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Former nuncio dies in Vatican residence while awaiting sex abuse trial

Former nuncio dies in Vatican residence while awaiting sex abuse trial

VATICAN, August 28, 2015— A Vatican official has ordered an autopsy on the body of former archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, who was found dead Aug. 28 in the Vatican residence where he was awaiting trial on charges of child sexual abuse and possession of child pornography. Passionist Father Ciro Benedettini, Vatican spokesman, said Wesolowski’s body was [...]

The modern world’s biggest challenge, according to Benedict XVI

VATICAN, August 27, 2015– Benedict XVI considers the quest for God to be contemporary society’s foremost challenge, according to one of the emeritus Pope’s former students, who has organized the annual meeting of Ratzinger’s students to discuss that very topic. The Ratzinger Schuelerkreis will gather Sept. 28-30 to discuss the theme set them by their [...]

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‘Teach your children how to pray!’ Pope tells parents

VATICAN, August 26, 2015– On Wednesday, Pope Francis continued his weekly catechesis on the family, saying that parents have the responsibility to teach their children to pray. Delivering his address to pilgrims and visitors, gathered under the hot sun for the weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square, the pontiff stressed the importance of teaching [...]

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Are Vatican officials involved in the Ashley Madison leak? Nope.

VATICAN, August 25, 2015– Early this week, a leak of personal data from millions of users of Ashley Madison, a website designed to arrange extramarital affairs, wreaked havoc on and off the internet. At least two suicides have been reported in conjunction with the hack, and a series of privacy lawsuits are in the works, [...]

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VATICAN, August 24, 2015– From the time he was archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Pope Francis has said special prayers for catechists on the feast of St. Pius X, who wrote a catechism in 1908. Pope Francis celebrated a private Mass in his residence very early on the feast day, Aug. 21, but decided to [...]

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Pope calls for peace in Ukraine ahead of Independence Day

VATICAN, August 23, 2015– On Sunday the Holy Father again pleaded for peace in Ukraine as the nation faces ongoing cease-fire violations in a conflict that has claimed thousands of lives since early last year. “With concern, I am following the conflict in eastern Ukraine, which has again worsened in recent weeks,” the pontiff said [...]

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Through the Holy Door: Vatican to have pilgrim reservation system

VATICAN, August 21, 2015 (CNS) — Drawing on the experience of the public exposition of the Shroud of Turin, Vatican officials are adopting a reservation system for pilgrims who want to cross the threshold of the Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica during the Year of Mercy. The free, online registration will not be activated [...]

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Popemobile shipped to U.S. ahead of pope’s arrival

VATICAN, August 20, 2015 (CNS) — More than a month before Pope Francis was scheduled to arrive in the United States, his ride landed on U.S. shores. “A Jeep Wrangler will be used as the popemobile in the USA (like the one used in Ecuador in July 2015),” the Vatican press office said in a [...]

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11 cardinals join forces to tackle marriage prep, family issues in pre-synod book

VATICAN, August 20, 2015– With the Synod of Bishops rapidly approaching, 11 cardinals have contributed to a small but important book offering a pastoral perspective of the issues at stake, while reaffirming the truth of the Gospel on family and marriage issues. The book is titled “Eleven cardinals speak on marriage and family,” and will [...]

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Remember works of mercy on World Migrant Day 2016, Vatican says

VATICAN, August 20, 2015– In the Year of Mercy, the Catholic Church’s annual day of reflection and prayer on the situation of migrants and refugees will include a special reminder that “welcoming the stranger” is a corporal work of mercy. For World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2016, Pope Francis has chosen the theme: “Migrants [...]

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Pope Francis assures his prayers, solidarity after deadly Bangkok attacks

VATICAN, August 19, 2015– After two bombings this week in the Thai capital of Bangkok left several dead, injured and fearful of other attacks, Pope Francis offered his condolences and prayers to the victims and their families. “His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the injury and loss of life caused by [...]

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Pope Francis mourns death of Hungarian Cardinal Laszlo Paskai

VATICAN, August 18, 2015– In a letter of condolence Pope Francis has offered his comfort and prayer to the Church of Hungary following the recent death of Cardinal Laszlo Paskai, archbishop emeritus of Budapest. “I was saddened to learn the news of the death of His Eminence Cardinal Laszlo Paskai, OFM,” the Pope said in [...]

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Vatican Museums’ app gathers funds and art fans

VATICAN, August 18, 2015– By downloading an app for a smartphone or tablet, members of the public can chat with others about famous works of art in the Vatican Museums, share strategies for dealing with the crowds and choose a work to help restore. “Patrum,” the new app from the Patrons of the Arts in [...]

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Pope Francis: Let yourself be transformed by the Eucharist

VATICAN, August 16, 2015– On Sunday Pope Francis said that the Eucharist is no mere symbol, but is in fact the true body and blood of Jesus Christ, which has the ability to transform our hearts and minds to be more like him. “The Eucharist is Jesus who gives himself entirely to us. To nourish [...]

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For Pope Francis, Mary’s greatness comes down to this one virtue

VATICAN, August 15, 2015– On the feast of the Assumption of Mary, Pope Francis said that faith is the defining virture of her greatness and that the mysterious way she was taken into heaven is a foreshadowing of what awaits each of us. “The Gospel also shows us the truest reason for Mary’s greatness and [...]

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Pope urges expansion of priests’ on-call emergency service

VATICAN, August 14, 2015– The Year of Mercy is a perfect time to increase the number of priests who take turns being on call all night for emergency spiritual care of the sick and dying, Pope Francis wrote. The pope, as Jesuit Father Jorge Mario Bergoglio, belonged to a special service, which is supported by [...]

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