Cardinal Pell Turns 75, Pope to Keep Him on as Vatican Finance Chief

06/08/2016 Comments (5)
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Cardinal George Pell will continue in his role as prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, despite being obliged to submit his resignation on turning 75 today, the Vatican has said.

Holy See Press Office director Father Federico Lombardi told reporters this afternoon there are no grounds to believe that Cardinal Pell won’t stay in his permanent role as prefect, and reminded media that on a recent courtesy visit to the Secretariat, Pope Francis expressed his “full confidence” in Cardinal Pell and that he wished him to continue as prefect.

All cardinals and bishops have to submit their resignations on turning 75 (since 2014, this applies also to Vatican cardinals), but they are not...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Issues Motu Proprio on Removal of Negligent Bishops

Holy Father also formally approved today statute for the new Congregation for the Laity, Family and Life.

06/04/2016 Comments (19)
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In the latest effort to stamp out clerical sex abuse, the Vatican announced today that Pope Francis has established new norms to ensure that bishops, or those of equal rank, can be removed when they have been negligent, active or complicit in acts causing grave harm to others or a community.

In a new Apostolic Letter, issued motu proprio, entitled “Come una madre amorevole” (As a Loving Mother), the new norms provide for the removal of bishops (or those equivalent to them in Canon Law) from their offices in cases where they have “through negligence, committed or omitted acts that have caused grave harm to others, either with regard to physical persons, or with regard to the community...READ MORE

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Women's 'Ordination' Never, but Dialogue With Vatican OK

06/03/2016 Comments (36)
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Campaigners for women’s "ordination" and for the lifting of excommunications on those who have participated in the outlawed practice today attended the Jubilee Mass for priests in St. Peter’s Square, celebrated by Pope Francis.

The group of campaigners, called Women’s Ordination Worldwide, were also due to protest near the Vatican on Friday, and earlier in the week reportedly had a meeting with a Vatican official in the Secretariat of State, according to the British weekly The Tablet. The group reportedly wants to re-open dialogue in the Church. 

Pope St. John Paul II issued a definitive statement in 1994, firmly excluding the possibility of women priests. In the apostolic letter...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Third Meditation for Priests

06/02/2016 Comment
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Pope Francis is today giving three reflections on the occasion of the Jubilee of priests and seminarians. Each one will be given in a different basilica, the first was in St. John Lateran this morning, the second in the basilica of St. Mary Major at noon (6 a.m. ET), and the third in the basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls at 4p.m (10 a.m. ET). 

The theme of the retreat is “the Good Shepherd: the priest as a minister of mercy and compassion, close to his people and servant of all.” The meditations are being broadcast on EWTN with English commentrary.  

The Jubilee celebrations will conclude with a Mass celebrated by the Holy Father tomorrow, on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus,...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Second Meditation to Priests

06/02/2016 Comments (1)
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Pope Francis is today giving three reflections on the occasion of the Jubilee of priests and seminarians. Each one will be given in a different basilica, the first was in St. John Lateran this morning, the second was in the basilica of St. Mary Major at noon (6 a.m. ET), and the third will be in the basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls at 4p.m (10 a.m. ET). 

The theme of the retreat is “the Good Shepherd: the priest as a minister of mercy and compassion, close to his people and servant of all.” The meditations are being broadcast on EWTN with English commentrary.  

The Jubilee celebrations will conclude with a Mass celebrated by the Holy Father tomorrow, on the Feast of the Sacred Heart...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' First Meditation to Priests - Full Text

06/02/2016 Comments (2)
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Pope Francis is today giving three reflections on the occasion of the Jubilee of priests and seminarians. Each one will be given in a different basilica, the first was in St. John Lateran this morning, the second in the basilica of St. Mary Major at noon (6 a.m. ET), and the third in the basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls at 4p.m (10 a.m. ET). 

The theme of the retreat is “the Good Shepherd: the priest as a minister of mercy and compassion, close to his people and servant of all.” The meditations are being broadcast on EWTN with English commentrary.  

The Jubilee celebrations will conclude with a Mass celebrated by the Holy Father tomorrow, on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus,...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Have the Humility of the Poor in Heart

Recalls parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector at today's weekly general audience.

06/01/2016 Comment

Pope Francis continued his catechesis for the Jubilee Year of Mercy today, stressing that true prayer is born of “a heart which repents of its faults and failings, yet pleads for the grace to live the great commandment of love of God and neighbor.” 

The Holy Father was referring to the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector in which Jesus contrasts the arrogance and self-righteousness of the Pharisee’s prayer with the tax collector’s humble recognition of his sinfulness and need for the Lord’s mercy.

The Pope recalled that the Pharisee despised people commonly seen as “impure,” sinners such as the tax collector, but God “loves all men and does not despise sinners.”

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Details Released of Reformation Commemoration in Lund, Sweden

Joint statement says aim of the event is to "express the gifts of the Reformation and ask forgiveness for division perpetuated by Christians from the two traditions.”

06/01/2016 Comments (11)
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Pope Francis greeting pilgrims today in St. Peter's Square. The Holy Father will lead a common prayer service in Lund's Lutheran cathedral, together with Lutheran leaders.

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Pope Francis’ visit to Lund, Sweden, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation will comprise “two parts” beginning with a “common prayer” service in Lund's Lutheran cathedral and continuing with a public event at Malmö Arena that will be open to wider participation, Vatican and Lutheran leaders have announced.

In a joint statement issued today by the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, they reiterated that the Oct. 31 event will be centered on the themes of “thanksgiving, repentance and commitment to common witness".

It also said the overall aim of the ecumenical event “is to express the gifts of the Reformation and ask...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