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Excerpts from Peter Kwasniewski’s book From Benedict’s Peace to Francis’s War

“The crudest form of clericalism” The reason for a Church government (as leaders, rather than sacrificial priests) is found in the community of faithful for which such government exists. Government exists per se for the protection of society and its way of life, so that society may achieve the ends for which human communities are [...]

A Miracle Clears Pope John Paul I for Beatification

A young girl's miraculous healing is attributed to the "Smiling Pope's" intercession By Vatican News Pope Francis authorized on October 13 Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and his dicastery to promulgate the decree recognizing a miracle attributed to the intercession of Albino Luciani or Pope John Paul I. [...]

Pope Francis Names Franciscan Sister Raffaella Petrini to Number Two Position in Vatican City State

Pope Francis on November 4 appointed Franciscan Sister Raffaella Petrini to the second-ranking position in the government of the Vatican City State. Petrini is the first woman and non-clergy member to be secretary general of the Vatican’s governorate. The appointment makes her one of the highest-ranking women at the Vatican, alongside Sister Alessandra Smerilli, “ad interim” [...]

Apostolic Library Gallery Bears Witness to Beauty

By Devin Watkins (Vatican News)/ITV staff Pope Francis inaugurated a new contemporary art gallery at the Vatican’s Apostolic Library November 5, which was financed by the heirs of the American entrepreneur and philanthropist Kirk Kerkorian. In a speech at the event, the Pope reflected on the theme of beauty and how the Church must bear witness [...]

A Unique Solution for the Church in China?

By Priscilla Smith McCaffrey Martin Mosebach, now 70, is an award-winning German Catholic novelist and essayist who has traveled repeatedly in China and has a great love of religious tradition and culture. Author Priscilla Smith McCaffrey asked Mr. Mosebach for his thoughts on the state of the Catholic Church in China. Martin Mosebach: My few and [...]

Despite More Persecution, China Ordains Priests

On October 28 Bishop Paul Pei Junmin of the Archdiocese of Shenyang ordained Paul Li Hongdong as a priest at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral Church in Shenyang, the capital city of Liaoning, the northernmost coastal province of China. Bishop Pei shared his life story and priestly journey under difficult circumstances and urged the new [...]

A New Book Chronicles the Worldwide Reaction to Traditionis Custodes

From Benedict's Peace to Francis's War looks at the new suppression of liturgical tradition from many perspectives By Christina Deardurff Peter Kwasniewski's new book From Benedict’s Peace to Francis’s War. The book collected reactions to Pope Francis’s July 16, 2021 motu proprio Traditionis Custodes Author, educator, musician and liturgy scholar Peter Kwasniewski, an American, [...]

Socialism and Communism: Making a Comeback?

The Church's reasoned response over the span of 170 years signals a need for careful analysis By Paul Kengor Some 69% of American “ Millennials” (those born between 1981 and 1996) have a positive view of socialism and communism, casting millions of votes for lifetime socialist Bernie Sanders and "Democratic socialist" Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez There [...]

Francis Implores Slovakia’s Christians to Pursue “Freedom” in Christ Over Comfort

The trip included September 12 meetings with Hungary's leaders... and, later that same day, Slovakia's Jesuits By CNA Pope Francis was in Heroes Square in Budapest on September 12 to celebrate Mass and greet the participants at the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress Pope Francis began his first visit to Slovakia, a Catholic-majority country of [...]

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