Pope to New Cardinals: Reject Worldly Mentality

Holy Father appoints 19 new cardinals in St. Peter's basilica

02/22/2014 Comments (2)

Pope Francis warmly embraced Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on entering the basilica.

At his first ordinary public consistory this morning, Pope Francis advised 19 new cardinals not to conform themselves to a worldly mentality but instead to be courageous in proclaiming the Gospel and bearing witness to the truth at all times.

He also called on them to be peacemakers and examples of courage and compassion “especially at this time of pain and suffering for so many countries throughout the world.”

Surprisingly, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was also present at the consistory and Pope Francis warmly embraced his predecessor who was seated not far from the new cardinals.

There has been some speculation as to whether Benedict XVI will attend the canonization of John XXIII...READ MORE

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Pope: 'Tyrannical Dominion' is Threatening Lives of Elderly

02/20/2014 Comments (3)
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Pope Francis sent the following message to the Pontifical Academy for Life today, on the occasion of their general assembly and the 20th anniversary of the academy. The theme for this year's meeting is 'Aging and Disability'.

The Holy Father speaks about a "tyrannical dominion" which leads to the exclusion and "at times evens kills" the elderly. 

"Many fall victim to this," he says. "We have created a ‘throw away’ culture which is now spreading." It's a culture, he says, that is no longer simply about exploitation and oppression, but exclusion.

The Pope ends by saying the "gravest deprivation" experienced by the aged is "not the weakening of one’s physical body, nor the disability...READ MORE

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Petition Urges Belgian King to Stop Child Euthanasia Law

02/14/2014 Comments (6)

A campaign to petition King Philippe of Belgium not to sign a new bill extending euthanasia to children into law is rapidly gaining signatures.

The petition can be found here, on the website Citizen Go. Organisers hope to obtain at least 50,000 signatures.

Belgium’s new law, passed yesterday by 86-44 votes in country's lower house, allows doctors to kill children under the age of 18 who are terminally ill and suffer from severe pain without any prospect of relief. The decision to kill a child must be approved by the parents and the physicians in care. It is further necessary that the young patient is aware of the situation and understands what euthanasia means.

The new legislation...READ MORE

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Fr. Lombardi: UN Committee Report Shows Serious Lack of Understanding

02/07/2014 Comments (46)

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Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi issued the following note this morning concerning the UN Committee of the Convention on the Rights of the Child's strong criticism of the Holy See's handling of sexual abuse cases.

He dismisses talk of a "confrontation between the UN and the Vatican" but doesn't hold back from criticizing the committee whose report, he says, shows a "serious" lack of understanding of the Holy See and the steps it has taken to root out clerical sex abuse.

He asks: is there an "inability to understand, or an unwillingness to understand? In either case, one is entitled to amazement." And like Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Holy See's permanent observer to the UN in...READ MORE

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Blessed John Paul II Relic Found

01/31/2014 Comments (7)

The relic was stolen from the church of San Pietro della Ienca in Gran Sasso months before John Paul's canonization on April 27th.

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Police have recovered the relic of Blessed Pope John Paul II after it had been stolen from a church in central Italy.

The piece of cloth, stained with the blood of the late Pontiff, was discovered on Friday in a garage belonging to two men who admitted to stealing the reliquary yesterday.   

Police revealed the news at a joint news conference with Church officials in L'Aquila, east of Rome, this afternoon. 

Bishop Giovanni D'Ercole, auxiliary bishop of L'Aquila, told reporters he had pieced together the reliquary and the cloth after police found them in pieces on successive days, according to Reuters.

He said the recovered piece of fabric was missing just a few filaments of cloth...READ MORE

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Pope to Notre Dame: Be Uncompromising Witnesses

01/30/2014 Comments (13)

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Pope Francis has said it is essential that Catholic universities show an "uncompromising witness" to the Church’s moral teaching. 

In an address today to trustees of Notre Dame University, he urged those present to "uphold that teaching as authoritatively proclaimed by the magisterium of her pastors", not to "dilute that indispensable witness" in the face of opposition, and to defend, to preserve, and advance the university's Catholic identity.

The Cardinal Newman Society has chronicled concerns about Notre Dame’s Catholic identity, as have Notre Dame alumni at the Sycamore Trust. The university caused serious controversy and faced widespread opposition in 2009 when it decided to...READ MORE

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Vatican Spokesman Censures 'Rolling Stone' Article on Pope

01/29/2014 Comments (36)

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi has strongly criticised an article on Pope Francis that appears in the latest edition of Rolling Stone magazine.

Although he acknowledged that the Holy Father’s appearance on the publication’s front cover shows a diverse interest in the Pope, the Jesuit spokesman denounced the article's negative portrayal of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s pontificate, saying the piece disqualifies itself as serious journalism.

“Unfortunately, the article disqualifies itself, falling into the usual mistake of a superficial journalism, which in order to highlight the positive aspects of Pope Francis, thinks it should describe in a negative way the pontificate of...READ MORE

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Sociologist: 'Fringe Catholics' More Likely Behind JPII Relic Theft

01/28/2014 Comments (16)

Satanism is being reported as a possible cause of the theft at the weekend of a relic containing the blood of Blessed John Paul II.

The relic was stolen along with a crucifix from a small mountain church of San Pietro della Ienca where the late Pope used to pray on his many trips to the mountainous region.

But not all agree with the Satanism theory, and one of those is Professor Massimo Introvigne, a respected Catholic sociologist, expert on the occult and founder of the Center for Studies on New Religions. He shared his thoughts on the theft with me earlier today, and discussed the current state of Satanism and demonic possession in Italy.

What is your take on this case?

Some people in...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