Bishop Galantino: Media Manipulated My Remarks

07/21/2014 Comments (43)

Bishop Nunzio Galantino, who was roundly criticized for appearing to disapprove of those who recite the Rosary outside abortion clinics, has defended his comments, saying he was taken out of context and manipulated by the media.

In an interview in the latest edition of the Italian monthly Sempre, the Secretary of the Italian bishops’ conference (CEI) said the vehemence of the accusations made against him were “an aggression that in reality hurt me."

In May, an interviewer asked the prelate the question: “In recent years, the CEI has invested heavily in the non-negotiable values ​​(life, family, education). The Pope doesn’t care for that expression, you too?”

Bishop Galantino replied:...READ MORE

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Gaenswein Passes On Condolences After Germany's World Cup Victory

07/14/2014 Comments (3)

Pope Francis and Benedict XVI did not watch the World Cup Final between Argentina and Germany on television last night but the Pope emeritus’ secretary, Archbishop George Gaenswein, passed on his condolences to his counterpart who helps look after the affairs of the Holy Father.

The prefect of the Pontifical Household said he watched the match with the Memores Domini – consecrated women who assist Benedict XVI – and all rooted for Germany, although he said he felt sorry for the Argentines. “They played well but I think in the end Germany won deservedly,” he told Vatican Radio.

Germany beat Argentina 1-0 at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, with the winning goal scored in the final...READ MORE

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From World Cup to Pope Cup

07/10/2014 Comments (2)
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It has to be a providential turn of events that our soccer-loving Pope should see his native national side not only reach the World Cup Final, but also face the national team of his predecessor, Benedict XVI. 

The Vatican has said Pope Francis “might” watch the Argentina v Germany match on Sunday but is unlikely to do so alongside the Pope Emeritus. “He might want to watch the final,” Vatican spokesman Father Lombardi told reporters today, but added the late kick-off would be too late for him as he is normally in bed before 10pm. As for Benedict XVI, he said: "I don’t believe he watches sport, I don’t know, but in the past I didn’t get the impression that he watched it much.” 


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A Look at Lord Patten, the Vatican's New Media Czar

07/09/2014 Comments (3)

One of the most interesting Vatican appointments announced this morning by Cardinal George Pell is that of the British peer Lord Patten.

A well known figure in Britain and one of the country’s most prominent Catholics, the Vatican has chosen him to head a committee advising Pope Francis on reforming the Holy See’s media operations.

Cardinal Pell said he chose the former British politician on account of his wide experience and is “delighted” he’s accepted.

Currently chancellor of Oxford University, Christopher Patten has had a long and highly distinguished career in public life. He served as a member of parliament from 1979 to 1992, during which he was a Foreign Office and...READ MORE

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Pope's Homily at Mass for Clerical Sex Abuse Victims

07/07/2014 Comments (15)

Pope Francis celebrated Mass this morning in the chapel of Santa Marta, attended by victims of sexual abuse by clergy, along with some families and carers and members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

After the Mass, the Holy Father spent three hours with the abuse survivors who numbered six in total, three men and three women, from Britain, Germany and Ireland.  

During the Mass, the Holy Father gave the homily below. Also below are details of a briefing Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi gave reporters on today's meeting, and yesterday's meeting of the Pontifical Commission:


The scene where Peter sees Jesus emerge after a terrible interrogation… Peter...READ MORE

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Benedict XVI and Francis Both Decline Castel Gandolfo

07/07/2014 Comments (7)

Onlookers observe the crowds at last year's Mass on the Feast of the Assumption at Castel Gandolfo.

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Despite a reigning and retired pope at the Vatican, the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo will again be bereft of a pontiff this year now that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has reportedly let it be known he won’t be vacationing there.

According to Corriere della Sera Vaticanist Gian Guido Vecchi, Archbishop Georg Gaenswein said some time ago that, at one of the most recent meetings between the Pope and the former Pope, Benedict XVI asked Francis if he would at least be taking a small vacation this year having not had one in 2013.

“It was one of those conversations which, in their simplicity, they cover everything,” the prefect of the Pontifical Household said. “The Pope smiled and...READ MORE

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Full Text of Pope's Address at Invocation for Peace

06/08/2014 Comments (2)

Here below is Pope Francis' address at this evening's Invocation for Prayer in the Vatican Gardens in the presence of Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.


Distinguished Presidents,

I greet you with immense joy and I wish to offer you, and the eminent delegations accompanying you, the same warm welcome which you gave to me during my recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

I am profoundly grateful to you for accepting my invitation to come here and to join in imploring from God the gift of peace. It is my hope that this meeting will mark the beginning of a new journey where we seek the things that unite, so as to overcome the things that divide.

I also...READ MORE

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Prayers and Program for Invocation for Peace

06/07/2014 Comments (5)

The Vatican has released the prayers and program for tomorrow's 'Invocation for Peace' (see below). The prayer meeting, hosted by Pope Francis in the Vatican Gardens, will be attended by the Israeli and Palestinian Presidents, Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas, as well as Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

Vatican television will offer a live feed (above) beginning at 6.05pm local time (12.05 EDT).


Vatican Gardens, June 8, 2014

Musical meditation


May the Lord give you peace!

We have gathered here, Israelis and Palestinians, Jews, Christians and Muslims, so that each of us can offer his or her own that each of us can express his or her...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