Pope Addresses “Vatileaks” Affair, Expresses Confidence in Closest Aides

05/30/2012 Comments (3)

Pope Benedict XVI today referred to the leaking of confidential Vatican documents that led last week to the arrest of his valet, saying recent events had caused him “sadness” but that he had confidence in his closest aides.

The Holy Father also criticized “entirely gratuitous” reports that have gone “beyond the facts”, presenting a “completely unrealistic image” of the Holy See.

In unscripted remarks at the end of today's general audience, the Pope said:

"The events of recent days involving the Curia and my collaborators have brought sadness to my heart. However, I have never lost my firm certainty that, despite the weakness of man, despite difficulties and trials, the Church is...READ MORE

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Vatican Publishes Norms on Presumed Apparitions

05/29/2012 Comments (8)

The Vatican drew attention today to the recent publication of hitherto unofficially published norms regarding discernment of presumed apparitions.

In a statement, it said the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had recently published the norms which were originally approved by Pope Paul VI and issued by the congregation in 1978.

The Vatican said they were not officially released to the public until now because they were “principally intended as a direct aid for the pastors of the Church.” But it added that over the years the document had appeared in “various works” without the permission of the CDF.

“Since the contents of the norms are already in the public domain, the...READ MORE

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Pope: Live According to Unity and Truth of Holy Spirit

05/28/2012 Comments (4)

"Vatileaks" and internal politics at the Vatican Bank have been monopolizing the media's attention lately, crowding out other important news items such as the Holy Father's homily for Pentecost, and the surprising news that he is to declare two new Doctors of the Church.

In his homily, delivered in St. Peter's basilica yesterday, Benedict XVI warned that when "men wish to set themselves up as God, they only succeed in setting themselves against one other. On the other hand, when they abide in the truth of the Lord, they open themselves to the action of His spirit which sustains and unites them".

St. Paul, he added, tells us that the life of man is marked by an inner conflict between...READ MORE

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Pope "Shocked and Saddened" by Arrest of Valet

05/26/2012 Comments (15)

Pope Benedict XVI is reported to be “shocked and saddened” by the arrest of his valet, Paolo Gabriele, who has served in the Pope's inner circle for six years.

The Holy Father was informed of Gabriele’s arrest and detention after the papal assistant was found to be “in illegal possession” of confidential Vatican documents.

More details emerged today of what is said to have been found in his apartment. Vaticanista Marco Tosatti of La Stampa, quoting unnamed Vatican sources, has reported that a “staggering amount” of confidential material kept in boxes was discovered by investigators, including equipment needed to photograph and reproduce documents. 

Other leaked documents, published...READ MORE

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Pope Issues Rallying Call to His Brother Cardinals

05/22/2012 Comments (11)

Pope Benedict XVI gave a short yet limpid address to members of the College of Cardinals at a lunch yesterday, reminding them that both he and they are engaged in a fight together for good against evil.

In a kind of pep-talk to his closest advisors, he referred to ecclesia militans – the Church Militant – which means all living Christians who struggle against sin, the devil, or as St. Paul writes in Ephesians 6:12: "..the rulers of the darkness of this world" and "spiritual wickedness in high places.”

Although the Holy Father says the term is “a bit out of fashion” (“Church Militant” and the other two, “Church Triumphant” and “Church Suffering”, are not explicitly mentioned in the...READ MORE

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Cardinal Burke: Youth Understand Bankruptcy of Anti-Life Culture

05/14/2012 Comments (11)
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Cardinal Raymond Burke with Rome's minister for equal opportunities, Lavinia Mennuni, and Roberto de Mattei of the Lepanto Foundation.

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Cardinal Raymond Burke took a prominent role in Sunday’s first ever March for Life in Rome, presiding over Eucharistic adoration in St. Mary Major basilica Saturday in reparation for the crime of abortion and taking part in the march the next day. In this short interview with the Register, the prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura reflected on the importance of the march as he joined the thousands of people who walked from the Colosseum to St. Peter’s basilica.

What are your opinions and reflections on the March for Life?

The march is very important as a fundamental witness to the inviolable dignity of human life and the responsibility all of us have to restore...READ MORE

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Pope Warns Against Dissent in U.S. Catholic Universities

05/07/2012 Comments (12)

Pope Benedict XVI today addressed the question of religious education and the formation in the faith of the next generation of Catholics in the United States, underlining that authentic education is not simply about "passing on knowledge, essential as this is, but also [about] shaping hearts."

Students, he argued, "need to be encouraged to articulate a vision of the harmony of faith and reason capable of guiding a life-long pursuit of knowledge and virtue." Faith by its very nature, he said, "demands a constant and all-embracing conversion to the fullness of truth revealed in Christ."

The Holy Father also warned against dissent from the Church's Pastoral leadership among some Catholic...READ MORE

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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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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