Archbishop Gänswein: Pope Will Adhere to Magisterium on Divorce-Remarriage

Prefect of the Pontifical Household says the Pope has awoken expectations regarding Church reform but not yet clear how these will all be played out.

03/21/2016 Comments (15)

Archbishop George Gänswein has sought to reassure the faithful that Pope Francis will adhere to the Church’s teaching on Holy Communion and civilly remarried divorcees.

In an interview over the weekend with Deutsche Welle, the prefect of the Pontifical Household, who is also Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s private secretary, said it is “not the first time” that a pope has tried to tackle this question, but that he was “convinced” that Francis “will continue on the path of his predecessors —that is to say, also according to the Church’s Magisterium.”

The German prelate’s comments come after Cardinal Walter Kasper said last week the Pope’s imminent post-synodal apostolic exhortation — his...READ MORE

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A Rome Miracle Celebrated by a Mass With Cardinal Burke

The Patron of the Sovereign Order of Malta celebrated Mass March 16th to commemorate a famous Rome miracle involving St. Philip Neri.

03/17/2016 Comments (4)

Every year on March 16, the owners of the Palazzo Massimo alle Colonne in the center of Rome throw open its doors to the public for just one day to mark the miracle involving St. Philip Neri and Prince Paolo Massimo.

Always a popular event, attended by hundreds of pilgrims, some coming from other parts of Europe just for the occasion, this very Roman tradition unofficially marks the beginning of Spring in the Eternal City and the imminent arrival of Easter.

To commemorate what happened on March 16, 1583, priests celebrate Masses all morning at the three altars in the palazzo’s ornate chapel, with the main Mass usually celebrated by a cardinal. This year, that honor was given to Cardinal...READ MORE

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Cardinal Kasper Suggests Exhortation Could Be Published Saturday

03/16/2016 Comments (25)
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Cardinal Walter Kasper giving a talk in Rome in February.

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UPDATE: Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told reporters March 17 that the apostolic exhortation will be released sometime after Easter week, in the first half of April.

Cardinal Walter Kasper has said Pope Francis’ eagerly anticipated summary document on the Synod on the Family could be published as soon as this Saturday, and that it will mark the “first step” in a reform of the Church that has taken nearly two millennia to achieve.

According to the Italian newspaper Il Terreno, the German theologian told an audience in the Italian city of Lucca on Monday evening that in a “few days (March 19)” a document of about “two hundred pages will be released”.

It’s not clear if, by...READ MORE

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Latest on the ‘Vatileaks 2’ Trial

Spanish monsignor says journalists didn't threaten him to obtain information; questions raised over why the Vatican is prosecuting Italian assistant.

03/16/2016 Comments (2)
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Statue of a saint on the top of the colonnade in St. Peter's Square.

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UPDATE: Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told reporters March 17 that the trial has been adjourned after Francesca Chaouqui's lawyer presented medical documentation showing that, following a hospital visit, Chaouqui, who is pregnant, should take "absolute rest in bed" for a period of 20 days. The next hearing is scheduled to take place in the morning of April 6.

On the second day of testimony on Tuesday in the trial of five people accused of leaking confidential Vatican documents, a former Vatican official said he felt pressured to divulge the information after receiving threats from a colleague.

Spanish Msgr. Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda told the Vatican court that Francesca...READ MORE

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Ex-Vatican Official Admits to Leaking Classified Documents

Msgr. Vajello Balda claims he was not "fully lucid" at the time and subjected to emotional blackmail.

03/14/2016 Comments (9)

A former Vatican official admitted today to leaking confidential Holy See documents to journalists, but said he was not “fully lucid” when he committed the offense.

Msgr. Angelo Lucio Vallejo Balda told a Vatican court: “I sent documents to journalists, I handed over a list of five pages with 87 passwords.”

He also said he passed the information onto the journalists, Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi, after becoming certain his email had been intercepted, and that Nuzzi had already obtained the documents. Both Nuzzi and Fittipaldi are also being tried for allegedly obtaining the information from Vatican officials by force.

Since 2013, under a new law instituted by Pope Francis, the...READ MORE

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Diplomacy — Where Pope Francis Has Had the Greatest Impact

03/12/2016 Comments (10)

Pope Francis meeting former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan in 2014. Photo: EMP Photos

Looking back on Pope Francis’ pontificate, which marks its third anniversary on Sunday, one of the most surprising areas where the Holy Father has made the greatest impact is on the international scene.

Despite his wish to resemble a parish priest, his emphasis on being principally the Bishop of Rome, and his preference for being a “homebody” than a traveler, the Holy Father has crisscrossed the globe, visiting 21 countries on five continents in the space of just 36 months.  

But extensive papal travel is just one unexpected international aspect of this pontificate. Another involves diplomacy.

From the time of his election, the Holy Father wanted to live up to his Latin appellation of...READ MORE

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Pope's Ambassador to Mexico to Be New Nuncio in Washington?

03/10/2016 Comments (4)

Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to Mexico.

If media reports are correct, Pope Francis is expected to appoint a close ally, the apostolic nuncio to Mexico, as his new ambassador to the United States.

Veteran Vaticanist Sandro Magister reported today on his blog Settimo Cielo that French papal diplomat, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, is to be “imminently” promoted to the nunciature in Washington D.C., replacing the current apostolic nuncio, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, who has reached the usual retiring age of 75.

The appointment of “Bergoglian” Archbishop Pierre, 70, is a crucial one given the influential role of the apostolic nuncio in helping to select bishops of the country he serves.

Although the Vatican has yet to make any...READ MORE

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Decentralization: Benefits and Concerns

Participant at recent Vatican symposium reveals some ideas being discussed.

03/08/2016 Comments (5)

Decentralization is a key part of Pope Francis’ reform of the Church, but what could it entail?

Some clues emerged from a meeting of theologians last month, hosted by the Synod of Bishops secretariat, in which the consensus appeared to be leaning towards a permanent synod, perhaps meeting every two months, with a greater emphasis on consulting the “People of God” ­— that is, all the baptized faithful.

"The People of God", which gained currency during the Second Vatican Council, is said to be “the new catch-word” that some believe will be used as the basis for a significant change in the synod's nature.

Such reform along these lines could bring necessary decentralization in terms of...READ MORE

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About Edward Pentin

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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