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  • The Vatican's Precious Manuscripts Go Online

    04/12/2014 7:07:22 AM PDT · by Theoria · 14 replies
    WSJ ^ | 11 April 2014 | Liam Moloney
    Japanese Tech Firm NTT Is Scanning the Ancient Texts in the Vatican Apostolic Library Almost 600 years after Pope Nicholas V founded the Vatican Apostolic Library, the Holy See is now turning to 50 experts, five scanners and a Japanese IT firm to digitize millions of pages from its priceless manuscripts, opening them to the broader public for the first time. When the project is finished, one of the richest and most important collections of historical texts in the world will be available with a click of the mouse—and free. The plan marks a revolution for an institution known as...
  • Vatican displays Bible that traveled to moon, and oldest Gospel on record

    04/05/2014 5:31:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | 4-05-14
    Between the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest biblical texts in the world, and this microfilm, which contains the Bible and traveled to the moon on board Apollo 14, there is a 2,000-year span. Both pieces are intended to show the uniqueness of the Bible. They're part of the "Verbum Domini” exhibit, which includes 150 other precious artifacts. CARY L. SUMMERS Museum of the Bible, Oklahoma City (USA) "The technology that we have today that didn't exist many years ago, we're able to look at the writing underneath writings, For example in this collection, it's called the Climaci Rescriptus, and in...
  • Vatican says it wants to help Venezuela

    03/29/2014 11:40:56 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 7 replies ^ | 03/29/2014 | Nicole Winfield
    The Vatican said Friday (local time) it was "willing and desirous" to intervene diplomatically in Venezuela's crisis after weeks of deadly unrest but says it must study expectations and options about what role it could play. On Thursday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accepted the idea of a good-faith facilitator after coming under mounting pressure to reconcile with opponents who have been protesting for nearly three months. He mentioned Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, until last year the Vatican's ambassador to Caracas. Critics of Maduro's socialist administration have pressed for Vatican involvement: Shortly before he was arrested, opposition leader...
  • 12-year-old's wish to go to Vatican, see Pope Francis to come true (Make A Wish Foundation)

    03/28/2014 5:21:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | March 25, 2014 | Jose Luis Aguirre
    Isabela Munoz of Oakley, Calif., left, talks with her sister, Jasmine, about an upcoming trip to Rome. Isabela donated her bone marrow to help Jasmine survive leukemia. Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Jasmine will realize a dream when she and her family travel to Rome in April to see the Vatican and attend Pope Francis' general audience. (CNS photo/Jose Luis Aguirre, The Catholic Voice)OAKLAND, Calif. - Jasmine Munoz could have met Mickey Mouse at Disneyland, gone to a beach or taken a cruise, but the 12-year-old leukemia survivor would rather see the Vatican and meet Pope Francis. Thanks to...
  • Two versions of Obama-Pope Francis discussion: Agreements, but some divergences

    03/27/2014 6:32:53 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 1 replies ^ | 3/27/2014 | Barbie Latza Nadeau
    VATICAN CITY ― There were gaffes and there were laughs, but U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Rome clearly served its purpose, if the hope was to bask in the glow of the popular Pope Francis. The day began with a stiff handshake between Obama and the pope, but the mood quickly lightened when the president quipped, “His Holiness is probably the only person who has to undergo more protocol than me,” after observing the whimsically dressed Swiss Guards and row of tuxedoed papal attendants when he was on his way to the pontifical library. They shared a giggle when...
  • Obama: Pope Didn't Raise Obamacare 'In Detail' But I Told Vatican Sec. of State 'Most Religious

    03/27/2014 5:14:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    ( – President Obama said Pope Francis did not raise Obamacare “in detail” when they met on Thursday, but that in a separate meeting with the Vatican’s secretary of state “we discussed briefly the issue of making sure that conscience and religious freedom was observed in the context of applying the law.” At a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Obama also acknowledged that he differs with the Vatican’s stance on some issues, but added that he “heartily” agrees with most of its positions. - See more at:
  • Pope Francis raises abortion, religious liberty in candid meeting with Obama

    03/27/2014 4:24:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 71 replies
    Life Site News ^ | March 27, 2014 | BEN JOHNSON
    Rome Correspondent Hilary White contributed to this report. ROME, March 27, 2014 ( – In their first face-to-face meeting, Pope Francis reiterated the Catholic Church's concerns with President Barack Obama's policies on abortion, conscience rights, and freedom of religion. A source familiar with the talks told LifeSiteNews that the Vatican press release on the meeting was "remarkably forthright" in emphasizing the fact that the pope raised these issues with the president. According to the press release, the pope launched a discussion with the American president about the proper role of church and state, raising “questions of particular relevance for...
  • Obama meets with Pope at time of 'tense' relations with Church (no smile on O's face)

    03/27/2014 11:24:16 AM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    cna ^ | March 27, 2014 | Kevin J. Jones
    Pope Francis and US President Barack Obama speak during a private audience at athe Vatican, March 27, 2014. Credit: ANSA/OSSERVATORE ROMANO. Vatican City, Mar 27, 2014 / 11:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- U.S. President Barack Obama’s March 27 meeting with Pope Francis comes at a time of tension between his administration and the Church over religious liberty, several Catholic leaders have said. “There has been a great deal of acrimony over issues related to religious freedom. This is something new and quite serious, since it affects the ability of the Church to carry out its mission,” V. Bradley Lewis, a philosophy...
  • Francis and President Obama (dissecting what did and did not happen)

    03/27/2014 11:16:20 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    The Moynihan Letters ^ | March 27, 2014 | Dr. Robert Moynihan
      March 27, 2014, Thursday – Francis and President Obama  "The two were scheduled to meet for just half an hour, but their private discussion lasted 52 minutes. At the end, they exchanged gifts, with the Pope offering Obama two medallions and a copy of his apostolic exhortation The Joy of the Gospel [Evangelii Gaudium]. 'You know, I actually will probably read this when I'm in the Oval Office, when I am deeply frustrated, and I am sure it will give me strength and will calm me down,' Obama said. 'I hope," the Pope responded."   — Associated Press report...
  • “Sede Vacante”

    03/27/2014 9:54:31 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 5 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 3-27-2014 | MOTUS
    Official debrief following the return of Lady M’s China entourage: “It turned out to be a somewhat more substantive swing through this massive country than expected, displaying Obama’s deft ability to mix diplomacy with her personal narrative. Before flying home late Wednesday afternoon, she had raised the issues of minority rights, Internet access and religious freedom, all while charming the Chinese public by skipping rope, practicing tai chi with high school students and declaring herself awed by the nation’s ancient tourist sites.” In other words: an awesome piece of soft diplomacy success, according to the Washington Post, as well as...
  • Pope’s box, with wood from Baltimore basilica, puts religious liberty in spotlight, rector says

    03/27/2014 9:23:26 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 14 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 3/27/14 | Maria Wiering
    The use of wood from Baltimore’s basilica to construct a “seed chest” given to Pope Francis by President Barack Obama March 27 points to the history of American Catholicism and Baltimore’s role in it, said Monsignor Arthur Valenzano, rector of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. “I’m very pleased,” Monsignor Valenzano said of the gift. “It gives us another chance to get the word out nationally, and now internationally, about the role that the basilica played and continues to play in the United States.” Robert S. Reier, the basilica’s operations manager, collected...
  • Yet Another Press Misreading of Vatican News

    03/25/2014 4:39:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | March 25, 2014 | JOHN PAUL SHIMEK
    Both England’s Tablet and the United States’ Commonweal incited debate last week with their accounts of an exclusive interview Archbishop Georg Gänswein granted the German television network ZDF. While the Tablet took more editorial liberties than Commonweal, Commonweal signaled tacit approval of the Tablet’s editorial stance.The bottom line: Gänswein’s interview indicates the Prefect of the Papal Household has come “unbound,” that he doesn’t much care for his new boss; and so, it is time for him to go, according to the Tablet. Perhaps, he should pack his bags and vacate Rome.The first round of comments came from the Tablet’s...
  • Abuse survivor says new Vatican commission must achieve real change

    03/25/2014 7:53:17 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 6 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 3/25/14 | Sarah MacDonald
    The lone clerical abuse survivor nominated by Pope Francis to sit on the new Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors said the commission needs to achieve concrete change in order to “show other survivors that the church is going to get it right.” Marie Collins, who was abused by a chaplain as a sick 13-year-old at Crumlin hospital in Dublin in the 1960s, told Catholic News Service that many survivors will be watching the new Vatican commission “with interest, but many will have written it off as merely a PR exercise.” “Survivors will not be satisfied with more words...
  • Vatican Chief Justice: Obama’s Policies ‘Progressively More Hostile Toward Christian Civilization’

    03/23/2014 10:04:50 AM PDT · by opentalk · 40 replies
    CNS News ^ | March 21, 2014 | Michael W. Chapman
    President Barack Obama's policies “have become progressively more hostile toward Christian civilization,” Cardinal Raymond Burke,head of the highest court at the Vatican, said in a recent interview. Cardinal Burke added that Obama wants to restrict religious freedom and force the individuals, outside of his or her place of worship,“to act against his rightly-formed conscience,even in the most serious of moral questions.”… “It is true that the policies of the president of the United States of America have become progressively more hostile toward Christian civilization. He appears to be a totally secularized man who aggressively promotes anti-life and anti-family policies.” “Now...
  • Thousands of Rare Vatican Manuscripts to Go Online

    03/20/2014 7:45:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 127 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/20/14 | Francis X Rocca
    Thousands of rare manuscripts until now accessible only to scholars at the Vatican will go online over the next four years, thanks to help from a Japanese information technology company. Officials of NTT DATA Corporation and the Vatican Library announced their joint project at a news conference March 20. The library, founded by Pope Nicholas V in the 15th century, preserves some 82,000 manuscripts dating back to the early centuries of Christianity. Among its treasures are an illustrated edition of the works of the Roman poet Virgil, produced around the year 400, and illustrations of Dante’s Divine Comedy by the...
  • The Francis Effect: A Gathering Storm

    03/12/2014 5:28:20 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 17 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | 3/11/14 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    On March 9, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, America’s foremost Catholic prelate, appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and commented as follows on the “coming out” of a “gay” college football star: Good for him… I would have no sense of judgment on him…. God bless ya. I don’t think, look, the same Bible that tells us, that teaches us well about the virtues of chastity and the virtue of fidelity and marriage also tells us not to judge people. So I would say, “Bravo.” “No sense of judgment…. Bravo.” That is how a Prince of Church in the Year of Our...
  • The Papacy in Scripture – No Rocks Required

    03/12/2014 3:48:31 PM PDT · by NYer · 69 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | March 10, 2014
    In an earlier blog post, I made the point that the role of St. Peter and his successors is made remarkably clear in Matthew 16:18-19 and its immediate context: And I tell you, you are Peter (Gr.—petros—‘rock’), and on this rock (Gr.—petra—‘rock’) I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Jesus here promises infallible authority to Peter that...
  • I'm not a superman, Pope Francis says

    03/05/2014 10:29:42 AM PST · by Biggirl · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 5, 2014 | Philip Pullella
    (Reuters) - Pope Francis has played down the notion that he is a "superman" who will bring sweeping reforms to the Roman Catholic Church, stressing that its ban on contraception and opposition to gay marriage will remain in place.
  • Pope Francis Drops F-Bomb During Address in St. Peter’s Square [video]

    03/04/2014 2:11:28 AM PST · by DaveMSmith · 12 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Mar. 3, 2014 2:59pm | Billy Hallowell
    Pope Francis stunned a live audience in St. Peter’s Square Sunday when he accidentally dropped the Italian equivalent of the F-bomb instead of a similar-sounding word he meant to use. “If each of us were to accumulate wealth not only for ourselves but to put at the service of others, in this f*** — in this case God’s providence would manifest itself in this gesture of solidarity,” he said. The pontiff apparently meant to use the word “caso,” which means “example” in Italian. Instead, he said “cazzo” — a simple mistake, but one that came along with wildly different context,...
  • Pope Francis: accompany, don't condemn, those who have experience failure in marriage

    02/28/2014 11:23:36 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 56 replies ^ | February 28, 2014
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta residence in the Vatican this morning. In remarks following the readings of the day, the Holy Father focused on the beauty of marriage and warned that the Church must accompany – not condemn – those who experience failure in married life. He explained that Christ is the Bridegroom of the Church, and therefore you cannot understand one without the Other. The Holy Father also warned against giving in to the temptation to entertain “special pleading” in questions regarding marriage. The Pharisees, he noted, present Jesus with...
  • Cardinal outlines possible paths to Communion for divorced, remarried

    02/28/2014 3:50:09 PM PST · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | February 28, 2014 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Catholic Church needs to find a way to offer healing, strength and salvation to Catholics whose marriages have failed, who are committed to making a new union work and who long to do so within the church and with the grace of Communion, Cardinal Walter Kasper told the world's cardinals. Jesus' teaching on the indissolubility of sacramental marriage is clear, the retired German cardinal said, and it would harm individuals and the church to pretend otherwise. However, "after the shipwreck of sin, the shipwrecked person should not have a second boat at his or her...
  • [Pope] Francis joins Facebook

    02/28/2014 2:48:31 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | February 27, 2014 | GIACOMO GALEAZZI
    The Vatican is sorting out all the final technical details before the Pope’s Facebook page goes public GIACOMO GALEAZZIvatican city Francis will soon have his very own profile on the world’s favourite social network. The Vatican is just working on some final technical aspects before the Pope’s Facebook page is made visible to the public. The Curia has told Vatican Insider that the process is in the final stages and the Vatican’s tech experts are working on the page. IT technicians are currently looking into ways to prevent offensive or inappropriate messages and other  material from being posted on the...
  • Criticized by Benedict, liberation theology founder gets hero’s welcome at Vatican

    02/26/2014 3:40:12 PM PST · by ebb tide · 27 replies
    AP ^ | February 25, 2014 | NICOLE WINFIELD
    The founder of liberation theology, the Latin American-inspired Catholic theology advocating for the poor, received a hero’s welcome Tuesday at the Vatican as the once-criticized movement continues its rehabilitation under Pope Francis. The Rev. Gustavo Gutierrez of Peru was the surprise speaker Tuesday at a book launch featuring the head of the Vatican’s orthodoxy office, Cardinal Gerhard Mueller; one of Francis’ top advisers, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga; and the Vatican spokesman.
  • Pope revolutionizes Vatican by opening finances to scrutiny

    02/24/2014 9:50:02 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 24, 2014 | PHILIP PULLELLA
    Pope Francis on Monday revolutionized the Vatican's scandal-plagued finances, inviting outside experts into a world often seen as murky and secretive and saying the church must use its wealth to help the poor. Francis, elected nearly a year ago with a mandate for reform, used a document known as a Motu Proprio - Latin for "by his own initiative" - to implement immediate changes including appointing an auditor-general. The document says the Church must see its possessions and financial assets in the "light of its mission to evangelize, with particular concern for the most needy". A new Secretariat for the...
  • Disgraced Keith O’Brien faces Vatican ‘trial’

    02/23/2014 12:26:37 PM PST · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    The Scotsman ^ | February 23, 2014
    CARDINAL Keith O’Brien is facing a new investigation by the Vatican and may face a “trial” under canon law which could lead to him losing his red hat. Three priests in the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh have asked Leo Cushley, the new archbishop, to pass on to the Holy See their written complaints which characterise O’Brien as a “sexual predator” who used his authority to compel them into “coercive” and “abusive” sexual relationships. The priests, whose accusations led to the cardinal’s enforced retirement and disgrace last February, appear determined to force Pope Francis to make a final judgment....
  • Vatican starts hiring freeze, forbids overtime in effort to cut costs

    02/22/2014 4:44:40 PM PST · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    The Catholic Sun ^ | February 21, 2014 | Carol Glatz
    The Vatican announced an immediate end to new hires, wage-increases and overtime in an effort to cut costs and offset budget shortfalls. Pope Francis, with input from the Vatican’s central accounting office, also determined that volunteers could be used to help provide the labor needed to make up for the hiring freeze and eventual attrition. Cardinal-designate Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, sent a letter, dated Feb. 13, to the heads of all Vatican offices, institutions and agencies. He said the budget forecast for 2014 “necessitated the immediate adoption of some measures needed to contain” personnel costs. In its last...
  • Protest to Vatican over intent to declare Stepinac saint

    02/16/2014 4:18:32 PM PST · by Ravnagora · 37 replies
    TANJUG ^ | February 14, 2014 | Tanjug
    ZAGREB - Alen Budaj, an associate of the Jerusalem-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, has said that the coutries that are legal successors to the former Yugoslavia, Serbia in particular, must send a strong diplomatic protest to the Vatican over its intention declare Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac a saint. The Vatican has officially confirmed that Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac will soon be declared a saint. Immediately upon the entering of the Germans in Zagreb, on April 10, 1941, Stepinac supported the establishment of the Independent State of Croatia (ISC), which was declared a state by the Ustasha (Croatian fascist movement), and in 1945, he...
  • Top UN official slams Vatican’s pro-life stand at pro-abortion conference in Philippines

    02/14/2014 9:05:31 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    LIFe Site News ^ | February 13, 2014 | REBECCA OAS, PH.D.
    Former UNFPA head Nafis Sadik NEW YORK, February 14 ( - Senior UN officials disparaged the Holy See and dismissed nations as subordinate to UN bureaucrats at a controversial conference in the Philippines. Pro-lifers picketed outside and filed a lawsuit against the conference for advocating a criminal act. A judge declined to halt the meeting, calling it an academic discussion. According to the ruling, “it was not shown by plaintiff that abortion is being practiced, tolerated, or encouraged.” Abortion is illegal in the Philippines. James Imbong, attorney for Pro-Life Philippines, disagreed. “Most of the talks are about right to abortion. How...

    02/10/2014 2:42:51 PM PST · by NYer · 40 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | February 10, 2014 | THOMAS PETERS
    Barely two months ago the ecclesiastical news circuit was rocked with the revelation that Pope Francis had decided not to renew Cardinal Burke’s membership on the Congregation for Bishops.The New York Times, NPR, NBC and a host of other secular and Catholic news outlets went berserk, seeing in Pope Francis’ decision the promise of a radical reorientation of the curia.At the time, I proposed a counter-narrative: Pope Francis is not about to purge “conservatives” from the curia and we shouldn’t read too much into the Burke news.Well, my counter-narrative received a big boost last week.You shouldn’t feel bad, of course,...
  • Vatican Seeks to Defuse Row with U.N. Over Child Abuse Report

    02/08/2014 2:52:19 PM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 7, 2014 | Reuters
    "It is not the case that there has been a confrontation between the UN and the Vatican," he said in a statement. "The Holy See has always given a strong moral support to the United Nations."
  • Vatican strikes back at UN report demanding approval of abortion and sex for children

    02/06/2014 7:20:50 AM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Hilary White
    ROME, February 5, 2014 ( – Pro-life and pro-family groups in the US and Europe have supported the Vatican with a chorus of outrage at a report from the UN that demands the Catholic Church change its teachings on the nature of human sexuality, the sanctity of life and marriage. In a statement today, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva, said that the UN has failed to understand that the Church’s teachings are not merely “positions” or opinions that can be changed to suit the political fashions of the day. Archbishop...
  • UN slams Vatican over abuse — and contraception and abortion positions

    02/05/2014 7:49:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/05/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Despite having a membership that includes some of the worst human-rights abusers in the world (or because of it), the UN has spent the last few weeks grilling the Vatican for its track record on child abuse. While there are certainly grounds for lengthy and detailed criticism on that point, the UN hardly has its hands clean in that area — and it turned out to be an excuse for attacking Catholic doctrine on abortion and contraception anyway: The UN has demanded that the Vatican “immediately remove” all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers, in a report released...
  • Near St. Peter’s, An Ancient Burial Site Opens to the Public

    01/30/2014 5:53:21 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 1/29/14 | Eric J. Lyman
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) In the first century B.C., a grassy hillside just north of what is now St. Peter’s Square was used as a burial place for local Romans. It remained in use through dozens of mudslides and avalanches, until the early fourth century A.D., when work on St. Peter’s Basilica began and the more than 1,000 graves were covered over. Soon after, it was forgotten as the construction of the Vatican City grew up around it. It remained that way until the 1950s, when plans to build a parking lot on what appeared to be an undeveloped field uncovered...
  • Birds of pray: Doves released in the Vatican as a gesture of peace are immediately ATTACKED…

    01/26/2014 3:50:55 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 10:22 EST, 26 January 2014 | Mark Duell
    Two white doves released by children standing alongside Pope Francis as a peace gesture today were attacked by other birds. As tens of thousands of people watched in St. Peter’s Square, a seagull and a large black crow swept down on the doves right after they were set free from an open window of the Apostolic Palace. One dove lost some feathers as it broke free from the gull. But the crow pecked repeatedly at the other dove. It was not clear what happened to the doves as they flew off. …
  • WH: Obama to meet Pope Francis in March

    01/21/2014 3:19:01 PM PST · by NYer · 38 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | January 21, 2014
    Details: President Obama will meet with Pope Francis on March 27, capping a European trip that will take him to the Netherlands, Belgium, and Italy.“The President looks forward to discussing with Pope Francis their shared commitment to fighting poverty and growing inequality,” said a statement from White House press secretary Jay Carney.During his trip in late March, Obama will participate in a nuclear security summit in the Netherlands and a U.S.-European Union summit in Belgium.Obama also traveled to Vatican City in 2009 to meet with Pope Benedict XVI.Carney’s statement in full:“As part of the United States’ ongoing consultations with our...
  • Secret gay society in Vatican poses security threat for Pope Francis: Ex-Swiss Guard

    01/21/2014 1:50:14 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 11 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 1/21/14 | Carol Kuruvilla
    A former commander of the Swiss Guard is claiming a “network of homosexuals” inside the Vatican could pose security problems for Pope Francis.
  • Swiss Guard veteran claims existence of 'gay network' at the Vatican

    01/20/2014 6:21:47 PM PST · by madprof98 · 51 replies
    Guardian ^ | 1/20/14 | Lizzie Davies
    A former commander of the Swiss Guard, the small force of men whose job it is to protect the pope, has said there is "a network of homosexuals" within the Vatican, the latest in a series of claims about gay priests working at the heart of the Roman Catholic church. Elmar Mäder, who was commandant of the Guard from 2002 until 2008, said his time at the heart of the Vatican had given him an insight into certain aspects of life there. "I cannot refute the claim that there is a network of homosexuals. My experiences would indicate the existence...
  • The UN invites Iran to Peace Conference on Syria

    01/20/2014 4:17:34 AM PST · by markomalley
    Asia News ^ | 1/20/2014
    The UN has invited Iran to the Peace Conference on Syria in Geneva on January 22 . It was confirmed last night by the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki -moon, who stressed the potential positive role of Tehran in the future transition in Syria. The decision, however, has been challenged by the anti-Assad opposition that threatens a boycott of the conference, as well as by the United States : they have set support for points set out in Geneva in 2012 as a condition for participation. If Iran were to accept more than 40 countries will be present at the...
  • Verdict on Medjugorje nears as Commission claims apparitions are “no hoax” [Catholic Caucus]

    01/20/2014 5:40:28 AM PST · by NYer · 42 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | January 19, 2014
    The Medjugorje inquiry commission has concluded its work The dossier on the alleged apparitions of the Virgin Mary at Medjugorje has been passed on to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The verdict could be positive albeit partial but no concrete decision has yet been reached Giacomo Galeazzi - ANDREA TORNIELLIvatican city  A verdict on the Medjugorje apparitions is not far off. The Mejugorje inquiry commission which was set up in March 2010 and is chaired by Cardinal Camillo Ruini has concluded its work. Fr. Federico Lombardi confirmed that the commission held its last meeting on Friday and...
  • UN chief invites Iran to Geneva II

    01/19/2014 6:35:34 PM PST · by mac_truck · 7 replies
    Global Times ^ | 1/20/2014 | Agencies
    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Sunday that he had invited Iran to attend this week's Syria peace conference in Switzerland, also known as Geneva II. "I have decided to issue some additional invitations to the one-day gathering in Montreux. They are: Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Greece, the Holy See, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, and Iran," Ban told reporters here at a press conference. "I believe the expanded international presence on that day will be an important and useful show of solidarity in advance of the hard work that the Syrian government and opposition delegations will begin...

    01/16/2014 8:46:26 AM PST · by Biggirl · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 16, 2014 | John Heilprin,Nicole Winfield
    GENEVA (AP) -- The Vatican came under blistering criticism from a U.N. committee Thursday for its handling of the global priest sex abuse scandal, facing its most intense public grilling to date over allegations that it protected pedophile priests at the expense of victims.
  • Inevitable: Obama to meet soon with Pope Francis

    01/14/2014 12:40:09 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/14/2014 | AllahPundit
    Makes sense. One’s the leader of a messianic religious movement that’s recently been hobbled by scandal, the other’s Pope Francis.I’m honestly surprised it hasn’t happened already. Secretary of State John Kerry said the President was “looking forward” to visiting the popular new leader of the Roman Catholic Church at the Vatican.Kerry did not say when the trip would take place…Kerry, a Roman Catholic, met with Vatican leaders on Tuesday to discuss foreign policy and economic issues, including Francis’ outspoken stance on income inequality worldwide.He did not meet with the Pope. Normally the president meeting the Pope is a simple goodwill-building...
  • Breakout: Lawmakers Enlist Powerful New Wage and Wealth Gap Warrior - The Pope

    01/07/2014 11:51:33 AM PST · by justiceseeker93 · 50 replies
    Yahoo! Finance | Matt Nesto
    “Let us leave a spare place at our table: a place for those who lack the basics, who are alone.” - Pope Francis via Twitter January 7, 2014 In three short phrases, Pope Francis has once again taken the lead in advocating for economic justice and fairness. Where not long ago a battle raged over the growing and disproportionate wealth of the so-called “one percent,” the new 77-year old leader of the Catholic church has gained more support in nine months than the Occupy Wall Street movement or Fast Food Forward have in five years. This new found papal popularity...
  • Vatican: Pope's Remarks on Children of Same-Sex, Couples Not Indicative of Change in Policy

    01/07/2014 5:47:52 AM PST · by IbJensen · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6 January 2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    The Vatican media spokesman warned Sunday against misinterpreting Pope Francis’s comments about children of same-sex and divorced couples during a meeting of leaders of male religious orders in November. On Saturday, an AFP story announced “Pope Calls for Fresh Church Approach to Children of Gay Parents,” and said that the pope was calling for a “rethink in the way the Catholic Church deals with the children of gay couples and divorced parents.” The article cited Pope Francis’s words in July, “If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge?” and the fact that...

    01/02/2014 3:49:40 AM PST · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 2, 2014 | Francis D'Emilio
    VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis, laying out his hopes Wednesday for the just-begun year, urged people to work for a world where everyone accepts each other's differences and where enemies recognize that they are brothers.
  • Prospects for the new year in Vatican news

    12/30/2013 3:49:40 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    cns ^ | December 27, 2013 | Francis X. Rocca
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- After a year that included the historic resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and a series of celebrated innovations by Pope Francis, it is hard to imagine 2014 at the Vatican could be nearly as eventful. Of course, the biggest stories are likely to be those that come by surprise, but in the meantime, here are developments bound to loom large in Vatican news over the coming year: -- New Cardinals: Pope Francis is scheduled to create new cardinals Feb. 22. By that time, no more than 106 members of the College of Cardinals will be under...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CAMERLENGO; 12-28-13

    12/28/2013 10:07:42 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 12-28-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:CAMERLENGO An Italian chamberlain. There are three ecclesiastical persons in Rome who carry this title: 1. camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church, who administers the revenue and property of the Holy See, verifies the death of the Pope, directs preparations and manages the conclave for election of a new pontiff; 2. camerlengo of the Sacred College, who is in charge of property and revenues of the college, pontificates at Mass for deceased cardinals, and registers all consistorial business; 3. camerlengo of the Roman clergy, elected by canons and parish priests of Rome, who presides over their...
  • Vatican Believes ROC Should Recognize Own Guilt in Addition to Accusing Greek Catholics in Ukraine

    12/19/2013 7:13:10 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    RISU ^ | 12/18/13
    The conflict between Greek Catholics and Orthodox in Western Ukraine has to be resolved from both sides, said Cardinal Kurt Koch, head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. “Only by recognizing this can we move together into the future,” he said December 17, responding to journalists' questions at a press conference in Moscow. A correspondent from Blahovest-info asked about the cardinal’s attitude toward the issue, which, the Russian Orthodox Church believes, complicates the preparation of a possible meeting between the Moscow Patriarch and the Pope. The journalist quoted statements recently made by Metropolitan Hilarion’s at a Russian-Polish conference:...
  • The Vatican’s Left Turn Under Francis

    12/18/2013 11:10:23 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 53 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 12/17/13 | Rod Dreher
    "...American conservative Catholics who defend Pope Francis keep saying that Francis is truly orthodox, despite the fact that the liberal US media love him. Maybe they’re right. But the further we go into this pontificate, the more I wonder if liberals understand something about Pope Francis that conservatives do not."
  • Vatican C.J.: Obama Admin’s Treatment of Religious Freedom Contradicts America’s Founding Principles

    12/18/2013 8:10:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 17, 2013 - 1:04 PM | Michael W. Chapman
    Cardinal Raymond Burke, an American who heads the Vatican’s highest court, says that the Obama administration’s diminution of religious freedom in the United States “is an absolute contradiction of the founding principles of this nation.” Cardinal Burke, who is chief justice of the Vatican’s Apostolic Signatura, made his remarks during a Dec. 13 interview with EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo on the program, The World Over. …