John Paul II Institute Scholars Notably Absent from Synod

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 12:36 PM Comments (32)
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The Vatican yesterday published the names of participants for the upcoming Synod on the Family, but strangely absent from the list are experts from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family, despite the organisation having a faculty in Rome.

Professors from the Institute have been some of the most vocal in criticising the possibility of changing pastoral practice regarding Holy Communion for divorced and “remarried” Catholics.

Family life will be the focus of the extraordinary general assembly of the Synod of Bishops that will meet at the Vatican between 5-19 October 2014. The 150 synod fathers taking part will discuss the "pastoral challenges of the...READ MORE

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Cardinal Müller to Meet Bishop Fellay?

Wednesday, September 03, 2014 9:30 AM Comments (114)

UPDATE (4 Sept): Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi has confirmed that Cardinal Müller and Bishop Fellay will meet later this month, but he didn't give a precise date.

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The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, is reportedly to meet the head of the breakaway Society of St. Pius X, Bishop Bernard Fellay, later this month.

According to the website TradiNews, the meeting, which is being billed as "informal", has been confirmed for Sept. 21st in Rome. 

If it goes ahead, it will be Cardinal Müller's first meeting with Bishop Fellay since his appointment as prefect. As head of the CDF, the German cardinal is also president of the...READ MORE

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Pope 'Deeply Saddened' Over News of Relatives Killed in Accident

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 9:14 AM Comments (26)
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UPDATE II: The Vatican released the following statement Wednesday evening: "This afternoon, Mrs. Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, President of the Republic of Argentina, telephoned the Holy Father to offer him condolences on behalf of the Argentine people for the bereavement that has affected his family." 
 

UPDATE I: At his weekly general audience on Wednesday, the Holy Father said:

"I thank you for the prayers and condolences for what happened in my family. Even the Pope has a family. We are 5 siblings, I have 16 nieces and nephews. One of these nephews had a car accident. His wife died as well as two young children; one was 2 years old and the other only a few months old. And he right...READ MORE

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Pope Prays at Garden Memorial for Aborted Children

Saturday, August 16, 2014 8:15 AM Comments (7)

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Pope Francis paid a visit to a garden memorial for aborted children on Saturday as he toured a South Korean hilltop community for the sick and disabled.

During the solemn visit, part of his prearranged itinerary to South Korea, the Holy Father and his entourage stopped for a moment and prayed in silence in front of hundreds of small white crosses representing victims of abortion. Accompanying the Pope was Father Lee Gu-won, a representative of pro-life groups in Korea and missionary to people without limbs.

The moment of prayer today came after the Pope visited Kkottongnae ("Village of Flowers"), a Catholic center about 60 miles south of Seoul which seeks to provide care and...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Address to South Korean Authorities - Full Text

Thursday, August 14, 2014 4:00 AM Comments (0)

Madam President,

Honorable Government and Civil Authorities,

Distinguished Members of the Diplomatic Corps,

Dear Friends,

It is a great joy for me to come to Korea, the land of the morning calm, and to experience not only the natural beauty of this country, but above all the beauty of its people and its rich history and culture. This national legacy has been tested through the years by violence, persecution and war. But despite these trials, the heat of the day and the dark of the night have always given way to the morning calm, that is, to an undiminished hope for justice, peace and unity. What a gift hope is! We cannot become discouraged in our pursuit of these goals which are for the...READ MORE

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Latest Papal and Holy See Statements on Persecution in Iraq

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 10:31 AM Comments (5)

Pope Francis and the Holy See continue to raise awareness of the brutal persecution taking place in northern Iraq, and to pressure the international community to take action in defense of the nation's Christians and other religious minorities.

Today, the Vatican published a letter the Pope wrote Aug. 9 to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon. Francis condemned the violent persecutions taking place in the country, and called on the international community to act swiftly and decisively to stop the humanitarian disaster currently taking place.

He said he placed “before you the tears, the suffering and the heartfelt cries of despair of Christians and other religious...READ MORE

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New Interview With Pope Francis to Appear on Sunday

Friday, July 25, 2014 5:52 AM Comments (59)

The latest interview with the Holy Father will be published in an Argentine magazine.

According to ZENIT:

A new interview with Pope Francis is to appear on Sunday in one of Argentina's best-selling magazines.

The publication Viva, a Sunday supplement of the newspaper Clarin, will feature the interview, made to coincide with the 500th day of Francis' pontificate which takes place tomorrow. 

According to reports, the Holy Father will discuss the recent upsurge in violence in the Middle East, concerns about youth unemployment, and his forthcoming encyclical on safeguarding the environment. He will also share details of his life in the Vatican.

This will be the Pope's tenth interview...READ MORE

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Meriam Ibrahim Arrives in Rome, Meets Pope Francis

Thursday, July 24, 2014 8:13 AM Comments (3)

Pope Francis received in private audience this afternoon Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese Catholic woman who was jailed and sentenced to death by a sharia court in Khartoum for the “apostasy” of marrying a Christian.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told reporters the Pope “thanked Meriam for her witness to the faith,” adding that she and her family “thanked the Pope for his closeness, prayers and his support, and that of the Church.”

Their conversation, which was "very calm and affectionate", also covered the future of women in Sudan. Fr. Lombardi said the Pope wanted their meeting “to be a gesture of closeness to all those who suffer for their faith, lived in difficult situations...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