Cardinal Mueller and Bishop Fellay Hold 'Cordial' Meeting

09/23/2014 Comments (15)

The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith this morning met Bishop Bernard Fellay, the superior general of the Society of St. Pius X, the Vatican has announced. 

In a statement, the Vatican said:

"On the morning of Tuesday 23 September from 11 am to 1 pm, a cordial meeting took place at the premises of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, between Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the Society of St. Pius X.

"The meeting was also attended by Archbishops Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, S.I., secretary of the same Congregation, Joseph Augustine Di Noia, O.P.,...READ MORE

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Anglicans Narrowly Beat Vatican in Historic Cricket Match

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09/20/2014 Comments (3)

History was made in Canterbury, England, last night when the Vatican’s newly formed cricket team played its first ever match against the Church of England.

The Vatican narrowly lost the 150 minute game in a nail-biting finish: the Vatican scored 106 runs to which the Anglican XI replied with 108 runs with just five balls - closest equivalent to baseball pitches - left in the game.

The archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, congratulated both sides and presented the trophy to winning captain Stephen Gray, an Anglican college chaplain. “It was a very good match that could have gone either way,” archbishop Welby said. “I seriously hope we do it again – it’s been hugely enjoyable.”

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John Paul II Institute Scholars Notably Absent from Synod

09/10/2014 Comments (32)
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The Vatican yesterday published the names of participants for the upcoming Synod on the Family, but strangely absent from the list are experts from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family, despite the organisation having a faculty in Rome.

Professors from the Institute have been some of the most vocal in criticising the possibility of changing pastoral practice regarding Holy Communion for divorced and “remarried” Catholics.

Family life will be the focus of the extraordinary general assembly of the Synod of Bishops that will meet at the Vatican between 5-19 October 2014. The 150 synod fathers taking part will discuss the "pastoral challenges of the...READ MORE

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Cardinal Müller to Meet Bishop Fellay?

09/03/2014 Comments (114)

UPDATE (4 Sept): Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi has confirmed that Cardinal Müller and Bishop Fellay will meet later this month, but he didn't give a precise date.

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The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, is reportedly to meet the head of the breakaway Society of St. Pius X, Bishop Bernard Fellay, later this month.

According to the website TradiNews, the meeting, which is being billed as "informal", has been confirmed for Sept. 21st in Rome. 

If it goes ahead, it will be Cardinal Müller's first meeting with Bishop Fellay since his appointment as prefect. As head of the CDF, the German cardinal is also president of the...READ MORE

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Pope 'Deeply Saddened' Over News of Relatives Killed in Accident

08/19/2014 Comments (26)
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UPDATE II: The Vatican released the following statement Wednesday evening: "This afternoon, Mrs. Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, President of the Republic of Argentina, telephoned the Holy Father to offer him condolences on behalf of the Argentine people for the bereavement that has affected his family." 
 

UPDATE I: At his weekly general audience on Wednesday, the Holy Father said:

"I thank you for the prayers and condolences for what happened in my family. Even the Pope has a family. We are 5 siblings, I have 16 nieces and nephews. One of these nephews had a car accident. His wife died as well as two young children; one was 2 years old and the other only a few months old. And he right...READ MORE

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Pope Prays at Garden Memorial for Aborted Children

08/16/2014 Comments (7)

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Pope Francis paid a visit to a garden memorial for aborted children on Saturday as he toured a South Korean hilltop community for the sick and disabled.

During the solemn visit, part of his prearranged itinerary to South Korea, the Holy Father and his entourage stopped for a moment and prayed in silence in front of hundreds of small white crosses representing victims of abortion. Accompanying the Pope was Father Lee Gu-won, a representative of pro-life groups in Korea and missionary to people without limbs.

The moment of prayer today came after the Pope visited Kkottongnae ("Village of Flowers"), a Catholic center about 60 miles south of Seoul which seeks to provide care and...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Address to South Korean Authorities - Full Text

08/14/2014 Comment

Madam President,

Honorable Government and Civil Authorities,

Distinguished Members of the Diplomatic Corps,

Dear Friends,

It is a great joy for me to come to Korea, the land of the morning calm, and to experience not only the natural beauty of this country, but above all the beauty of its people and its rich history and culture. This national legacy has been tested through the years by violence, persecution and war. But despite these trials, the heat of the day and the dark of the night have always given way to the morning calm, that is, to an undiminished hope for justice, peace and unity. What a gift hope is! We cannot become discouraged in our pursuit of these goals which are for the...READ MORE

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Latest Papal and Holy See Statements on Persecution in Iraq

08/13/2014 Comments (5)

Pope Francis and the Holy See continue to raise awareness of the brutal persecution taking place in northern Iraq, and to pressure the international community to take action in defense of the nation's Christians and other religious minorities.

Today, the Vatican published a letter the Pope wrote Aug. 9 to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon. Francis condemned the violent persecutions taking place in the country, and called on the international community to act swiftly and decisively to stop the humanitarian disaster currently taking place.

He said he placed “before you the tears, the suffering and the heartfelt cries of despair of Christians and other religious...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. 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