Archbishop Antonio Franco, the outgoing apostolic nuncio to the Holy Land, has said the Pope will not “provide a political programme for solving the Middle East conflict” when his apostolic exhortation is released in September.
Pope Benedict XVI has chosen “Blessed are the peacemakers” as the theme of the 46th World Day of Peace on January 1 2013.
Benedict XVI has urged Carmelites to aspire “to belong totally to Jesus, only to Jesus and always to Jesus” in a message marking the 450th anniversary of the start of the Carmelite Reform.
A Slovakian television station has published alleged Vatican documents claiming that deposed Archbishop Róbert Bezák made disrespectful comments about the Pope and mocked “the cassock as a piece of clothing worn by sorcerers”.
Cardinal Georges Cottier, former theologian to the pontifical household, tells Zenit why he thinks that some “movements of contestation in the Church” are “exceedingly foolish”.
And Micah Murphy urges promoters of the new evangelisation to learn from the Renaissance.
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