Pope Signs Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation

09/14/2012 Comments (3)
Lebanese Ministry of Telecommunications

Pope Benedict XVI signing the post-synodal apostolic exhortation Ecclesia in Medio Oriente, Sept. 14, 2012

– Lebanese Ministry of Telecommunications

Shortly before 6pm this evening, the Holy Father was driven to the Greek-Melkite Basilica of St. Paul in Harissa, just outside Beirut, to sign the post-synodal apostolic exhortation Ecclesia in Medio Oriente - a document summarizing the fruits of the work of the Synod of Bishops on the Church in the Middle East, held in the Vatican in October 2010. 

The Pope gave the following speech to the assembled dignitaries:

Mr President,

Your Beatitude,

Venerable Patriarchs,

Dear Brother Bishops and Members of the Special Council of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East,

Distinguished Representatives of the various religious confessions, the world of culture and civil...READ MORE

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Pope Arrives in Beirut as "Pilgrim of Peace" - Full Text

09/14/2012 Comments (2)
Lebanese Ministry of Telecommunications

– Lebanese Ministry of Telecommunications

In his arrival speech in Beirut, Pope Benedict XVI said he had "come symbolically to all the countries of the Middle East as a pilgrim of peace, as a friend of God and as a friend of all the inhabitants of all the countries of the region, whatever their origins and beliefs." Full text below.

Upon his arrival at Rafik Hariri international airport at around 1.45pm local time, the Holy Father was welcomed by the President of the Republic of Lebanon, General Michel Sleiman, the Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites and President of the Assembly of Catholic Patriarchs and Bishops of Lebanon, His Beatitude Bechara Boutros Raï, as well as civic and political leaders, the patriarchs, bishops...READ MORE

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Vatican Issues Strong Condemnation of Libya Terrorist Attack

09/13/2012 Comments (13)

The Vatican has issued a strong condemnation today of the killing of US ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and other embassy officials on Sept. 11th.

From VIS: "Given below is the text of a declaration made by Holy See Press Office Director Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J., concerning the recent attack against the United States consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi:

The very serious attack organised against the United States diplomatic mission in Libya, which led to the death of the ambassador and of other functionaries, calls for the firmest possible condemnation on the part of the Holy See. Nothing, in fact, can justify the activity of terrorist organisations and homicidal violence....READ MORE

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Funeral of Cardinal Martini to Take Place Monday

09/01/2012 Comments (569)

The late Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, pictured at an event in Milan in 2010.

– Wikipedia

The funeral Mass of Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini will be held in Milan’s cathedral on Monday afternoon and he will be buried there immediately after the rite, according to the archdiocese.

The Jesuit Archbishop Emeritus of Milan died at 3.45pm local time on August 31st at a Jesuit-run clinic in the city of Gallarte, near Milan. He was 85, and had suffered from Parkinson’s disease for many years. 

Appointed by Pope John Paul II in 1979, the Turin-born cardinal led Italy's largest archdiocese for 22 years and was renowned for his expertise in Sacred Scripture, serving as rector of the Pontifical Biblical Institute and the Pontifical Gregorian University.

Cardinal Martini was a...READ MORE

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The Framing of Pius XII - From Skepticism to Belief

08/17/2012 Comments (21)

Portrait of Venerable Pope Pius XII

– Wikipedia

Professor Ronald J. Rychlak is an expert on the “Hitler’s Pope” controversy surrounding Venerable Pope Pius XII.

But despite being a defender of Pius XII’s wartime record in saving Jewish lives from the Holocaust, the American law professor at the University of Mississippi was initially skeptical of claims, first disclosed by former Romanian intelligence chief General Ion Mihai Pacepa in 2007, that efforts to blacken Pius’s name were driven by a Soviet plot.

Yet after two years of research and regular contact with Pacepa, his perception changed, and he is now convinced that the KGB played a key role in framing Pius XII by promoting The Deputy – Rolf Hochhuth’s 1963 play that gave...READ MORE

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Nuncio: Pope's German Critics Harm Themselves More than Benedict

08/16/2012 Comments (2)

Archbishop Jean-Claude Perisset

РBischöfliche Pressestelle Hildesheim

Pope Benedict XVI is pained by the closed attitude Germans sometimes show him, and views their critical stance as a particularly German phenomenon, the country’s apostolic nuncio has said.

"The Pope suffers from the sometimes closed attitude shown towards him in Germany," said Archbishop Jean-Claude Perisset, according to an interview in Die Zeit, Aug. 15th. But he added that their rejection harms the critics more than the Pope. "It's a great loss to the Catholic Church in Germany that they hear so little of him," he said.

Next month will mark the first anniversary since the Holy Father made his historic official visit to his homeland – a trip widely praised for his papal addresses in...READ MORE

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Benedict XVI Dreamed of Becoming Vatican's Librarian

08/10/2012 Comments (3)
Rome Reports

Benedict XVI locking a bookcase in the library at Castel Gandolfo in 2010.

– Rome Reports

Before becoming Pope, Benedict XVI once dreamed he would become the Archivist and Librarian of the Holy Roman Church, a prelate recently appointed to that post has revealed.

In an interview in today’s L’Osservatore Romano, Archbishop Jean-Louis Bruguès, who was appointed as Librarian of the Apostolic Library and Archivist of the Vatican Secret Archives on June 26th, said the Pope made the disclosure to the archbishop when he entrusted him with the post.

“He told me that before he became Pope, he had a dream: it was to go to the Library as librarian and archivist,” the French Dominican archbishop recounted. “It was a dream, he told me, that he would now want to see realized through me....READ MORE

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Chief Vatican Astronomer Welcomes Landing of "Curiosity"

08/06/2012 Comments (7)

An artist's impression of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover.

– NASA/JPL-Caltech

The head of the Vatican Observatory has welcomed the successful landing of a roving science laboratory on the planet Mars.

“I think everybody should be happy with the success of [the start of] this mission,” Jesuit Father José Gabriel Funes told Vatican Radio today. “We now have to wait for results, to see if we can learn more about Mars and the possibility of organic elements on the surface of Mars.”

NASA’s new science rover “Curiosity” landed on the Martian surface shortly after 1.30 a.m. EST, following a delicate and highly sophisticated landing operation.  The $2.5 billion mobile laboratory will now begin a two-year mission examining the Red Planet, led by NASA scientists at the...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