Pope Francis meets with Pallotine Fathers

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Pope Francis on Monday greeted members of the General Assembly of the Pallotine Fathers. (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis spoke of the charism of St. Vincent Pallotti, who founded the order in Rome in 1835, saying he was “blessed to recognize that Jesus is the Apostle of the Father – rich in mercy and full of […]

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Pope’s Georgia visit can help promote inter-Church relations

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Georgia’s ambassador to the Holy See says she believes the Pope’s recent visit to her country can help promote better relations with other Christian Churches. (Vatican Radio) Tamara Grdzelidze, an Orthodox theologian and former official at the World Council of Churches, told Vatican Radio she was saddened by some of the negative media coverage of the […]

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For stable peace

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· At the conclusion of the visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan, the Pope reiterates the need for dialogue and negotiation in the Caucasus region · A appeal for peace addressed to the political authorities and to the religious leaders of the Caucasus region concluded Pope Francis’ visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan. In the afternoon of […]

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Georgia’s ambassador on expectations for papal visit

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Pope Francis takes off for the Georgian capital Tbilisi on Friday for a two-day visit to the majority Orthodox republic. As well as meeting with religious and civil authorities in Tbilisi, the Pope will travel to the nearby ancient city of Mtskheta, founded in the 5th century BC and famed as one of UNESCO’s World […]

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On “Third Secret,” Vatican Says No…

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Press communiqué says Pope Emeritus Benedict has confirmed that “the publication… is complete” An aging German priest who evidently has been a long-time friend of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Fr. Ingo Dollinger (photo), was in mid-May thrust into the middle of a new controversy over the Third Secret of Fatima which led to an unusual […]

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People June-July 2016

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Parolin Chooses Cheaper Option when Flying to Vilnius A recent photo shows Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, as he arrives at the Vilnius airport of Lithuania by a Ryan Air flight. While journeying to Lithuania to serve as a “papal legate” for the National Congress of Mercy, Parolin chose a cheap flight. Of […]

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News From The East

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Russian Orthodox Patriarch Declares Worldwide “Holy War” on Terrorism The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has called the fight against terrorism a “holy war” and urged international unity and an abandoning of double standards to defeat this global evil. “Today, when our warriors take part in combat operations in the Middle East, we know […]

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Vatican Watch April 2016

Syrian refugees walk through the Za'atri refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq Aug. 30. The U.N. refugee agency said that 100,000 refugees fled Syria to neighboring countries in August, the highest monthly toll since the crisis began. (CNS photo/Majed Jaber, Reuters) (Sept. 4, 2012)movement.

APRIL FRIDAY 1 Pope Francis Sends Vestments, Financial Aid to Iraqi Christians As a sign of affection and closeness, Pope Francis has decided to send vestments used in the liturgy and a financial donation to Christian refugees in Erbil through the Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need. “Mercy invites us to bend […]

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People May 2016

Mother Angelica lies in repose March 29 at the the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Ala. Mother Angelica, who founded the Eternal Word Television Network and turned it into one of the world's largest religious media operations, died March 27 at age 92. (CNS photo/Jeff Bruno, EWTN) See OBIT-MOTHER-ANGELICA March 28, 2016, and MOTHER-ANGELICA-DEATH-REACT March 30, 2016.

The Vatican Remembers the “Unconventionally Angelic” Mother Angelica After the death of Mother Angelica, founder of EWTN, on March 27 (Easter Sunday), many in and around the Vatican praised the bold nun’s courageous witness at a time of crisis in the Church, and expressed their appreciation for the work EWTN continues to do. Pope Francis […]

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Urbi et Orbi Section: News from the East

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Endangered Jesus Tomb Unites Rival Catholic, Orthodox Churches in $3.4 Million Restoration Project Three Christian traditions recently put aside their long-standing theological differences and agreed to partner to save the endangered holy place where Jesus was crucified, buried, and resurrected in Jerusalem. Members of the Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and the Armenian Orthodox Churches have […]

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Pope Francis Meets with SSPX Superior General

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“I trust that in the near future solutions may be found to recover full communion with the priests and superiors of the Fraternity.” — Pope Francis, Letter on the Jubilee Year Both the Vatican and the Society of St. Pius X have confirmed that Pope Francis met in early April at the Vatican with the […]

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U.S. Candidate Sanders Speaks at Vatican Conference on Social Teaching, Meets Pope

The meeting had no political significance, Francis later said Attending an event hosted by a Vatican academy on April 15, U.S. presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) provided a long reflection on Catholic social teaching as he sees it. Sanders spoke at a conference celebrating the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s landmark social encyclical Centesimus […]

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U.S. Candidate Sanders Speaks at Vatican Conference on Social Teaching, Meets Pope

Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., a U.S. presidential candidate, first row at right, speaks at a conference on Catholic social teaching at the Vatican April 15. The conference was dedicated to St. John Paul II's 1991 social encyclical "Centesimus Annus" and was sponsored by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and the Institutute for Advanced Catholic Studies. At left in the first row is Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of the academy, who invited Sanders. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See VATICAN-ACADEMY-ECONOMICS-SANDERS April 15, 2016.

The meeting had no political significance, Francis later said Attending an event hosted by a Vatican academy on April 15, U.S. presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) provided a long reflection on Catholic social teaching as he sees it. Sanders spoke at a conference celebrating the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s landmark social encyclical Centesimus […]

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People April 2016

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Vatican Paper Lauds Spotlight as Brave, Not Anti­-Catholic The film Spotlight, which won the Oscar for best picture on February 28, is a courageous movie that is not anti­-Catholic, the Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano said in two articles commenting on the Oscars. Italian historian and journalist Lucetta Scaraffia (photo), in an op-­ed titled “It is […]

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News from the East

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Moving Toward Unity The Catholic and Orthodox Churches may be entering a new era of reconciliation. Three prominent Catholic figures with years of experience working with the Eastern Churches comment on recent developments and the progress toward unity they may augur Pope Francis, “Bishop of Rome”: Creating New Space for Dialog By Fr. James McCann […]

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Being Human: Pope Francis Delights Many, Frustrates Some

Pope Francis wears a sombrero during his arrival to Mexico City Feb. 12. (CNS photo/Gustavo Camacho, Presidency of Mexico via Reuters) See POPE-MEXICO-WELCOME Feb. 12, 2016. Editors: editorial use only.

The mid-February trip to Mexico was a tour de force, with millions of Mexicans turning out to greet the Pope. There was a moment of anger, a moment at “the fence” and… a controversial interview The Pope is human. Pope Francis demonstrated that in Mexico, as he does wherever he goes, and most people find […]

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“I Was a Stranger and You Took Me In…” The Papal Almoner

Pope Francis greets one of eight poor people at his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Dec. 17, the pope's 78th birthday. A group of the poor were invited to the audience in celebration of the pope's birthday. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-AUDIENCE Dec. 17, 2014.

The Pope has asked a Polish archbishop to be his “hands” in Rome, reaching out to the city’s poor and homeless. The first in a series…  Pope Francis has said he would like St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican to be an example to ca­th­edrals around the world in offering charity to the poor and marginalized, […]

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“Conversion” of Jews: What Does the New Vatican Statement Say?

17/01/2016 Rome, Italy. Pope Francis' visit to the Great Synagogue of Rome. Pope Francis' speech to the Jewish Community of Rome.

  An American Catholic offers a reflection on the recent statement on Catholic-Jewish relations from the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity Initial news headlines on the recent document issued by the Vatican Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews were somewhat misleading (such as: “New Vatican document: Catholics should not seek to convert […]

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“Anguish and Tears Must Never Be Forgotten”

17/01/2016 Rome, Italy. Pope Francis' visit to the Great Synagogue of Rome. The Holy Father goes into the synagogue together with Ruth Dureghello, President of the Jewish Community of Rome, and Riccardo Di Segni, Chief Rabbi of the Jewish Community of Rome.

  Pope Francis visited the Jewish synagogue of Rome on January 17. He emphasized the “rich, common spiritual heritage” of Jews and Christians While the Catholic Church affirms that salvation comes through Jesus, it also recognizes that God is faithful and has not revoked his covenant with the Jewish people, Pope Francis said. Interrupted repeatedly […]

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Pope Francis at Ecumenical Vespers: Walk the Way of Unity

25/01/2016 Rome. Solemnity of the Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle. Celebration of Vespers led by Pope Francis in the Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls. Orthodox Archbishop of Italy and Malta Gennadios Zervos and the Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome David Moxon.

  For centuries, Catholics and Protestants fought wars. Their divisions were profound and caused wounds. Now, says Francis, the search for Christian unity must trust in “the Father’s mercy” Pope Francis on January 25 in Rome asked for “mercy and forgiveness” for the way Christians have behaved towards each other over the centuries, saying we […]

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