The Reform of the Reform

08/24/2009 Comment

A girl kneels as she receives Communion from Pope Benedict XVI during Mass in May 2008. (CNS)

Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli, a veteran and well-respected Vatican watcher, reported on Saturday that Rome has initiated a major “reform of the reform” of the post-Second Vatican Council liturgical changes to the Mass.

H/t to the Rorate Caeli blog, which has posted a complete translation of Tornielli’s article, published in the Italian newspaper Il Giornale. It says that several “propositiones” for liturgical reforms of the Mass were approved in March by the plenary session of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

According to Tornielli,

The document was delivered to the hands of Benedict XVI in the morning of last April 4 by Spanish...READ MORE

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Pope’s Wrist Unpinned

08/21/2009 Comment

The Pope leaves hospital July 17. (CNS/Reuters)

Pope Benedict XVI’s phyisician, Dr. Patrizio Polisca, said today that the cast and pins used to help heal the fracture in the Holy Father’s right wrist have been removed and that an X-ray showed a “consolidation of the fracture.”

“The final result as a whole can be defined as optimal,” the doctor said in a statement.

He concluded by saying that the Holy Father will recover fully when he completes “an appropriate rehabilitation program.”

Benedict broke his right wrist on July 17 as a result of a fall in his bedroom while on vacation in the Italian Alps.


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Year for Priests Convention

08/20/2009 Comment

The Congregation for the Clergy has announced the official program for a large international convention of priests. The meeting, to be held in Rome June 9-11, 2010, will conclude the Year for Priests that began June 19.

The event, punctuated by moments of prayer, celebrations, and conferences, will see the attendance of Pope Benedict XVI on the evening of Thursday, June 10, and on the morning of Friday, June 11.  The general theme of the meeting is to be the same as that of the Year for Priests: “Faithfulness of Christ, Faithfulness of Priests.”

The convention begins June 9 in St. Paul’s Basilica Outside the Walls. It will open in the morning with a prayer and a conference on the theme...READ MORE

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Seminary Document Planned

08/19/2009 Comments (1)

The Vatican is planning on issuing a new document on the formation of seminarians that could be published to coincide with the end of the Year for Priests.

Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, intends to hold a meeting of various permanent Vatican inter-dicastery commissions concerned with the formation of candidates to the priesthood.

“The purpose is to study the possibility, at the end of the Year for Priests, of publishing a short text, incisive and very clear, on the formation of candidates to the priesthood,” Archbishop Jean-Louis Brugues, secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education, said in an interview with L’Osservatore...READ MORE

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Key Vatican Personnel Changes

08/17/2009 Comment

Msgr. Pietro Parolin (CNS/Reuters)

Pope Benedict XVI made the latest in a series of important changes within the Roman Curia today by appointing Msgr. Pietro Parolin as apostolic nuncio to Venezuela. The appointment has been speculated by Vatican commentators for some time.

Msgr. Parolin, originally from Schiavon in northern Italy, has been the Vatican’s deputy foreign minister since 2002 (officially titled under secretary in the Secretariat of State’s Relations with States section).

During that time he has built up a very good reputation as a diplomatic fixer, playing an important behind-the-scenes role in negotiating improved relations with a number of states, most notably China, Vietnam and Israel. 

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The Pope's Tape Recorder

07/22/2009 Comment

Pope Benedict XVI, arm in sling, sits with Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican secretary of state, left, in the Italian Alps today. CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters

Why did the Pope fall? The Pope’s spokesman told me today that “any illness has been ruled out, and the fall has rightly been described as ‘accidental.’ Whether he stumbled or slipped are particulars I cannot go into.”

In an earlier posting I mentioned that Benedict likes to dictate his thoughts into a recorder — I think it’s a holdover from his days as a university professor.

Father Federico Lombardi, the Pope’s spokesman, said today the Pope “has now been provided with a tape recorder to record his reflections,” but added that he did not yet know “how much he will use it in the coming days.”

As this CNS article explains, the Holy Father has been given a laptop to use but he is...READ MORE

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Benedict Rests

07/21/2009 Comment

The Pope takes a walk July 18. (CNS/L'Osservatore Romano)

In the wake of breaking his wrist last week shortly after beginning his summer vacation in northern Italy, Pope Benedict XVI has decided to cut back on his vacation itinerary.

According to Italy’s La Stampa newspaper, the Pope has graciously turned down all excursions for the rest of his vacation, but he will be celebrating vespers at Aosta cathedral on Friday. He’ll also recite the Angelus on Sunday as planned.

Last night, Benedict’s physician invited the Aosta doctors who treated the Holy Father to dinner to thank them for their work.

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Benedict Waits His Turn

07/17/2009 Comment

The Pope leaves the hospital with a cast on his right arm. (CNS/Reuters)

Pope Benedict XVI insisted on waiting his turn behind another patient when he was admitted to the hospital today for an X-ray and operation on his broken right wrist.

The Italian news agency ANSA quoted hospital sources as saying that he let a peritonitis patient awaiting surgery go ahead of him. He spent most of the day in the hospital, but has now been released.

The Pope’s operation under local anesthesia was “a complete success,” reports say, and the Holy Father will return to his summer vacation Alpine retreat. Papal spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the injury was “nothing serious.”

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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