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May 05, 2022
Pope Francis used a wheelchair during a public meeting for the first time he has done so publicly since leaving the hospital after colon surgery in July 2021. The 85-year-old pope has had difficulty walking due to a painful torn ligament in his knee. He was pushed in a wheelchair onto the stage of the
April 22, 2022
The Vatican has ended an investigation into allegations that Polish Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz failed to investigate claims of clerical sex abuse when he was archbishop of Krakow, saying his actions were “correct”. “The analysis of the collected documentation made it possible to assess these actions of Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz as correct and, therefore, the Holy
April 11, 2022
Pope Francis has called for an East truce in Ukraine. He said on Palm Sunday 2022 that nothing is impossible for God, who has the power to end the war in Ukraine, even if it looks like the end is not near. He also urged the laying down of weapons for a permanent “Easter truce.”
March 30, 2022
The Vatican’s education congregation has published a document responding to conflicts over the interpretation of the concept of “Catholic identity” in Catholic school settings. The 20-page instruction affirmed the importance of a Catholic educational project with an evangelical goal and explained the role that teachers and administrators play in its achievement. “The whole school community
March 26, 2022
Pope Francis has consecrated Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary with a prayer asking for peace in the world. At the end of a penitential service in St Peter’s Basilica on March 25, the Pope carried out the act, saying: “Mother of God and our Mother, to your Immaculate Heart we solemnly
February 25, 2022
The Catholic bishops’ conference of Russia has called on political leaders to end the conflict with Ukraine. In a Feb. 24 message, the Catholic bishops of five dioceses in Russia warned leaders “that they will have to give a strict account of the military actions they have taken.” “For the course of centuries to come depends
February 17, 2022
Italy’s constitutional court has blocked a referendum to decriminalise physician-assisted suicide in the country, citing inadequate legal protections for the weak and vulnerable. The leadership of the Italian bishops’ conference welcomed the court’s decision. The court’s pronouncement “is a very specific invitation to never marginalise the commitment of society, as a whole, to offer the
February 14, 2022
Pope Francis has reorganized the internal structure of the Vatican’s doctrine office into two sections — the latest step in his ongoing reform of the Roman Curia. In a letter issued motu proprio (of his own accord) on Feb. 14, Pope Francis centralised the tasks of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith into
December 30, 2021
St Joseph, who protected his family from the persecution of King Herod, teaches us how to respond to our difficulties with courage and to trust in God’s plan, Pope Francis said. During his weekly public audience, the pope spoke about the contrast between St. Joseph, who acted with courage in the face of hardship and
December 19, 2021
The Vatican has issued further strict guidelines on the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass in response to questions about the motu proprio Traditionis custodes. The explanatory document, which bans confirmations and ordinations according to pre-Vatican II Roman Missals, was published on Saturday with Pope Francis’ approval, the Vatican’s liturgy office said.  Traditionis custodes is
December 13, 2021
The Vatican’s liturgy office on Monday issued a rite and guidelines for the institution of lay catechists in the dioceses of the Catholic Church. Pope Francis created the lay ministry of catechist in May with the release of the motu proprio Antiquum ministerium (“Ancient ministry”), which emphasized the importance of the role of the catechist in history and today
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
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