Tag: Vatican

Vatican stakes out rights to Pope Francis’ image

God’s love may be free, but the Vatican says it has a copyright on the pope. Unnerved by the proliferation of papal-themed T-shirts, snow globes and tea towels around the world, the Vatican has warned it intends to “protect” the image of Pope Francis and “stop situations of illegality that may be discovered.” It also […]

Vatican opens door to new Christian-Hindu dialogue

A “new beginning” that “takes us towards a new series of possibilities in the field of dialogue,” opening the door to “further initiatives and future steps,” said Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran at the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue’s first Hindu-Christian conference in Italy, according to the Osservatore Romano, the Holy See’s official newspaper. According to Tauran, […]

Vatican guidelines for new priests silent on abortion crisis, but stress urgency of ‘planetary crisis’

ROME, December 12, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – New Vatican guidelines for the training of future priests are prioritizing instruction in the “planetary crisis” and an “ecological conversion” while making no reference to the importance of rampant moral evils such as abortion and contraception. The new guidelines from the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy, published December 7, […]

Pope Francis holds talks with Sunni Islam leader in breakthrough Vatican meeting

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis has welcomed the highest authority in Sunni Islam to the Vatican in a significant step forward in relations between the two largest blocs in Christianity and Islam.   “The meeting is the message,” Francis said on Monday (May 23) upon greeting Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, the grand imam of Al-Azhar, a […]

The Latest: Biden’s grand welcome at Italian PM’s residence

The Latest on Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Vatican City and Rome (all times local):   Vice President Joe Biden has received a grand welcome at the Palazzo Chigi — that’s the Rome residence of Italy’s prime minister.   An honor guard and military band awaited Biden in black uniforms and red and white […]

China Christians Say No to Church ‘Controlled by Communist Party’

As Chinese President Xi Jinping continues to tighten the Communist Party’s grip on religious practice, more and more Christians are opting out of the official, state-recognized church and heading underground.   Some six million Catholics have refused to join churches recognized by the Communist Party and have opted to worship in “house churches,” where they […]

Vatican Cardinal Pell: Catholic Church ‘Mucked Things Up’ on Sex Abuse

Vatican treasurer George Pell admitted Sunday that the Roman Catholic Church had “mucked things up” as he became the highest-ranking church official to testify on sexual abuse.   Giving evidence in front of abuse victims, the Australian cardinal said the organization reflected society as a whole and there was a “tendency to evil in the […]

Mysterious death of Pope Francis aide alarms Vatican

Pope Francis’s secretary, 34-year-old Miriam Wuolou of Eritrea, was found dead earlier this week — and the Vatican is crying foul.   Wuolou’s body was discovered in her Rome apartment by police after her brother raised concern that she wasn’t answering her phone. She was seven months pregnant and suffered from diabetes, which can prove […]

RORATE CÆLI: Grazie, Santo Padre ! – Vatican silence leads to backroom deal

So, what happened today in the most important chapter of the Cirinnà Bill — the Italian bill establishing civil unions for normal and “same-sex” couples in Italy?   After the disastrous papal interview in the flight from Mexico, in which His Holiness all but called the Italian Church to remain silent on the bill (because he […]

Bishops do not have to report child abuse, Vatican says

The Catholic Church is telling newly appointed bishops it is “not necessarily” their duty to report accusations of clerical child abuse to authorities.   A document explaining how senior clergy members ought to deal with allegations of abuse suggests only victims or their families should make the decision to report abuse to police.   The document, […]