How Pius XII’s Dollars Helped Defeat the Nazis

01/29/2013 Comments (18)

Bernardino Nogara

– Wikipedia

According to new research, at the onset of the Second World War the Vatican rapidly moved its securities and gold reserves from areas under threat of Nazi occupation to the United States from where it used its financial means to assist the persecuted Church in Europe and help the Allies combat Nazism.

It was a strategy that was “fundamentally important” to victory over the Nazis, it has been claimed.

The findings, based on the discovery of British intelligence interceptions of Vatican financial transactions dated 1941-1943, are revealed in a December 2012 article entitled “New Perspectives on Pius XII and Vatican Financial Transactions during the Second World War”, written by Patricia...READ MORE

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Pope Offers Plenary Indulgence During World Day of the Sick

01/28/2013 Comment

As part of the Year of Faith, the Vatican announced today that Pope Benedict XVI is to offer a Plenary Indulgence to those who charitably assist the sick 7-11 February, and those who are suffering themselves from illness and infirmity.

A Partial Indulgence will also be offered on those days to those who pray for the Lord’s assistance to those “sick in spirit during this Year of Faith.”

The Plenary Indulgence is offered to the faithful participating in the 21st World Day of the Sick to be celebrated 7–11 February, in Altotting, Germany, and to other places where a ceremony is held “to beseech God to grant the goals of the World Day of the Sick, praying the Our Father, the Creed, and an...READ MORE

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Pope Tweets Support for March for Life

01/25/2013 Comments (1)

March for Life 2009


Pope Benedict XVI has tweeted his support for the March for Life taking place today in Washington DC.

“I join all those marching for life from afar, and pray that political leaders will protect the unborn and promote a culture of life,” the Holy Father wrote this afternoon on the micro-blogging site.

This is the first time the Pope has used @pontifex - his personal Twitter account - to express his support for a direct cause, as opposed to issuing statements on the faith.

The March for Life, which this year marks the 40th anniversary of Roe vs Wade, is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of people to the U.S. capital today.

Earlier this week, Bishop Carrasco de Paula, president...READ MORE

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Pope: Complete Trust in the Lord Changes Everything

The Holy Father's first audience of 2013.

01/02/2013 Comments (2)

Pope Benedict XVI greeting pilgrims at his weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall Jan. 2, 2013.


“Always, even in the midst of the most difficult problems to face, we must trust in God, renewing faith in his presence and action in our history, like in that of Mary,” Pope Benedict XVI said today in his first weekly general audience catechesis of 2013. “Nothing is impossible with God! With him, our lives always walk on solid ground and are open to a future of firm hope.”

The Holy Father’s catechesis, largely a reflection on the importance and meaning of the incarnation and the role and example of the Virgin Mary, also carried an appeal to “welcome the Saviour into our hearts, allow God’s power to strengthen and transform our weakness and bear joyful witness to the dawning of the new...READ MORE

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Pope Pardons Gabriele, Appoints American as Promoter of Justice

12/22/2012 Comments (11)
Rome Reports

Former papal valet, Paolo Gabriele, at his trial. Oct. 2, 2012

– Rome Reports

Pope Benedict XVI has today granted a Christmas pardon to Paolo Gabriele, his former valet who has been serving an eighteen month jail sentence for leaking confidential papal documents.

A Vatican communiqué, released this morning by the Secretariat of State, reads:

"This morning the Holy Father Benedict XVI visited Paolo Gabriele in prison in order to confirm his forgiveness and communicate in person his decision to grant Mr Gabriele's request for pardon, thereby remitting the sentence passed against the latter. This constitutes a paternal gesture towards a person with whom the Pope shared a relationship of daily familiarity for many years.

"Mr Gabriele was subsequently...READ MORE

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Pope Writes Op-Ed on Meaning of Christmas

12/20/2012 Comments (5)

As the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord draws near, Pope Benedict XVI has taken the unusual step of writing an op-ed in a globally-read, mass circulation newspaper.

In an article in today’s Financial Times headlined: “A time for Christians to engage with the world  - Christmas is a time of great joy and an occasion for deep reflection,” the Holy Father draws on the meaning of Christmas and contrasts the ways of the world and the state with the ways of God.

It is believed to be the first time that a pontiff has accepted an invitation to write an article for a secular mainstream newspaper.

The Pope recalls the humility, poverty and simplicity of the crib scene, and says the birth...READ MORE

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Tweeting Vitriol at the Pope

12/13/2012 Comments (7)

Pope Benedict XVI sending his first tweet from @pontifex at the end of his weekly general audience, Dec 12, 2012.


Ever since the Vatican announced the Holy Father was going to have his own Twitter account, it was a cause for concern: how should the Vatican deal with the abusive replies he could be expected to receive on his Twitter feed?

Twitter has no moderators, so is it right that the Vicar of Christ should be exposed to unlimited vitriol and abuse?

So far, most of the abusive replies to his tweets have been mild, juvenile stuff, probably written by adolescents who don’t know any better.

Some of the mockery could also have been easily avoided. For instance, to have the Holy Father tweet during his Q&A on the faith: “Any suggestions on how to be more prayerful when we are so busy with the...READ MORE

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Pope on Twitter: I Bless All of You From My Heart

12/12/2012 Comments (2)


The Pope has officially begun tweeting from his own Twitter account (@pontifex).

At the end of his weekly general audience this morning in the Paul VI Hall, the Holy Father sent out the following tweet: 

“Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart.”

The same tweet was simultaneously translated into seven other languages and sent out on seven other accounts.

According to Twitter’s Claire Diaz-Ortiz, just minutes before the first tweet went out, the Pope had managed to attract one million Twitter followers across all eight accounts.

This afternoon he began tweeting answers to...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