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In a twist to the land deal allegations against the top heads of the Syro Malabar Church, including Cardinal Mar George Alencherry, a Vatican official has begun analysing the situation, sources close to the church said. Several devotees had written to the Vatican in their individual capacity about the land ...
It amounted to a major show of Catholic, and specifically Vatican, support for two of the most impoverished and violence-torn societies in Africa, with speaker after speaker blending heart-wrenching personal accounts of the suffering they had witnessed with policy arguments as to why the world ought to pay ...

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A Vatican adviser has called for prayer for Justin Trudeau, after the Canadian prime minister effectively barred pro-life employers from a major government scheme. Under the Summer jobs programme, church and other non-profit organisations receive subsidies to employ students. But Trudeau's ...
It was sponsored by the Vatican's Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, headed by Turkson, and two Rome-based assemblies for religious orders - the Union of Superiors General (USG) for men, and the International Union of Superiors General (UISG) for women, along with their joint ...
Czech Cardinal Josef Beran, who made a landmark speech about religious freedom at the Second Vatican Council, was forcibly exiled to Rome in 1965 after being detained at the Nazi's Dachau prison camp and being persecuted by communists for 17 years. The Vatican is preparing to transfer his remains ...

ROME - A scheduled Vatican mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo recently had to be postponed, a senior Vatican cardinal said Thursday, in part because of mounting tensions between the local Church in one of the world's most pervasively Catholic countries and the government of incumbent ...
A row has broken out over the arrival of a digital organ in St Peter's Basilica. An online petition signed by nearly 10,000 people has asked Cardinal Robert Sarah, the Vatican's liturgy chief, to intervene, saying the instrument is "inadequate" for the space. The organ, donated by the American Alleyn Organ ...
This year for the first time, the Vatican will participate in the Venice Architecture Biennale. The Catholic Church's country-within-a-city tapped Italian curator and architecture historian Francesco Dal Co to select ten architects from ten countries to design ten chapels for the pavilion. The chapels must be able ...
A card with the image of St. Anthony the Abbot is stuck to a horse on the occasion of a farmer's association attending an animal blessing day at the Vatican, on the Feast of St. Anthony the Abbot, the patron saint of farm animals, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. The Vatican organizes a yearly event of blessing ...
ROME - The former Dutch minister of foreign trade and development received a papal honor as a matter of diplomatic courtesy and not because of her political views, which include support for access to abortion, the Vatican press office said. "The honorific of the Pontifical Order of St. Gregory the Great ...
In audio of more of the interview, transcribed by Vatican reporter Marco Tosatti, Ploumen says she views the honor as recognition for her work in lobbying for abortion for girls, and sees it this way because "the Vatican, especially under previous popes, had a rather rigid attitude when it came to girls' and ...
The statement was released following a barrage of questions to the Vatican after Ms Ploumen, who was a government minister until October last year, gave an interview in which she showed off the medal. It was a "high distinction from the Vatican, from the Pope", she said, despite the fact "the Vatican, ...
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- The Vatican has designated a historic Catholic Church in northern Virginia as a basilica. Arlington Bishop Michael Burbidge announced the designation during services Sunday at St. Mary Catholic Church in Old Town Alexandria, which traces its history back to George ...
The Catholic philosopher Josef Seifert, a former member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, has called on one of its new members to revoke his "grave errors" or resign. Seifert was referring to Fr Maurizio Chiodi, who recently defended the use of artificial contraception. In a lecture last month at the Pontifical ...
Tito Edwards manages Catholic websites for the new evangelization that Pope John Paul II and then Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, has asked for in the third millennium. After a lifetime of living a nominal Catholic life, he reverted completely to his childhood faith that began on the eve of the ...
But Professor Gavin D'Costa, a prominent theologian and longtime adviser to the Vatican on inter-religious matters, points out that Catholics are also obliged to take the biblical promises to Israel seriously. The Bristol University Professor of Catholic Theology, who spoke to The Tablet in Rome during a ...

The duo also discussed the Vatican's role in mediating between Baghdad and Erbil. Pope emphasized the issue of "living together", wishing that all the problems with Baghdad would be solved in a peaceful way, through talks and dialogue, the statement said. The pontiff also thanked Barzani for opening ...
Vatican CITY -- Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and Pope Francis have concluded their meeting at the Holy See on Friday. ... "More importantly, the role Vatican could play in helping the Kurdistan Region in order to resolve [its issues] with Baghdad in a peaceful way, through talks and dialogue ...
... their weaknesses and fears." This approach searches "for a new relationship between the Church and young people, based on a paradigm of responsibility exempt from any paternalism," said Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, in a new interview with Vatican News (formerly called Vatican Radio).
A homeless man from Belgium who had lost everything he ever had -- family, possessions, and health -- was given a Requiem Mass in the Vatican today and buried in the cemetery of the Teutonic College within the Vatican walls. Cesar Willy De Vroe, 65, was born in Brussels to a prostitute and called ...
Vatican CITY -- The Vatican on Wednesday took over a Peru-based Catholic movement whose founder has been accused of abusing its members sexually, physically and psychologically, just days before Pope Francis starts a trip to Chile and Peru. A Vatican statement said the congregation for religious ...
... their paedophilia to overturn disciplinary proceedings; the removal of a standard of proof on disciplinary proceedings that is comparable to the criminal standard of beyond reasonable doubt, and the establishment of Australian church disciplinary tribunals to hear complaints rather than Vatican tribunals.
As if being the son of Peter Sagan wasn't enough to help him win bike races in the future, three-month-old Marlon Sagan could be given a blessing from an even higher power with his father set to travel to the Vatican to ask the pope to baptise his young child. Sagan, who is currently in Australia preparing ...
In the statement, the Vatican said Francis had followed the Sodalitium Saga for years, had asked that the congregation pay particular attention to it and was "particularly concerned about the seriousness of information about the internal regime, the training and financial management." The Vatican said the ...
The Vatican has taken over a Peru-based Catholic movement whose founder was accused of sexual and psychological abuse, just days before Pope Francis starts a trip to Chile and Peru where the sexual abuse scandal is expected to play out on the sidelines. A Vatican statement said the congregation for ...
The Vatican wants to bring its communications into the modern world and consolidate its websites into one portal, it has announced. Vatican News will be its "single new portal," according to an online statement, and will be put together by a multilingual editorial team. Currently, there are a number of sites ...
The Vatican has distanced itself from the views of Lilianne Ploumen, a Dutch abortion advocate who was made a Dame in the Pontifical Order of St Gregory the Great. A spokeswoman said the award was "diplomatic practice" when an official is part of a delegation visiting the Pope, and has nothing to do ...
By Catherine Hardy. last updated: 08/01/2018. Pope Francis has called on all nations to support dialogue to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula and to work for a legally-binding ban on nuclear weapons. Now Reading: Pope Francis delivers a hard-hitting address from the Vatican ...
CEBU CITY -- The Vatican's Congregation for the Causes of Saints has approved the diocesan process for the cause of sainthood of the late Cebuano Archbishop Teofilo Camomot who was known for his extreme generosity and love for the poor. In a letter addressed to the Cebu Archdiocese dated Nov.
Tito Edwards manages Catholic websites for the new evangelization that Pope John Paul II and then Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, has asked for in the third millennium. After a lifetime of living a nominal Catholic life, he reverted completely to his childhood faith that began on the eve of the ...
At least 23 people working for the Church were killed in 2017, a Vatican agency has said. The majority of Church workers violently killed this year were victims of attempted robberies, Fides said, with Nigeria and Mexico topping the list countries where the most brutal murders were carried out. The agency ...
ROME - Affirming the critically important role of a "free and responsible" form of Catholic theology in the life of the church, Pope Francis called on theologians to "remain faithful and anchored" to the vision of Vatican II, as well as "immersed" in the instincts and concerns of ordinary people who've never ...
Vatican CITY (CNS) -- The majority of Catholic Church workers violently killed in 2017 were victims of attempted robberies, the Vatican's Fides agency said, with Nigeria and Mexico topping the list countries where the most brutal murders were carried out. The agency said 23 people working for the church ...
Last year the Vatican's first auditor was forced to step down and in July this year, in a major shake-up of the Vatican administration, Pope Francis replaced Catholicism's top theologian, a conservation cardinal who had been at odds with the Pope's vision of a more inclusive Church. Only this month, the ...
(CNN) - A 500-year-old mystery at the Vatican has just been solved. Two paintings by Renaissance master Raphael were discovered during the cleaning and restoration of a room inside the Vatican Museums. Experts believe they are his last works before an early death, around the age of 37, in 1520: "It's ...
Vatican police detained one topless activist Monday as she tried to steal a statue of the baby Jesus from the Nativity scene in St. Peter's Square, Reuters reported. The activist was identified on Femen's website as the Ukrainian "sextremist" Alisa Vinogradova. The activist had the words "God is woman" ...
ROME - police on Christmas detained a member of a women's rights group describing itself as composed of "brave topless female activists" after she attempted to steal the baby Jesus figure from the nativity scene in St. Peter's Square, protesting what the group claimed is the "Vatican's infringement of the ...
Reports that the White House does not listen to advice from the Department of State are true. How else to account for the fact that Callista Gingrich has been appointed ambassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Holy See. Yes, Reagan established an embassy to the Vatican; to this day, no one ...
CWN Editor's Note: In his annual Christmas greeting to Vatican employees (video)--a meeting distinct from his year-end address to the Roman Curia--Pope Francis reflected on 5 themes: work, family, gossip, forgiveness, and Christmas. The above note supplements, highlights, or corrects details in the ...
Well, you don't see this everyday: a topless protester at the Vatican, trying to steal a baby Jesus doll from a nativity scene. It happened Monday, when a woman wearing just pants and shoes tried to nab the doll while thousands were in St. Peter's Square waiting to hear the Pope's Christmas Day message.
The would-be theft was thwarted by Vatican police before the woman could flee the nativity scene with the baby Christ doll. The Catholic Church has long been targeted by Femen for its conservative policies and traditional views on women in society. In 2014, the group tried to steal the baby Jesus from the ...
Pope Francis is set to receive Catholics from around the world for Christmas celebrations at the Vatican on Sunday and Monday. ADVERTISEMENT. The pope's first public Christmas appearance will take place at St. Peter's Basilica on Christmas Eve, and will be followed by his Christmas Day message on ...
Vatican CITY -- Vatican City has been governed by men since it was established as an independent state in 1929. A year ago, however, a woman joined the upper ranks: Barbara Jatta, the first female director of the Vatican Museums. In the 12 months since her appointment, Ms. Jatta has put her stamp ...
MACUNGIE -- If you're one of the people from around the world who will watch as the Pope leads Christmas Eve Mass at the Vatican, keep an ear out. A pipe organ from Lehigh County will be front and center during the celebration at Saint Peters Basilica. The instrument made its way from outside of ...
Pope Francis waves during his visit to Myanmar in November. Thiri Lu/The Myanmar Times. Pope recounts Myanmar visit to crowd of pilgrims at Vatican. Pope Francis recounted his experiences during his recent visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh to thousands of pilgrims at the Vatican, saying the youth in ...
Before returning to the Vatican later in the afternoon, Pope Francis paid a private visit to the Rome Basilica of Sant'Andrea delle Fratte. It was here, 175 years ago, that a French Jew by the name of Alphonse Ratisbonne, experienced a vision of the Virgin Mary. At that moment, in the words of the Pope, "from ...
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- The Pope received representatives from the National Council of Churches in Taiwan on Thursday at the Vatican, reported CNA. "Christians across Taiwan, and across denomination, should strive for unity," the Pope stated in an address to the delegation of the council at the Vatican ...
The book's website says its author, writing under the pseudonym Marcantonio Colonna (a Vatican admiral in the Battle of Lepanto against the Ottoman Turks in 1571) is an Oxford-educated historian living in Rome. The book is purportedly "the fruit of close contacts with many of those working in the Vatican, ...


 

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