Cardinal Sarah Warns of 'Eclipse of God'

Calls on the faithful to make more space for prayer and adoration.

12/17/2015 Comments (6)
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Cardinal Robert Sarah

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Today one sees an “eclipse” of God in politics, economics and culture — a crisis which is not essentially economic or political, but rather a “crisis of God”.

These were the words of Cardinal Robert Sarah, speaking at the launch last month of the German edition of his book interview, “God or Nothing”, by Nicolas Diat.

His comments have only now been translated and published exclusively in full below.

The Guinean cardinal told the Rome audience that Western culture has “progressively organized itself as if God did not exist”, and that “many today have decided to do without God.”

But by doing so, he said “man does not know anymore either who he is or where he is going: there is a sort of...READ MORE

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Carl Anderson: Dignitatis Humanae Can Help Address Religious Freedom Crisis

12/16/2015 Comment
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Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus

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Dignitatis Humanae, the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on Religious Freedom, can help address a “global crisis” in religious freedom, enabling Muslims and the West to confront and better respond to violent religious extremism, the Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus has said.

In a speech Dec. 12 to an international Rome conference on religious freedom, Carl Anderson said the Vatican II declaration, which marks its 50th anniversary this year, can also help “re-energize” an appreciation for religious freedom in Western societies as well as “better enable Muslims and others to confront violent extremism among their co-religionists.”

Noting that genocide against Christians is...READ MORE

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Rome Lutheran Pastor Thinks Pope ‘Opened Door’ to Intercommunion

12/14/2015 Comments (56)
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Dr. Jens Kruse, pastor of Rome's Evangelical Lutheran Church.

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A Lutheran pastor has said he believes Pope Francis “opened the door” to intercommunion when the Holy Father spoke to his church last month, and that his parishioners generally have the same opinion.

Pastor Jens Kruse of Rome’s Evangelical Lutheran Church said in a Dec. 12 interview with the Register (see full transcript below) that he thinks his flock feel freer, in accordance with their conscience, to receive the Eucharist in the Catholic Church after Francis’ comments.

The Holy Father caused controversy during his visit to Pastor Kruse’s church Nov. 15 when he urged a Lutheran woman married to a Catholic to "talk to the Lord" about receiving holy Communion "and then go forward", but...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Faithful Called to a Love That Knows No Boundaries

12/14/2015 Comments (5)
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Pope Francis having just opened the Holy Door at St. John Lateran basilica yesterday.

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The faithful are called to a radical commitment to mercy, and to witness to a love that goes beyond justice and knows no boundaries, Pope Francis said yesterday.

Speaking off-the-cuff during his homily at Mass in the basilica of St. John Lateran, the Holy Father said it is “time to rediscover the presence of God and his fatherly tenderness” and that “God does not love rigidity.”

“He is Father; He is tender; everything done with the tenderness of the Father,” the Pope said, adding that whereas John the Baptist demanded what was “reflected in the law”, the baptized are “asked to be instruments of mercy” and “prompted toward a more radical commitment.”

Francis had just opened the Holy Door...READ MORE

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Concerns Linger Over Fairness of Vatileaks Trial

Critics assert the pool of defendants’ lawyers is too small

12/09/2015 Comments (3)

Doubts persist about the fairness of a trial of five people charged with leaking confidential Vatican documents despite recent assurances from the Holy See.

In a statement Monday, Holy See Press Office Director Father Federico Lombardi addressed various concerns, one of which was the selection of lawyers chosen to represent the defendants.

Critics have been arguing that the list of lawyers eligible to work in the Vatican courts is too small, excluding attorneys best suited to cases such as these, and so not offering the defendants the fairest trial.

Father Lombardi acknowledged in his Dec. 7 statement that all those engaged in judicial roles at the Vatican “may not be recruited by way of...READ MORE

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Images from Controversial Vatican 'Fiat Lux' Show

12/09/2015 Comments (28)

Yesterday evening's light show, "Fiat Lux, Illuminating Our Common World", generated a strong reaction among the faithful. 

The hour-long, twice repeated show of images projected onto St. Peter’s basilica replete with new age music and sounds from the animal kingdom, was undoubtedly remarkable and technologically impressive. The natural world was showcased in a way that underscored the beauty of creation and the need to safeguard it.

Meant to link Pope Francis’ environment encyclical Laudato Si’ with the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) currently underway in Paris, it was also supposed to underline the theme of mercy. 

Many enjoyed the spectacle, but equally many others...READ MORE

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12 Major Initiatives for the Jubilee Year

Archbishop Rino Fisichella also addresses security concerns.

12/08/2015 Comments (15)
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Archbishop Rino Fischella presenting Pastoral Resources for the Jubilee Year at the Holy See Press Office, Dec. 4, 2015.

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The opening of Holy Doors in all the world’s cathedrals, a daily Rosary in St. Peter’s Square, and a light show projecting images of mercy and climate change on St. Peter’s basilica, are just some of the plans for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy that begins on Dec. 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

Below is a list of the most important initiatives, announced this morning by Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization.

Asked during the press conference by the Register about security measures during the year given current concerns, the archbishop reassured there would be adequate measures but also urged vigilance. 

He...READ MORE

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Pope's Homily at Jubilee Inauguration Mass, Video of Opening of Holy Door

12/08/2015 Comments (1)
Video clip of Pope Francis opening the Holy Door in the presence of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (clip and full video can also be watched on YouTube here).

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On Tuesday morning December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pope Francis solemnly inaugurated the Jubilee Year of Mercy with the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

“This Extraordinary Holy Year is itself a gift of grace,” the Pope said in his homily. "To pass through the Holy Door means to rediscover the infinite mercy of the Father who welcomes everyone and goes out personally to encounter each of them.”

The full text of Pope Francis’ prepared homily for the Solemnity of 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. 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