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The Movement To Appoint More Women To Vatican Posts: Who Benefits?

By Jane Adolphe  When Pope Francis appointed a woman (Sr. Nathalie Becquart, right)[1] as one of the two Under-Secretaries to the General Secretariat of the Synod Bishops, the reaction was predictable. Some praised the appointment as a step closer to female ordination,[2] while others criticized the decision as fruit from the poisonous tree of the [...]

Cardinal Parolin addresses financial scandals, China and Iraq in new interview

The cardinal, who is the secretary of state at the Vatican, said the world is undergoing massive crises that underline the need to come together in solidarity and dialogue. Cardinal Pietro Parolin in a recent interview with French Catholic TV network KTO. Video screengrab via KTO January 29, 2021 By Claire Giangravé - [...]

Pope at general audience: Gratitude makes the world better, transmits hope

Pope Francis leads his weekly general audience from the library of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican Dec. 30, 2020. In his main talk, the pope focused on the importance of thanking God and letting others see one's gratitude. (CNS photo/Vatican Media) During his general audience, Pope Francis reflected on the importance of gratitude [...]

Pope at Angelus: Christian witnesses turn evil into good with love

Pope Francis leads the recitation of the Angelus prayer Dec. 27, 2020, from the library of the Apostolic Palace. Marking the feast of the Holy Family, Pope Francis announced the Catholic Church will observe a special year dedicated to the family from March 19, 2021, to June 26, 2022. (CNS photo/Vatican Media) At the [...]

Pope at Urbi et Orbi: Christmas reminds us we are all united as brothers and sisters

Pope Francis delivers his Christmas message and blessing "urbi et orbi" (to the city and the world) from the Hall of Blessings at the Vatican Dec. 25, 2020. Also pictured are Cardinal Angelo Comastri, archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica, and Msgr. Guido Marini, papal master of ceremonies. (CNS photo/Vatican Media) “To [...]

Pope at Christmas Mass: Jesus comes as a child to make us children of God

Pope Francis kisses a figurine of the baby Jesus as he celebrates Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Dec. 24, 2020. The Mass was not open to the general public and began at 7:30 p.m. local time so that the limited number of attendees could return home in time to [...]

The Vatican Christmas Cookbook

Stefano Navarrini illustration By Mother Martha In early November I received a press release from Sarah Lemieux, the Publicity Coordinator of Sophia Institute Press about its recent publication, The Vatican Christmas Cookbook. It’s the sequel to its best-seller The Vatican Cookbook, which I reviewed in ITV’s August/September 2018 issue. Both volumes are sponsored by [...]

Pope: good citizens must contribute to society and bear witness to the Gospel

Pope Francis during the Angelus (Vatican Media) Pope Francis tells Christians they have the duty and the responsibility to be a living presence in society, inspiring it with the Gospel. October 18, 2020  Pope Francis called on Christians to dedicate themselves generously to the promotion and defense of human dignity in today’s world, bearing [...]

One October evening: Pope Saint John Paul II changed history

Loggia of the Blessings on the night of the election of Pope Saint John Paul II The anniversary of John Paul II's election to the papacy falls this year on the centenary of his birth: two events celebrated by Churches around the world. The Vatican Publishing House and the Osservatore Romano preserve the memorable [...]

Pope calls for day of prayer, fasting in solidarity with Lebanon

Pope Francis appeals for Lebanon during the General Audience on September 2, 2020 (CNS photo/Guglielmo Mangiapane, Reuters) One month after a massive explosion at a fertilizer storage facility tore through Beirut and reopened Lebanon’s old wounds, Pope Francis expresses his and the Church’s solidarity with the troubled nation and calls for a worldwide [...]

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