Getting a Handle on the Economic Crisis

Wednesday, May 05, 2010 6:42 PM Comments (3)

Pope Benedict XVI meets Mary Ann Glendon, the former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican and now president of Vatican's Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, during a meeting with participants in a plenary session of the academy at the Vatican April 30. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

As Greece’s economic woes deepen and threaten to spread to other countries, the Vatican has offered a timely reminder of the underlying causes of the global economic crisis and analysed ways forward out of it.

During five days of discussions, members of the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences, joined by a number of leaders in industry and finance, examined the situation under the theme “Crisis in a Global Economy. Re-planning the Journey” – a phrase inspired by Benedict XVI’s social encyclical Caritas in Veritate. (A summary of the highlights of the meeting can be found here).

“Looking into the crisis we considered it to be most of all a moral as well as an economic crisis,”...READ MORE

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New Mass Translation Given Rome's Approval

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 6:09 AM Comments (72)

The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments is to issue its formal approval of the new English translation of the complete Roman Missal later today.

The recognitio comes after nearly ten years of study and sometimes difficult consultation over the new translation of prayers for the Mass.

Today’s development will therefore mark a key step, although when the new Missal will be made available in parishes remains unclear.

Cardinal George Pell, chairman of the Vox Clara Committee, the international group of bishops advising the Vatican about the translation, told the Register yesterday that although formal approval will be given today, the new Missal certainly won’t be...READ MORE

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Benedict XVI's Invaluable Prophetic Witness

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 10:24 AM Comments (5)

Pope Benedict XVI looks out on the crowd during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 14. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

As the Church celebrates Benedict XVI’s five year pontificate this month, I had a look again at Values in a Time of Upheaval, one of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s later books, published by Ignatius in 2005.

A selection of lectures he gave when he was prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the book offers his invaluable insights into the modern world, drawing on the role traditional Judeo-Christian values have played, and should play, in a pluralistic society.

He writes in the introduction that the talks pose more questions than answers in the hope that others might come up with innovative solutions. But answers are there, and profound ones at that.

Bearing in mind...READ MORE

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Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization?

Monday, April 26, 2010 12:50 PM Comments (2)

Archbishop Rino Fisichella

Pope Benedict XVI is to publish an apostolic letter in the coming weeks announcing the creation of a Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, according to an Italian Vatican watcher.

Andrea Tornielli, the usually well-sourced Vatican correspondent for the Italian newspaper Il Giornale, reported that the new council’s aim will be to help rekindle the faith in the West, with the United States, Europe and South America being the main focus of the new structure.

The new dicastery, the idea of Cardinal Angelo Scola, the Patriarch of Venice, is expected to be headed by Archbishop Rino Fisichella.

Tornielli says that Archbishop Fisichella would resign his current positions – as...READ MORE

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Pope Wraps Up Successful Visit

Sunday, April 18, 2010 6:30 PM Comments (5)

Pope Benedict delivers his farewell address at Malta's international airport.

The Pope has now arrived back in Rome after what many are seeing as a highly successful trip – even if the chances of it being a flop in this very Catholic nation were slim.

In his farewell address at Malta international airport, he called on the Maltese people to be “an example, at home and abroad, of dynamic Christian living,” and to never allow their “true identity to be compromised by indifferentism and relativism.”

He also made reference to the issue of immigration on the island, saying he was confident that with its strong Christian roots and with the support of the international community, Malta would come to the aid of immigrants fleeing violence and persecution and...READ MORE

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'Make Manifest God's All-Inclusive Love'

Sunday, April 18, 2010 12:53 PM Comments (0)

Benedict XVI arriving by boat for a gathering with Malta's youth.

Pope Benedict XVI has delivered his penultimate address in a speech to Malta’s young people.

Arriving by boat to Valletta’s Waterfront accompanied by a group of young people, the Holy Father was received by an enthusiastic crowd.

After hearing very thoughtful questions put by four young people (I’ve now added these at the end of this post), he set out to try and help them better understand St. Paul, to not be afraid to spread the Gospel, and to love all people with an “all-inclusive” love, seeking out those who are vulnerable or in distress (full text below).

“Maybe some of you will say to me, Saint Paul is often severe in his writings. How can I say that he was spreading a...READ MORE

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Pope Meets Abuse Victims in Malta

Sunday, April 18, 2010 11:06 AM Comments (2)

The Pope arriving to celebrate Mass at the Granaries in Floriana square, Malta, April 18.

The Pope met eight victims of sexual abuse by clergy this morning in the Apostolic Nunciature in Valletta, Malta.

The Vatican’s statement reads:

“On Sunday 18th April, in the Apostolic Nunciature, the Holy Father met a small group of persons who were sexually abused by members of the clergy. He was deeply moved by the stories and expressed his shame and sorrow over what the victims and their families have suffered. He prayed with them and assured them that the Church is doing and will continue to do all in its power to investigate the allegations, to bring to justice those responsible for abuse and to implement effective measures designed to safeguard young people in the future. In the...READ MORE

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Malta Puts on Party for the Pope

Saturday, April 17, 2010 7:25 PM Comments (0)

Benedict XVI greeted by well-wishers in Rabat

The Maltese people have been ecstatic in their welcome for Pope Benedict XVI with most of the Mediterranean island, it seems, turning out to greet him on the first day of his visit.

Speaking to reporters this evening, Fr. Federico Lombardi, the Holy See press office director, estimated crowd numbers to be around 100,000. “There were crowds in every town, every village, that we passed,” he noted. He also was struck by how well behaved they were and how few police were present, especially compared to papal trips to other countries.

Naturally, one of the first questions Fr. Lombardi was asked was whether the Holy Father will meet with clerical abuse victims. Fr. Lombardi repeated what he...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