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  • Cocktail was 'religious event' trial told as cardinals stay away

    05/15/2016 7:24:51 AM PDT · by detective · 3 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 14, 2016
    Top cardinal Pietro Parolin and two close associates of Pope Francis have sidestepped giving evidence in the controversial and increasingly embarrassing Vatican trial of five people accused of leaking classified Holy See documents. Vatican number two Parolin, fellow cardinal Santo Abril y Castello and Archbishop Konrad Krajewski had all been asked to give evidence on behalf of one of the accused, PR consultant Francesca Chaouqui. The three clerics invoked an article of the Vatican's penal code which allows them to decline to testify for professional reasons. Parolin said in a statement to the latest hearing in the case on Saturday...
  • Occupy Vatican

    08/21/2015 10:50:51 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 17 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | 8/19/15 | Elizabeth Yore
    "This is a Machiavellian Pope. His encyclical is a very good issue for us progressives.” ~Tom Hayden, 60s radical, former environmental advisor to Gov. Jerry Brown The echo chamber from the anarchists at Occupy Wall Street chanting ‘down with the 1%’ reverberates in the pontifical palaces at the Vatican. Although the ‘60s radicals are greying, they are still around wreaking havoc. In 2011, they dusted off their Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, armed with Molotov cocktails, drugs, and revolutionary rage, and headed for lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park. Make no mistake, the Occupy Wall Street (Occupy) movement was fomented by socialists from...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Obama Administration Planning to Relocate Embassy to Holy See

    11/21/2013 3:04:19 AM PST · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Zenit ^ | 11/21/2013
    Steps are reportedly being taken to relocate the U.S. embassy to the Holy See onto the grounds of the American embassy to Italy. <-- Advertising --> Although no official decision has been announced, the move appears likely and is being justified on grounds of enhanced security.Previous American ambassadors to the Holy See contacted by the National Catholic Reporter have said they are opposed to the plans.Ambassador James Nicholson, who served as ambassador during the presidency of George W. Bush, said the proposed relocation would be a “massive downgrade” that would turn the embassy into “a stepchild of the embassy to...
  • Vatican is an ‘enormous soft power’, says MP after visit

    10/28/2013 8:08:23 AM PDT · by haffast · 28 replies
    The Catholic Herald UK ^ | Friday, 25 October 2013 | Laura Gotti Tedeschi
    British parliamentarians have concluded their three-day visit to the Holy See. Eleven members of the All Party Parliament Group, accompanied by the chaplain to Parliament Canon Pat Browne, met with the Pope on Wednesday, after the General Audience. MP Edward Leigh declared after the three day visit that “The Holy See is an enormous soft power, it represent a religion of 1.2 billion people and so the British government and the British parliament is very interested in what the Vatican says.” The Group, made up of representatives of both House of Parliament and all the major political parties, has encountered...
  • Music For Christmas From The Vatican (In MP3 format, all free)

    12/09/2012 2:11:40 PM PST · by Stoat · 8 replies
    The Vatican ^ | December 9, 2012
    These links will take you to several selections for Christmas as well as many other Celebrations and events: Hymns for the Celebrations of the Liturgical Year, Pontifical Musical Chorus of the Sistine Chapel  Pontificio Istituto di Musica Sacra - L'Offerta Musicale in MP3 Please enjoy and share with friends :-)Merry Christmas!
  • Vatican Win: Judge Says Priests Aren't Employees

    08/21/2012 6:59:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 8/20/12 | Nigel Duara
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Vatican won a major victory Monday in an Oregon federal courtroom, where a judge ruled that the Holy See is not the employer of molester priests. The decision by U.S. District Court Judge Michael Mosman ends a six-year question in the decade-old case and could shield the Vatican from possible monetary damages. The original lawsuit was filed in 2002 by a Seattle-area man who said the Rev. Andrew Ronan repeatedly molested him in the late 1960s. The plaintiff tried to show that Ronan and all priests are employees of the Vatican, which is therefore liable...
  • Vatican gives ultimatum to wayward Catholic university: conform to Church law by April 8

    February 23, 2012 ( - The Vatican has issued an ultimatum to a Peruvian Catholic university known for its deviation from Church teaching, giving it a deadline of April 8 to change its statutes to bring it into conformity with Church law. Although the Holy See’s communique on the matter, displayed on its website, does not state what the consequences would be should the institution fail to comply, various Peruvian publications and broadcasters are reporting that the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP) would be required to jettison the words “Pontifical” and “Catholic” from its name. The ultimatum follows months...
  • Vatican to launch Internet news portal next week

    06/25/2011 1:12:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6/25/11 | AP
    VATICAN CITY – The Vatican is taking a leap into the world of new media next week with the launch of a news information portal that Pope Benedict XVI himself may put online with a papal click. Vatican officials said Saturday that Benedict has been following the development of the portal — — .. a one-stop-shop for Holy See news. The portal is being launched Wednesday, ..
  • Allied diplomats pressed Pope Pius to be silent on Nazi deportations

    05/20/2011 9:49:27 PM PDT · by bronxville · 40 replies
    CNS ^ | May 20th, 2011 | Staff
    MANCHESTER, England (CNS) -- U.S. and British diplomats discussed exerting pressure on Pope Pius XII to be silent about the Nazi deportations of Hungarian Jews, according to newly discovered documentation. The British feared that the wartime pope might make a "radio appeal on behalf of the Jews in Hungary" and that in the course of his broadcast would "also criticize what the Russians are doing in occupied territory." Sir Francis D'Arcy Osborne, the British ambassador to the Vatican, told an American diplomat that "something should be done to prevail upon the pope not to do this as it will have...
  • AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL INDICTS HOLY SEE (mid-1960' - mid-1980' "look-back" strategy)

    05/16/2011 10:43:09 AM PDT · by bronxville · 7 replies
    Catholic League ^ | May 13, 2011 | Bill Donohue
    AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL INDICTS HOLY SEE May 13, 2011 Catholic League president Bill Donohue responds to Amnesty International's 2011 Annual Report where it said the Holy See "did not sufficiently comply with its international obligations relating to the protection of children": Amnesty International's 2011 Annual Report lists not a single instance of a human rights violation that took place anywhere in the world in 2010 under the auspices of the Holy See, yet it still managed to condemn its human rights record. So what's going on? The Annual Report indicts the Holy See for "child sexual abuse committed by members of...
  • Pope's battle to save Christmas: Don't let atheists crush your traditions, Benedict tells Britain

    09/17/2010 3:21:46 PM PDT · by Stoat · 49 replies
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | September 17, 2010 | Steve Doughty
    Easter and Christmas should not be discouraged by fear of offending others  Christians in public roles should be allowed to act according to conscience Lack of ethical foundation resulted in financial crisis, he tells politicians Applause for Pope as he continues without incident despite terror threatThe Pope issued a clarion call to defend Christianity last night, saying Christmas was at risk of being struck from the calendar.In a strongly worded speech delivered in Parliament, Benedict XVI bluntly told politicians not to ‘silence’ religion and discourage public celebration of its most important festivals.And in a thinly veiled attack on controversial...
  • Holy See Sends 1st Nuncio to Russia

    07/29/2010 7:16:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1+ views
    Relations Upgraded to Full Diplomatic TiesVATICAN CITY, JULY 27, 2010 ( Archbishop Antonio Mennini, until now the Pope's representative to the Russian Federation, is now the Holy See's first apostolic nuncio to the country, the Vatican is reporting. The archbishop presented his letters of credence to Foreign Affairs Minister Sergej Lavrov on July 15 in a ceremony that was followed by a "cordial" meeting, reported the Vatican press office. Last December, Benedict XVI and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev agreed to upgrade relations between the two sides to full diplomatic ties, which raises the level of representation to apostolic nuncio and...
  • FREE Music for Christmas from The Vatican, in MP3 format

    12/06/2009 11:58:34 PM PST · by Stoat · 13 replies · 1,020+ views
    Benedictus XVIJoseph Ratzinger  Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music - The Musical Offering in MP3 The Musical Offering A selection of sacred and classical music in Mp3 played by teachers and students of Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music
  • Theologian Miguel Díaz confirmed as US ambassdor to Holy See

    08/06/2009 7:32:09 AM PDT · by Pope Pius XII · 4 replies · 383+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | August 06, 2009
    he United States Senate has confirmed theologian Dr. Miguel H. Díaz as ambassador to the Holy See. Since 2004, Dr. Díaz has worked as a professor at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University in Minnesota Dr. Díaz-- who donated $1,000 to the Obama Victory Fund last September 23, and another $1,000 to Obama for America on September 30-- issued a statement upon his confirmation:
  • Cuban-Born Theologian Nominated as U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican

    07/30/2009 6:34:40 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 7 replies · 697+ views
    (English-language translation) Radio Martí - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved by acclamation the nomination of Cuban theologian Miguel Díaz as U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, an appointment that must be ratified by the full Senate. If confirmed, 45-year-old Havana native Díaz would be the first Hispanic U.S. ambassador to the Holy See since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1984. Díaz, the son of a waiter and a typist, was the first member of his family to earn a university degree. He studied at the University of St. Thomas and the University of Notre Dame, working as professor at...
  • “None of the potential diplomats were considered fit” ( Vatican & Obama )

    04/10/2009 10:00:55 AM PDT · by kellynla · 21 replies · 902+ views
    California Catholic Daily ^ | April 10, 2009 | staff
    The Holy See has rejected at least three candidates proposed by President Obama for U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, the Washington Times reports. In an April 7 story headlined “3 Strikes at Vatican,” the Times, citing Italian journalist Massimo Franco, reported, “papal advisers told Mr. Obama's aides privately that the candidates failed to meet the Vatican's most basic qualification on the abortion issue.” President Obama is scheduled to visit the Vatican this summer, said the Times, noting “the White House might be running out of time to find an acceptable envoy before Mr. Obama travels to Rome in July, when...
  • The Galileo affair: history or heroic hagiography?

    02/19/2009 8:50:01 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 37 replies · 2,462+ views
    CMI ^ | Thomas Schirrmacher
    The Galileo affair: history or heroic hagiography? by Thomas Schirrmacher Summary The 17th century controversy between Galileo and the Vatican is examined. Fifteen theses are advanced, with supporting evidence, to show that the Galileo affair cannot serve as an argument for any position on the relation of religion and science. Contrary to legend, both Galileo and the Copernican system were well regarded by church officials. Galileo was the victim of his own arrogance, the envy of his colleagues and the politics of Pope Urban VIII. He was not accused of criticising the Bible, but disobeying a papal decree...
  • Vatican will not recognize Kosovo

    11/14/2008 2:35:59 PM PST · by kronos77 · 8 replies · 665+ views
    Vatican has no plans t recognize Kosovo nor will it tackle that question says the state secretariat at the Holy See. Kosovo separatist media reported on Friday that a Vatican representative at the Un allegedly told Skender Hyseni that it will consider recognizing Kosovo. “We believe that the question [of Kosovo] is still open, it is discussed at the UN. New proposals are still set forth and plans that need to be implemented,” government of Vatican was quoted as saying. Vatican seeks to improve its relationship with the Orthodox Church and views the Serbian Orthodox Church as an ally with...
  • Not to be used in Catholic worship ( Holy See lays down law on use of ‘Yaweh’ and ‘Jehovah’ )

    09/22/2008 7:40:02 AM PDT · by kellynla · 35 replies · 365+ views
    California Catholic Daily ^ | September 22, 2008 | staff
    The Holy See has ruled that the tetragrammaton, the Old Testament’s name for God and rendered “Yahweh” or “Jehovah,” may not be used in Catholic worship. [[Serratelli092208.jpg]]The Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued the ruling earlier this summer, and Bishop Arthur Serratelli of Paterson, N.J., chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship, informed the U.S. bishops of it last month. Though the ruling does not affect in any way the official liturgy of the Mass, it will require the editing of some general intercessions used in the Mass and the celebration of...
  • Irish "No" to Lisbon Treaty Seen [by Holy See] as Wake-Up Call

    06/19/2008 7:08:16 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 11 replies · 191+ views ^ | June 18, 2008
    STRASBOURG, France, JUNE 18, 2008 ( As European Union member states consider the quandary created by Ireland's "no" vote to the Lisbon Treaty, the Holy See's representative at the Council of Europe says it's a sign that Europe needs to rediscover its roots. Monsignor Aldo Giordano, named earlier this month as the permanent observer of the Holy See to the Council of Europe, spoke Sunday with Vatican Radio about Ireland's June 12 referendum that put the Treaty of Lisbon in limbo. The treaty needs unanimous approval from the Union's 27 member states for it to go into effect. The prelate...
  • Vatican, Saudis Discuss a Church

    03/29/2008 5:39:16 AM PDT · by kellynla · 23 replies · 461+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 29, 2008 | John Phillips
    ROME — The Vatican is negotiating with authorities in Saudi Arabia for permission to build the country's first Roman Catholic church, sources in the Holy See said yesterday. The move evidently heralds a major policy change toward the nearly 1 million Christians working in the unbendingly conservative Wahhabi kingdom. Riyadh and the Holy See have been holding discreet discussions on the sensitive issue for several weeks and the two sides are "locked together," said Archbishop Mounged El-Hachem, the papal nuncio, or Vatican ambassador, to the Persian Gulf states of Kuwait, Qatar, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates. A source in...
  • Free Christmas music from The Vatican in MP3 format

    11/16/2007 9:53:34 PM PST · by Stoat · 55 replies · 865+ views
    The Vatican ^ | November 16, 2007
          2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 Christmas Music: Pontifical Musical Chorus of the Sistine Chapel Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music
  • Harvard Prof Picked (by President Bush) for Vatican Post

    11/06/2007 6:49:14 AM PST · by NYer · 16 replies · 130+ views
    AP ^ | November 6, 2007 | ANDREW MIGA
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush plans to nominate Harvard University law professor Mary Ann Glendon to be his new U.S. ambassador to the Vatican.Glendon, 69, is an anti-abortion scholar and an opponent of gay marriage who also has written on the effects of divorce and increased litigation on society. Her 1987 book "Abortion and Divorce in Western Law" was critical of the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that established a legal right to abortion.The White House announced Monday that Bush will nominate Glendon to the post, which requires Senate confirmation.Glendon was appointed by Pope John Paul II in...
  • Pope Approves Use of Latin Mass

    06/28/2007 4:50:33 AM PDT · by watsonfellow · 40 replies · 905+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 28 June 2007 | Ariel David
    VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI has approved a document that relaxes restrictions on celebrating the Latin Mass used by the Roman Catholic Church for centuries until the modernizing reforms of the 1960s, the Vatican said Thursday. Benedict discussed the decision with top officials in a meeting on Wednesday and the document will be published in the next few days, the statement said. The meeting was called to ``illustrate the content and the spirit'' of the document, which will be sent to all bishops accompanied by a personal letter from the pope. The decision comes after months of debate....
  • Sex and Sanctity

    01/20/2007 10:41:49 AM PST · by stfassisi · 12 replies · 305+ views
    Sex and Sanctity by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. The first reaction to a subject like sex and sanctity is wonder or misgiving. We have become so accustomed to associate sex with sin that even our vocabulary has been affected by the association. The first thought that comes to most people’s minds on hearing words like impurity or immorality is some failure against chastity, as though there was something inherently wrong with the use of the sexual faculties, or as though the essence of evil was sin against the sixth and ninth commandments of the Decalogue. I think there is...
  • Vatican says Jesus died for all but correct Mass translation is "for many"

    11/24/2006 7:50:00 AM PST · by NYer · 32 replies · 623+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | November 23, 2006
    The Holy See congregation responsible for sacraments has instructed bishops to adjust the translation of the Latin words of consecration "pro multis" from "for all" to the more literally correct "for many", even though "for all" would correspond better to Jesus' intentions. Catholic News Agency reports that Cardinal Francis Arinze, Prefect of the Congregation for the Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, has sent a letter to Church prelates worldwide, instructing them to adjust the translation of the phrase in the middle of the Mass's words of consecration. Over the next few years, the Cardinal Arinze's letter says,...
  • Music for Christmas from the Vatican, in MP3 format (all free)

    11/17/2006 1:29:51 PM PST · by Stoat · 39 replies · 2,555+ views
    Here are pages from the Vatican website where free downloads of Christmas music are available. Hymns for the Celebrations of the Liturgical Year, Pontifical Musical Chorus of the Sistine Chapel Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music - The Musical Offering in MP3 Yes, I know that some may complain that this posting is too early in the year for a Christmas-related post, but there are a few reasons why I do this at this time: It takes some time to download, re-master, burn and package custom CD's.  I'm hoping that this thread can also serve as a forum for the exchange of...
  • Need for Dialogue Between Christians and Muslims (Pope meets with muslim representatives)

    09/25/2006 6:37:17 AM PDT · by ELS · 21 replies · 684+ views
    Vatican Information Serivice ^ | September 25, 2006 | Vatican Information Serivice
    VATICAN CITY, SEP 25, 2006 (VIS) - This morning in the Apostolic Palace at Castelgandolfo, Benedict XVI received Cardinal Paul Poupard, president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, and representatives from Muslim-majority countries that maintain diplomatic links with the Holy See. Participating in the meeting were heads of mission from Kuwait, Jordan, Pakistan, Qatar, Ivory Coast, Indonesia, Turkey, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Lebanon, Yemen, Egypt, Iraq, Senegal, Algeria, Morocco, Albania, the Arab League, Syria, Tunisia, Libya, Iran and Azerbaijan. Also present were 14 members of the Islamic Council of Italy and representatives from the Italian Islamic Cultural Center and the Office of...
  • Fr Jaeger: Christians and Jews supporting Church-Israel relations

    08/28/2006 12:59:10 AM PDT · by Traianus · 2 replies · 350+ views
    Asia News ^ | 26 August, 2006 | Asia News
    26 August, 2006 ISRAEL - USA - VATICAN Fr Jaeger: Christians and Jews supporting Church-Israel relations The Franciscan expert on ties between the Vatican and Israel talked to AsiaNews about the value of the “Fundamental Agreement” for the universal Church and the need to reach its full implementation for the good of both parties. He also touched upon the role of the United States and Europe’s “possible” contribution. Rome (AsiaNews) – The Israeli Franciscan, Fr David-Maria A. Jaeger, a renowned legal expert on ties between the Church and State in the Holy Land, was recently elected chairman of the...
  • The Magisterium: A Complex and Diverse Reality

    08/03/2006 9:53:08 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies · 208+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | August 3, 2006 | Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
    If the term “Magisterium” means “teaching office” and refers to the teaching role of the Pope and bishops, where does that leave all the other teachers in the Church — parents, catechists, professors, priests and deacons? The answer is, it leaves them with a lot of work to do! Passing on the Catholic Tradition to people who have yet not heard the Gospel — whether they be new generations of Catholic children or unevangelized peoples — is a task that requires the efforts of the whole Church (Deo Verbum 10). The teaching activity of the Church is certainly not limited...
  • What Is the Magisterium and Why Do We Need It?

    07/27/2006 12:06:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 116 replies · 1,432+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | July 26, 2006 | Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D
    All Christians can agree on this, that the Bible is God’s authoritative and inspired word, and ought to govern the faith and life of the Christian community. What’s in accord with Scripture is good. What contradicts Scripture must be rejected.Opposition in the Name of Fidelity The Protestant reformers, inspired with zeal for God’s word, went one step further. Under the banner of “sola scriptura” they proclaimed the Bible as the only infallible authority for Christians. That meant that both Tradition and Church authority could be opposed in the name of fidelity to Scripture. Funny thing, however: from the outset...
  • Rabbi Amar to Pope: Thwart J'lem gay parade

    07/05/2006 1:31:18 AM PDT · by Efraty · 18 replies · 865+ views
    Ynetnews ^ | 07/05/06 | Neta Sela
    Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar on Tuesday sent a letter to The Holy See. What's in the letter? Neither a request for world peace nor a common prayer for merging Judaism and Christianity into one faith. In the letter, the rabbi asks Pope Benedict 16 to assist in efforts "to thwart the event of the world gay parade which will take place next month in Jerusalem."
  • Pope's visit to Auschwitz (more pictures)

    05/29/2006 7:53:28 AM PDT · by Tarkin · 4 replies · 536+ views
  • Mel Gibson, dad back church

    01/25/2006 7:41:57 AM PST · by NYer · 67 replies · 2,051+ views
    Pittsburgh Live ^ | January 25, 2006 | Richard Gazarick
    Hutton Gibson has been making a three-hour drive each week for the past year from his home in Summersville, W.Va., to rural Westmoreland County, a round trip of more than 300 miles, just to attend Sunday Mass. Now, the 87-year-old Gibson plans to have his own church in Mt. Pleasant Township. The church is St. Michael the Archangel Chapel, now located in a ranch-style brick home along Route 982 South between the villages of Lycippus and Weltytown. Gibson is no ordinary parishioner. Gibson is the father of actor-director Mel Gibson and a follower of an ultraconservative branch of Catholicism that...
  • A Drive to Clear Judas' Name? Hardly, Says Official - Msgr Calls Media Reports Baseless

    01/19/2006 5:05:46 PM PST · by NYer · 27 replies · 565+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 19, 2006
    VATICAN CITY, JAN. 19, 2006 ( The Holy See has not launched a campaign to rehabilitate Judas, the apostle who betrayed Jesus, says a Vatican representative to whom the media have attributed words he never said. The question arose after the news that the Swiss-based Maecenas Foundation for Ancient Art and U.S.-based National Geographic magazine intended to publish at Easter the content of a first-century manuscript, with the apocryphal gospel of Judas. Until now, knowledge of this writing came only from the second-century bishop, St. Irenaeus. The announced publication sparked a debate in Italy over the figure of Judas Iscariot....
  • Britain sends Catholic as Holy See ambassador

    12/24/2005 3:23:48 PM PST · by presidio9 · 5 replies · 461+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 24, 2005
    The first Roman Catholic to be appointed British ambassador to the Vatican for 400 years presented his credentials to Pope Benedict on Friday and stressed the importance of inter-religious dialogue. Francis Campbell, 35, has previously served as an adviser to British Prime Minister Tony Blair and is Britain's youngest ambassador. "The United Kingdom is a strong supporter of furthering dialogue among peoples, in particular furthering engagement within the Christian family and with other faiths," Campbell said in a speech to the Pope. For the first time, the British ambassador's post was advertised in a newspaper. Campbell, who comes from Northern...
  • Holy See will ask Israel that ‘Upper Room’ passes under Catholic supervision

    11/04/2005 10:47:31 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies · 344+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | November 4, 2005
    The President of the Pontifical Council for the Unity of Christians will ask Israel, it hands over to Catholics, overseeing of the ‘Upper Room’, the place in which Christ celebrated the Last Supper, and instituted the Eucharist and the Priestly Order. The EFE agency informed yesterday, it had access to a document, saying that Cardinal Walter Kasper arrived in Jerusalem “with a pre-agreement” stipulating that the Holy See would preserve the historical character of the place, and that it would remain open to pilgrims and tourists and that Israel would provide security.  According to the agency, the Vatican representative “asked for...
  • Pope Calls For Prudent Driving During Vacations

    06/27/2005 9:27:20 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 7 replies · 291+ views
    Vatican Information Service ^ | June 27, 2005 | Staff
    VATICAN CITY, JUN 26, 2005 (VIS) - Pope Benedict, in addressing tens of thousands of faithful in St. Peter's Square this morning as they gathered to pray the Angelus, spoke of the solemnity Wednesday of Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles and patrons of Rome, and said this feast "will be a significant occasion to underline the unity and catholicity of the Church." "As has been done in the past," he noted, "there will be a special delegation present, sent by the ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople. I invite the faithful in Rome, who venerate the holy apostles Peter and Paul as...

    04/21/2005 5:18:03 AM PDT · by Robert Drobot · 1 replies · 322+ views
    TIME Asia Magazine ^ | 18 April 2005 | Chaim Estulin/Matthew Forney
    ".....China last month released a new circular, "Regulations on Religious Affairs," which, among other things, reiterates that all churches must be registered with the government. Most underground Catholics—China has about 5 million of them—have resisted. Police last month detained an underground bishop in Wenzhou city. And authorities have stepped up monitoring of underground congregations in the central province of Hebei, according to Catholics there. On the whole, though, local Catholic leaders are enjoying more contact with Rome than ever before. According to the Vatican, all but about 10 of China's 70 official bishops have been recognized by the Pope. Even...
  • Next pope could liberate Latin America

    04/12/2005 9:23:58 PM PDT · by Coleus · 11 replies · 591+ views
    NorthJerseyNewspapers ^ | 04.12.05 | Roger Hernandez
    Next pope could liberate Latin America "The pope!" Josef Stalin once sneered. "How many divisions has he got?" The answer came more than half a century later. The first Polish pope did not need an army to help rid Eastern Europe of communism and return it to Western civilization, where it historically belongs.Can the next pope do the same for Latin America? Latin America, of course, is not in the grip of Marxism like the countries behind the old Iron Curtain. Only Cuba is officially communist.But radical movements in the region are trying to unmoor Latin America from its Western...
  • Account: Pope's Last Word Was 'Amen'

    04/04/2005 12:14:46 AM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 23 replies · 1,217+ views
    CNN ^ | Sunday, April 3, 2005
    An intimate group of people were by Pope John Paul II's bedside at the Vatican when he died Saturday night. Two accounts say the pontiff's final utterance was "amen," the traditional close of a prayer. The translation is: "May it be so." One account, published in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, quotes a Polish priest. Another account was told by The Rev. David O'Connell, president of The Catholic University of America, while appearing on CNN's "Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer." -SNIP-BLITZER: Give us a little flavor of what we should expect in the next day or two as the preparations...
  • The Apostolic Procedures for electing a new pope

    04/03/2005 10:20:56 PM PDT · by CitizenM · 10 replies · 946+ views
    The Vatican ^ | February 22, 1996 | Pope John Paul, II
    "The Apostolic Constitution Universi Dominici gregis, promulgated by John Paul II on February 22, 1996 have been activated." Read the entire directive... JOHN PAUL II SUPREME PONTIFF APOSTOLIC CONSTITUTIONUNIVERSI DOMINICI GREGIS ON THE VACANCY OF THE APOSTOLIC SEE AND THE ELECTION OF THE ROMAN PONTIFF
  • Israel expresses 'deep sorrow' upon Pope's passing

    04/02/2005 9:20:07 PM PST · by veronica · 7 replies · 545+ views
    JPost ^ | 04-02-05 | HERB KEINON
    Israel expressed "deep sorrow" at the passing of Pope John Paul II, who in 1986 referred to the Jewish people as "our elder brothers." Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom issued a statement saying that "Israel, the Jewish people and the entire world, lost today a great champion of reconciliation and brotherhood between the faiths." "On behalf of the government and people of Israel, we extend our condolences to the Catholic Church and the flock of Pope John Paul II," Shalom said. "This is a great loss, first and foremost for the Catholic Church and its hundreds of millions of believers, but...

    04/02/2005 11:57:08 AM PST · by CitizenM · 1,066 replies · 35,351+ views
    FOX news | April 2, 2005
    <p>"The Pilgrim Pope" - Since Thursday, March 31 and the announcement of the Pope?s critical condition, high fever, and urinary tract infection, and subsequent septic shock there has been a constant vigil of the faithful while media coverage has been continually providing updates along with stories, and historical information on this holiest of holy men.</p>
  • 'Poland is at the Pope's bedside'

    04/02/2005 6:09:37 AM PST · by bd476 · 6 replies · 492+ views
    BBC News World Edition ^ | 2 April, 2005, 13:39 GMT 14:39 UK | Dominic Bailey
    'Poland is at the Pope's bedside' By Dominic Bailey BBC News, Krakow Poland waits - as the rest of the of the world waits for news of the nation's favourite son. In Krakow, where Pope John Paul II was once a priest and bishop, the town's many churches were open throughout the night for prayer vigils, and continued to draw hundreds of people on Saturday. Hundreds have turned to Krakow's Catholic churches For such an unprecedented event, people wanted to be where they could find comfort and make their small contribution. Television stations have rolled continuous coverage of the...
  • Vatican says medication stabilising Pope

    03/31/2005 8:11:57 PM PST · by Stoat · 30 replies · 1,152+ views
    The Pope has a high fever attributed to an infection of the urinary tract. (Reuters) Vatican says medication stabilising Pope Pope John Paul II seems to be reacting well to antibiotic treatment and his condition "appears to have been stabilised," the Vatican's official radio said on Friday. The announcement came as hundreds of faithful, holding candles, praying, and in tears, stood outside the Vatican in the early hours of Friday, many fearing the worst for the Pope. "The pontiff seems to be reacting well to the antibiotics that he has been administered, and, at the very end of the...
  • AP via Fox: Pope's Health Worsens ("Italian Press: Pope receives last rites")

    03/31/2005 12:26:46 PM PST · by Dont Mention the War · 378 replies · 18,016+ views
    Associated Press | March 31, 2005