Images of Rome's 2013 March for Life

05/13/2013 Comments (2)

Photographs from yesterday's second March for Life in Rome. Click here for my account of the event.

Virginia Coda Nunziante, chief organiser of Rome's March for Life.

Irene Van der Wende of the group

Lila Rose of Live Action.



Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno.


















A large group of Poles took part in this year's march.

A marching band led this year's march.

Participants of the March for Life arriving at the Vatican as Sunday's canonization ends.

Pope Francis personally greeted the marchers after his Regina Coeli address.

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Improving Communication of Pope's Early Morning Homilies

Vatican appears to be planning on releasing full transcripts

05/02/2013 Comments (7)

Go to the outskirts of faith, be open to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to work.

This was the key theme of Pope Francis’ early morning homily Thursday, in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae residence where he’s staying. Focusing on the first reading from Acts, the Holy Father stressed the importance of saying “yes” to the Holy Spirit if the Church is to grow in love and harmony.

Vatican Radio has a full summary here.

These daily homilies, praised for their improvised nature, simplicity and wisdom, have become eagerly awaited. Francis will often use them to drum home his what he sees as vital for the Church at this time (he’s discussed today’s theme of the need for radical,...READ MORE

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Pope Condemns Exploitation of Labor, Lack of Work

05/01/2013 Comments (4)


A society that fails to pay a just wage, to offer employment, or that only seeks personal profit, is unjust and goes against God, Pope Francis said today.

Addressing pilgrims during his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square, the Holy Father said work is fundamental for dignity – it gives man “a special dignity, a personal dignity” and men and women who work “are dignified.”

But he noted many who want to work and cannot, and those who work but are exploited. “Not paying fairly, not giving a job because you are only looking at balance sheets, only looking at how to make a profit – that goes against God!,” he said.

“This is a burden on our conscience, because when society is...READ MORE

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Peres Tells Pope: Middle East is "Disintegrating"

04/30/2013 Comments (4)
Israeli Embassy to the Holy See

– Israeli Embassy to the Holy See

Israeli President Shimon Peres warned Pope Francis Tuesday that the Middle East is “disintegrating” and said the pontiff “has an important role” to play in bringing peace to the region and the world.

During their half-hour conversation, Peres said the Middle East is in “real existential danger” and cited the severe lack of employment, of food and water. He warned that if these problems are not resolved, “violence and terror will gain a central place, as dangerous weapons fall into the hands of extremists.”

In a statement, the Israeli government said the Pope suggested creating “a global meeting of hope” made up of heads of all the world's faiths who would speak out “against violence...READ MORE

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Extracts of New Book on Pope Francis

04/18/2013 Comments (4)

A new book revealing Pope Francis’ thoughts as a cardinal on a variety of "hot button" issues appears in English language bookstores on Friday.

Published by Image Books, the book is called “On Heaven and Earth: Pope Francis on Faith, Family and the Church in the 21st Century” and contains the text of a conversation between the Pope – then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio – and Argentine Rabbi Abraham Skorka.

Originally published in Spanish in 2010, this English translation is divided into 29 chapters according to topic, and includes frank discussions on same-sex marriage, globalization, euthanasia, fundamentalism, and many other topical subjects.

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Pope Francis: Where Calumny is, There is the Devil

04/15/2013 Comments (41)

– EP

For the third time in as many weeks, Pope Francis has warned not to speak ill of others, and again mentioned the devil in another striking homily this morning in the chapel of the Vatican's Santa Martha residence.

Calumny, he said, is worse than sin and is the direct expression of Satan. "We are all sinners; all of us. We all commit sins. But calumny is something else. It is of course a sin, too, but it is something more,” he said, according to a Vatican Radio report.

“Calumny aims to destroy the work of God, and calumny comes from a very evil thing: it is born of hatred. And hate is the work of Satan. Calumny destroys the work of God in people, in their souls. Calumny uses lies to...READ MORE

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Pope Creates Consultative Committee on Reforming the Curia

04/13/2013 Comments (11)

Pope Francis today appointed a group of cardinals to advise him on Church government and to study a plan for revising the Apostolic Constitution on the Roman Curia, 'Pastor Bonus', the Vatican announced today.

Vatican City, 13 April 2013 (VIS) – Following is the full text of a communique issued today by the Secretariat of State.

“The Holy Father Francis, taking up a suggestion that emerged during the General Congregations preceding the Conclave, has established a group of cardinals to advise him in the government of the universal Church and to study a plan for revising the Apostolic Constitution on the Roman Curia, 'Pastor Bonus'.

The group consists of:

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Vatican Denies Benedict XVI Has Serious Illness

04/10/2013 Comments (7)

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI praying with Pope Francis in the chapel at Castel Gandolfo.

The Vatican reiterated Wednesday that Benedict XVI does not have any specific illness apart from the problems associated with old age after a Spanish author claimed the Pope Emeritus must have a grave illness after suffering a “dramatic” deterioration in his health.

Paloma Gomez Borrero, a correspondent at the Vatican, said Benedict XVI’s health had “dramatically diminished over the past 15 days,“ adding that one can only conclude “he must have something very serious.”

“We won't have him with us for very much longer,” she said in a report in the Spanish newspaper ABC. “It is unlikely that the Pope Emeritus will appear again in public,” she said. Gomez made the comments on Tuesday, at...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