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

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Consistory for Creation of New Cardinals Confirmed for February

10/31/2013 Comments (1)

The Vatican today confirmed what has been rumoured for some time: a consistory for the creation of cardinals to be held on February 22nd next year.

The director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J., made the following declaration this morning:

“On the occasion of the meeting of the 'Council of Cardinals' scheduled for early next October (1-3 October) and the subsequent meeting of the Synod Council (7-8 October), the Pope has informed the participants of his intention to convoke a Consistory for the creation of new cardinals on the occasion of the Feast of the Cathedral of St. Peter, 22 February. Pope Francis has decided to communicate his decision to convoke...READ MORE

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Italian Magazine Says NSA Listened into Vatican and Pope

10/30/2013 Comments (22)

The National Security Agency has been listening into telephone calls of the Pope and senior Vatican officials, an Italian magazine has claimed.

In an article in Panorama which will appear on newsstands tomorrow, the NSA is reported to have allegedly tapped the phonecalls of Vatican officials and senior prelates before and during the Conclave, as well as incoming and outgoing calls from the Domus Internationalis residence where the Pope was living before his election.

Panorama also says there are suspicions that the conversations of the Pope were even monitored long before he was elected. The magazine refers to the Wikileaks files which, it says, revealed that Cardinal Jorge Mario...READ MORE

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Canon Law Expert Reflects on Archbishop Müller's Article

10/25/2013 Comments (18)

Archbishop Gerhard Mueller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.


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

Filed under annulments, archbishop gerhard mueller, communion, divorced and remarried catholics, pontifical university of the holy cross, professor luis navarro

Pope Francis Greets Trailblazing Parliamentary Group

10/23/2013 Comments (3)


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)

Blessed John Paul II in 1980.

– Wikipedia

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.

– EP

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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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