either too weak or were compromised.”

He...READ MORE

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Pope's Christmas Urbi et Orbi Message and Midnight Mass Homily

12/25/2014 Comments (5)

Here below are the full texts of Pope Francis' Urbi et Orbi message and his homily at Midnight Mass in St. Peter's basilica. 

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Urbi et Orbi Christmas Message 2014:

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Christmas!

Jesus, the Son of God, the Saviour of the world, is born for us, born in Bethlehem of a Virgin, fulfilling the ancient prophecies. The Virgin’s name is Mary, the wife of Joseph.

Humble people, full of hope in the goodness of God, are those who welcome Jesus and recognize him. And so the Holy Spirit enlightened the shepherds of Bethlehem, who hastened to the grotto and adored the Child. Then the Spirit led the elderly couple Simeon and Anna into the temple of Jerusalem, and...READ MORE

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Pope Sends Letter to Middle East Christians

12/23/2014 Comment
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Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I during the Pope's visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem earlier this year.

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Pope Francis has sent a long letter to Christians facing persecution in the Middle East.

"This suffering cries out to God and it calls for our commitment to prayer and concrete efforts to help in any way possible," he writes in the letter released today - the first of its kind issued by a Pope at Christmas. "I want to express to all of you my personal closeness and solidarity, as well as that of the whole Church, and to offer you a word of consolation and hope."

He alludes to the emergence of ISIS, calling it a "disturbing terrorist organisation, of previously unimaginable dimensions, which has perpetrated all kinds of abuses and inhuman acts."

But he encourages Middle East Christians to...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Address Risks Lowering Curial Morale

12/22/2014 Comments (98)
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Pope Francis' delivering his traditional Christmas message to heads of the Roman Curia, Dec. 22, 2014.

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Pope Francis’ list of 15 spiritual “diseases”, given today in his Christmas greetings to the Roman Curia, is playing well to the secular world that’s been bombarded with media coverage of Vatican scandals over the past few years.

After Vatileaks, sex scandals and financial misconduct, it’s no surprise that the media has jumped on the speech, portraying the Holy Father as the outsider who’s come in to clean up the Curia but grown frustrated with a sclerotic and corrupt bureaucracy resistant to change.

The danger of this, however, is that it gives credence to such a portrayal of the Curia, that it’s largely a nest of careerists, brimming with sin and intrigue. 

Veteran Vatican watcher...READ MORE

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Pope Warmly Congratulates U.S. and Cuba on Re-establishing Diplomatic Relations

12/17/2014 Comments (15)

Pope Francis has warmly welcomed the news announced today that the United States and Cuba are to re-establish diplomatic relations.

In a statement issued this evening by the Secretariat of State, the Vatican said "the Holy Father wishes to express his warm congratulations for the historic decision", adding that the Pope took a leading role in achieving the breakthrough by writing to the Presidents of both countries and making humanitarian appeals. 

The Holy See also "provided its good offices to facilitate a constructive dialogue" between the two nations, the communique added. 

The full text of the statement can be read below.

The Holy See mediates in international disputes more often...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