SSPX Talks Scheduled

10/15/2009 Comment

The first meeting of talks between the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei and the Society of St. Pius X will take place in the morning of Monday, Oct. 26, the Vatican announced today.

The talks are taking place to consider the doctrinal issues that separate the traditionalist society from full unity with the Church. The SSPX refuses to accept the authority of some elements of the Second Vatican Council and the post-conciliar magisterium of the popes.

In a statement, Father Federico Lombardi said the Ecclesia Dei commission will be represented by Msgr. Guido Pozzo, secretary of the commission, and Archbishop Luis F. Ladaria Ferrer, S.J., secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of...READ MORE

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Cardinal George Interview

10/14/2009 Comment

This interview will be published in the Oct. 25 issue of the Register:

Cardinal’s Virtues
Chicago Archbishop’s New Book Focuses on Faith and Culture


In his first book, The Difference God Makes — A Catholic Vision of Faith, Communion and Culture, Cardinal Francis George aims to bring together some of the most influential writings on the Catholic vision — “not just of the Church herself, but also of all the peoples of the world,” according to the book’s synopsis.

The publication, which went on sale in American bookstores Oct. 11, contains the author’s observations of Catholicism in cultures around the globe, as well as the...READ MORE

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Benedict to Visit Roman Synagogue

10/13/2009 Comment

Great Synagogue of Rome (wikipedia)

The Vatican announced today that Pope Benedict XVI will visit Rome’s synagogue slightly later than expected, in the afternoon of Jan. 17, 2010. According to a statement, the visit will coincide with the 21st Day of Deepening and Development of Catholic-Jewish Dialogue, as well as a local Jewish festival.

The festival is known as “Mo’ed di Piombo,” which commemorates a miraculous event of 1793: The Jews of Rome escaped an attack by the populace of the city thanks to a sudden storm that doused the fires that had been ignited against the gates of the ghetto.

The visit has been on the cards for some time: Papal spokesman Father Federico Lombardi confirmed it to the Register back in July,...READ MORE

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Synod Highlights Africa’s Potential

10/11/2009 Comment

As the first week of the Synod on Africa comes to a close, what has been the main issue exercising the minds of the synod fathers so far?

Archbishop Gabriel Charles Palmer Buckle of Accra, Ghana, gave his opinion at a press conference Friday afternoon. “What is beautiful is that there’s a convergence that reconciliation is a problem all over, and that working for justice and for peace is almost going to be a preferential option for the Church in Africa,” he said.

Said Archbishop Palmer Buckle, “We’ve listened not only to bishops from Africa, but those from the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Oceania, and there’s a lot of convergence.” At the moment, he said,...READ MORE

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African Synod’s First Week

10/09/2009 Comment

Cardinal Peter Turkson of Cape Coast, Ghana (CNS)

So far the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops, taking place at the Vatican until Oct. 25, has extensively covered core issues facing the continent, from the problem of ethnic conflicts and sects, to poverty, poor governance and the Church’s role in fostering justice, peace and reconciliation.

As well as his comments already reported here, Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, archbishop of Cape Coast, Ghana, and relator general of the Synod, opened proceedings by noting that “ethnic diversity continues to be a seedbed of conflicts and tensions,” and that African migrants to the West often end up in “servile conditions, which require our attention and...READ MORE

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Benedict and Abbas Meet

10/08/2009 Comment

Pope Benedict XVI and the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, discussed the need to find a just and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict when they met this morning at the Vatican. They also referred to the situation and contribution of Catholics in the Palestinian Territories.

According to a Vatican statement, the dialogue “focused on the situation in the Middle East and, in particular, on the need to find a just and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in which the rights of everyone are recognized and respected.”

The statement added: “In this context, emphasis was given to the importance of co-operation and mutual respect...READ MORE

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Archbishop Gregory’s Synod Comments

10/07/2009 Comment

Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta (CNS)

Below is the text of the remarks made yesterday by Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta to the Second Synod for Africa:

“I welcome this opportunity to summarize the importance that this Second Synod for Africa holds for the Church in the United States of America. We Americans find ourselves increasingly drawn in by issues and events that occur on the African continent. We, like people everywhere, feel ever more acutely the impact of the intensifying global character of our world.

First and foremost, we praise Almighty God for the gift of the one faith that binds the Church in the United States to all of the other Churches throughout the world.

Our Catholic community has benefited...READ MORE

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Europe 4 Christ Message

10/05/2009 Comment

As the Synod on Africa gets underway at the Vatican, the following message from a Nigerian seminarian serves as a timely and striking wake-up call for apathetic European Catholics. It could also apply to Catholics anywhere where secularism and relativism has become widespread.

The message was posted yesterday on Europe4Christ, a German-based website founded by members of different Christian confessions in response to discrimination against Christians in Europe. The message forms part of its ‘Letters to Europe’ series.

With attitudes like those expressed in the message, it’s perhaps not surprising the faith is growing so fast on the African continent.

Here is the text 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. Follow on Twitter @edwardpentin