Benedict XVI on Fostering Vocations

02/10/2011 Comments (3)

Seminarians Patrick La Pacz and Alvan Amadi listen as Father Tom Long addresses youths gathered at St. Joseph Retreat House in Bailey's Harbor, Wis., during a retreat focusing on Catholic vocations in 2009. (CNS photo/Sam Lucero, The Compass)

Pope Benedict XVI has appealed to every local Church to become “more sensitive and attentive” to the pastoral care of vocations, and for bishops to foster calls to the priesthood and religious life “as much as possible.”

The Holy Father made the appeal in his message for the 48th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, released by the Vatican today. The day takes place on 15th May 2011 on the theme “Proposing Vocations in the Local Church”.

The Pope stresses that vocations to the ministerial priesthood and to the consecrated life are “first and foremost the fruit of constant contact with the living God and insistent prayer” but notes how challenging this is, especially in today’s world.


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Cardinal Tauran: Dialogue Must Continue

01/28/2011 Comments (3)

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, is seated with Sheik Ahmad Mohamed el-Tayeb, president of al-Azhar University in Cairo and Episcopal Bishop John Bryson Chane of Washington during a March 2010 dialogue between leaders of Christian and Muslim faiths in Washington (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, has said that Christian-Muslim dialogue must continue and is vital for peace in an interview today with L’Osservatore Romano.

The French cardinal said the Pontifical Council was concerned about Christians-Muslim dialogue after the freezing of ties by Al Azhar university in Cairo because, he said, “we want to understand what are the reasons” for their decision.

The Islamic Research Academy of Al Azhar voted January 20 to suspend dialogue with the Vatican because it claimed Benedict XVI was interfering in Egyptian affairs after he called for greater protection and religious freedom for all...READ MORE

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The Pope's Reflections on Facebook

01/24/2011 Comments (5)

Social networking sites such as Facebook are the principal focus of Pope Benedict XVI’s message for the 45th World Day of Social Communications published this morning, though of course none is mentioned explicitly by name.

The Pope’s message encourages all Christians to use this means of communication, and underlines its advantages for evangelization. But the message also highlights the risks that go with digital media.

The Holy Father reaffirms many of the benefits and dangers of the digital age, saying social networks are a wonderful way to build relationships and community. But he warns against replacing real friendships with virtual ones.

“In the final analysis,” the Pope writes,...READ MORE

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John Paul II to be Beatified May 1st

01/14/2011 Comments (18)

Pope Benedict XVI has today promulgated a decree recognising a miracle took place at the intercession of the Ven. John Paul II. The beatification ceremony will take place May 1st in Rome, presided by Benedict XVI.

The date, the Second Sunday of Easter, coincides with Divine Mercy Sunday - a Feast Day instituted by John Paul II. The late Pope died on the solemnity, on April 2, 2005.

The announcement of the beatification comes after five years of investigations into the life and works of the Polish Pontiff.

The full text of the decree can be found here.


The Vatican also announced today that Msgr. Nelson Baker (1842-1936), diocesan priest and businessman from Buffalo, N.Y., is to be...READ MORE

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Cardinals Approve Miracle for JPII Beatification

01/12/2011 Comments (10)

Scan of a rare image of Pope John Paul II meeting his would-be assassin, Mehmet Ali Agca, in a Rome prison Dec. 27, 1983. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Members of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints voted yesterday to approve a miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable John Paul II, according to the latest report from Andrea Tornielli.

“The last obstacle was overcome,” the Vaticanist for Il Giornale writes in today’s paper. “The cardinals and bishops of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints gathered yesterday morning and reviewed and approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of John Paul II: the healing of the French nun from Parkinson’s disease.”

“Now all that is missing is the final signature of Benedict XVI,” he adds, and repeats his earlier speculation that the beatification “could take place in the...READ MORE

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Pope's Annual Survey of the World - Full Text

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

01/10/2011 Comment

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?

01/04/2011 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

12/24/2010 Comment

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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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