Pope Francis Named Time's Person of the Year 2013

12/11/2013 Comments (80)

Time magazine has named Pope Francis "Person of the Year 2013", beating other contenders such as Edward Snowden, Miley Cyrus, and Ted Cruz.

The international news magazine said it chose the Holy Father largely because of his humility and compassion.

"In a very short time, a vast, global, ecumenical audience has shown a hunger to follow him," Time's managing editor, Nancy Gibbs, wrote in an article explaining their decision. "For pulling the papacy out of the palace and into the streets, for committing the world’s largest faith to confronting its deepest needs and for balancing judgment with mercy, Pope Francis is TIME’s 2013 Person of the Year." 

The award was accompanied by a long...READ MORE

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Belgium Looks Set to Euthanize Children

12/05/2013 Comments (7)

Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard, president of Belgium’s bishops conference.

– YouTube

In the face of widespread public indifference and a largely silent media, Belgium looks set on passing a law allowing doctors to kill terminally ill children. 

Yesterday, the Senate justice and social affairs committee approved a draft bill allowing the practice. It will now pass to parliament where it will be voted upon in the coming months.

Three quarters of Belgians approve of the proposal, according to surveys, making it likely the bill will pass.

The proposed legislation would allow the euthanasia of terminally-ill minors so long as they are judged capable of deciding for themselves and are in pain that is "unbearable and cannot be alleviated", according to AFP.

A medical...READ MORE

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Full Text of Benedict XVI's Letter to Atheist

11/26/2013 Comments (31)

Piergiorgio Odifreddi and Benedict XVI.

– Wikipedia/EP

Exclusive to the Register, we publish below the first English translation of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s letter to the militant Italian atheist, Piergiorgio Odifreddi.

In September, the Italian newspaper La Repubblica printed extracts of the letter whose full contents were published in Italian on Nov. 23 by the German-language agency Kath.net.

The Pope Emeritus sent the letter in response to a book Odifreddi wrote in 2011 entitled Dear Pope, I’m Writing to You. The work was a critique of certain arguments and lines of thought found in Benedict’s theological writings, beginning with his 1967 volume Introduction to Christianity, and including his book Jesus of Nazareth, which he wrote...READ MORE

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Putin Meets Pope, Human Dignity and Syria Focus of Talks

11/25/2013 Comment
Presidential Press and Information Office

President Putin and Pope Francis.

– Presidential Press and Information Office

In one of the most eagerly anticipated meetings between a Russian head of state and a pope, Vladimir Putin arrived at the Apostolic Palace this evening for an audience with Pope Francis.   

During the meeting, which was said to have lasted roughly 35 minutes, the two men discussed several important areas of convergence between the Kremlin and the Holy See. These included peace in the Middle East and Syria as well as protection of life and the family.

Putin has been especially vocal on some of these issues recently, leading many to see him as a closer ally of the Church than many of his Western counterparts.

Following the meeting, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told...READ MORE

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Apprehension Over Plans to Relocate U.S. Embassy

11/21/2013 Comments (8)
U.S. State Department

– U.S. State Department

Plans are reportedly afoot to relocate the U.S. embassy to the Holy See to the grounds of the American embassy to Italy.

The move has yet to be publicly announced, but it looks set for completion by January 2015, according to an article by John Allen in the National Catholic Reporter.

Although the Obama administration is firmly denying it represents any kind of downgrade in U.S.-Vatican relations and is justifying it on grounds of security, locating both embassies on the same compound is rarely a good sign. All but three of the diplomatic missions to the Holy See in Rome are separate to embassies to Italy in order to respect the Vatican's sovereignty.

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Severely Disfigured Man Deeply Moved By Pope's Embrace

Vinicio Riva says meeting Pope Francis was like "being in Paradise."

11/19/2013 Comments (3)

The severely disfigured man whom Pope Francis blessed and embraced in St. Peter’s Square two weeks ago has spoken for the first time of his encounter, saying it left him speechless.

Vinicio Riva, 53, who suffers from neurofibromatosis Type 1, a rare disease that causes painful tumors to grow throughout his body, told the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera that witnessing the Pope’s compassion was like “being in Paradise.”

“His hands were so soft and his smile was so clear and open,” he said in another interview with Panorama, an Italian magazine. “But the thing that struck me most is that he didn’t think twice about whether or not to hug me. I'm not contagious, but he did not know....READ MORE

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Scalfari Interview Taken Down from Vatican Website

11/15/2013 Comments (31)

Pope Francis’ interview with Eugenio Scalfari, the atheist founder of La Repubblica, has been taken down from the Vatican website, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi confirmed today.

The Oct. 1 interview, which was also published in L’Osservatore Romano, was criticised for its inaccuracies after it emerged that Scalfari hadn’t recorded it.

“The information in the interview is reliable on a general level but not on the level of each individual point analysed. This is why it was decided the text should not be available for consultation on the Holy See website," Fr. Lombardi told reporters Friday. "Its removal is a final update on the nature of this text. Some mistakes were made...READ MORE

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Archbishop Mueller Reaffirms Teaching on Divorced and Remarried Catholics

11/14/2013 Comments (4)

Freiburg Minster

– wikipedia

Archbishop Gerhard Mueller has again reaffirmed the Church’s teaching with regards divorced and remarried Catholics in response to efforts by some Catholics in Germany to subvert the Church’s doctrinal and pastoral positions on the matter.

In a recent letter to the German archdiocese of Freiburg im Breisgau, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said the Church’s practice of not admitting to Eucharistic Communion divorced persons who have remarried “is based on sacred scripture.”

And that while priests “must recognise the various situations well and must invite the affected faithful to participation in the life of the Church,” he restated the Church’s position...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