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.

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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.

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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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Pope Francis' Christmas Address to the Roman Curia - Full Text

Saturday, December 21, 2013 6:39 AM Comments (29)
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Pope Francis meeting Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, after delivering today's address.

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Your Eminences,
Dear Brother Bishops and Priests,
Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Once again the Lord has enabled us to journey through Advent, and all too quickly we have come to these final days before Christmas. They are days marked by a unique spiritual climate made up of emotions, memories and signs, both liturgical and otherwise, such as the crèche. It is in this climate that this traditional meeting takes place with you, the superiors and officials of the Roman Curia, who cooperate daily in the service of the Church. I greet all of you with affection. Allow me to extend a special greeting to Archbishop Pietro Parolin, who recently began his service as Secretary of State, and who...READ MORE

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Vatican Hires Large U.S. Consultancy Firm to Advise on Media

Thursday, December 19, 2013 9:12 AM Comments (7)

The Vatican has announced it will be hiring large American consultancy firm McKinsey & Co. to advise it on modernizing its communications operations.

It will also be bringing in Netherlands-based auditors KPMG to study the Vatican's internal accounting.

In a statement issued this morning, the Vatican said management consultants McKinsey & Co. was chosen to “provide advice contributing to the development - in close collaboration with the heads of the relevant departments - an integrated plan to make the organization of the means of communication of the Holy See more functional, efficient and modern.”

The decision was made on Wednesday by the commission of inquiry into the Vatican's...READ MORE

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Happy Birthday Holy Father!

Pope Francis turns 77 today

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 4:56 AM Comments (20)

Pope Francis invited four homeless people to celebrate his 77th birthday today at the Vatican.

Each of them joined the Holy Father for his morning Mass in the Casa Santa Martha. One of the men held his dog as he was presented to Francis after Mass, AP reported.

The Vatican said Francis invited the papal household to join him in a "family-like" atmosphere, and he spoke of them one by one during his homily.

After Mass, all joined Pope Francis for breakfast in the Casa Santa Martha refectory. On Saturday children presented him with a birthday cake at the Vatican.

Later today, he will have a special visit from players and managers from San Lorenzo de Almagro, Pope Francis' favorite...READ MORE

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Pope Makes Major Changes to Congregation for Bishops' Membership

Monday, December 16, 2013 4:54 PM Comments (50)

Pope Francis meeting members of the Georgetown University’s Religious Freedom Project on Saturday.

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Pope Francis today made some sweeping changes to the membership of the Congregation for Bishops.

Although he re-confirmed Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet PSS as prefect of the Congregation (a position he has held since 2010), the Holy Father significantly altered the congregation’s membership, a body that shares advice on the appointments of bishops.

Most notably, Francis has chosen to replace 65 year-old Cardinal Raymond Burke as a member of the Congregation. Currently, the cardinal heads the Apostolic Signatura, the Church's equivalent of a 'supreme court.'  

But as well as the American-born cardinal, the Pope also replaced Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, 69, currently head of 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. Follow on Twitter @edwardpentin