McElroy picked for Amazon Synod post
Cardinal Sean O’Malley and Bishop Robert McElroy nominated by Pope Francis, the only bishops from the United States to be selected as synod fathers

Cardinal Sean O’Malley, archbishop of Boston, and Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego are among those chosen by Pope Francis as synod fathers in next month’s Amazon synod. A full list of the 185 participants in the Special Assembly for the

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2019-09-22T08:03:24-08:00September 22nd, 2019|Categories: Vatican News|Tags: |15 Comments

U.S. not the only source of heartburn for pope
Francis to reporters on papal plane: “Criticism comes not only from the Americans, they’re coming from all over”

Responding to a mini-fracas set off by his recent declaration that he considers it “an honor when Americans are attacking me,” Pope Francis told reporters during an inflight news conference Tuesday that the U.S. is not his only source

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2019-09-15T18:06:03-08:00September 16th, 2019|Categories: Vatican News|Tags: |15 Comments

President of Pontifical Academy for Life speaks at LMU
Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia defends controversial plan to restructure John Paul II Pontifical Institute to students at Jesuit university

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, grand chancellor of Rome’s Pontifical Institute John Paul II and president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, has responded to controversy over a plan to restructure the school’s faculty and curriculum. “We will be able to

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2019-09-08T05:17:19-08:00September 8th, 2019|Categories: Vatican News|Tags: |22 Comments

“It’s an honor when the Americans attack me”
Papal spokesman quickly backpedals on comment by Pope Francis

Pope Francis told a reporter that it is “an honor when Americans attack me.” The pope made his comments to Nicolas Seneze, a reporter from La Croix, the French Catholic daily newspaper, during the flight Sept. 4 from Rome

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2019-09-05T06:29:05-08:00September 5th, 2019|Categories: Vatican News|Tags: |22 Comments

Red hats for key allies
Pope Francis announces surprise consistory to name 13 new cardinals

Pope Francis on Sunday announced a consistory for the creation of new cardinals Oct. 5, featuring 13 new red hats total, several of whom are widely considered to be key allies of this papacy. Notably, no American made the

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2019-09-01T19:45:46-08:00September 2nd, 2019|Categories: Vatican News|Tags: |11 Comments

Pope Francis counsels priests to keep the faith
The Lord is "rescuing us from hypocrisy"

Pope Francis published a letter Sunday to encourage all priests to remain steadfast and prayerful during this time of purification after revelations of abuse by some priests, so that there may be a renewal of holiness in the priesthood.

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2019-08-07T12:42:10-08:00August 5th, 2019|Categories: Vatican News|Tags: |3 Comments

Details of new Vatican constitution emerging
Is it a recentralization or a decentralization of Roman power?

Last week, Bishop Marcello Semeraro, secretary of the pope’s C6 Council of Cardinal Advisors announced that the group hoped to present Francis with a final draft of a new Vatican constitution in September. Praedicate Evangelium, as the new governing document for

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2019-07-04T18:56:03-08:00July 4th, 2019|Categories: Vatican News|Tags: |0 Comments

Vatican lowers boom on gender theory

A Vatican department has issued a sweeping denunciation of so-called gender theory and affirmed the principles of human dignity, difference, and complementarity. “In all such [gender] theories, from the most moderate to the most radical, there is agreement that one’s

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