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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Bishop Galantino: Media Manipulated My Remarks

Monday, July 21, 2014 10:16 AM Comments (43)

Bishop Nunzio Galantino, who was roundly criticized for appearing to disapprove of those who recite the Rosary outside abortion clinics, has defended his comments, saying he was taken out of context and manipulated by the media.

In an interview in the latest edition of the Italian monthly Sempre, the Secretary of the Italian bishops’ conference (CEI) said the vehemence of the accusations made against him were “an aggression that in reality hurt me."

In May, an interviewer asked the prelate the question: “In recent years, the CEI has invested heavily in the non-negotiable values ​​(life, family, education). The Pope doesn’t care for that expression, you too?”

Bishop Galantino replied:...READ MORE

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Gaenswein Passes On Condolences After Germany's World Cup Victory

Monday, July 14, 2014 11:16 AM Comments (3)

Pope Francis and Benedict XVI did not watch the World Cup Final between Argentina and Germany on television last night but the Pope emeritus’ secretary, Archbishop George Gaenswein, passed on his condolences to his counterpart who helps look after the affairs of the Holy Father.

The prefect of the Pontifical Household said he watched the match with the Memores Domini – consecrated women who assist Benedict XVI – and all rooted for Germany, although he said he felt sorry for the Argentines. “They played well but I think in the end Germany won deservedly,” he told Vatican Radio.

Germany beat Argentina 1-0 at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, with the winning goal scored in the final...READ MORE

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From World Cup to Pope Cup

Thursday, July 10, 2014 1:00 PM Comments (2)
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It has to be a providential turn of events that our soccer-loving Pope should see his native national side not only reach the World Cup Final, but also face the national team of his predecessor, Benedict XVI. 

The Vatican has said Pope Francis “might” watch the Argentina v Germany match on Sunday but is unlikely to do so alongside the Pope Emeritus. “He might want to watch the final,” Vatican spokesman Father Lombardi told reporters today, but added the late kick-off would be too late for him as he is normally in bed before 10pm. As for Benedict XVI, he said: "I don’t believe he watches sport, I don’t know, but in the past I didn’t get the impression that he watched it much.” 


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A Look at Lord Patten, the Vatican's New Media Czar

Wednesday, July 09, 2014 2:13 PM Comments (3)

One of the most interesting Vatican appointments announced this morning by Cardinal George Pell is that of the British peer Lord Patten.

A well known figure in Britain and one of the country’s most prominent Catholics, the Vatican has chosen him to head a committee advising Pope Francis on reforming the Holy See’s media operations.

Cardinal Pell said he chose the former British politician on account of his wide experience and is “delighted” he’s accepted.

Currently chancellor of Oxford University, Christopher Patten has had a long and highly distinguished career in public life. He served as a member of parliament from 1979 to 1992, during which he was a Foreign Office and...READ MORE

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Pope's Homily at Mass for Clerical Sex Abuse Victims

Monday, July 07, 2014 8:05 AM Comments (15)

Pope Francis celebrated Mass this morning in the chapel of Santa Marta, attended by victims of sexual abuse by clergy, along with some families and carers and members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

After the Mass, the Holy Father spent three hours with the abuse survivors who numbered six in total, three men and three women, from Britain, Germany and Ireland.  

During the Mass, the Holy Father gave the homily below. Also below are details of a briefing Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi gave reporters on today's meeting, and yesterday's meeting of the Pontifical Commission:


The scene where Peter sees Jesus emerge after a terrible interrogation… Peter...READ MORE

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Benedict XVI and Francis Both Decline Castel Gandolfo

Monday, July 07, 2014 4:39 AM Comments (7)

Onlookers observe the crowds at last year's Mass on the Feast of the Assumption at Castel Gandolfo.

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Despite a reigning and retired pope at the Vatican, the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo will again be bereft of a pontiff this year now that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has reportedly let it be known he won’t be vacationing there.

According to Corriere della Sera Vaticanist Gian Guido Vecchi, Archbishop Georg Gaenswein said some time ago that, at one of the most recent meetings between the Pope and the former Pope, Benedict XVI asked Francis if he would at least be taking a small vacation this year having not had one in 2013.

“It was one of those conversations which, in their simplicity, they cover everything,” the prefect of the Pontifical Household said. “The Pope smiled and...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