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Georg Ratzinger, brother of Pope emeritus Benedict, dies in Regensburg

CNS photo/Michaela Rehle, Reuters The elderly Bavarian priest had been hospitalized in Regensburg, in Bavaria, where he lived and where he received his brother Joseph’s final visit, with whom he had been ordained on the same day. July 1, 2020  Georg Ratzinger, the older brother of the Pope emeritus, died Wednesday morning, aged 96. [...]

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By Becky Derks with CNA Reports - Grzegorz Galazka and CNA photos April Monday 6 Malta Court authorizes seizure of €29.5 Million in Vatican Bank assets A Maltese court has authorized the seizure of assets belonging to the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), commonly called “the Vatican Bank.” The garnishment order was issued last month, [...]

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By Becky Derks with CNA Reports - Grzegorz Galazka and CNA photos March Friday 13 Pope Francis Reforms Vatican City Courts With New Law The Holy See announced a new law governing the judicial system of Vatican City State March 16. The motu proprio provides enhanced safeguards for the independence of judges and prosecutors in Vatican [...]

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By Becky Derks with CNA Reports - Grzegorz Galazka and CNA photos February Saturday 15  Pope Francis Speaks About Financial Reforms to Vatican Tribunal As the Holy See awaits the results of a scheduled financial inspection, Pope Francis spoke about ongoing financial reform and investigations at the opening of the judicial year of the Vatican City [...]

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By Becky Derks with CNA Reports – Grzegorz Galazka and CNA photos November Wednesday 13 Vatican Museums opens exhibit with newly restored Renaissance Marian paintings The Vatican Museums opened an exhibit of recently restored paintings of the Virgin Mary by early Renaissance painter Carlo Crivelli. “The Vatican painting gallery has the privilege of having three large [...]

Pope Francis to Clergy Plenary: prayer key to mission

Pope Francis addressed the participants in the Plenary Assembly of the Congregation for Clergy on Thursday. The Plenary Assembly opened on May 30th, with a packed schedule that included the introduction, consideration, and discussion of several major documents, one of which was the draft text of an Instruction “On some questions regarding the parish, the ministry [...]

“The Christian Faith Is Not an Idea But a Life”

Pope Benedict XVI (photo Galazka) An unexpected and thought-provoking interview with Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI A new book containing an extensive interview with Pope Emeritus Benedict has been published in Italy, entitled Through Faith: Doctrine of Justification and Experience of God in the Preaching of the Church and the Spiritual Exercises, by Jesuit [...]

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NOVEMBER SUNDAY 1 The Path of the Beatitudes The beatitudes are the most direct path toward happiness and holiness, Pope Francis said during Mass on All Saints’ Day. He urged the congregation to imitate Jesus in walking the difficult, yet rewarding, road to heaven. The Pope said the beatitudes make up “the path of holiness, and [...]

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