Papal Audience: Prayer Makes Salvation Secure

08/01/2012 Comments (1)

Pope Benedict XVI greeting pilgrims in the square outside the apostolic palace in Castel Gandolfo, Aug. 1st, 2012


At his weekly general audience today, Pope Benedict XVI praised the 18th century Italian St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, in particular his teaching on the importance of prayer as necessary for salvation.

The founder of the Redemptorist Order, the Holy Father recalled, describes prayer as "a means necessary to salvation and the graces we need to achieve it” – a sentence, the Pope added, that “synthesizes Alphonsian understanding of prayer.”

The 18th century saint “wanted us to understand that in every situation of life we need to pray, especially in times of trial and difficulty,” the Pope said, recalling the saint’s famous maxim:  “He who prays is certainly saved; he who does not pray...READ MORE

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Pope Updated on Investigation into "Vatileaks"

07/27/2012 Comments (1)

Pope Benedict XVI has been informed of conclusions reached by the commission of investigation into leaked Vatican documents and about the progress of current criminal procedures underway, according to the latest Vatican statement released today. 

The Pope, who is keen that this matter be resolved quickly, has also asked for magistrates to proceed "expeditiously."

Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi told reporters that the Vatican's judiciary will decide, probably at the beginning of the week of August 6-12, whether to acquit or send to trial the Pope's former valet, Paolo Gabriele, on charges of aggravated theft of confidential documents.

The statement reads:

"Yesterday...READ MORE

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Bishop Cordileone Appointed Archbishop of San Francisco

07/27/2012 Comments (36)
Diocese of Oakland

Archbishop-designate of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone.

– Diocese of Oakland

Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland as the new Archbishop of San Francisco, the Vatican announced today.

The 56 year-old San Diego-native replaces Archbishop George Niederauer, 76, who has led the archdiocese since 2006.

In an archdiocese renowned for its same-sex marriage battles, the appointment is particularly noteworthy: Bishop Cordileone is a forthright defender of traditional marriage, known for his strong pro-life record and theological orthodoxy.

A fluent Spanish speaker and canon lawyer, he was one of the creators of Proposition 8 - the state referendum banning same-sex marriage - arguing that “only one idea of marriage can stand" and that...READ MORE

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Vatican's Latest Statement on Rome-SSPX Talks

07/19/2012 Comments (555)

The Vatican today released the following statement concerning the declaration which emerged from the General Chapter of the Priestly Society of St. Pius X:

Communique Concerning Priestly Society of St. Pius X

"The recently concluded General Chapter of the Priestly Society of St. Pius X has addressed a declaration regarding the possibility of a canonical normalisation in the relationship of the Society and the Holy See. While it has been made public, the declaration remains primarily an internal document for study and discussion among the members of the Society.

"The Holy See has taken note of this declaration, but awaits the forthcoming official communication of the Priestly...READ MORE

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World Day of Peace Message 2013: Blessed Are the Peacemakers

07/16/2012 Comments (2)

Pope Benedict XVI delivering the 2011 World Day of Peace Message in St. Peter's Basilica, on the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God, 1 Jan. 2011.


Pope Benedict XVI has chosen "Blessed are the peacemakers" as the theme for the 46th World Day of Peace, 1 January 2013, the Vatican announced today.

In a statement, the Vatican said that the message will embrace "the fullness and diversity of the concept of peace" including religious freedom and an ethical reflection on how the world is to handle crises affecting the economy, education, and democracy. The aim of the message, it said, is to "encourage everyone to take responsibility with regard to peacebuilding."  

Whereas past messages have tended to focus on a single issue - the family, education, truth - next year's promises to be more comprehensive, examining also the 50th...READ MORE

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Pope's Homily in Frascati, Angelus (Full Texts)

07/15/2012 Comments (2)

Full texts, courtesy of Vatican Radio:


"Dear Brothers and Sisters!

I am very pleased to be among you today to celebrate this Eucharist and to share the joys and hopes, trials and efforts, ideals and aspirations of this diocesan community. I greet Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, my Secretary of State and the titular of this diocese. I greet your pastor, Monsignor Raffaello Martinelli, and the Mayor of Frascati, thanking them for the kind words of welcome with which they greeted me on your behalf. I am pleased to welcome the Minister, the Presidents of the Region and the Province, the Mayor of Rome, the other mayors present and all...READ MORE

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Israel-Holy See Agreement "Possible Before December"

07/10/2012 Comments (2)
Israeli embassy to the Holy See

Israel's Ambassador to the Holy See, Mordechay Lewy (far left), speaking to reporters in Rome.

– Israeli embassy to the Holy See

Israel’s outgoing ambassador to the Holy See, Mordechay Lewy, has said his government and the Holy See are “very close” to signing an agreement that has taken nearly 20 years to reach.

"There has been great progress on the fiscal part, we are very close to the definitive signing,” Lewy told reporters yesterday. "The next meeting [of the bilateral commission] is in December but that doesn’t mean the signing cannot be done even before then."

Last month we reported that the long-running talks aimed at reaching an accord on outstanding issues related to the 1993 Fundamental Agreement had reached their “final stage.”

Vatican Insider’s report is the latest to confirm that an agreement...READ MORE

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Bishop Müller Appointed New Prefect of CDF

07/02/2012 Comments (15)
Photo: Dr. Meierhofer

Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller.

– Photo: Dr. Meierhofer

Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller of Regensburg as the new prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican announced today. 

Bishop Müller replaces Long Beach, Ca.-born Cardinal William J. Levada, 76, who is stepping down on grounds of age. Bishop Müller also takes over Cardinal Levada's other responsibilities as president of the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei", the Pontifical Biblical Commission, and the International Theological Commission.

The new CDF prefect has been elevated to archbishop and will probably be made a cardinal at the next consistory.

The appointment of the 64 year-old bishop has been speculated for some time,...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