Pope: Renounce Culture That Disguises Falsehood as Truth

06/13/2012 Comments (37)
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Pope Benedict XVI speaking at the inauguration of Rome diocese's ecclesial congress, June 11th in the basilica of St. John Lateran. The theme of the three-day event was: "Go and make disciples, baptising and teaching. Let us rediscover the beauty of Baptism".

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The Vatican today published extracts of unscripted remarks Pope Benedict XVI made on Monday in which he warned against a culture which “uses morality as a mask to confuse and destroy” and disguises falsehood “as truth and information.”

As is often the case, Benedict XVI’s most pithy and lucid comments are made when he speaks off-the-cuff, when he can once again return to the role of a professor, and this was no exception.

Speaking in the basilica of St. John Lateran, where he inaugurated a Rome diocesan congress dedicated to the sacrament of baptism, the Holy Father first of all addressed the second of three baptismal renunciations: “Do you renounce the lure of evil?”

The Pope...READ MORE

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Vatican Statement on LCWR Meeting with CDF

06/12/2012 Comments (10)

STATEMENT OF THE DIRECTOR OF THE HOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE CONCERNING THE MEETING AT THE CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH ABOUT THE DOCTRINAL ASSESSMENT OF THE LCWR

Today the Superiors of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith met with the President and Executive Director of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in the United States of America. Most Rev. Peter J. Sartain, Archbishop of Seattle and the Holy See’s Delegate for the doctrinal Assessment of the LCWR, also participated in the meeting.

The meeting provided the opportunity for the Congregation and the LCWR officers to discuss the issues and concerns raised by the doctrinal Assessment in an...READ MORE

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"Vatileaks" Suspect Applying for Bail

06/11/2012 Comment

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi S.J.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi today issued more clarifications and updates on the Vatileaks investigation, but before he did so, he underscored the Vatican’s concern for the attacks on churches in Nigeria.

The Jesuit spokesman told reporters at a press conference the Holy See wished to convey “once again our pain and horror” over the latest atrocities, pointing out that each Sunday there appears to be another attack that is “very sad and dramatic.”

He added that the Holy See wished to convey its “attention and closeness to the Nigerian church”  and hopes that a way will soon be found to resolve the situation. 

The Islamist sect Boko Haram militants attacked two churches...READ MORE

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Praying For and With Pope Benedict

06/09/2012 Comments (10)

As the Pope continues to suffer from ongoing internal troubles at the Vatican and other burdens associated with the papacy, two German initiatives aimed at showing him solidarity are reportedly gaining popularity.

The first calls on the faithful to not only pray for the Pope, but also to pray with him, reciting the Rosary at exactly the same time as Pope Benedict does every evening.

Punctually, at 6:45pm during the summer, the Holy Father and his private secretary, Msgr. Georg Gänswein, take a stroll through the Vatican Gardens to recite the Marian prayer. 

The idea for the prayer came from the publishers of Vatikan Magazine, a German monthly, who were moved by the struggles...READ MORE

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Cardinal Sodano Discusses Vatican Leaks

06/06/2012 Comments (6)
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Cardinal Angelo Sodano

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In a rare interview, Cardinal Angelo Sodano has spoken about the leaking of confidential documents from the Roman Curia.

The current Dean of the College of Cardinals, who served 16 years as Blessed Pope John Paul II’s Secretary of State, underlined the commitment among Vatican officials in serving the Pope, though said that naturally none of them are flawless, and pointed out that although diversity of opinion exists among cardinals, that does not mean division. He also praised the media for some coverage of the Holy Father but criticised it for “distortions”.

In the interview, which appears in the latest edition of L’Osservatore Romano, the 84 year-old cardinal said reports of...READ MORE

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Pope's Timely Advice on Essence of a Good Ruler

06/05/2012 Comments (10)
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St. Ambrose of Milan

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During his visit to the World Meeting of Families in Milan at the weekend, Pope Benedict XVI gave a timely address on the relationship between Church and State and the essence of a just, wise and benevolent ruler. His words were relevant not only to the situation in the United States but also many other countries where the rights and freedoms of Catholics, especially when it comes to the protection of life and the family, are under threat.

To help explain his arguments, the Holy Father, who was addressing civil and military authorities, industrialists and workers, and exponents of the world of culture in the Italian region of Lombardy, drew on the example and principles of St. Ambrose,...READ MORE

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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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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