Pope Francis names five new cardinals

New appointments demonstrate pope’s attention to 'the peripheries'

During his Regina Coeli address Sunday, Pope Francis announced to pilgrims that he will be holding a June 28 consistory to create 5 new cardinals he said represent the “catholicity” of the Church. “Brothers and sisters, I wish to announce to you that Wednesday, June 28, I will hold a consistory for the nomination of 5 new cardinals,” the Pope said May 21, adding that “their … [Read more...]

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The complicated relationship between the U.S. and the Holy See

"The Vatican has sources of information that the CIA would kill to get"

The significance of a global network of priests sank in for Thomas Reese on the day the president of Rwanda's plane was shot down. The Catholic analyst and author had been interviewing a church leader at the Vatican when his source's phone rang. The call about the plane crash had been made to notify the headquarters of the Catholic Church that trouble was brewing. "That was … [Read more...]

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Vatican astronomer: If you’re afraid of science, you don’t have faith

Brother Guy Consolmagno, who has worked as an astronomer and planetary scientist at the Vatican for more than 20 years, tells journalists that faith and reason are not at odds

The Jesuit director of the Vatican Observatory, who has worked as an astronomer and planetary scientist at the Vatican for more than 20 years, told journalists Monday that faith and reason are hardly at odds. “If you have no faith in your faith, that is when you will fear science,” Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J., said May 8. He spoke to journalists at a press conference ahead … [Read more...]

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“Don’t hold your breath”

President Trump won't meet with Pope Francis during May trip to Sicily, choice of Vatican ambassador unlikely to come soon

Up until recently, the assumption had been that the first opportunity to gauge the Trump administration’s approach to the Vatican under Pope Francis would come in late May, when Trump is scheduled to travel to Sicily for a G7 summit. Expectations were that Trump, like most American presidents visiting Italy, would also stop in Rome for a tête-à-tête with the pontiff. However, … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Müller: Church hasn’t changed doctrine under Pope Francis

Head of Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith says immorality of cohabitation, adultery, divorce, homosexuality, and prohibition on Communion for divorced-and-remarried Catholics remain part of Church teaching

The Catholic Church under Pope Francis has not changed her teaching on the immorality of cohabitation, adultery, divorce, or homosexuality, and she has certainly not opened the door for civilly-divorced-and-remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion, said Cardinal Gerhard Muller in a new book-length interview published April 1.  Muller, the head of the Vatican's … [Read more...]

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A report on the state of the Church from Inside the Curia

Cardinal Gerhard Müller discusses what we can hope for from Christ, the Church, the family and society in new book published by Ignatius Press

One of the problems the Church faces today is the lack of hope in society, even among its own members. As the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and one of the most prominent voices inside the Vatican, Cardinal Gerhard Müller provides a credible, thoughtful and compelling call to hope in the family, society and Church in clear and inspiring terms in his new … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis offers more concessions to SSPX

A letter published by the Vatican on April 4 paves way for recognition of SSPX marriages

Continuing initiatives aimed at a reconciliation with the Priestly Society of St Pius X (SSPX), Pope Francis has made it possible for bishops to ensure the validity of marriages celebrated in the traditionalist communities. A letter published by the Vatican on April 4 said the Pope will allow Catholic bishops to appoint priests to assist at SSPX marriages and formally receive … [Read more...]

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