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Religion does not represent a problem for society, nor is it a source of discord or conflict, Benedict XVI reiterates to diplomats

Monday, January 10, 2011 9:11 AM Comments (0)

Religious freedom was again the focus of a major discourse by Benedict XVI this morning when he delivered his traditional new year address to diplomats accredited to the Holy See.

The Pope made a point of recalling the recent atrocities committed against Christians in Iraq, Egypt and Nigeria. “This succession of attacks is yet another sign of the urgent need for the governments of the region to adopt, in spite of difficulties and dangers, effective measures for the protection of religious minorities,” the Pope said, adding: “Need we repeat it?”.

He also called on Pakistan to abrogate its blasphemy law, and stressed that interreligious dialogue must favor religious freedom. He spoke about...READ MORE

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John Paul II to be Beatified in 2011?

Tuesday, January 04, 2011 7:24 AM Comments (137)

John Paul II could be beatified in 2011, perhaps even before the summer, according to the veteran Vaticanist Andrea Tornielli.

Writing in Il Giornale this morning, he reports that in recent weeks, the medical advisers of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints have produced “a favorable view on the miracle attributed to the intercession of Pope Wojtyla - the healing of a French nun from Parkinson’s - and the documentation in recent days has also passed the scrutiny of theologians.”

He says the Cause now moves to the cardinal and bishop members of the congregation who have just received the dossier on the miracle. They are to cast their vote in a couple of weeks.

Tornielli says it is...READ MORE

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Pope Gives Radio Christmas Message

Friday, December 24, 2010 6:54 AM Comments (0)

Pope Benedict XVI gave a short address to the English-speaking world this Christmas Eve morning, becoming the first pontiff to deliver a meditation on national radio.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s morning program called ‘Thought for the Day’ – a short slot running since 1970 and given to religious leaders and thinkers to share a topical reflection - the Holy Father recalled his visit to Britain and spoke about the true meaning of Christmas.

Traditionally, the Christmas Eve meditation is given by the Archbishop of Westminster or the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Pope’s words were recorded at the Vatican on Wednesday, and the broadcast can be heard here.

“Recalling with great...READ MORE

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CDF Issues Note on Pope's Condoms/AIDS Comments

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 2:51 PM Comments (0)

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has today issued the following note on interpretations concerning the Holy Father’s comments about condoms, AIDS and the trivialization of sexuality made in the book “Light of the World”. 

Note of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

On the trivilization of sexuality

Regarding certain interpretations of “Light of the World”

Following the publication of the interview-book Light of the World by Benedict XVI, a number of erroneous interpretations have emerged which have caused confusion concerning the position of the Catholic Church regarding certain questions of sexual morality. The thought of the Pope has been repeatedly...READ MORE

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The Pope's Review of 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010 12:55 PM Comments (36)

Pope Benedict XVI today reiterated the need for humility and repentance in the face of the clerical sex abuse crisis as he recalled the past year in his traditional Christmas greeting to heads of the Roman Curia.

He also shared some thoughts on how such crimes can be prevented in the future.

“We must accept this humiliation as an exhortation to truth and a call to renewal,” he said. “Only the truth saves. We must ask ourselves what we can do to repair as much as possible the injustice that has occurred. We must ask ourselves what was wrong in our proclamation, in our whole way of living the Christian life, to allow such a thing to happen. We must discover a new resoluteness in faith and...READ MORE

Filed under benedict xvi, britain, christmas greeting, clerical sex abuse, malta, portugal, roman curia, spain,

Vatican, U.S. Embassy Respond to Wikileaks

Saturday, December 11, 2010 9:49 AM Comments (2)

Cables from the U.S. embassy to the Holy See are contained in the latest Wikileaks revelations.

They report on a wide range of issues, including the Holy See’s reaction to investigations into clerical sex abuse in Ireland, internal Vatican communications, British embassy concerns over the reaction to Anglicanorum coetibus, and the Holy See’s approach to: Venezuela, the Copenhagen accord on climate change, and Poland and the E.U.. The cables also contain the Pope’s approach to Turkey and how he helped release 15 British Royal Navy sailors captured by Iran in 2007.

Although quite sensational, none of the details actually come as any real surprise. On the Iranian story, I reported at the...READ MORE

Filed under ambassador, benedict xvi, britain, clerical sex abuse, diplomats, environment, europe, holy see, iran, ireland

TAC Statement on Progress of Anglican Ordinariates

Friday, December 03, 2010 10:28 AM Comments (2)

Archbishop John Hepworth, primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion, has released a helpful pastoral statement on the progress of creating ordinariates under Anglicanorum Coetibus.

Some particular points of interest:

“It is expected that announcements about [two] countries initially involved in preparations for the Anglican Ordinariates (Canada and the United States) will soon be forthcoming.”

“It is also important that the rest of the Anglican world is quickly reassured that the Apostolic Constitution has a global reach. In our own Communion, four further Provinces have already passed resolutions seeking the formation of an Ordinariate.”

“Fifty-one priests of the TAC in the United...READ MORE

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Pope's Homily for Nascent Human Life Vigil

Saturday, November 27, 2010 9:07 PM Comments (11)

St. Peter’s Basilica was packed with worshippers this evening for the prayer vigil for nascent human life - the first of its kind, and an express wish of Benedict XVI for the universal Church. The vigil also took place in parishes around the world.

In his homily, Pope Benedict spoke of “cultural tendencies that seek to anaesthetize consciences with misleading motivations. With regard to the embryo in the womb, science itself highlights its autonomy capable of interaction with the mother, the coordination of biological processes, the continuity of development, the growing complexity of the organism. This is not an accumulation of biological material, but a new living being, dynamic and...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, benedict xvi, embryo, nascent human life, unborn

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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