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In latest round of meetings, papal advisors cover court, bishop selection

VATICAN, Feb. 15, 2017-– Pope Francis and his Council of Cardinals met for the 18th time this week to continue discussion on reforming the Roman Curia, focusing on how new bishops are chosen and the streamlining of several offices, including the Vatican tribunals. According to a Feb. 15 Vatican communique, after opening their meetings with […]

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Vatican’s top legal aide says divorced-and-remarried may receive Communion

VATICAN, Feb. 14, 2017-– The head of the Vatican office charged with interpreting Church law has said that divorced-and-remarried persons who want to change their situation but cannot, may be admitted to Communion without living in continence. “The Church could admit to Penance and to the Eucharist faithful who find themselves in an illegitimate union […]

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Pope lauds ‘courageous’ witness of abuse victim who chose to forgive

VATICAN, Feb. 14, 2017– In his preface for a book written by a survivor of clerical sex abuse, Pope Francis once again lamented the “monstrosity” of the act, calling the author, Daniel Pittet, courageous for his willingness to forgive his abuser and to share his story with the world. “For those who have been victims […]

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What Egypt’s Catholic bishops said to Pope Francis

VATICAN, Feb. 14, 2017– A special invitation to visit Egypt was delivered to Pope Francis by Coptic Catholic bishops during their ad limina visit Feb. 6, during which they also gave a report on the state of the Church in their country. “It was a formal invitation put in written form, that followed other invitations […]

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Amid controversy, council of cardinals backs Pope Francis

VATICAN, Feb. 13, 2017-– In the wake of several contentious events surrounding the Vatican recently, Pope Francis’ advisory board in his ongoing reform of the Roman Curia affirmed their support of the Pope and his work. On behalf of the group, Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga greeted Pope Francis at the start of the councils […]

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Vatican unveils updated healthcare charter as new ethical questions arise

VATICAN, Feb. 10, 2017– The Vatican has issued an updated version of their charter for healthcare workers, removing question marks from modern ethical concerns such as euthanasia and the creation of human-animal chimeras by offering a clear set of guidelines. In the past 20 years “there have been two to situations, two events” that have […]

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Pope Francis: In healthcare, we are responsible to the most vulnerable

VATICAN, Feb. 10, 2017-– When it comes to healthcare and using our resources wisely, we have a responsibility to protect and take care of the most vulnerable in society, especially the elderly, Pope Francis told members of the Italian bishops’ conference Friday. “To optimize resources means to use them in an ethical and responsible manner […]

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Without women, there is no harmony in the world, Pope Francis says

VATICAN, Feb. 10, 2017-– A woman’s value is not based on her material accomplishments, but simply in the beauty and harmony she brings to the world, just by her very being, Pope Francis said. While neither man nor woman is superior to the other, they play different roles, the Pope said. “Man does not bring […]

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Vatican meeting calls organ trafficking a crime against humanity

VATICAN, Feb. 9, 2017-– After a conference on organ trafficking at the Vatican Feb. 7-8, participants signed a statement agreeing to unite in fighting the crime of organ trafficking – submitting 11 proposals for implementation by healthcare and law enforcement professionals around the world. The creation of the statement was one of the main objectives […]

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This is how Pope Francis keeps his peace amid Vatican ‘corruption’

VATICAN, Feb. 9, 2017-– In a lengthy, unscripted dialogue with 140 male religious superiors, Pope Francis admitted that there is “corruption” inside the Vatican, but said that despite this, his secret to maintaining peace comes from St. Joseph and a strong prayer life. He also spoke at length on religious life, offering advice to the […]

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Money doesn’t make you rich – loving others does, Pope says

VATICAN, Feb. 7, 2017-– Pope Francis’ pastoral heart came out in his Lenten message this year, focusing in what could be a lengthy homily on the importance of recognizing others as a gift, with an in-depth reflection on the Word of God. “A right relationship with people consists in gratefully recognizing their value. Even the […]

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Vatican releases updated guidelines for bioethical questions

VATICAN, Feb. 6, 2017– To offer clearly and accurately the Catholic Church’s positions on abortion, contraception, genetic engineering, fertility treatments, vaccines, frozen embryos and other life issues, the Vatican released an expanded and updated guide of the church’s bioethical teachings. The “New Charter for Health Care Workers” is meant to provide a thorough summary of […]

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Pope Francis ‘serene’ after critical posters plastered around Rome

VATICAN, Feb. 6, 2017– While the Pope has in the past been depicted as a superhero or peace advocate, this weekend set a much different tone as Rome woke up Saturday to see the walls of the city center plastered with some 200 anti-Pope Francis posters. However, after hearing about the posters, the Pope himself […]

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Pope Francis: Each life is sacred. Abandon no one.

VATICAN, Feb. 5, 2017– On Sunday Pope Francis stressed the sanctity of life and encouraged Christians to fulfill Jesus Christ’s command to be salt of the earth and light of the world. “May no one be left alone and may love defend the sense of life,” Pope Francis said in his Angelus remarks Feb. 5 […]

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Pope Francis explains why your money won’t save you

VATICAN, Feb. 4, 2017– Pope Francis warned of the “hidden victims” of capitalism, the idolatry of money and false philanthropy, telling a Saturday gathering of entrepreneurs they must act to change a system that creates victims, not simply help people after the fact. “An entrepreneur who is only a Good Samaritan does half of his […]

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Pope names Archbishop Becciu personal delegate to Order of Malta

VATICAN, Feb. 4, 2017– Pope Francis has named Archbishop Giovanni Becciu, substitute of the Secretariat of State, as his personal delegate to oversee the “spiritual and moral” reform of the Order of Malta, with particular attention to the professed members. In a letter to Becciu dated Feb. 2, the Pope named him “as my special […]

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