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The instrumentum laboris follows publication of the preparatory document last year which calls on the Church to listen to indigenous peoples, but which critics say promotes a “cultural recycling of liberation theology.”
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According to the order’s grand master the decision was taken ‘for the sake of uniformity on a global level,’ but critics within the order say it’s part of a campaign against more traditionally-inclined members.
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In a new Washington Post interview, the former nuncio calls on the Holy Father to “acknowledge and end the coverups” over McCarrick and other abuse cases.
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They tell the Register that the two-day process unfolded very favorably for the imprisoned Australian cardinal, who is appealing his conviction of sexual abuse.
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The possibility has raised concerns that allowing such an exception would signal the end of mandatory priestly celibacy in the Latin Rite.
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Despite the chaotic local circumstances, the international Catholic charity continues to deliver desperately needed aid to the Central African Republic, Venezuela and Somalia.
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Cardinal Pell’s appeal will be broadcast live from the Victorian Supreme Court June 5.
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The Maltese archbishop has yet to respond to concerns generated by Father Kevin Schembri’s televised comments in March.
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While the severely disabled Frenchman’s life support was turned back on yesterday after a court intervention, his life remains in peril.
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Cardinal Sarah said that he, like the Pope Emeritus, was “deeply convinced” that abuse of minors will increase “if we do not adore the Eucharistic body of our God, if we do not treat him with joyful and reverent fear.”
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The Dominican priest is one of 19 academics and clergy calling on the world’s bishops to admonish the Pope and publicly reject heresy or face losing the papacy.
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POPE FRANCIS
“Christ is alive! He is hope and youth for each of us and for the entire world. May we let ourselves be renewed by him! Happy Easter!”
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“Let us put the Living One at the centre of our lives. Let us ask for the grace not to be carried by the current, the sea of our problems…Let us seek him in all things and above all things. With him, we will rise again.”
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“I asked Jesus — and I really believe he is present in these hosts — to fight the flames and preserve the building dedicated to his mother.”
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Two years before he became pope, Cardinal Pacelli told a Paris gathering to avoid the “gesture of Lucifer,” and declared that it is the “substance of Christianity, the very substance of religion, that is at stake.”
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Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi to present the Oscar-winning composer with a Pontifical Gold Medal for his “extraordinary artistic work in the sphere of music.”
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The Extraordinary Form of the Mass “connects young people with previous generations and the saints who have come before us.”
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Two breaking stories from Rome for U.S. Catholics this morning: Archbishop Wilton Gregory appointed to Washington D.C.; a guilty verdict against Archbishop Anthony Apuron of Guam is upheld.
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When read in context, Francis’ words were not as controversial as many media reports seemed to imply.
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Msgr. Patrick Descourtieux, a former official at the now abolished Pontifical Commission ‘Ecclesia Dei,’ is a distinguished patristics scholar who is said to be sympathetic to the SSPX and traditional communities.
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An interview with Toni Brandi, the chairman of the congress
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Andrea Monda said he did not interfere in the printing of the monthly companion magazine Donna Chiesa Mondo (Women Church World), in the wake of the resignation of the founder of the multilingual magazine, Lucetta Scaraffia, and its all-female board.
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The Pope will sign the document on March 25 but it won't be published until some time later.
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Vatican sources downplay the possibility of a papal audience as President Xi experiences internal opposition about recent agreement between China and the Holy See.
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A chronological list of key events in the life of the Australian cardinal, including details of his financial reforms as well as abuse allegations, charges and eventual conviction.
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The archbishop emeritus of Mechelen-Brussels was a controversial ‘reformer’ who jokingly admitted to being part of a ‘mafia’ club that tried to prevent Benedict XVI’s election in 2005.
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A witness to both of Cardinal George Pell’s trials says the prefect emeritus of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy is a victim of ‘trial by media’ and the guilty verdict is ‘utterly unfair.’
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Critics are concerned that October’s Amazon synod may effectively overturn the tradition of clerical celibacy in the Latin Rite
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The prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith told the Register that the allegations against Cardinal Pell are ‘absolutely unbelievable.’
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Access to the documents, which include those on the venerable pontiff’s actions during World War II, has been long awaited.
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Shaun Dougherty discusses with the Register the deep trauma of clerical sex abuse, and what he believes the Church must do to bring perpetrators to justice and ensure such crimes never happen again.
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Known for being a ‘social monk’ with ‘deep spirituality,’ Abbot Bernardo Gianni played a key role in a 2015 conference on a new Christian humanism attended by Pope Francis.
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The German cardinal, who co-signed a letter urging bishops attending the Vatican summit on protection of minors in the Church to uphold moral doctrine, says he was ‘very disappointed’ by the meeting but continues to hope in divine providence.
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The prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy is appealing against a guilty verdict handed down last December while a second trial has been dropped.
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‘The time has come to work together to eradicate this evil from the body of our humanity by adopting every necessary measure already in force on the international level and ecclesial levels.’
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In a message to the Pope and bishops attending the meeting, the former nuncio points out the connection with the 11th-century monk who fought against ‘sins of sodomy and simony’ in the Church, and reflects on the conversion of St. Peter the apostle and first pope.
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The Holy Father calls for a ‘synodal, frank and in-depth’ discussion and for ‘concrete and effective measures’ to be taken.
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A group of 100 faithful from all over the world call on Church leaders to cast away fear and preach the truth of the Gospel in the face of an ‘unprecedented doctrinal and moral crisis.’
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In an open letter, the cardinals call on bishops attending this week's Vatican summit on clerical sex abuse to end their silence on moral corruption in the Church and uphold the divine and natural law.
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COMMENTARY: The archbishop emeritus of Caracas, Venezuela, shares with the Register his hopes for this week’s Vatican summit on the ‘Protection of Minors in the Church’
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Vatican rejects an appeal from the former cardinal archbishop of Washington DC after he was found guilty of ‘solicitation in the Sacrament of Confession,’ sexual abuse of minors and adults, and abuse of power.
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The prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship says the new volume will be the last but “most important” of a series of three books.
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The Vatican announces major advances in the causes of the famous 19th century English theologian and convert from Anglicanism, and the 20th century heroic Hungarian cardinal who stood up to fascism and communism.
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The former Vatican doctrinal head upholds key teachings in the face of ‘growing confusion’ about Church doctrine and a ‘growing danger’ that people are ‘missing the path to eternal life.’
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The patron of the Order of Malta also hopes to use the site to teach the Church’s doctrine and discipline.
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Images of Arab and Christian culture brought together during the first visit by a Supreme Pontiff to the Arab Peninsula.
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In an interview with the Register, the apostolic vicar to Southern Arabia recalls the highlights of the historic visits and looks ahead to its potential impact on the region.
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While a Dubai government minister explains why tolerance is so important to the UAE — and that the government does not restrict the building of churches.
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Peter Hellyer, media adviser to the UAE's National Media Council, discusses the country's commitment to tolerance and shares his thoughts on the historic visit after living over 40 years in the country.
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Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia says we are witnessing ‘history in the making’ as Pope Francis becomes the first ever Roman Pontiff to set foot on the Arab Peninsula.
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The Holy Father said the Feb. 3-5 apostolic voyage, which includes an interreligious gathering and large open-air Mass, will be ‘short’ but ‘important.’
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But a ‘very delicate’ situation is not helped by ‘fake news’ claiming she is already on her way.
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The letter from December 2016 reveals Pope Francis supported Cardinal Raymond Burke’s view that the distribution of contraceptives by its humanitarian arm had to stop.
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On the papal plane back from Panama, the Holy Father said he is personally opposed, but then recommended the radical ideas of a missionary bishop who supports ordaining untrained older married men of proven virtue.
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But the Holy See’s spokesman stands by his earlier statement that accusations of sexual misconduct against Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta were not made until last fall.
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The Vatican says the decision has been taken because ‘conditions and circumstances change,’ but that dialogue towards regularization of the SSPX ‘continues.’
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The heads of the country's bishops conference have a ‘very fraternal, interesting and fruitful meeting’ ahead of February's summit on protection of minors.
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The retired nuncio says in an open letter to the disgraced former Archbishop of Washington that a public act of repentance would bring “healing to a gravely wounded and suffering Church.”
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The appointments of four new staff at the Holy See Press Office follow months of unheeded requests for help.
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In a new interview, the German cardinal says the “real scandal” is that the Church hasn’t distinguished herself from a society characterized by growing sexualization.
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In his New Year message, the head of the German bishops’ conference also appeared to argue for a revision of clerical celibacy in light of a “shocking” report of historical clergy sexual abuse published in Germany last year.
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The head of the Vatican’s dicastery for religious life blames ‘a mafia’ for the cover-up, adding those responsible ‘were not the Church.’
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Burke and deputy director Paloma García Ovejero step down by their own choice and will be replaced ad interim by Vatican journalist Alessandro Gisotti.
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The Vatican body aimed at keeping traditional Catholics united with the Successor of Peter looks likely to be suppressed, but sources suggest it could actually be a positive development.
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‘Our differences, then, are not a detriment or a danger; they are a source of richness. As when an artist is about to make a mosaic: it is better to have tiles of many colours available, rather than just a few!’
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Cardinal Joseph Zen says Pope Francis is being “deceived by his collaborators” and a “miracle” is needed, while Cardinal Pietro Parolin says an “act of faith” is required to make the deal work.
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The Holy Father’s customary visit took place at Benedict XVI’s Mater Ecclesiae residence
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“This year, in our turbulent world, the barque of the Church has experienced, and continues to experience, moments of difficulty, and has been buffeted by strong winds and tempests.”
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Brody Hale, an independent consulter on church preservation, tells the Register that a greater emphasis on valuing the sacred is vital if churches are to be saved from the ever-increasing threat of closure.
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Pastoral guidelines allowing the practice in some cases is predictably causing chaos and “great harm” to the Church, says Cardinal Gerhard Müller.
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A Syriac Catholic priest in the Northern Iraqi town of Bartella tells the Register of recent efforts to threaten Christians so they leave the region, and why security, jobs and a greater Christian presence are needed there more than ever.
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The organizing committee for meeting on clerical sex abuse says such personal encounters are a “concrete way” of ensuring that victim survivors are “first and foremost in the minds of all” at the summit.
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Security is expected to be tight for the brief three-night visit which will be limited to Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital.
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During the Feb. 3-5 trip, the first by a pontiff to the Arab Peninsula, the Holy Father will attend an interfaith meeting and celebrate a Mass for the country’s large immigrant Catholic population.
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The Pope also assured all the Bush family of his prayers and commended the former President’s “soul to the merciful love of Almighty God.”
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In a statement issued through his lawyers, the former apostolic nuncio to the United States and recent whistleblower calls reports accusing him of “fraud,” “theft” or misappropriation of funds “unfounded.”
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“The evolution in the Church's understanding of the Gospel over the centuries is not a question of a paradigm shift, but of the development of doctrine, organic and in continuity with the faith.”
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“She is an incredible woman. She has kept an unshakable faith and an infinite trust in the Lord.”
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In an editorial, ‘ConfidencialHN’ says the “children of Honduras are worth as much as those of Chile, Pennsylvania or Ireland,” and asks for a “thorough investigation” of clerical sex abuse in the country.
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Archbishop Charles Scicluna and Jesuit Father Hans Zollner are the others named to the organizing committee while two women, abuse victims and members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors will help with the preparatory work.
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Built over St. Benedict’s birthplace, the basilica was almost totally destroyed in 2016 but rebuilding will take many years and some locals remain cautious about the restoration plans.
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The Sunday lunch followed a papal Mass on World Day of the Poor during which the Holy Father called on the faithful to imitate Jesus by helping all those in need, including the unborn, the elderly, and those forced to migrate.
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The Holy See has become increasingly mute in the face of frequent criticism — an approach which is having a detrimental effect on the Vatican, the papacy and the Church.
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The Catholic mother of five faces a real possibility of death if she is released from jail but forbidden from leaving Pakistan.
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Collapsing churches, pulsating spheres, and psychedelic tunnels were part of what its creators called a “fascinating” use of digital mapping technology.
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“The fundamental point to make is this: we have an official theology that no longer treats the unconverted nature of the world as living under the dominion of the devil, and so inevitably in a state of spiritual war against Christ and his Church.”
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Synodality, sexual abuse, homosexuality, women in the Church, and a flawed but seemingly invincible working document are a few parts of the final text giving some bishops heartburn.
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Names of the enlarged group of 16 elected members include Cardinals Joseph Tobin, Luis Antonio Tagle and Cameroon Bishop Andrew Nkea Fuanya.
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The subject was hardly discussed during this month’s meeting, and yet it dominates the third part of the draft document, surprising many of the Synod Fathers.
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The controversial issue of homosexuality may be subtly introduced into the final document by means of different language, and inclusion of the much-disparaged working document.
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Bishop Andrew Nkea Fuanya, a synod father from Cameroon, says some bishops are taking some “very fluid positions” so they can be praised back home.
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In the first of this two-part interview, philosophy professor Thomas Pink explains why forgetting that we live in a fallen, unconverted world of largely unbaptized people has led many Church leaders to falsely believe the Church can peacefully dialogue with it.
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“Underestimating the healthy idealism of young people can be a grave disservice to them, since it closes the doors to a true process of growth, maturity and holiness.”
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The full text of the former nuncio's testimony in which he refutes much of Cardinal Ouellet's letter of Oct. 7.
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Cardinal Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel of Addis Ababa tells reporters that for most youth on the continent, it’s not modern technology that’s the challenge, it’s simply “a question of survival.”
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In a letter to the Synod, a group of young people criticize replacing the truth with policy-speak and call out senior prelates who deliberately use ambiguous language in the face of Christ’s teachings.
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Cardinal Wilfrid Napier warns against ideological colonization, while Cardinal Leonardo Sandri says young people in the East want clear, authentic teaching and radical witness.
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But some key topics continue to be omitted as we obtain some of the names of those in the small groups who have so far remained secret.
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Safa Al Alqoshy, who addressed the Youth Synod Oct. 12, tells the Register about the challenges facing Iraqi youth and holds up the steadfastness of Iraqi Christian martyrs in times of trouble for the Church.
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They comprise representatives from all five continents including Mexican Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes, Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson, and Italian Archbishop Bruno Forte.
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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. Edward is the author of “The Rigging of a Vatican Synod? An Investigation into Alleged Manipulation at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family”, published by Ignatius Press. Follow him on Twitter @edwardpentin