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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 [...]

The Church: In or Of the World?

The Vatican's Dilemma as Aggressive Globalism Continues on the March By Thomas Storck A session of the United Nations’ Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) British Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States (the Vatican’s “foreign minister”). Very recently Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations [...]

Pope Francis to Declare St. Irenaeus a “Doctor of Unity”

St. Irenaeus was a second-century bishop and writer revered  by both Catholics and Orthodox Christians Pope Francis on October 7 said that he plans to declare St. Irenaeus of Lyon, who lived from 130 to 202, A.D. (shown in a stained glass window, right), a Doctor of the Church with the title Doctor unitatis (“Doctor of [...]

“Reform” of Benedict’s Latin-Rite Directives Coming

Francis reportedly has set his sights on Summorum Pontificum, which liberalized use of the extraordinary rite of the Mass By CNA/ITV staff Pope Francis, in an address to the Italian Bishops upon the opening of their national assembly on May 24, told them that a “reform” of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, which under Pope Benedict [...]

Reactions follow German Churchmen’s Defiance of Holy See

Is blessing homosexual unions another step toward schism? By CNA/ITV staff More than 100 Catholic congregations in Germany have been offering blessings to same-sex couples in recent days. The Vatican forbids it, but priests have been offering the blessings anyway Priests and Church officials in Germany thumbed their noses at the Vatican May 10 [...]

The Pope’s Historic March Visit to Iraq

The 4-day journey to Iraq took Francis to six cities and sites In the north and south of the country. He comforted Christians harshly tried by sectarian violence, and appealed for tolerance, fraternity, and peace  By Robin Gomes (Vatican News) Iraqi President Barham Salih and his wife seeing Pope Francis off at Baghdad Airport. [...]

The Council for Inclusive Capitalism: Charade or Substance?

By Thomas Storck As many globalists began to speak of the need for a “Great Reset,” Pope Francis met with a group of leading capitalists on November 11, 2019, to create a global “Council for Inclusive Capitalism.” What is it all about? What is the Pope’s role? Where in all this is the salvation brought [...]

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