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Most cardinals have little knowledge of a prospective pope when they enter the Sistine Chapel to cast their vote. This book seeks to help remedy that.
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The latest news of Benedict’s condition came from his biographer, Peter Seewald, who visited the Pope Emeritus over the weekend.
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Father George Woodall highlighted several aspects of the document, including what he called its ‘rambling’ text and ‘vague, superficial and generic’ moral principles.
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What could have been a golden opportunity to preach the Gospel in the midst of suffering has instead brought aggressive church restrictions and flippant liturgical practices.
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The director of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions’ AsiaNews press agency says the reported cyberattacks are part of the Chinese Communist government’s efforts to ‘control the Vatican.’
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“These texts don’t exist until the Pope actually pronounces them,” said Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni.
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The Oscar-winning film composer, who died Monday at age 91, declared himself “Catholic without hesitation.”
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In a 2009 interview with Register correspondent Edward Pentin, the Italian composer reflects on his life of writing for the movies — and his faith.
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Jesuit Father Gianfranco Ghirlanda will oversee the investigation of Memores Domini, which was established in 1964.
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Regensburg diocese announces funeral of Msgr. Georg Ratzinger will take place on July 8 attended by Archbishop Georg Gänswein.
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Benedict XVI’s elder brother, who had been seriously ill, passed away a week after the Pope Emeritus visited him in Regensburg.
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Stefano Fontana, director of the Cardinal Van Thuan International Observatory on the Social Doctrine of the Church, warns against overreliance on such monetary policies.
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The Holy See has not confirmed a Brazilian website’s claim that the new conference, which was recommended last fall in the Amazon Synod’s final report, is about to be announced.
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“The publication depends on the Pope,” said Cardinal Parolin in February. “The work that is done is done, but the Pope must give the final word.”
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The former nuncio to the United States wrote a letter June 7 praising the president's resolve in response to the recent protests.
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In his first-ever public comments on the issue, the Vatican Secretary of State categorically stated no money was misdirected to the Vatican from a multimillion-dollar bequest that was made to the order.
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The papal document aims to promote ‘faithful and honest administration’ with respect to public contracts, an area of Vatican finances that has previously involved problematic practices.
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The Dignitatis Humanae Institute (DHI) is setting up a ‘gladiator school’ to defend the West’s Judeo-Christian roots, backed by Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist.
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The move is the latest in a series of changes that Father Juan Antonio Guerrero, prefect for the Secretariat of the Economy, has made to Vatican finances.
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The head of Italy’s bishops and the Italian prime minister signed a joint protocol May 7 allowing public Masses to resume.
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The Catholic Church has long condemned Freemasonry, stressing that its principles are irreconcilable with the Catholic faith.
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Jesuit Father Antonio Guerrero Alves told Vatican News that he anticipates a steep drop in annual revenues, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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The restrictions include the distribution of Communion wearing masks and disposable gloves.
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The signatories are said to include prelates, physicians, lawyers, journalists and academics.
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“Jesus cannot be treated like this,” says the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.
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In letter to the faithful, the Holy Father urges praying the Rosary and two other prayers at home during this pandemic and the Marian month of May in order to “make us more united as a spiritual family.”
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The incident in northern Italy is one of a number of cases where authorities have overstepped applying the government’s lockdown rules, according to critics.
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ARCHBISHOP CARLO MARIA VIGANÒ
The former apostolic nuncio to the United States issues appeal during “these modern times of terrible tribulation” when the “Evil One has gone into a frenzy,” multiplying attacks tempting “souls into sin.”
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Latest updates from the Eternal City in lockdown since March 10.
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Australia’s top court will announce its findings at 8 p.m. Eastern time on Monday.
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Usually making pilgrimages to the Eternal City’s ancient ‘station churches’ during Lent is a much-loved tradition for Romans and visitors, but under lockdown few remain open.
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POPE FRANCIS
“You ask us not to be afraid. Yet our faith is weak and we are fearful. But you, Lord, will not leave us at the mercy of the storm.”
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French President Emmanuel Macron announces the news the day after his government announced it was withdrawing French troops from Iraq.
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The Holy Father has also so far declined to move to more isolated quarters in the Vatican’s apostolic palace, or the papal summer residence of Castel Gandalfo.
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The doctors plead for the life of a colleague who has four children and give details of the dramatic situation in the northern Italian town hardest hit by the virus.
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The emergency measures came into effect Tuesday morning and followed a March 7 quarantine of the northern part of the country that has been hardest hit by the virus.
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The calendar change is the second major papal event planned this year to be put back because of the coronavirus.
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As secretary of the German bishops’ conference, the Jesuit priest has shaped the direction of the German Church for the past quarter century and has been a leading figure behind its controversial current ‘synodal path.’
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The Holy Father’s handwritten note of appreciation came in response to Cardinal Müller’s Feb. 12 statement calling Querida Amazonia “a pastoral letter of prophetic power.”
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The Brazilian cardinal, a long-time proponent of ordaining married priests, told a Brazilian publication ‘this matter will have to be developed and completed’ through discussions with Pope Francis and Vatican officials.
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Officials at a news conference said the Pope’s post-synodal document affirmed the discipline of priestly celibacy, but also said the door is still open to ordaining married men.
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CARDINAL GERHARD MÜLLER
“The entire letter is written in a personal and attractive tone. The Successor of Peter [wants] to win all Catholics and Christians of other denominations, but also all people of good will, for a positive development of this region," so that “all living there may experience the uplifting and unifying power of the Gospel.”
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“It hurts us when we see how LGBT propaganda invokes your own wording,” say the bishops, “to fight both Christianity and everyone who recognizes the true anthropology based on the Bible and natural law.”
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Various outcomes are possible in the papal document, which will be released next Wednesday.
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In late January, Pope Francis asked Archbishop Georg Gänswein to step away from his duties as prefect of the Pontifical Household and devote more time to his role as personal secretary to Benedict XVI.
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Speaking at a Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences event, Sachs claimed the U.S. is operating with ‘thuggery’ and ‘complete lawlessness,’ and warned President Trump’s re-election would be ‘absolutely dangerous.’
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“At one time the Church spoke of peace ... on the basis of the natural law and the Gospel our Lord,” says Stefano Fontana. “Today she speaks of it in the sense of collaboration between religions. The change is remarkable.”
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According to sources close to the cardinal, he is ministering to other prisoners via letters.
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An interview with Father Mario Alexis Portella, author of a book that examines what Muslims believe and how Islam is portrayed in the West.
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‘We believe it is unacceptable that all issues decided in Rome, now and in the future, should be taken largely without the participation of the local Churches,’ Jesuit Father Hans Langendörfer told a German newspaper.
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The Vatican cardinal urges the faithful to cease discussing ‘ridiculous side issues’ over the book and to read the ‘essential question’ it covers instead.
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An interview with German Catholic writer Gabriele Kuby
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“We don’t know what’s going to happen,” says historian Carlos Eire, “but there’s a promise that the Church is not going to disappear and that there’s someone else in charge who is human and divine.”
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The German cardinal backs an Italian politician’s controversial displays of his Catholic faith and says Pope Francis’ meetings with atheist Eugenio Scalfari are a “vain effort.”
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An international group of lay faithful gathered in silent prayer to call for an end to ‘dissimulation and deception’ as controversial ‘synodal path’ gets underway in Germany.
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In a letter circulated privately to bishops, the Brazilian cardinal advises the document is on schedule to be promulgated later this month or in early February.
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The book’s rollout caused a backlash against Benedict appearing as co-author of the book, even though it appears the Pope Emeritus had given at least tacit prior approval for the full manuscript.
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“I think we are losing beauty and there is a danger that, with it, we will lose the meaning of life,” the late English philosopher warned.
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The half-hour documentary, which aired Jan. 3 on German television, is dignified and respectful of the 92-year-old Pope Emeritus.
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“The Father has given him to us with great mercy. He has given him to everyone. He has given him forever. The Son is born, like a small light flickering in the cold and darkness of the night.”
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“We stand with Christians everywhere, in solidarity, and will defend your right to practice your faith,” says Boris Johnson.
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The 300-page study looks at man created by God, in relation to other persons and the rest of creation, and in the salvific plan of God.
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Sources tell the Register that the cardinal, whose appeal of his conviction for sexual abuse is now being considered by Australia’s High Court, is enduring difficult conditions in solitary confinement.
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“Obtain for us, and for England thy Dowry, every grace and blessing, O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!”
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The new head of the Congregation for the Evangelization of the Peoples has been archbishop of Manila since 2011 and president of Caritas Internationalis since 2015.
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According to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, the investment in the film came via Vatican funds channeled through a Malta-based investment fund run by an Italian financier who lives in Switzerland.
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Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil sees signs of hope amid continuing uncertainty.
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Evangelization and unity must be the priority, Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer of Regensburg advised his flock, and ‘under no circumstances’ should the synodal process be ‘political or sociological.’
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Synodality is what the Lord expects of the Church in the third millennium, the Pope tells theologians at the Vatican, but it is not about conducting surveys that ask, ‘What do you think about women priests?’
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The country’s premier warns of threat of rising persecution on the continent and explains why his country has a mission to protect and assist persecuted Christians around the world.
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Some prominent figures in Australia are putting their heads above the parapet to express doubts about the cardinal’s conviction.
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The Holy See says the summit, co-convened by the UN Population Fund, focuses too much on ‘a few controversial and divisive issues’ — particularly promotion of abortion and contraception.
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According to a joint open letter released in Germany, vicars general say ‘fundamental reform’ is ‘essential’ and ask that accusations that participants are ‘lacking orthodoxy’ be avoided during the two-year synodal process.
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The little-publicized declaration consists of 14 pledges to “build together effective solutions for sustainable development of Amazonia.”
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Alexander Tschugguel tells the Register his motivations for seizing the idols, why he’s decided to come forward, and what he hopes his action will achieve.
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An unofficial working translation of the document provided by the Vatican
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Full texts of the propositions relating to the ordination of married men, a female diaconate and an Amazonian rite, their voting numbers, plus some brief observations.
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The Pope Emeritus’ personal secretary firmly rejects Brazilian synod father’s claim that a 2009 papal decree paved the way for women deacons.
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A Brazilian bishop claimed today that the left-wing representatives came to Rome merely to deliver a human rights report.
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“I can inform you that the statues which created so much media clamor were found in the Tiber. The statues are not damaged.”
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The prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will be appearing at two venues this week for the launch of his new book, ‘Rome Encounters’.
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The idea is being advanced as a fruit of the synod, but could it also be part of a politically driven ‘indigenous current’ to create a vast supranational Amazon nature reserve?
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The Archbishop of Vienna, a member of the drafting committee on the final document, also said he hadn’t reviewed evidence that the pro-abortion Ford Foundation is funding key synod groups.
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A former victim of a syncretistic religious ceremony in Brazil warns, “The Church must be very clear about the occult influences that form the basis of many of these native practices.”
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In previous synods during the pontificate of Pope Francis, these working groups have been an instrument for advancing contentious agendas.
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POPE FRANCIS
“Such is the holiness of daily life, which Saint John Henry Newman described in these words: ‘The Christian has a deep, silent, hidden peace, which the world sees not... The Christian is cheerful, easy, kind, gentle, courteous, candid, unassuming; has no pretence... with so little that is unusual or striking in his bearing, that he may easily be taken at first sight for an ordinary man’”
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Bishop Erwin Kräutler, understood to be the principal author of the synod’s working document, supports women’s ordination and also says he believes two-thirds of Amazonia’s bishops are in favor of ordaining married men to bring the Eucharist to remote areas without priests.
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Father Weinandy calls on the Catholic faithful to pray “in fear and trembling” that Jesus might “deliver us from this trial.”
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Participants said the Church is in situation from which only God can rescue her.
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The bishop was the principal author of Malta’s guidelines endorsing reception of Communion by divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, and also has been accused of strong-arm actions against critics.
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Saturday’s conference will take place at 6 p.m. in the conference hall of the church of Santo Spirito in Sassia, Rome.
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The signatories say they are choosing to remain anonymous due to a ‘growing climate of intimidation and purges present in the Roman Curia and in the Church in general.’
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The group, concerned about evils and the current situation within the Church, will meet for a prayer vigil near the tomb of St. Peter on Oct. 5
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Speaking earlier this month to Jesuits in Mozambique, the Holy Father linked proselytism to the ‘prosperity gospel,’ and endorsed the controversial 2017 essay co-authored by Father Antonio Spadaro.
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In a new statement, they say a ‘disregard for reason’ has meant their expressions of concern are met with ‘sentimental arguments’ and ‘defamatory approaches.’
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The stigmata saint’s stark warning, amid signs that some in the Church are losing, or perhaps never had, a horror for such a grave sin.
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The appointments appear to align with the synod’s expected emphases on environmental concerns, and on indigenous spirituality.
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Cardinal Pell filed an “application for special leave” to the High Court on Tuesday, following the Victoria Court of Appeal’s Aug. 21 decision to uphold his conviction for child sexual abuse.
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Many prelates are privately ‘pulling their hair out’ because of the current situation, said the Italian writer, who co-authored Crossing the Threshold of Hope with Pope St. John Paul II, and ‘those in command are intolerant of every critical voice.’
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Father Maurizio Chiodi and Father Pier Davide Guenzi currently teach moral theology at the University of Northern Italy in Milan, and both are well known for their questioning of moral absolutes.
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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 Next Pope — The Leading Cardinal Candidates” to be published August 2020 by Sophia Institute Press, and “The Rigging of a Vatican Synod? An Investigation into Alleged Manipulation at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family”, published in 2015 by Ignatius Press. Follow him on Twitter @edwardpentin