John Paul II to be Beatified May 1st

01/14/2011 Comments (18)

Pope Benedict XVI has today promulgated a decree recognising a miracle took place at the intercession of the Ven. John Paul II. The beatification ceremony will take place May 1st in Rome, presided by Benedict XVI.

The date, the Second Sunday of Easter, coincides with Divine Mercy Sunday - a Feast Day instituted by John Paul II. The late Pope died on the solemnity, on April 2, 2005.

The announcement of the beatification comes after five years of investigations into the life and works of the Polish Pontiff.

The full text of the decree can be found here.


The Vatican also announced today that Msgr. Nelson Baker (1842-1936), diocesan priest and businessman from Buffalo, N.Y., is to be...READ MORE

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Cardinals Approve Miracle for JPII Beatification

01/12/2011 Comments (10)

Scan of a rare image of Pope John Paul II meeting his would-be assassin, Mehmet Ali Agca, in a Rome prison Dec. 27, 1983. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Members of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints voted yesterday to approve a miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable John Paul II, according to the latest report from Andrea Tornielli.

“The last obstacle was overcome,” the Vaticanist for Il Giornale writes in today’s paper. “The cardinals and bishops of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints gathered yesterday morning and reviewed and approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of John Paul II: the healing of the French nun from Parkinson’s disease.”

“Now all that is missing is the final signature of Benedict XVI,” he adds, and repeats his earlier speculation that the beatification “could take place in the...READ MORE

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Pope's Annual Survey of the World - Full Text

Religion does not represent a problem for society, nor is it a source of discord or conflict, Benedict XVI reiterates to diplomats

01/10/2011 Comment

Religious freedom was again the focus of a major discourse by Benedict XVI this morning when he delivered his traditional new year address to diplomats accredited to the Holy See.

The Pope made a point of recalling the recent atrocities committed against Christians in Iraq, Egypt and Nigeria. “This succession of attacks is yet another sign of the urgent need for the governments of the region to adopt, in spite of difficulties and dangers, effective measures for the protection of religious minorities,” the Pope said, adding: “Need we repeat it?”.

He also called on Pakistan to abrogate its blasphemy law, and stressed that interreligious dialogue must favor religious freedom. He spoke about...READ MORE

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John Paul II to be Beatified in 2011?

01/04/2011 Comments (137)

John Paul II could be beatified in 2011, perhaps even before the summer, according to the veteran Vaticanist Andrea Tornielli.

Writing in Il Giornale this morning, he reports that in recent weeks, the medical advisers of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints have produced “a favorable view on the miracle attributed to the intercession of Pope Wojtyla - the healing of a French nun from Parkinson’s - and the documentation in recent days has also passed the scrutiny of theologians.”

He says the Cause now moves to the cardinal and bishop members of the congregation who have just received the dossier on the miracle. They are to cast their vote in a couple of weeks.

Tornielli says it is...READ MORE

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Pope Gives Radio Christmas Message

12/24/2010 Comment

Pope Benedict XVI gave a short address to the English-speaking world this Christmas Eve morning, becoming the first pontiff to deliver a meditation on national radio.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s morning program called ‘Thought for the Day’ – a short slot running since 1970 and given to religious leaders and thinkers to share a topical reflection - the Holy Father recalled his visit to Britain and spoke about the true meaning of Christmas.

Traditionally, the Christmas Eve meditation is given by the Archbishop of Westminster or the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Pope’s words were recorded at the Vatican on Wednesday, and the broadcast can be heard here.

“Recalling with great...READ MORE

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CDF Issues Note on Pope's Condoms/AIDS Comments

12/21/2010 Comment

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has today issued the following note on interpretations concerning the Holy Father’s comments about condoms, AIDS and the trivialization of sexuality made in the book “Light of the World”. 

Note of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

On the trivilization of sexuality

Regarding certain interpretations of “Light of the World”

Following the publication of the interview-book Light of the World by Benedict XVI, a number of erroneous interpretations have emerged which have caused confusion concerning the position of the Catholic Church regarding certain questions of sexual morality. The thought of the Pope has been repeatedly...READ MORE

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The Pope's Review of 2010

12/20/2010 Comments (36)

Pope Benedict XVI today reiterated the need for humility and repentance in the face of the clerical sex abuse crisis as he recalled the past year in his traditional Christmas greeting to heads of the Roman Curia.

He also shared some thoughts on how such crimes can be prevented in the future.

“We must accept this humiliation as an exhortation to truth and a call to renewal,” he said. “Only the truth saves. We must ask ourselves what we can do to repair as much as possible the injustice that has occurred. We must ask ourselves what was wrong in our proclamation, in our whole way of living the Christian life, to allow such a thing to happen. We must discover a new resoluteness in faith and...READ MORE

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Vatican, U.S. Embassy Respond to Wikileaks

12/11/2010 Comments (2)

Cables from the U.S. embassy to the Holy See are contained in the latest Wikileaks revelations.

They report on a wide range of issues, including the Holy See’s reaction to investigations into clerical sex abuse in Ireland, internal Vatican communications, British embassy concerns over the reaction to Anglicanorum coetibus, and the Holy See’s approach to: Venezuela, the Copenhagen accord on climate change, and Poland and the E.U.. The cables also contain the Pope’s approach to Turkey and how he helped release 15 British Royal Navy sailors captured by Iran in 2007.

Although quite sensational, none of the details actually come as any real surprise. On the Iranian story, I reported at the...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