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December 14, 2017
December 14, 2017
Secular media outlets are taking interest in the country's increasingly conservative, Catholic direction
December 14, 2017
Difficult circumstances seem to make the Eucharist all the more powerful
December 14, 2017
Western media paints Poland as a hotbed of extreme nationalism. The truth is far more complicated
December 14, 2017
Wall Street investment banker, champion of the arts and human rights campaigner devoted to the poor, John Studzinski
December 14, 2017
This has been an annus horribilis for Vatican financial reformers: a year of relentless bad news. To understand the events of the past 12 months, we must go back to the conclave of 2013. Pope Francis emerged with a mandate to reform the Holy See’s murky finances. He swiftly created three powerful new bodies: a
December 14, 2017
✣ Trump and Pope Francis at odds over Jerusalem What happened? Pope Francis has expressed “concern” over US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Trump made the announcement last week, and said the US embassy would move there from Tel Aviv. Speaking just in advance of the decision, the Pope
December 14, 2017
✣ Highlights from the week online How to transport a saint’s severed arm The secular media was intrigued this week by St Francis Xavier’s severed right arm, which is travelling across Canada on a 14-city tour. “This might be the most goth thing the Catholic Church has allowed,” claimed Vice News, perhaps unaware of the
December 14, 2017
For the first time, a Filipino priest has been ordained in the Diocese of East Anglia. Fr Jaylord Magpuyo was ordained at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Norwich in front of 500 people. He is the first new priest in the diocese in four years. There are now 12 more seminarians –
December 14, 2017
The bishop emeritus of Portsmouth has apologised for approving the new English translation of the Mass. Bishop Crispian Hollis, in a letter to the Tablet magazine, said he was wrong to endorse the “appalling” texts introduced into parishes six years ago. The bishop was responding to an article by historian Eamon Duffy calling for bishops
December 14, 2017
The Italian and English translations of the Lord’s Prayer can give believers the wrong impression that God can and does lead people into temptation, Pope Francis has said. The Italian bishops’ television channel, TV2000, has been broadcasting a series of conversations between the Pope and a prison chaplain looking at the Lord’s Prayer line by
December 14, 2017
Pope Francis’s envoy in Medjugorje has said that official pilgrimages to the shrine are permitted – but only as long as they are focused on Our Lady rather than particular apparitions. Archbishop Henryk Hoser of Warsaw-Praga, appointed to study the needs of pilgrims at the shrine, had told Aleteia.org that there was “no problem” with
December 14, 2017
Pope Francis has appointed pastors for two of the world’s most important dioceses. He named Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes, 67, as Archbishop of Mexico City, home to eight million Catholics, and Bishop Michel Aupetit, 66, a former doctor, as Archbishop of Paris. Cardinal Aguiar, a long-term ally of the Pope who was made a cardinal