Pope "Shocked and Saddened" by Arrest of Valet

05/26/2012 Comments (15)

Pope Benedict XVI is reported to be “shocked and saddened” by the arrest of his valet, Paolo Gabriele, who has served in the Pope's inner circle for six years.

The Holy Father was informed of Gabriele’s arrest and detention after the papal assistant was found to be “in illegal possession” of confidential Vatican documents.

More details emerged today of what is said to have been found in his apartment. Vaticanista Marco Tosatti of La Stampa, quoting unnamed Vatican sources, has reported that a “staggering amount” of confidential material kept in boxes was discovered by investigators, including equipment needed to photograph and reproduce documents. 

Other leaked documents, published...READ MORE

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Pope Issues Rallying Call to His Brother Cardinals

05/22/2012 Comments (11)

Pope Benedict XVI gave a short yet limpid address to members of the College of Cardinals at a lunch yesterday, reminding them that both he and they are engaged in a fight together for good against evil.

In a kind of pep-talk to his closest advisors, he referred to ecclesia militans – the Church Militant – which means all living Christians who struggle against sin, the devil, or as St. Paul writes in Ephesians 6:12: "..the rulers of the darkness of this world" and "spiritual wickedness in high places.”

Although the Holy Father says the term is “a bit out of fashion” (“Church Militant” and the other two, “Church Triumphant” and “Church Suffering”, are not explicitly mentioned in the...READ MORE

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Cardinal Burke: Youth Understand Bankruptcy of Anti-Life Culture

05/14/2012 Comments (11)
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Cardinal Raymond Burke with Rome's minister for equal opportunities, Lavinia Mennuni, and Roberto de Mattei of the Lepanto Foundation.

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Cardinal Raymond Burke took a prominent role in Sunday’s first ever March for Life in Rome, presiding over Eucharistic adoration in St. Mary Major basilica Saturday in reparation for the crime of abortion and taking part in the march the next day. In this short interview with the Register, the prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura reflected on the importance of the march as he joined the thousands of people who walked from the Colosseum to St. Peter’s basilica.

What are your opinions and reflections on the March for Life?

The march is very important as a fundamental witness to the inviolable dignity of human life and the responsibility all of us have to restore...READ MORE

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Pope Warns Against Dissent in U.S. Catholic Universities

05/07/2012 Comments (12)

Pope Benedict XVI today addressed the question of religious education and the formation in the faith of the next generation of Catholics in the United States, underlining that authentic education is not simply about "passing on knowledge, essential as this is, but also [about] shaping hearts."

Students, he argued, "need to be encouraged to articulate a vision of the harmony of faith and reason capable of guiding a life-long pursuit of knowledge and virtue." Faith by its very nature, he said, "demands a constant and all-embracing conversion to the fullness of truth revealed in Christ."

The Holy Father also warned against dissent from the Church's Pastoral leadership among some Catholic...READ MORE

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Remembering Blessed John Paul II One Year On

04/30/2012 Comments (2)

Tapestry of Blessed John Paul II unveiled on the facade of St. Peter's basilica, May 1st 2011.

Thousands of young people are expected to gather tonight for a prayer Vigil just outside Rome to celebrate the first anniversary of Blessed Pope John Paul II’s beatification.

Due to take place at the Tor Vergata esplanade, the venue for Rome’s World Youth Day in 2000, the Vigil will begin at 8pm with a torchlight procession. A large crowd of young people from Rome, together with 400 other youths from across Europe, will be taking part, according to the Vicariate of Rome which is organising the event. They are in the Eternal City for a meeting of European universities.

After reciting the Regina Caeli prayer yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI sent a greeting to the participants in which he...READ MORE

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Cardinal Bertone on Pope's Wisdom, Serenity and Coherence

04/19/2012 Comments (3)

"What strikes you about Benedict XVI is his coherence, his wisdom and his serenity, also with the clear awareness [he has] of the problems that the Church and humanity debates."

The words of Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, writing in today’s edition of the Italian daily, Il Messaggero, on the 7th anniversary of the Holy Father’s election as Pope.

“Perhaps for this reason,” the Pope’s deputy continued, “his teaching doesn’t leave anyone indifferent.” In Benedict XVI, he added, “is found coherence and wisdom, also in the clear indications he gives to the world about the essential value of religious liberty, in the reception of people of every culture and religion,...READ MORE

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Vatican Confirms SSPX Response

04/18/2012 Comments (10)

The Vatican confirmed in a short statement this morning that yesterday it received a response to the doctrinal preamble from the Society of St. Pius X, and it is now being examined by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the response is substantially different from the previous one, therefore "encouraging" and marks a "step forward" according to Catholic News Service. He also said it will be examined "quickly", and given to the Pope, probably within a "few weeks." Father Lombardi added: "we cannot consider the matter concluded yet."

"On April 17, 2012 was received, as requested at the meeting of March 16, 2012, held at the...READ MORE

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Vatican Hoping to Make SSPX Announcement Early Next Week

04/14/2012 Comments (242)

The Vatican is hoping to announce early next week the Society of St. Pius X’s clarifications to the fraternity's earlier response to a “Doctrinal Preamble” that could form the basis of reconciliation with Rome. But as of April 14th, those clarifications had not been received.

Speaking to the Register this morning, Msgr. Guido Pozzo, Secretary of the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” – the Vatican body charged with helping to bring reconciliation with the SSPX - said “we haven’t yet received a response” but he added that the fraternity have “preannounced they will arrive at a final clarification, therefore I am hoping that at the beginning of next week we’ll be able to know their...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