Archbishop Fulton Sheen Becomes "Venerable"

06/28/2012 Comments (22)

Servant of God Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen is now “Venerable” after the Vatican announced today that Benedict XVI had signed a decree recognising that the archbishop heroically lived Christian virtues.

The announcement  of the decree marks a significant step in the canonization cause of Peoria, Ill.-born Archbishop Sheen (1895-1979), the Emmy award-winning televangelist whose program, "Life is Worth Living," was broadcast from 1951 to 1957.

The Vatican now has to recognise a miracle has occurred through his intercession for him to be beatified, the penultimate step to canonization.  Alleged miracles have been reported, which are now being assessed by experts in Rome.

For little over...READ MORE

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Vatican Bank Prepares to Open its Doors to the Media

06/27/2012 Comments (2)

The supervisory board of the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), popularly known as the Vatican Bank, held its first meeting today since the board issued a vote of no confidence in former president Ettore Gotti Tedeschi last month.

The meeting, in which members discussed the selection of Gotti's successor, took place a day before the IOR receives a large group of journalists at its offices as part of efforts, initiated by Pope Benedict XVI, to increase transparency.

In a communique published this afternoon, the Vatican announced the board had “two very useful meetings for sharing information and proposals both regarding day to day management as well as the universal criteria of...READ MORE

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Pope Announces Series of New Curial Appointments

06/26/2012 Comments (2)

Bishop Vincenzo Paglia has been appointed the new president of the Pontifical Council for the Family.

In the first of a number of senior Vatican appointments expected this summer, Pope Benedict XVI has nominated American Archbishop Augustine Di Noia as vice president of the commission charged with helping to bring the Society of St. Pius X back into full communion with Rome.

The Vatican announced today that the 68 year-old Dominican archbishop will become vice president of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, and that his current position, as Secretary to the Congregation for Divine Worship, will be filled by Bishop Arthur Roche of Leeds, England. Bishop Roche will be raised to the rank of archbishop.

The Holy Father has also appointed a new president for the Pontifical Council for...READ MORE

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Pope Meets Cardinals to "Restore Serenity and Trust" in Curia

06/23/2012 Comments (4)

Pope Benedict XVI addressing a gathering of the Italian social organisation "Coldiretti" yesterday.


Pope Benedict XVI held a meeting this morning with heads of the various dicasteries of the Roman Curia and will be meeting six other cardinals later this evening.

Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi said reason for the meetings is because the Holy Father wishes to “speed up” the conclusion of the “Vatileaks” scandal and to “restore serenity and trust” in the Curia.

“In regard to the situation created following the dissemination of confidential documents, the Holy Father deepens his reflections in continuous dialogue with the people who share with him the responsibility for the government of the Church," Fr. Lombardi said in a statement.

He said the meeting this morning with the...READ MORE

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Prayer Vigil Held For Benedict XVI in St. Peter’s Square

06/22/2012 Comments (1)

Faithful gather to follow a program of prayer and readings at this evening's prayer vigil for Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square, promoted by the Italian movement, Movimento dell'Amore Familiare.

This evening at the Vatican, the archpriest of St. Peter’s basilica, Cardinal Angelo Comastri, led a prayer vigil for Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter’s Square.

A group of about 500 faithful gathered around the central obelisk to pray for the Holy Father, recite the Rosary, read Gospel passages and reflect on excerpts taken from the Pope’s speeches.

Those present at the event this evening, promoted by the Italian Movement for the Family (Movimento dell'Amore Familiare), also lit torchlights as the sun set over the basilica, drawing to an end one of the longest days of the year.  

Although the vigil drew a fair amount of attention, given the particularly challenging circumstances...READ MORE

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Pope: For Abusers, Eucharist Became Joyless Matter of Habit

06/18/2012 Comments (11)


Ahead of the Year of Faith and the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, Pope Benedict XVI has taken the opportunity to explain why he saw a need to introduce his own liturgical renewal after the Council – what some have labelled his “reform of the reform.”

In a video address (full text) to participants of the International Eucharistic Congress that concluded in Dublin on Sunday, the Holy Father noted “many misunderstandings and irregularities” subsequent to the Council’s liturgical renewal. Instead of increasing “active participation” of the faithful, he observed, the revision of liturgical forms remained at the external level.

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Vatican Communique on Yesterday's SSPX-CDF Meeting

06/14/2012 Comments (1)


On the afternoon of Wednesday 13 June, Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and president of the Pontifical Commission 'Ecclesia Dei', met with Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the Society of St. Pius X who was accompanied by an assistant. Also present at the encounter were Archbishop Luis Ladaria S.J., secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Msgr. Guido Pozzo, secretary of the Pontifical Commission 'Ecclesia Dei'.

The purpose of the meeting was to present the Holy...READ MORE

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Pope: Renounce Culture That Disguises Falsehood as Truth

06/13/2012 Comments (37)

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".


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?”

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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