Power Struggle in Vatican City

Cardinal George Pell of Sydney greets Pope Francis during his audience with cardinals March 15 at the Vatican. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano) (April 9, 2013)

A financial battle is raging inside the Vatican. At the center of the conflict is Australian Cardinal George Pell, brought to Rome by Pope Francis to oversee the Vatican’s financial reforms. Now Pell faces tough opposition… Is Cardinal George Pell’s reform of the Vatican’s finances in trouble? It seems so. A headline in a major […]

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After 1,000 Years, the Pope and the Patriarch Meet

Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow sign a joint declaration during a meeting at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana Feb. 12. Standing in front of Cuba's flag is Cuban President Raul Castro. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-PATRIARCH-CUBA Feb. 12, 2016.

There is no doubt that the meeting between the Catholic Pope Francis and Kirill, Russian Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow and All Rus’ was, in every estimation, historic: the first face-to-face encounter of its kind since the Great Schism separated Catholicism and Orthodoxy in 1054. The meeting — and the “Joint Declaration” document that resulted — […]

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Joint Declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God the Father and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you” (2 Cor 13:13). 1. By God the Father’s will, from which all gifts come, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the help of the Holy […]

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The Pope and the Patriarch

12/12/2015 Vatican Basilica. Holy Mass celebrated by Pope Francis on the occasion of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

“In full awareness, and at the beginning of his ministry in the Church of Rome that Peter bathed with his blood, the current successor assumes as his primary commitment that of working tirelessly towards the reconstruction of the full and visible unity of all Christ’s followers. This is his ambition and compelling duty.” —Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, April […]

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Archbishop Gänswein Praises Cardinal Sarah for His Prophetic Witness

Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the papal household, and Pope Francis are pictured during the pope's general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican March 11. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-AUDIENCE March 11, 2015.

Cardinal Robert Sarah’s boldness in proclaiming the Gospel and resisting the Zeitgeist is a prophetic witness reminiscent of a 5th century North African Pope who laid the foundations for healthy church-state relations, Archbishop George Gänswein has said. In a well-received speech in Rome Nov. 20 at the launch of the German edition of the book God or […]

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Papal Visit to Three African Countries

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“Pope Francis will shake consciences again” Rome journalists Luis Badilla and Antonio Marguccio recently conducted a lengthy interview with Comboni Missionary Fr. Giulio Albanese, veteran Africanist and founder of the Missionary International News Service, on Africa and the Pope’s scheduled visit there. We excerpt it here: Pope Francis will soon visit three countries in Africa: […]

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A Memorable In-Flight Press Conference

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Speaking to journalists for about 80 minutes on his July 28 flight back to Rome from World Youth Day in Brazil, Francis was startlingly candid on many issues, but his remarks on homosexuality, priests with homosexual tendencies, and a “gay lobby” in the Vatican raised the most eyebrows. The Pope’s remarks were quickly reported in […]

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Two Encyclicals by Pope Francis

One of the encyclicals by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

The new Pope, who chose his name after the “little poor man” of Assisi, St. Francis, and who said in March shortly after his election that he longed for a “poor Church, for the poor” is already writing his first encyclical, and it will be on poverty. It will draw its inspiration from the words […]

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Pope Pius XII aided Jewish prisoners of fascist concentration camp

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June 04, 2009 The June 4 edition of L’Osservatore Romano in­cludes a review of Mario Rende’s Ferramonti di Tarsia,a new book that chronicles an Italian fascist concentration camp where Jews were treated with relative humanity, thanks to the efforts of Paolo Salvatore, the camp’s director, and Capuchin Father Callisto Lopinot, the camp’s chaplain. In an […]

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Pope Pius XII: Friend and Rescuer of Jews

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  “And now, my Jewish friend, go with the protection of the Lord, and never forget, you must always be proud to be a Jew!” The words are striking, and unforgettable. They serve as a comfort to anyone who has ever been the victim of anti-Semitism, and at the same time, a rebuke to those […]

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