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.

“Hence much still remains...READ MORE

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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?”

The Pope...READ MORE

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Vatican Statement on LCWR Meeting with CDF

06/12/2012 Comments (10)


Today the Superiors of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith met with the President and Executive Director of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in the United States of America. Most Rev. Peter J. Sartain, Archbishop of Seattle and the Holy See’s Delegate for the doctrinal Assessment of the LCWR, also participated in the meeting.

The meeting provided the opportunity for the Congregation and the LCWR officers to discuss the issues and concerns raised by the doctrinal Assessment in an...READ MORE

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"Vatileaks" Suspect Applying for Bail

06/11/2012 Comment

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi S.J.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi today issued more clarifications and updates on the Vatileaks investigation, but before he did so, he underscored the Vatican’s concern for the attacks on churches in Nigeria.

The Jesuit spokesman told reporters at a press conference the Holy See wished to convey “once again our pain and horror” over the latest atrocities, pointing out that each Sunday there appears to be another attack that is “very sad and dramatic.”

He added that the Holy See wished to convey its “attention and closeness to the Nigerian church”  and hopes that a way will soon be found to resolve the situation. 

The Islamist sect Boko Haram militants attacked two churches...READ MORE

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Praying For and With Pope Benedict

06/09/2012 Comments (10)

As the Pope continues to suffer from ongoing internal troubles at the Vatican and other burdens associated with the papacy, two German initiatives aimed at showing him solidarity are reportedly gaining popularity.

The first calls on the faithful to not only pray for the Pope, but also to pray with him, reciting the Rosary at exactly the same time as Pope Benedict does every evening.

Punctually, at 6:45pm during the summer, the Holy Father and his private secretary, Msgr. Georg Gänswein, take a stroll through the Vatican Gardens to recite the Marian prayer. 

The idea for the prayer came from the publishers of Vatikan Magazine, a German monthly, who were moved by the struggles...READ MORE

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Cardinal Sodano Discusses Vatican Leaks

06/06/2012 Comments (6)

Cardinal Angelo Sodano

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In a rare interview, Cardinal Angelo Sodano has spoken about the leaking of confidential documents from the Roman Curia.

The current Dean of the College of Cardinals, who served 16 years as Blessed Pope John Paul II’s Secretary of State, underlined the commitment among Vatican officials in serving the Pope, though said that naturally none of them are flawless, and pointed out that although diversity of opinion exists among cardinals, that does not mean division. He also praised the media for some coverage of the Holy Father but criticised it for “distortions”.

In the interview, which appears in the latest edition of L’Osservatore Romano, the 84 year-old cardinal said reports of...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