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November 25, 2021
The Catholic Church in Italy said that life must be “protected and defended” after local health authorities in Italy gave the green light to the country’s first legally obtained assisted suicide. The ethics committee of the health service of the Italian city of Ancona ruled on Nov. 23 that a 43-year-old Italian man met the
November 16, 2021
Speaking at an event for a diocesan charity to which he is alleged to have illicitly given Vatican funds, Cardinal Angelo Becciu said on Sunday that he had “favoured” his diocese but questioned why it was considered “scandalous.” According to the local newspaper La Nuova Sardegna, during a Nov. 14 conference unveiling a new charitable initiative,
November 10, 2021
Vatican City, Nov 9, 2021 / 10:30 am The Vatican on Tuesday announced that the canonization of Bl. Charles de Foucauld and six others will take place in Rome on May 15, 2022. Who was Charles de Foucauld? De Foucauld, also known as Brother Charles of Jesus, was a soldier, explorer, Catholic revert, priest, hermit,
November 08, 2021
Pope Francis on Saturday praised the worldwide Christian marriage ministry Retrouvaille for giving spouses the opportunity to overcome crises in their relationship and grow as a couple. The pope met members of Retrouvaille at the Vatican Nov. 6. The lay-led ministry runs a Christian program to help struggling couples overcome difficulties and restore their marriage.
November 05, 2021
Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican’s former economy czar, has said that if his office had been able to intervene sooner, it could have saved some of the money lost in the Secretariat of State’s controversial London property deal. The Australian cardinal told the Italian newspapers La Stampa and Corriere della Sera in an interview published
November 04, 2021
Vatican City, Nov 3, 2021 / 14:00 pm The Vatican’s historic library has created a new space for hosting temporary art exhibitions.  Pope Francis will inaugurate the gallery and visit its first exhibit on Nov. 5. The Vatican’s librarian Cardinal José Tolentino de Mendonça said in a Nov. 3 press release: “The Vatican Apostolic Library
October 29, 2021
Pope Francis met Joe Biden on Friday, in the US President’s first official visit to the Vatican since his inauguration. Mr Biden, the second Catholic president in American history, is in Rome to attend the G20 summit taking place on October 30-31. The President arrived at the Vatican’s San Damaso Courtyard at 12 noon after
October 28, 2021
The Vatican Secretariat of State has raised concerns about the bill
September 22, 2021
Vatican City, Sep 21, 2021 / 05:20 am In a private meeting with Jesuits in Slovakia on Sept. 12, Pope Francis said that there were people who wanted him to die after he underwent colon surgery in July. During the encounter, a Jesuit priest asked the pope how he was doing, to which he replied:
September 21, 2021
Vatican City, Sep 20, 2021 / 08:15 am The Vatican will require all visitors and personnel to show a COVID-19 pass proving they have been vaccinated, have recovered from the coronavirus, or have tested negative for the disease in order to enter the city state beginning Oct. 1. To enter Vatican territory, tourists and other
September 17, 2021
Vatican City, Sep 16, 2021 / 09:15 am 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
August 24, 2021
Vatican City, Aug 22, 2021 / 05:00 am Pope Francis on Sunday encouraged Catholics to not water down the reality of Jesus Christ’s humanity and his teaching that the Eucharist is his Body and Blood. “Indeed, Jesus affirms that the true bread of salvation, which transmits eternal life, is His very flesh,” Pope Francis said
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