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“Bicycling Cardinal” Is New Head of Italy’s Catholic Bishops’ Conference

By Hannah Brockhaus (CNA) Italian Cardinals Gualtiero Bassetti of Perugia-Città della Pieve (left) and Matteo Zuppi of Bologna. Zuppi has been chosen the president of the Italian bishops' conference, succeeding Cardinal Bassetti (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Pope Francis has chosen P Cardinal Matteo Zuppi as the next president of the Italian bishops’ conference following a [...]

Shevchuk: Pope Francis wants to be present through Cardinal Krajewski

(CNS photo/ March 9, 2022 Pope Francis’ envoy to Ukraine, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, meets with leaders of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and of the Latin Church in Ukraine, as he begins his mission to the war-torn nation. Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the Papal Almoner, began his mission as Pope Francis’ envoy to Ukraine on [...]

Papal Counselor: “New stage of this pontificate begins”

Pope Francis enters the ninth year of his pontificate on March 13, and the coordinator of the Council of Cardinals, Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, told Rome Reports that one of the most difficult challenges has been getting financial entities related to the Vatican City State under control. Restructuring the Institute for the Works of Religion, known [...]

Pope Francis Interviewed on Italian TV

Pope Francis appeared on Italy’s RAI3 television station February 6 to respond to questions posed by host Fabio Fazio on the program “Che tempo che fa.” In the interview, Pope Francis lamented what he called a “culture of indifference” to the sufferings of migrants and the trafficked. “But what is done with migrants is criminal. To [...]

Time to “Change Doctrine” on Homosexuality?

The president of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union said he believes the current church teaching on homosexuality is wrong, and not based in science. In an interview with the German Catholic news agency KNA, Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich of Luxembourg also said if he were Cologne Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, he would [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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