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Vatican: Bishops Are Not Being Told to Cover Up Abuse (1479)

Media reports are wrong to claim that the Vatican is telling new bishops that they don’t have to report sexual abuse, Holy See spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said.

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VATICAN CITY — Media reports are wrong to claim that the Vatican is telling new bishops that they don’t have to report sexual abuse, Holy See spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said.

A reported comment from a Vatican consultant is “not in any way — as someone has mistakenly interpreted — a new Vatican document or a new instruction or new ‘guidelines’ for bishops,” Father Lombardi said Feb. 11.

The news reports concerned a statement from French Msgr. Tony Anatrella, who contributed to a 2015 formation course for new bishops organized by the Congregation for Bishops.

Msgr. Anatrella, a consultant to the Pontifical Council for the Family and the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers,...READ MORE

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Marching Off to Mercy: Pope Francis Commissions Jubilee Year Missionaries (863)

Father Raymond J. De Souza, who is one of the Missionaries of Mercy, reports from Rome about this signature Year of Mercy moment.

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Pope Francis meets with the Missionaries of Mercy at the Vatican's Sala Regia on Feb. 9.

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ROME — One of the signature moments of the Jubilee Year of Mercy — the “sending forth” of the “missionaries of mercy” — was marked in Rome by a warm fraternal encounter, a renewed focus on the sacrament of reconciliation and an emphasis on the symbolic power of Pope Francis’ gesture.

Pope Francis announced last year that the jubilee would include priests designated as “missionaries of mercy” to be sent out with the authorization to absolve in confession even those rare sins usually reserved to the Holy See for forgiveness. Since then, there were many questions about whether this was really needed, if priests would be interested and what they precisely would be authorized to do.

Whether...READ MORE

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A Chat With Joseph Fiennes, Star of Historical Thriller ‘Risen’ (1558)

The star of Shakespeare in Love talks about his latest film as a Roman tribune who must investigate the disappearance of Jesus’ body and his followers who claim him risen from the dead.

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Joseph Finnes, as the Roman tribune Clavius, who must investigate and put to rest the claims of Jesus's resurrection.

– 2016 Sony Pictures Digital Productions Inc.

See the Register's In Person interview with Joseph Fiennes here.


ROME — The lead actor of Risen, a film told through the eyes of a Roman soldier who is forced to confront the resurrection of Christ, calls it a story for believers and nonbelievers alike, notwithstanding its strong Christian themes.

“The film presents us with the element of a second chance, of forgiveness, of redemption,” Joseph Fiennes told CNA. “Whether you're a believer or not, I think there's a huge value in understanding the quality of redemption.”

Fiennes, known for his leading role in the 1998 award-winning film Shakespeare in Love, plays the character of Clavius, a Roman tribune charged by Pontius Pilate to...READ MORE

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Dating Has Died at College — This Campaign Hopes to Revive It (1869)

The Love and Fidelity Network is helping students navigate romance on campus without having to participate in the ‘hook-up culture.’

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PRINCETON, N.J. — On a day marked by flowers, chocolate and romantic greeting cards, the Love and Fidelity Network is trying to bring back authentic relationships, especially to college campuses, where dating seems to be a thing of the past.

“We’ve heard from students so many times over the years that most people on campus — those engaged in the hook-up culture and those who have already chosen to forgo it — simply don’t know how to go on a date,” Caitlin La Ruffa, Love and Fidelity Network executive director, told CNA.

“Instead,” she explained, “romantic relationships on campus tend to take two forms — anonymous hook-ups, where attachment, communication or care are against the ‘rules,’...READ MORE

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The Pope, the Patriarch, and the Pan-Orthodox Council (3061)

Pope Francis’ unprecedented meeting with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill is linked to another impending historical event — the first council in 1,200 years of all Orthodox leaders

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The Synaxis of the Primates of the Orthodox Church concluded Jan. 28 in Switzerland.

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VATICAN CITY — The historic meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow in Havana Feb. 12 — the first such encounter since the Russian Orthodox Church was founded in the 10th century — would probably not have happened were it not for another historic upcoming meeting: the Pan-Orthodox Council.

The leaders of all Orthodox Churches will gather June 16-27 for the first time since 787. Over the succeeding 12 centuries, there have been councils of various levels attended by representatives of various Churches, but this will be the first Pan-Orthodox Council attended by all Orthodox leaders .

The meeting, which has been years in the making and was originally planned for...READ MORE

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We Live, Move and Have Our Being in God’s Forgiveness (1369)

COMMENTARY: A particularly effective Lenten exercise during the Year of Mercy is to put into practice Pope Francis’ teaching on how God’s grace makes it possible to forgive ourselves, our families and our enemies.

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'The Return of the Prodigal Son,' by Rembrandt

In his book-length interview The Name of God Is Mercy, Pope Francis retells the story of his encounter with an old woman just after his appointment as an auxiliary bishop of Buenos Aires. This story helps explain why mercy and forgiveness are the primary focus of his pontificate.

He also recounted this story during his first Angelus as pope in St Peter’s Square:

“An elderly woman approached me, humble, very humble, and over eighty years old. I looked at her, and I said, ‘Grandmother’ — because in our country that is how we address the elderly — ‘do you want to make your confession?’ ‘Yes,’ she said to me. ‘But if you have not sinned. ...’ And she said to me: ‘We all have sins. ...’ ‘But...READ MORE

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I Have Confronted Priests and Hated Every Second of It, Making Art Manly Again, and Much More! (3303)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on“I have Confronted a Few Priests, as Politely as Possible, and Hated Every Second of It” by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf via Fr. Z’s Blog link to follow and read.

“I have Confronted a Few Priests, as Politely as Possible, and Hated Every Second of It” by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf via Fr. Z’s Blog - Big Pulpit

Making Art Manly Again – S.M. Nelson, Maccabee Society

The "I’m ‘More Catholic’ Than You Are. . ." Problem – Kasia I., Ignitum Today

The March for Life and the Emptiness of Conservative Jurisprudence – Hadley Arkes, The Catholic Thing

Doctor Said She Would Never Walk or Talk and Would Die in a “Vegetative State”, He Was Wrong by Micaiah Bilger of LifeNews.com - Big Pulpit

Evangelization Deformed or Delayed: A Danger of the Quest for Religious Unity – Jeffrey A. Mirus Ph.D., Catholic Culture

The Best Description of God, Ever! – John C. Connell,...READ MORE

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How Hebrew Catholics Live Lent Well (2575)

The Jewish heritage of Hebrew Catholics adds another spiritual dimension to the Church’s journey these 40 days.

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Hebrew words saying 'Holy, Holy, Holy, the Lord of Hosts' adorn a statue of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ at the Charles Bridge in Prague.

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HAIFA, Israel — On Ash Wednesday, Catholics throughout the world will observe 40 days of Lent, practicing its three pillars of prayer, fasting and almsgiving according to their various traditions.

But for Hebrew Catholics, both those living in Israel and in communities around the world, the Church’s Lenten pilgrimage is enriched with a perspective born of their heritage and closeness with the Jewish people and common kinship with Jesus the Messiah. “Hebrew Catholics” not only applies to those Jews who found the fullness of their Jewish identity in embracing the Catholic Church, but also those Catholics who belong to Jewish families or have Jewish ancestry, and practice Jewish traditions...READ MORE

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