Apprehension Over Plans to Relocate U.S. Embassy

11/21/2013 Comments (8)
U.S. State Department

– U.S. State Department

Plans are reportedly afoot to relocate the U.S. embassy to the Holy See to the grounds of the American embassy to Italy.

The move has yet to be publicly announced, but it looks set for completion by January 2015, according to an article by John Allen in the National Catholic Reporter.

Although the Obama administration is firmly denying it represents any kind of downgrade in U.S.-Vatican relations and is justifying it on grounds of security, locating both embassies on the same compound is rarely a good sign. All but three of the diplomatic missions to the Holy See in Rome are separate to embassies to Italy in order to respect the Vatican's sovereignty.

The plans to move the U.S....READ MORE

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Severely Disfigured Man Deeply Moved By Pope's Embrace

Vinicio Riva says meeting Pope Francis was like "being in Paradise."

11/19/2013 Comments (3)

The severely disfigured man whom Pope Francis blessed and embraced in St. Peter’s Square two weeks ago has spoken for the first time of his encounter, saying it left him speechless.

Vinicio Riva, 53, who suffers from neurofibromatosis Type 1, a rare disease that causes painful tumors to grow throughout his body, told the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera that witnessing the Pope’s compassion was like “being in Paradise.”

“His hands were so soft and his smile was so clear and open,” he said in another interview with Panorama, an Italian magazine. “But the thing that struck me most is that he didn’t think twice about whether or not to hug me. I'm not contagious, but he did not know....READ MORE

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Scalfari Interview Taken Down from Vatican Website

11/15/2013 Comments (31)

Pope Francis’ interview with Eugenio Scalfari, the atheist founder of La Repubblica, has been taken down from the Vatican website, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi confirmed today.

The Oct. 1 interview, which was also published in L’Osservatore Romano, was criticised for its inaccuracies after it emerged that Scalfari hadn’t recorded it.

“The information in the interview is reliable on a general level but not on the level of each individual point analysed. This is why it was decided the text should not be available for consultation on the Holy See website," Fr. Lombardi told reporters Friday. "Its removal is a final update on the nature of this text. Some mistakes were made...READ MORE

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Archbishop Mueller Reaffirms Teaching on Divorced and Remarried Catholics

11/14/2013 Comments (4)

Freiburg Minster

– wikipedia

Archbishop Gerhard Mueller has again reaffirmed the Church’s teaching with regards divorced and remarried Catholics in response to efforts by some Catholics in Germany to subvert the Church’s doctrinal and pastoral positions on the matter.

In a recent letter to the German archdiocese of Freiburg im Breisgau, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said the Church’s practice of not admitting to Eucharistic Communion divorced persons who have remarried “is based on sacred scripture.”

And that while priests “must recognise the various situations well and must invite the affected faithful to participation in the life of the Church,” he restated the Church’s position...READ MORE

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New Evangelization Needs Tradition and History to be Effective

11/12/2013 Comments (8)
Dominik Cira

Cardinal Walter Brandmueller celebrates the Traditional Latin Mass with participants of the conference 'Sacra Liturgia' in the basilica of Sant'Apollinare alle Terme in Rome, June 28, 2013.

– Dominik Cira

The new head of a worldwide federation of traditional Catholics has stressed that if the New Evangelization is to be effective, it’s vital that the faithful know and understand the Church’s roots, history and tradition.

James Bogle, who was elected president of the International Una Voce Federation at a Rome conference this past weekend, said young people are especially aware of the importance of rediscovering the Church’s roots. “It’s a voyage of discovery and one that they enjoy,” he told the Register.

Bogle argued that if Catholics don’t understand their roots “then it’s difficult to evangelize because when you attempt to evangelise, people will ask you, 'Where does it all come...READ MORE

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Relics of St. Peter to Go On Public Display

Exposition will be one of the closing events of the Year of Faith

11/09/2013 Comments (10)

The Vatican Necropolis.

– wikipedia

For the first time and to coincide with the end of the Year of Faith, the Vatican is to put on public display the relics of St. Peter.

Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, announced the Vatican’s plans in a Nov. 8 article in the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano.

Recalling how many pilgrims have made a pilgrimage to the tomb of Peter during the Year of Faith, he said that a “final culminating sign will consist of the exposition for the first time what tradition recognises as the relics of the apostle who gave his life for the Lord.”

“Peter's faith, therefore, will confirm once again that the door to meeting...READ MORE

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Senior Leader in Legionaries of Christ Resigns

11/06/2013 Comments (60)
Legionaries of Christ

Fr. Deomar De Guedes.

– Legionaries of Christ

One of the most senior leaders of the Legionaries of Christ has resigned from the order, saying he "did not have the necessary energy to confront the challenges" of his position.

Fr. Deomar De Guedes LC, second general counsellor of the order, submitted his resignation to Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, pontifical delegate of the Legionaries of Christ.

Cardinal De Paolis has been leading a reform of the Legion since revelations of grave abuse and corruption by its founder, Father Marcial Maciel, came to light. 

In a statement, the order said Fr. De Guedes “had asked the pontifical delegate to be exclaustrated from the Legion, but Cardinal De Paolis granted him permission to resign...READ MORE

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Vatican Publishes Preparatory Document on 2014 Synod

11/05/2013 Comments (9)

Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi.

– EP

The Vatican today published a series of questions aimed at allowing churches to participate actively in the preparation of next year’s extraordinary synod on the family and evangelization.

The questions form part of a preparatory document on the synod whose purpose will be to help the faithful proclaim the Gospel in the context of the pastoral challenges facing the family today.

Contrary to some media reports, Pope Francis is not presenting a questionnaire to Catholics worldwide to consult on homosexual unions and divorced persons.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told CNA Nov. 4 that such an assertion is “not true” but that the survey in question is, in fact, part of a...READ MORE

Filed under evangelization, family, marriage, questionnaire, synod of bishops, synod_2ol4

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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