Vatican Announces Date of Pope's Environment Encyclical

06/04/2015 Comments (28)

St. Francis of Assisi by Cimabue

– Wikiart

The Vatican has announced that the publication date of Pope Francis' second encyclical will be Thursday, June 18th. 

In a statement today, the Vatican said that the rare, advance notice was "to avoid confusion over the date of publication of the long-awaited encyclical." It added that next week "further details" about the document, which will address environmental concerns, will be made public by the Holy See in its daily bulletin. 

There has been much speculation about the date of the publication. In comments to the Register last month, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi denied the encyclical had been delayed because of alleged opposition from the Congregation for the Doctrine of...READ MORE

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Secret Study-Day Invitation and Program

05/29/2015 Comments (112)

Father Eberhard Schockenhoff

The Register has obtained a copy of the invitation and program for last Monday's closed-door study-day held at the Pontifical Gregorian University, a translation of which appears below.

Of particular note is the prominence of Father Eberhard Schockenhoff in the discussions, as well as the other speakers chosen. Father Schockenhoff's previous controversial statements on homosexual relations are listed here. Some passages that are likely to cause concern are included in the text at the end of the program, highlighted in bold below.

Also of note is that sympathetic journalists were invited, and had their expenses paid as well as the other participants, so they could be supplied with...READ MORE

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List of Participants Who Attended Gregorian 'Shadow Council'

05/27/2015 Comments (59)

Pontifical Gregorian University

– Wikipedia

Monday’s unannounced study-day at the Pontifical Gregorian University, organized by the heads of the Swiss, French and German bishops' conferences, was attended by at least nine bishops from those countries.

We publish their names below along with most of those who were also present.

The meeting, which aimed to explore various “pastoral innovations” ahead of the Synod on the Family in October, and reflect on a new “theology of love” that critics say would pave the way for Church recognition of same-sex relationships, was not advertised, even at the Gregorian.

The Austrian Catholic internet site reported Wednesday that they had learned, via episcopal sources, that many bishops...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Letter on Beatification of Archbishop Óscar Romero

05/23/2015 Comments (4)

Pope Francis has said today’s beatification of Archbishop Óscar Romero is a “cause of great joy” and that his elevation to the altars is a call “to sanity and reflection, to respect for life and harmony.”

In a letter to the Archbishop of San Salvador, José Luis Escobar Alas, the Holy Father said Blessed Óscar Romero “knew how to lead, defend and protect his flock, remaining faithful to the Gospel and in communion with the whole Church.”

Around 250,000 people turned out for the beatification Mass in San Salvador.

Archbishop Romero was martyred on 24 March 1980 when he was shot dead by a gunman as he celebrated Mass in a hospital chapel.

“His ministry was distinguished by a particular...READ MORE

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Cardinal Pell: No Parent Should Fail to Teach Christ's Core Teachings

05/20/2015 Comments (6)

Here below is the full text of a keynote speech given by Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy, to the Rome Life Forum on 9th Mary.

The annual meeting was this year co-sponsored by Associazione Famiglia Domani, Family Life International New Zealand, Human Life International, LifeSiteNews, and the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children.


Parents as the best teachers of their children

by H.E. Cardinal George Pell


The story is told of a rich American family who decided that their family history should be written. One problem was that Uncle Charlie had been executed in the electric chair. When this difficulty was explained to the historian,...READ MORE

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Five German Bishops Back Bishop's Public Criticism of Lay Statement

05/18/2015 Comments (35)
Bistum Passau

Bishop Stefan Oster of Passau

– Bistum Passau

Five German bishops have written a letter in support of Bishop Stefan Oster of Passau who last week openly criticized a document released by the German Church’s top lay organization, the ZdK.

In the letter published over the weekend, the bishops said they thanked Bishop Oster for his opinions on the ZdK statement and that they agreed “wholeheartedly” with his remarks on the importance of Church teaching, especially concerning Christian marriage “based on the teaching of Jesus in Scripture and on the tradition of Church.”

Last week, the ZdK — the Central Committee of the German Catholics — released a declaration that called for the admittance of civilly remarried divorcees to holy...READ MORE

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The Pope, Mahmoud Abbas, and the 'Angel of Peace'

05/18/2015 Comments (38)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

– Wikipedia

According to Italian and Spanish media outlets, Pope Francis did not call Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas “an angel of peace”.

The BBC, the New York Times, NBC, the Huffington Post, the Washington Post and many others all carried the story that the Holy Father had praised Abbas as “an angel of peace” during the president’s visit to the Vatican on Saturday. Many drew on reports from the three largest news agencies: AP, AFP and Reuters.

The news caused consternation in Israel. An Israeli foreign ministry spokesman responded by alluding to the Palestinian leader’s unilateral moves against Israel and the way he uses international forums to attack the country. Others pointed out that Abbas...READ MORE

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Images from Rome's March for Life

05/11/2015 Comments (8)

Thousands of participants from all over the world took part in Italy's 5th March for Life on Sunday. Here below are some photographs of the march which began on the Via della Conciliazione close to the Vatican and ended near Circus Maximus in the center of Rome.  The organizers described the march as an "extraordinary success."

Below the images are comments from some prominent participants: Mary Rathke who was conceived through rape and is now a pro-life activist, Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, Church historian Professor Roberto de Mattei, and Maria Madise, director of Voice of the Family.

Photos: Edward Pentin

Some comments on the March for Life from some key...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