Pope laments vocations ‘hemorrhage’

Speaking to the powerful Italian bishops’ conference, Pope Francis identified three “preoccupations” -- a “hemorrhage” of vocations, “evangelical poverty and transparency,” and the need for a “consolidation” of Italy’s sprawling number of dioceses

Speaking to the powerful Italian bishops’ conference Monday, Pope Francis tagged three “preoccupations” in the only country in the world where he rules as Primate: a “hemorrhage” of vocations, “evangelical poverty and transparency,” and the need for a “consolidation” of Italy’s sprawling number of dioceses. Francis told the bishops he wasn’t sharing these concerns to “beat you … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis names 14 new cardinals

Consistory scheduled for June 29

Pope Francis on Sunday announced that he will create fourteen new cardinals in a Consistory scheduled to take place on June 29th. In the surprise announcement following his Regina Caeli address, the Pope noted that the places from which the new cardinals come “expresses the universality of the Church, which continues to announce the merciful love of God to all men and women on … [Read more...]

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Vatican issues new rules for cloistered nuns

May 15 instruction requires that individual monasteries have at least five members in order to remain open, membership in a federation

The Vatican published an instruction Tuesday aimed at applying norms established in Pope Francis’ 2016 apostolic constitution on women’s contemplative orders, which emphasizes the need for networks of monasteries in contemplative life. The instruction states that all monasteries of nuns must be affiliated with a federation, or organization, of religious houses. Published May … [Read more...]

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Pope asks Vatican group to examine role of women in the Church

Pope Francis calls for Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life to value the 'feminine genius'

Pope Francis has updated the statutes of the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life, adding among other things a specific reference to the office’s responsibility for promoting a deeper reflection on the role of women in the Church and society. “The dicastery works to deepen the reflection on the relationship between men and women in their respective specificity, … [Read more...]

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Pope to German Bishops: find possibly unanimous arrangement

“A not inconsiderable number” of bishops have expressed opposition to proposed guidelines that would allow non-Catholic spouses to receive Holy Communion

At a meeting in the Vatican on Thursday, senior Vatican officials and members of the German Bishops conference held a conversation on a set of pastoral guidelines announced in February. The German Bishops’ Conference at the time approved the development of the guidelines, which would potentially broaden permission for non-Catholic Christians who are married to Catholics to … [Read more...]

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“Not even an animal would be treated this way”

UK court won't allow parents to take Alfie Evans to Italy despite pleas from parents, pope

An appeal by the parents of ailing toddler Alfie Evans was dismissed by the UK Court of Appeal Wednesday, leaving the child to remain at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in England. Tom Evans and Kate James had been appealing to take their son, Alfie, to Italy for treatment, after the child survived the removal of life support, against their will, at Alder Hey Hospital. “It’s … [Read more...]

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Laywomen among new CDF appointees

Pope Francis has named five new consultors of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, including three female academics and two priests

On Saturday Pope Francis named five new consultors of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, including three female academics and two priests. The women are Dr. Linda Ghisoni, professor of canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University; Dr. Michelina Tenance, professor of theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome; and Dr. Laetitia Calmeyn, lecturer of … [Read more...]

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Vatican reportedly rejects German bishops’ proposal for intercommunion of spouses

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has reportedly rejected a proposal by the German bishops' conference permitting non-Catholic spouses of Catholics to receive the Eucharist in some limited circumstances

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has reportedly rejected a planned proposal by the German bishops' conference to publish guidelines permitting non-Catholic spouses of Catholics to receive the Eucharist in some limited circumstances. Austrian news site kath.net has reported that Vatican sources say the CDF, with papal approval, has suspended the German bishops' … [Read more...]

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Father of Alfie Evans meets with pope, pleads for asylum in Italy

In his statement to Pope Francis, Evans said that Alfie “is sick but not dying and does not deserve to die"

A private meeting took place early Wednesday morning between Pope Francis and Tom Evans, the father of two-year-old Alfie Evans, who is currently at the center of a legal battle to keep him alive. Tom Evans said that in the April 18 meeting, which took place at the Santa Marta residence in the Vatican, he asked the pope for asylum in Italy for his family so that Alfie can be … [Read more...]

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Benedict XVI celebrates 91st birthday

Pope Emeritus spent his birthday, April 16, in the Mater Ecclesia Monastery in the Vatican, where he lives

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=84&v=a0Tst-L0dic April 16 marks Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's 91st birthday. He will be spending the day quietly in the 'Mater Ecclesia' Monastery in the Vatican, where he lives. The day of Joseph Ratzinger’s birth has been seen by some as a sign of Divine Providence. It was certainly a sign of things to come. The future … [Read more...]

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