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New Vatican document on human dignity

Dignitatis Infinita condemns gender transition, surrogacy and abortion By Tyler Arnold (CNA) Presentation in the Holy See Press Office of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith’s Dignitas Infinita. Panelists: Secretary of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, Monsignor Armando Matteo; Dicastery Prefect Cardinal Victor Fernandez; Professor Paola Scarcella, lecturer at the [...]

Cardinal Müller: “The Pope is not a Czar”

The Pope must "entrust himself to the College of Cardinals" By ITV Staff “Every Pope must distinguish precisely between his divine mandate and himself as an individual with all his limitations. He must not impose his private opinions regarding politics or economics or non-theological sciences on other Christians.” —Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Prefect Emeritus of the Dicastery [...]

Pope Francis In Hungary: “You Must Be A ‘Bridge Builder'”

Grounded in its Christian faith, Hungary "can draw on its specifically ecumenical character" to bring unity to Europe... By Shannon Mullen (CNA) Budapest (Hungary), April 28, 2023. Pope Francis is welcomed by Katalin Novák, President of the Republic of Hungary, and by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán (Photo - Grzegorz Galazka) Speaking to Hungarian civil [...]

Latin Catholic Patriarch of Holy Land: “We Are Not Afraid”

Amid increasing attacks on Christians by Israeli extremists, Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa, 57, says, "We have something bigger than hate" La Croix International Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, 57, since November 6, 2020, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem. A Franciscan friar, Pizzaballa has a reputation for personal integrity and simplicity; much of his pastoral work has been with [...]

Vatican-China Deal “Not the Best Deal Possible,” Gallagher Says

By Courtney Mares (CNA) Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, 69, the Vatican’s “foreign minister” as the Secretary for Relations with States since November 2014 Photo-Daniel Ibáñez/CNA The Vatican’s foreign minister has said that the VaticanChina deal was “not the best deal possible” and that negotiations are underway to make the deal “work better.” In a [...]

News from the East

By Matthew Trojacek “Dialogue and Reconciliation are Not Optional for Us”: An Interview With Ecumencial Patriarch Bartholomew The Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew, spiritual leader of an estimated 250 million Orthodox Christians worldwide Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I is the spiritual leader of an estimated 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide. He was chosen in 1991 to lead [...]

Can the Vatican Help Bring Peace to Ukraine?

Possible behind-the-scenes negotiators for Ukraine-Russia peace talks By Robert Moynihan August 24, 2022, Vatican City. Pope Francis leads the general audience at Paul VI Audience Hall. Present is Ukraine’s Ambassador to the Holy See Andrii Yurash (photo Grzegorz Galazka). On December 8, Pope Francis shed tears publicly over the tragedy of the war in [...]

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