Cardinal Becciu: Pope Francis responsible for Vatican auditor’s ousting

Cardinal Becciu: Pope Francis responsible for Vatican auditor’s ousting

CNA—Cardinal Angelo Becciu said Wednesday that he is blameless in the forced resignation of a Vatican auditor, because it came at Pope Francis’ request. Becciu was said to be responsible for the sudden firing in 2017 of the Vatican’s first auditor general, Libero Milone, as well as the cancelation of an internal audit. But during…

TODAY: Consecration to Russia with Pope Francis and all the bishops throughout the world – How to Join In!

TODAY: Consecration to Russia with Pope Francis and all the bishops throughout the world – How to Join In!

The Consecration of Russia and the Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by the Pope and the bishops throughout the world, joined by the laity, will take place today, on the Solemnity of the Annunciation: March 25, 2022. The Holy Father has asked the Faithful of the world to join him and the bishops…

Pope invites bishops to join him in consecration of Russia and Ukraine

Pope invites bishops to join him in consecration of Russia and Ukraine

Vatican News—The Consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary will be pronounced by the Pope on the afternoon of Friday 25 March in St Peter’s Basilica. The act of consecration will be performed in communion with the local Churches throughout the world. In response to questions from journalists, the director of…

Friday, March 25: Pope to consecrate Russia and Ukraine to Immaculate Heart of Mary

Friday, March 25: Pope to consecrate Russia and Ukraine to Immaculate Heart of Mary

Vatican News—Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Friday, 25 March, during the Celebration of Penance that he will preside over at 5pm in St Peter’s Basilica. The Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, said in a statement: “The same act, on the same day,…

Pope Francis sets Ash Wednesday (March 2) as day of prayer and fasting for Ukraine

Pope Francis sets Ash Wednesday (March 2) as day of prayer and fasting for Ukraine

Vatican News (by Tiziana Campisi and Felipe Herrera)—As concerns about the war in Ukraine grow around the world, Cardinals Kurt Koch and Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot – presidents respectively of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue – joined the appeal for peace launched by the Pope…

FSSP says Pope Francis has issued decree confirming its use of 1962 liturgical books

FSSP says Pope Francis has issued decree confirming its use of 1962 liturgical books

CNA—Pope Francis has issued a decree confirming that the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) can continue to use the liturgical books in force in 1962, according to the traditionalist group. In a communique published Feb. 21, the FSSP said that Pope Francis met with two members of the priestly fraternity for nearly an hour,…

Pope Francis said on Wednesday that the dying need palliative care, not euthanasia or assisted suicide.

Pope Francis said on Wednesday that the dying need palliative care, not euthanasia or assisted suicide.

CNA—At his general audience in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall on Feb. 9, the pope said that this ethical principle was valid not only for Christians but for everyone. He expressed gratitude for palliative care, which seeks to improve the quality of life of people suffering from severe illnesses. “However, we must be careful not…

2,800 Catholics sign Traditional Latin Mass petition delivered to Arlington bishop

2,800 Catholics sign Traditional Latin Mass petition delivered to Arlington bishop

CNA—Nearly 2,800 supporters of the Traditional Latin Mass have signed a petition addressed to Bishop Michael Burbidge (featured image) of Arlington in Virginia. The organizer tells Catholic News Agency (CNA) he delivered that petition to the bishop’s office on Monday. The document asks Burbidge to lift restrictions he recently imposed on the celebration of the…

“Be of Good Cheer!”

“Be of Good Cheer!”

Inspiring words of Sr. Constance Veit, Little Sisters of the Poor, at the May 2016 National Catholic Prayer Breakfast— During the legal journey that led up to our day at the Supreme Court many people offered us advice and support. Three counsels stuck with me and have strongly influenced my life in the last few…

Pope Francis hails ‘the beauty of Mary’s heart’ on Immaculate Conception feast

Pope Francis hails ‘the beauty of Mary’s heart’ on Immaculate Conception feast

CNA—Pope Francis highlighted “the beauty of Mary’s heart” in his Angelus address on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. The pope said on Dec. 8 that the Blessed Virgin Mary’s encounter with the Angel Gabriel, described in St. Luke’s Gospel, revealed her deep humility. “Within the domestic walls, a person reveals him or herself better…

Bishop-Elect Christian Carlassare shot in both legs in South Sudan, yet inspires from hospital bed!

Bishop-Elect Christian Carlassare shot in both legs in South Sudan, yet inspires from hospital bed!

CNA—The apostolic nuncio to South Sudan has announced the postponement of the episcopal ordination of a Catholic bishop-elect who is recovering from gunshot wounds. Bishop-elect Christian Carlassare was due to be consecrated as bishop of Rumbek, central South Sudan, on May 23, Pentecost Sunday. But the episcopal ordination was postponed after he was shot in…

Pope Francis greets Colombian nun freed 4 years after kidnapping by Islamists in Mali

Pope Francis greets Colombian nun freed 4 years after kidnapping by Islamists in Mali

CNA—Pope Francis greeted a Colombian nun on Sunday, shortly after she was freed four years after being kidnapped by Islamists in Mali. The pope blessed Sr. Gloria Cecilia Narváez Argoti before a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica launching a worldwide synodal process. The Malian presidency announced that she was released on Oct. 9 after “four…

Benedict XVI: Legalization of same-sex marriage is ‘a distortion of conscience’

Benedict XVI: Legalization of same-sex marriage is ‘a distortion of conscience’

CNA—Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has said that the legalization of same-sex marriage in many countries is “a distortion of conscience” which has also entered some Catholic circles. In an introduction to a new anthology of his writings on Europe, Benedict XVI said that “with the legalization of ‘same-sex marriage’ in 16 European countries, the issue…

China and the Vatican

China and the Vatican

Father Paul Mariani, S.J., professor at Santa Clara University, gave a fascinating talk at the Napa Institute Summer Conference on the subject of China and the Vatican. Father Mariani’s presentation centered on a 2018 “provisional accord” between China and the Vatican that was apparently designed to work toward normalizing relations and resolving issues over the…

Benedict XVI praying ‘fervently’ for Pope Francis’ recovery from surgery

Benedict XVI praying ‘fervently’ for Pope Francis’ recovery from surgery

CNA—Pope emeritus Benedict XVI is praying for Pope Francis after he underwent intestinal surgery on Sunday. Archbishop Georg Gänswein, Benedict’s personal secretary, told Italian media that the retired pope “lovingly directs his thoughts to Pope Francis and fervently prays for him,” the German section of Vatican News reported. Pope Francis is recovering at Rome’s Gemelli…

Vatican Change of Plans: No Mass with Pope Francis for Biden

Vatican Change of Plans: No Mass with Pope Francis for Biden

CNA—President Joe Biden’s attendance at early morning Mass with Pope Francis has been nixed from an early plan of the June 15 meeting of both leaders, a reliable Vatican source told CNA. President Biden, who is in Europe for several high level meetings, is taking off the morning of June 15 to meet Pope Francis…

Pope Francis issues new law in wake of Vatican financial scandals

Pope Francis issues new law in wake of Vatican financial scandals

The Pillar—Pope Francis has issued a new Vatican law that aims to combat corruption by senior officials in the curia and in the city state, and that bars investments in companies or businesses “contrary to the social doctrine of the Church.” The new law also aims to end customary cash gifts exchanged among Church officials…

Fr. Livinius Esomchi Nnamani: Priest with cancer dies 23 days after his hospital room ordination

Fr. Livinius Esomchi Nnamani: Priest with cancer dies 23 days after his hospital room ordination

CNA—Fr. Livinius Esomchi Nnamani, who was ordained to the priesthood in his hospital room on Holy Thursday with special permission from Pope Francis, has died of leukemia at the age of 31. The young priest’s funeral was held in Rome on April 26 (2021) at the parish of San Giovanni Leonardi. He had dedicated the…

Pope Francis declares blind 14th-century lay Dominican a saint

Pope Francis declares blind 14th-century lay Dominican a saint

CNA—Pope Francis declared a blind 14th-century Italian lay Dominican a saint Saturday using a process known as “equipollent” canonization. The Holy See press office said April 24 that the pope had authorized the extension of the liturgical cult of Blessed Margaret of Castello to the universal Church during a Saturday morning meeting with Cardinal Marcello…