Italians to Rally in Support of the Pope

05/13/2010 Comments (5)

Pope Benedict XVI greets people as he arrives for his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 28. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

In the wake of the sexual abuse crisis, the Church in Italy is expecting “tens of thousands” of faithful to gather in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday in a show of support and solidarity with the Holy Father, and for the purification of the Church.

Lay groups and families from dioceses up and down the country are expected to gather in the square from 11am, an hour before Pope Benedict XVI recites the Regina Coeli. They will be led in prayer by Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, president of the Italian bishops’ conference.

“We expect lay groups and individual families to come from all over Italy by bus, train or other means, each group organizing themselves to participate in the Regina...READ MORE

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Pope's In-Flight Briefing with Journalists

"The greatest persecution of the Church comes from within"

05/11/2010 Comments (5)

Pope Benedict XVI speaks to reporters on a plane en route to Portugal May 11. The Pope made some of his strongest remarks to date on the sex abuse cases during an in-flight press conference en route to his four-day visit. (CNS photo/Stefano Rellandini, Reuters)

Below is the full transcript of Pope Benedict XVI’s briefing with journalists on the papal plane to Portugal this morning, courtesy of Vatican Radio:

Q. - What message will you bring to Portugal, a deeply Catholic country in the past and a bearer of faith in the secular world of today. How can the faith be announced in a context which is indifferent, and sometimes hostile, to the Church?

First of all, good morning to all of you. I hope we will all have a good trip, despite the famous ash cloud which we are above right now.

In terms of Portugal, first of all I have feelings of joy and gratitude for everything this country has done and is doing in the world and in history, the deep...READ MORE

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Pope to Fatima, Volcanic Cloud Disperses

05/10/2010 Comment

A woman prays in front of a statue of Our Lady of Fatima May 5 in Sao Domingos church in Lisbon, Portugal. Pope Benedict's May 11-14 trip to Portugal will focus on spiritual, political and economic questions seen as crucial for the country and the rest of modern Europe. (CNS photo/Nacho Doce, Reuters)

The volcanic ash cloud which has been causing flight disruption over parts of southern Europe appears to be dispersing just in time for Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Portugal tomorrow.

Airports in Portugal, Spain and Italy were forced to close over the weekend but have now reopened and as of midday today Rome time, the Vatican said “no changes to the program are forecast”. Portuguese authorities say the cloud of ash remains in the south western part of the country but they predict it will steadily drift southwards, so hopefully it will also mean the Holy Father can return to Rome without problems.

As well as visiting the Marian shrine of Fatima, the Holy Father will be stopping in...READ MORE

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Getting a Handle on the Economic Crisis

05/05/2010 Comments (3)

Pope Benedict XVI meets Mary Ann Glendon, the former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican and now president of Vatican's Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, during a meeting with participants in a plenary session of the academy at the Vatican April 30. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

As Greece’s economic woes deepen and threaten to spread to other countries, the Vatican has offered a timely reminder of the underlying causes of the global economic crisis and analysed ways forward out of it.

During five days of discussions, members of the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences, joined by a number of leaders in industry and finance, examined the situation under the theme “Crisis in a Global Economy. Re-planning the Journey” – a phrase inspired by Benedict XVI’s social encyclical Caritas in Veritate. (A summary of the highlights of the meeting can be found here).

“Looking into the crisis we considered it to be most of all a moral as well as an economic crisis,”...READ MORE

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New Mass Translation Given Rome's Approval

04/28/2010 Comments (72)

The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments is to issue its formal approval of the new English translation of the complete Roman Missal later today.

The recognitio comes after nearly ten years of study and sometimes difficult consultation over the new translation of prayers for the Mass.

Today’s development will therefore mark a key step, although when the new Missal will be made available in parishes remains unclear.

Cardinal George Pell, chairman of the Vox Clara Committee, the international group of bishops advising the Vatican about the translation, told the Register yesterday that although formal approval will be given today, the new Missal certainly won’t be...READ MORE

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Benedict XVI's Invaluable Prophetic Witness

04/27/2010 Comments (5)

Pope Benedict XVI looks out on the crowd during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 14. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

As the Church celebrates Benedict XVI’s five year pontificate this month, I had a look again at Values in a Time of Upheaval, one of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s later books, published by Ignatius in 2005.

A selection of lectures he gave when he was prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the book offers his invaluable insights into the modern world, drawing on the role traditional Judeo-Christian values have played, and should play, in a pluralistic society.

He writes in the introduction that the talks pose more questions than answers in the hope that others might come up with innovative solutions. But answers are there, and profound ones at that.

Bearing in mind...READ MORE

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Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization?

04/26/2010 Comments (2)

Archbishop Rino Fisichella

Pope Benedict XVI is to publish an apostolic letter in the coming weeks announcing the creation of a Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, according to an Italian Vatican watcher.

Andrea Tornielli, the usually well-sourced Vatican correspondent for the Italian newspaper Il Giornale, reported that the new council’s aim will be to help rekindle the faith in the West, with the United States, Europe and South America being the main focus of the new structure.

The new dicastery, the idea of Cardinal Angelo Scola, the Patriarch of Venice, is expected to be headed by Archbishop Rino Fisichella.

Tornielli says that Archbishop Fisichella would resign his current positions – as...READ MORE

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Pope Wraps Up Successful Visit

04/18/2010 Comments (5)

Pope Benedict delivers his farewell address at Malta's international airport.

The Pope has now arrived back in Rome after what many are seeing as a highly successful trip – even if the chances of it being a flop in this very Catholic nation were slim.

In his farewell address at Malta international airport, he called on the Maltese people to be “an example, at home and abroad, of dynamic Christian living,” and to never allow their “true identity to be compromised by indifferentism and relativism.”

He also made reference to the issue of immigration on the island, saying he was confident that with its strong Christian roots and with the support of the international community, Malta would come to the aid of immigrants fleeing violence and persecution and...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