From World Cup to Pope Cup

Thursday, July 10, 2014 1:00 PM Comments (2)
Edward Pentin / Irish Catholic (www.irishcatholic.ie)

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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:

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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)
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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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Full Text of Pope's Address at Invocation for Peace

Sunday, June 08, 2014 2:17 PM Comments (2)

Here below is Pope Francis' address at this evening's Invocation for Prayer in the Vatican Gardens in the presence of Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

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Distinguished Presidents,

I greet you with immense joy and I wish to offer you, and the eminent delegations accompanying you, the same warm welcome which you gave to me during my recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

I am profoundly grateful to you for accepting my invitation to come here and to join in imploring from God the gift of peace. It is my hope that this meeting will mark the beginning of a new journey where we seek the things that unite, so as to overcome the things that divide.

I also...READ MORE

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Prayers and Program for Invocation for Peace

Saturday, June 07, 2014 8:18 AM Comments (5)

The Vatican has released the prayers and program for tomorrow's 'Invocation for Peace' (see below). The prayer meeting, hosted by Pope Francis in the Vatican Gardens, will be attended by the Israeli and Palestinian Presidents, Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas, as well as Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

Vatican television will offer a live feed (above) beginning at 6.05pm local time (12.05 EDT).

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INVOCATION FOR PEACE
Vatican Gardens, June 8, 2014


INTRODUCTION
Musical meditation

Announcement

May the Lord give you peace!

We have gathered here, Israelis and Palestinians, Jews, Christians and Muslims, so that each of us can offer his or her own that each of us can express his or her...READ MORE

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Israeli-Palestinian Prayer Meeting Confirmed for June 8

Thursday, May 29, 2014 2:39 PM Comments (2)

A prayer meeting at the Vatican with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will take place in the afternoon of June 8, Pentecost Sunday, the Vatican has announced.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi confirmed this afternoon the date of the "Prayer for Peace", first announced by Pope Francis during his May 24-26 Holy Land pilgrimage.

In a short statement, Father Lombardi said the date had been "accepted by both Israel and Palestine". It's believed the Sunday meeting will take place at the Pope's Casa Santa Martha residence but this hasn't been confirmed.

During his visit to the Holy Land, the Holy Father spontaneously invited the two presidents to...READ MORE

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'We Are Church' Founder Excommunicated

Thursday, May 22, 2014 3:25 PM Comments (12)
Wir Sind Kirche

Martha Heizer

– Wir Sind Kirche

Pope Francis has allowed the excommunication of the co-founder of the dissenting group 'We are Church', Austrian media has reported.

Martha Heizer, 67, and her husband, Gert, were excommunicated for “simulating the Mass”, according to the website Kath.net. 

The Heizers reportedly often took part in “private Eucharistic celebrations” at their home with no priest present. The Church considers the simulation of the Mass a delictum gravius, or a grave delict, on a par with sexual abuse and violation of the confessional.

Heizer chairs 'We are Church', which she co-founded in 1995 in Austria, Germany and South Tyrol. The group seeks liberal reforms within the Catholic Church and has long...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