Vatican Commission Completes Medjugorje Investigation

Saturday, January 18, 2014 9:38 AM Comments (359)
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Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi confirmed the results of the commission will now be examined by the CDF.

– EP

The international Vatican commission investigating the events at Medjugorje has completed its work and will submit its findings to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican confirmed today.

The Vatican released the following statement this morning:

"The director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, confirmed on Saturday that the international commission investigating the events in Medjugorje held its last meeting on 17 January. The commission, created by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, is presided by Cardinal Camillo Ruini. The commission has reportedly completed its work and will submit the outcomes of its study to the...READ MORE

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Monsignor Ratzinger Celebrates 90th Birthday with Pope Emeritus

Thursday, January 16, 2014 4:39 PM Comments (4)

Monsignor Georg Ratzinger celebrated his 90th birthday Jan. 15 with his younger brother, Benedict XVI, at the pope emeritus’ “Mater Ecclesiae” residence in the Vatican.

After celebrating a Mass of thanksgiving in the residence chapel, the two brothers settled down for a typical Bavarian breakfast, and were joined by the consecrated women who help care for Benedict XVI, according to Vatican Radio.

After a festive lunch, the former choirmaster of the “Regensburger Domspatzen” -- the Regensburg Cathedral Choir -- was treated to an evening concert in the Hall of the Assumption, part of Vatican Radio’s premises located in the Vatican Gardens.

The concert, organised by the historian and...READ MORE

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Pope's 2014 Address to Diplomatic Corps - Full Text

Monday, January 13, 2014 6:35 AM Comments (0)

Ambassador Jean-Claude Michel, dean of the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See, addresses Pope Francis in the Sala Regia, 13 Jan. 2014

Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is now a long-established tradition that at the beginning of each new year the Pope meets the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See to offer his greetings and good wishes, and to share some reflections close to his heart as a pastor concerned for the joys and sufferings of humanity. Today’s meeting, therefore, is a source of great joy. It allows me to extend to you and your families, and to the civil authorities and the peoples whom you represent, my heartfelt best wishes for a new year of blessings and peace.

Before all else, I thank your Dean, Jean-Claude Michel, who has spoken in your name of the affection and esteem which binds...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Names 19 New Cardinals

Sunday, January 12, 2014 9:23 AM Comments (8)

Pope Francis today announced the names of 19 new cardinals (16 cardinal-electors under the age of 80 and 3 archbishops emeritii) to be formally elevated to the College of Cardinals at a consistory on Feb. 22.

Six of the new cardinal-electors come from Europe, one from Canada, and the rest from the southern hemisphere.

Here below is the Holy Father's announcement, made after the Angelus today:

"As was previously announced, on February 22, the Feast of the Chair of Peter, I will have the joy of holding a Consistory, during which I will name 16 new cardinals, who, coming from 12 countries from every part of the world, represent the deep ecclesial relationship between the Church of Rome...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Changes Rules on Monsignors

Move Seen as Helping to Combat Careerism Within the Clergy

Tuesday, January 07, 2014 8:58 AM Comments (18)

Confirming rumors over the past few days, the Vatican announced today that in dioceses, the title of “monsignor” will henceforth only be granted to priests who are at least 65 years of age. 

In a statement issued by the Secretariat of State, the Vatican said it had informed bishops’ conferences, through a circular sent via their corresponding nunciatures, that “in the world’s dioceses, the only ecclesiastical title henceforth to be conferred shall be “chaplain of His Holiness”, to which the appellation, “monsignor”, shall correspond. The title shall be conferred only upon priests who have reached the age of 65.”

The circular further clarifies that the use of the title “monsignor” in...READ MORE

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Pope Repeats that Same-Sex 'Marriage' is "Anthropological Regression"

Holy Father made comments in a private conversation, says Maltese bishop.

Friday, January 03, 2014 7:30 AM Comments (230)
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Pope Francis delivering a homily this morning on the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus at the Gesu church in Rome, 3 Jan. 2013.

– CTV

In a recent private conversation, Pope Francis has reiterated his view that same-sex 'marriage' is an “anthropological regression”.

The Holy Father was also “saddened” by legislative proposals in Malta to extend equality legislation to homosexual couples, particularly those who wish to adopt.

In an interview with the Italian bishops' newspaper Avvenire published today, Auxiliary Bishop of Malta Charles J. Scicluna said that when he met Pope Francis on Dec. 12, he expressed his concern to the Pope about the proposed law. “The Pope showed his sadness at this development, especially on the question of adoption.”

He added: “I told him that the promoters [of the bill] quote his words:...READ MORE

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Pope's Homily on Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Wednesday, January 01, 2014 9:30 AM Comments (3)
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Pope Francis celebrating Mass in St. Peter's basilica, Jan. 1 2014.

– CTV

At 10 am this morning in the Vatican Basilica, Pope Francis presided at the celebration of the Mass of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God in the Octave of Christmas and the celebration of the 47th World Day of Peace on the theme: "Fraternity, Foundation and Pathway to Peace."

Concelebrating with the Pope were cardinals, bishops and priests. First concelebrants at the altar were Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Archbishop Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State; Archbishop Giovanni Angelo Becciu, deputy Secretary of State; Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for Relations with States; Bishop Mario Toso, SDB, secretary of the Pontifical...READ MORE

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Pope's Christmas Urbi et Orbi Address - Full Text

Wednesday, December 25, 2013 7:05 AM Comments (9)

Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace among those whom he favours (Lk 2:14)

Dear brothers and sisters in Rome and throughout the world, Happy Christmas!

I take up the song of the angels who appeared to the shepherds in Bethlehem on the night when Jesus was born. It is a song which unites heaven and earth, giving praise and glory to heaven, and the promise of peace to earth and all its people.

I ask everyone to share in this song: it is a song for every man or woman who keeps watch through the night, who hopes for a better world, who cares for others while humbly seeking to do his or her duty.

Glory to God!

Above all else, this is what Christmas bids us to do:...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. Follow on Twitter @edwardpentin