June July 2012

Bishop Fellay: Decision in July?

An interview with the head of the Society of St. Pius X on the current status of relations with the Holy See. Bishop Fellay expects a decision this summer By Inside the Vatican staff “An analysis of the situation rooted in reality.” —Father Alain Lorans, Editor of the website Documentation Information Cath­o­liques Internationales (DICI), the communication [...]

Benedict Speaks on The "Vatileaks"

"...have brought sadness to my heart." May 30, 2012 Pope Benedict XVI leads a prayer as he begins his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican May 30. At right is Msgr. Georg Ganswein, the pope's personal secretary (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Pope Benedict spoke publicly on May 30 for the first time [...]

Vatican Leaks: Is the Case Closed?

  In one of the strangest cases in the Vatican in recent years, the Pope’s butler has been arrested for stealing documents from the Pope’s private quarters. But why did he do it? Meanwhile, at the Vatican bank... By Robert Moynihan Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, fired head of the Vatican bank This case keeps getting [...]

Consecration and Adoration

June-July 2012 — Amid crises and scandals, Pope Benedict returns to the heart of the faith: the presence of the risen Lord in the Eucharist, both at the moment of consecration, and in Eucharistic adoration “To really communicate with another person I must know him, I must be able to be in silence close to him, [...]

Eating and Staying Close to the Pope’s Summer Residence

So far in our travels in these pages we have not visited Castel Gandolfo, which has some significance for our pilgrims. In the dreamy peace of the Alban Hills, the lake by Castel Gandolfo is embedded like a precious jewel, changing in a kaleidoscopic succession of beautiful sunrises and sunsets. There are breathless views of the [...]

Meditation – June 2012

Peter was born at Imola, in Emilia, Italy, around 400 A.D. He also died in Imola, on July 31, around 450 A.D. Although St. Peter Chrysologus (who name means “golden-speeched”) was included among the Doctors of the Church by Pope Benedict XIII in 1729, very little is known about his life. All his writings have perished [...]

Vatican Watch – June 2012

April Monday 16 POPE’S 85th BIRTHDAY Bavarian bishops, the minister-president of Bavaria, Horst Seehofer, and a 150-person regional government delegation visited Benedict XVI today in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall. They were accompanied by a small Bavarian band, three female singers and 10 children who danced the skirt-swirling, shoe-stomping, thigh-slapping Schuhplattler before the pontiff. The Pope’s 88-year-old [...]

People – June 2012

DEFENDING POPE BENEDICT’S TEACHING Benedict XVI does not want to undo the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, but he is working to ensure that “the foundation and heart of the Christian faith shines again,” said Swiss Cardinal KURT KOCH in a book released in time for the seventh anniversary of the Pope’s election. Bishops, theologians [...]

A New Book Analyzes the Vatican’s Relations with the Jews

“Of course they were,” Justus George Lawler responds to the question he poses in the title of this book. If we ask, however, whether the Popes were “disdainful, contemptuous and vengeful toward Jews and their beliefs” (as claimed in a flood of recent works by a gaggle of left-wing Catholics, nonbelievers, and Jews), the answer, Lawler [...]

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