Canon Law Expert Reflects on Archbishop Müller's Article

10/25/2013 Comments (18)
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Archbishop Gerhard Mueller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

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In a highly publicised article published in L'Osservatore Romano Oct. 22, Archbishop Gerhard Müller, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, wrote extensively about the Church's teaching on divorced and remarried Catholics. 

Entitled 'The Power of Grace', the article was an in-depth reaffirmation of the Church's teaching, but it also underlined the imperative to show pastoral concern to those who find themselves in these irregular situations. The full text of the article can be read here.

To gain an expert reflection on the significance of the article, I spoke with Father Luis Navarro, dean of the canon law faculty at the Pontifical Univiersity of the Holy Cross...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Greets Trailblazing Parliamentary Group

10/23/2013 Comments (3)
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Pope Francis today met members of the U.K.’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Holy See and gave them his special greetings. 

The Group - the first of its kind among world parliaments - has been at the Vatican to further strengthen relations between the United Kingdom and the Holy See. 

Hosted by Britain’s ambassador to the Holy See, Nigel Baker, the group of parliamentarians from both Houses have been paying visits to various dicasteries. As well as receiving personal good wishes from the Holy Father Wednesday, they met senior officials in the Secretariat of State and representatives of Caritas Internationalis. Yesterday, the MPs and Peers called in on the Congregation for the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Gives First Address in English

10/21/2013 Comments (17)

Pope Francis has spoken English publicly for the first time in a message released Friday to participants at a conference on the New Evangelization in the Philippines.

Unfortunately, there isn't a proper recording of the video message online, but the one above shows it in some detail.

"Do not get tired of bringing the mercy of the Father to the poor, the sick, the abandoned, the young people and families," Pope Francis says. "Let Jesus be known in the world of politics, business, arts, science, technology and social media. Let the Holy Spirit renew creation and bring forth justice and peace in the Philippines and in the great continent of Asia that is close to my heart."

Meanwhile,...READ MORE

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Remembering Blessed John Paul II's Devotion to the Rosary

10/16/2013 Comments (4)
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Blessed John Paul II in 1980.

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As today, October 16th, marks the 35th anniversary of Blessed John Paul II’s election and October is the month dedicated to the Holy Rosary, it’s a fitting moment to recall his devotion to the Marian prayer and his much loved apostolic letter, Rosarium Virginis Mariae (The Rosary of the Virgin Mary).

Promulgated exactly 11 years ago, John Paul made a special point of underlining the importance of the Marian prayer in response to the many crises affecting the world, in particular the need to implore God for the gift of peace, and to protect the family.

But over a decade on since the apostolic letter, the Rosary is still not recited as often as many would hope. At Sunday’s entrustment...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Calls Synod on the Family, Evangelization

10/08/2013 Comments (33)

The synod will address the problem of "particular pastoral solutions" that can run the "risk of generating confusion", the Vatican said.

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Pope Francis has called an Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the theme “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization”, the Vatican has announced.

The synod, which will take place at the Vatican 5-19 October, 2014, is a means through which the Holy Father “wishes to continue the reflection and journey of the whole Church, with the participation of leaders of the Episcopate from every corner of the world,” said Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi.

“It is important that the Church move forward together as a community, in reflection and prayer, and decide on common pastoral orientations dealing with the most important aspects of our life...READ MORE

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Vatican: Scalfari Interview Misses Details, Conflates Facts

10/05/2013 Comments (35)

In a remarkable development concerning Pope Francis’ sensational interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica published this week, the interviewer has admitted to neither recording nor even taking notes of the exchange.

Eugenio Scalfari has said he did show the text to the Holy Father for approval, but it isn’t clear how closely the Pope read it.

In a statement, the Vatican has stressed that the text was an “after-the-fact reconstruction” and so “run[s] the risk of either missing some key details or conflating various moments or events recounted during the oral interview.”

It has nevertheless attested to the overall "trustworthiness" of the interview.

The revelation comes...READ MORE

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Pope: Franciscan Peace is Not Something Saccharine

10/04/2013 Comments (1)
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Pope Francis in Assisi on Oct. 4 2013, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.

– CTV

“Franciscan peace is not something saccharine. Hardly! That is not the real Saint Francis!,” Pope Francis said in his homily in the Upper Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi this morning.

Nor, he added, is Franciscan peace “a kind of pantheistic harmony with forces of the cosmos.”

“It is not Franciscan,” he said, “but a notion that some people have invented! The peace of Saint Francis is the peace of Christ, and it is found by those who "take up" their "yoke", namely, Christ’s commandment: Love one another as I have loved you (cf. Jn 13:34; 15:12). This yoke cannot be borne with arrogance, presumption or pride, but only with meekness and humbleness of heart.”

The full text of the Holy...READ MORE

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Cardinals Agree on Radical Changes to Curia Governance

10/03/2013 Comments (7)

Fr. Federico Lombardi briefing journalists at the Vatican.

– EP

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi confirmed today that the members of the council of cardinals do not intend to update “with retouches and marginal modifications” the apostolic constitution Pastor Bonus, John Paul II’s 1988 instruction on governance of the Roman Curia.

Instead, they wish to introduce “a new constitution with significant new aspects,” ones which aim to lead away from a centralized form of governance.

Father Lombardi made the announcement during his recap of yesterday afternoon’s and this morning’s sessions of the cardinals meeting, convened to discuss Church governance and Curial reform.

“It will be necessary to wait a reasonable amount of time following...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