Sinister Forces Possibly Behind JPII Relic Theft

01/27/2014 Comments (12)

The thieves stole the vial and a crucifix, leaving the collection box alone.

“A sacrilegious theft” and a “despicable act” is the reaction in Italy to the stealing over the weekend of a vial of Blessed Pope John Paul II’s blood from a small church in the Abruzzo mountains east of Rome.

The late Pontiff used to go skiing in the area known as Gran Sasso, often secretly, and prayed at the church of San Pietro della Ienca that housed the relic.

Local police have launched a major investigation into the theft, ordering 50 carabinieri onto the case and employing sniffer dogs to track the thieves.  A prosecutor has already opened a file, Italian media reports.

"It was a commissioned robbery, that I am sure,” said Pasquale Corriere, a former city councilor in nearby...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Message for 48th World Day of Social Communications

01/23/2014 Comments (2)

Here is the full text of the Holy Father's message for the 48th World Day of Social Communications, published today by the Vatican. The day will be celebrated on Sunday, June 1st, 2014.


Communication at the Service of an Authentic Culture of Encounter

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today we are living in a world which is growing ever "smaller" and where, as a result, it would seem to be easier for all of us to be neighbours. Developments in travel and communications technology are bringing us closer together and making us more connected, even as globalization makes us increasingly interdependent. Nonetheless, divisions, which are sometimes quite deep, continue to exist within our...READ MORE

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Pope Meets Head of Medjugorje Commission

01/23/2014 Comments (4)

Pope Francis today met Cardinal Camillo Ruini who chairs the Medjugorje Commission.

Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi wasn't able to disclose the reasons for the meeting, telling the Register that "naturally the contents of a private conversation are not subject to communication."

However, the vicar general emeritus of the Vicariate of Rome will most probably have discussed the commission's findings on Medjugorje which it submitted last week to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. After being examined by the CDF, a proposal will be made to the Holy Father who will have the final say.

The timeline for a decision is not known, although Cardinal Vinko Puljic of...READ MORE

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Pope's Message to World Economic Forum - Full Text

"I ask you to ensure that humanity is served by wealth and not ruled by it."

01/21/2014 Comments (1)

Pope Francis has sent a message to the World Economic Forum in Davos, delivered by Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, on Jan. 21.

The message, which has many words of praise for the business community, is being seen as addressing some of the criticisms that followed his comments on the economy in his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium. 

The annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, opened this evening and will end on Jan. 25. The event gathers world leaders, top business executives and public figures to set the key priorities and challenges for the world to tackle in the new year.


To Professor Klaus Schwab


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President Obama to Visit Pope Francis in March

01/21/2014 Comments (21)

President Barack Obama is to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican on March 27th, the White House has announced.

The Vatican has also confirmed the meeting. 

The private audience will take place at the end of a European trip to the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy. 

"The President looks forward to discussing with Pope Francis their shared commitment to fighting poverty and growing inequality," the White House said in a statement. 

While in Rome, he will also meet with Italy's President Napolitano and Prime Minister Letta. 

President Obama last visited the apostolic palace in July 2009 when he had a private audience with Pope Benedict XVI. 

The news comes as the British press reports...READ MORE

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Vatican Commission Completes Medjugorje Investigation

01/18/2014 Comments (359)

Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi confirmed the results of the commission will now be examined by the CDF.

– EP

The international Vatican commission investigating the events at Medjugorje has completed its work and will submit its findings to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican confirmed today.

The Vatican released the following statement this morning:

"The director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, confirmed on Saturday that the international commission investigating the events in Medjugorje held its last meeting on 17 January. The commission, created by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, is presided by Cardinal Camillo Ruini. The commission has reportedly completed its work and will submit the outcomes of its study to the...READ MORE

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Monsignor Ratzinger Celebrates 90th Birthday with Pope Emeritus

01/16/2014 Comments (4)

Monsignor Georg Ratzinger celebrated his 90th birthday Jan. 15 with his younger brother, Benedict XVI, at the pope emeritus’ “Mater Ecclesiae” residence in the Vatican.

After celebrating a Mass of thanksgiving in the residence chapel, the two brothers settled down for a typical Bavarian breakfast, and were joined by the consecrated women who help care for Benedict XVI, according to Vatican Radio.

After a festive lunch, the former choirmaster of the “Regensburger Domspatzen” -- the Regensburg Cathedral Choir -- was treated to an evening concert in the Hall of the Assumption, part of Vatican Radio’s premises located in the Vatican Gardens.

The concert, organised by the historian and...READ MORE

Filed under benedict xvi, concert, georg ratzinger, mater ecclesiae

Pope's 2014 Address to Diplomatic Corps - Full Text

01/13/2014 Comment

Ambassador Jean-Claude Michel, dean of the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See, addresses Pope Francis in the Sala Regia, 13 Jan. 2014

Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is now a long-established tradition that at the beginning of each new year the Pope meets the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See to offer his greetings and good wishes, and to share some reflections close to his heart as a pastor concerned for the joys and sufferings of humanity. Today’s meeting, therefore, is a source of great joy. It allows me to extend to you and your families, and to the civil authorities and the peoples whom you represent, my heartfelt best wishes for a new year of blessings and peace.

Before all else, I thank your Dean, Jean-Claude Michel, who has spoken in your name of the affection and esteem which binds...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, diplomatic corps, hunger, peace, pope francis, poverty, war

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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