Pope Francis' Addresses to EU Parliament, Council of Europe

11/25/2014 Comments (5)

On arrival at Strasbourg/Entzheim international airport at around 10.00 am today, Pope Francis travelled by car to the headquarters of the European Parliament where he was welcomed by the chamber's president, Martin Schulz. There he met 14 members of the Bureau of the Parliament and the eight presidents of political groups of the assembly. After signing the "Golden Book" and exchanging gifts, Francis met with political and ecclesiastical authorities.

At 11.15, after an introduction from President Schultz, Pope Francis delivered the following address in the hemicycle of the parliament. 

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Mr President and Vice Presidents,
Members of the European Parliament,
All associated with the work...READ MORE

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Pope Canonizes Six New Saints

11/23/2014 Comments (1)

Pope Francis canonized six new saints this morning in St. Peter's Square on Christ the King Sunday. Those raised to the altars were:

* Kuriakose Elias Chavara, a priest whose leadership saved the Church in Kerala from a schism and who founded the Congregation of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate;

* Mother Eufrasia Eluvathingal of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Mother of Carmel;

* Amato Ronconi, Third Order Franciscan and the founder of the hospital known as the “Blessed Amato Ronconi Nursing Home”;

* Giovanni Antonio Farina, the bishop of Vicenza and the founder of the Institute of the Sisters of Saint Dorothy,

* Daughters of the Sacred Heart. Nicola da Longobardi, a professed...READ MORE

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German Bishops to Unveil 'Hidden Bombshell'

11/22/2014 Comments (154)
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Father Hans Langendörfer SJ, secretary of Germany's bishops' conference, is said to be spearheading changes to the Church's labor laws.

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In the latest in a series of attempts by German bishops to align Church teaching with secular values, a sub-committee of the German episcopal conference is planning to amend Church labor law to allow Church employees who are homosexual or divorced and civilly remarried to work in ecclesiastical institutions.

Until now, those employed in the German Church – the second largest employer in the country – are required to adhere to lifestyles consistent with Church teaching.

But on Nov. 24th, a majority of bishops are expected to vote to introduce changes to Church rules to allow such employees to continue working in administrative positions or as heads of departments, or to employ them in the...READ MORE

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The Humanum Series: 6 Films Promoting Beauty of Marriage

11/18/2014 Comments (10)

A three-day Vatican-hosted international and interreligious colloquium on the complementarity of man and woman in marriage is receiving a good deal of attention worldwide. 

Over 350 participants are taking part in the Nov. 17-19 gathering in the Vatican synod hall, bringing together representatives from 14 religious traditions and 23 countries to uphold the beauty and wisdom of marriage in the face of efforts to redefine it. 

One of the highlights of the meeting has been a series of six 15 minute videos underlining the importance and valuable contribution of marriage. Delegates have been significantly impressed by the films, and many have said how valuable they will be for instruction at...READ MORE

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Pope's Address to Colloquium on Complementarity of Man and Woman

11/17/2014 Comments (12)

Here below is Pope Francis' address given this morning at the opening of a 3-day international and interreligious colloquium on the complementarity of man and woman in marriage. 

The gathering in the Vatican synod hall brings together representatives from 14 religious traditions and 23 countries, each upholding the beauty and wisdom of marriage and showing that the Church is by no means alone in opposing its redefinition. The meeting will conclude with a joint statement on marriage. 

Full details on the conference can be found at www.humanum.it

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Dear sisters and brothers, 

I warmly greet you. I thank Cardinal Muller for his words with which he introduced our meeting.  I would like...READ MORE

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Cardinal Burke's Homily on Feast of St. Charles Borromeo

11/13/2014 Comment

Here below is an English translation of a homily given last week in German by Cardinal Raymond Burke. The Mass in the Extraordinary Form was celebrated on Nov. 4, the feast of St. Charles Borromeo, in Vienna's Karlskirche, an 18th century church dedicated to St. Charles. The homily was well received by those present and is republished here, with Cardinal Burke's kind permission.

 

FEAST OF SAINT CHARLES, BISHOP AND CONFESSOR

KARLSKIRCHE

VIENNA

4 NOVEMBER 2014

Eph 3, 8-12 , Mt 25, 14-23

HOMILY

 

Praised be Jesus Christ!

It is a source of particular joy to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on the feastday of Saint Charles Borromeo in this magnificent church dedicated to the...READ MORE

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Cardinal Burke to Malta, Mamberti to Apostolic Signatura

11/08/2014 Comments (129)
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Cardinal Raymond Burke

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Pope Francis today appointed Cardinal Raymond Burke, hitherto prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, as patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, replacing Cardinal Paolo Sardi who has served in the position since 2009.

Confirmation of the appointment was widely awaited: rumors had been circulating for some time, and Cardinal Burke disclosed the Pope’s decision himself in an interview last month.

The move means that Cardinal Burke, 66, is completely removed from the Curia and holds a purely honorary position without any influence in the governance of the universal Church. Given his age and seniority, such a move is unprecedented and many therefore view it as a demotion.

He will be...READ MORE

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Where Are the Translations of Synod's Final Report?

10/30/2014 Comments (6)

They may well be published imminently, but the time it’s taking to translate the Synod on the Family’s final report into various languages is becoming something of a mystery.

It’s been nearly two weeks since the “relatio finalis” was released in Italian. By contrast, the controversial interim relatio had been translated into several languages only 48 hours after the first phase of the synod had ended. Both reports are roughly the same length. 

The speed at which the 6,000 interim report was written and translated, the discrepancy between its content and the matters raised in the interventions, and irritation among participants that it was sent out with minimum scrutiny, led to well...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