Pope Francis Creates 20 New Cardinals

02/14/2015 Comments (3)

Pope Francis greeted Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on entering St. Peter's basilica.


Pope Francis reminded 20 newly created cardinals this morning they are always to to be ordered towards charity, have a “strong sense of justice”, "rejoice in the right", and be docile to the working of the Holy Spirit.

“The more we are ‘incardinated’ in the Church of Rome, the more we should become docile to the Spirit,” Francis explained, “so that charity can give form and meaning to all that we are and all that we do.”

He also warned against being jealous, boastful, and puffed up with pride, and stressed their newly elevated status is not “honorific” but rather an essential support for the life of the community.

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Pope Francis: Curial Reform Must Lead to More Effective Evangelization

02/12/2015 Comments (3)
Edward Pentin

Swiss Guard on duty at the Bronze Door of the Apostolic Palace.

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To harmonize the work among Vatican offices, increase effective collaboration, and promote collegiality – these are some of the end goals of reform of the Roman Curia, Pope Francis said today.

Opening a two-day consistory of the College of Cardinals at the Vatican’s Synod Hall today largely dedicated to studying the reform proposals so far, the Pope said reforming the curia is “not an end in itself, but a means to give a strong Christian witness.”

He said it must “promote a more effective evangelization,” as well as a “more fruitful ecumenical spirit”, and encourage a “more constructive dialogue with all”.

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VIDEO: Pope Francis Unexpectedly Drops in On Rome's 'Favela'

02/09/2015 Comments (3)

Pope Francis broke from his scheduled programme on Sunday to make an unnanounced visit to the Arcobaleno di Ponte Mammolo nomadic camp in Rome. 

Sometimes referred to as Rome's "favela", or slum, it forms part of the parish of St. Michael the Archangel of Pietralata where many homeless, unemployed or those unable to earn enough money to buy food live. 

Read more on the visit here

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Bishop Tebartz Van Elst Appointed to Pontifical Council

02/09/2015 Comments (11)

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz van Elst

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Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz van Elst, the former bishop of Limburg near Frankfurt, Germany, is to begin a new appointment in March as a delegate on catechesis at the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, the Register has learned. 

An official at the Pontifical Council confirmed today that Bishop Tebartz van Elst was appointed in December on behalf of Pope Francis through the Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin. It follows reports in the German press that the bishop had been appointed to the Council, but that the appointment had been subsequently withdrawn by Pope Francis, according to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. 

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Cardinal Müller on Reform of the Roman Curia and the Church

02/07/2015 Comments (13)
Edward Pentin

Cardinal Gerhard Müller

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Pope Francis, in his approach to reforming the Roman Curia and the Church, is pursuing a “spiritual cleansing of the temple, at the same time both painful and liberating, so the glory of God can shine in the Church, the light of all mankind,” the Vatican’s doctrinal chief has said.

In an article in tomorrow’s L’Osservatore Romano, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, addresses the theological criteria for a reform of the Church and the Roman Curia, laying out what he believes should be the basis of the changes.

The publication of the piece is timed to coincide with a meeting from Monday to Wednesday next week of the C9 Council of Cardinals...READ MORE

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Confirmed: Pope Francis to Address Joint Session of Congress

02/05/2015 Comments (11)

The Vatican has confirmed Pope Francis will address a joint session of Congress in Washington D.C. during his apostolic visit to the United States in the Fall.

Confirmation of the address, which will take place Sept. 24, was also announced this morning by the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, John Boehner, R-Ohio.

Pope Francis will become the “first leader of the Holy See to address a joint meeting of Congress,” Boehner said in a statement, adding that he was “truly grateful that Pope Francis has accepted our invitation.”

"In a time of global upheaval, the Holy Father’s message of compassion and human dignity has moved people of all faiths and backgrounds," he said....READ MORE

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Archbishop Romero and Three Missionaries Declared Martyrs

02/03/2015 Comments (5)
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Archbishop Óscar Romero pictured just a few weeks before his death.

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After years of speculation and delays over concerns his elevation to the altars may be politicized, the Vatican announced today that Archbishop Óscar Romero of San Salvador will be beatified.

Following a private audience this morning with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the Vatican said Pope Francis authorized the Congregation to promulgate a decree declaring that Archbishop Romero was “killed in hatred of the faith” on March 24, 1980.

The Vatican also announced today that three European missionaries killed by a Peruvian armed militia while serving the poor will also be beatified.

Born August 15, 1917, Archbishop Óscar Arnulfo Romero y...READ MORE

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Overcome Globalization of Indifference, Pope Says in 2015 Lenten Message

01/27/2015 Comments (3)

In his Lenten Message for 2015, Pope Francis has issued an eloquent rallying cry to the faithful to overcome a globalization of indifference by having "firm and merciful" hearts.

Indifference to our neighbor and to God “represents a real temptation for us Christians,” the Holy Father writes in the message published today, and argues that Lent is a “favourable time for letting Christ serve us so that we in turn may become more like him.”

He stresses this happens “whenever we hear the word of God and receive the sacraments, especially the Eucharist.” In the body of Christ, he says, “there is no room for the indifference which so often seems to possess our hearts.”

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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