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November 16, 2018
November 16, 2018
The author, papal confidant, archivist and cat Pushkin has died aged 19. He had been suffering from thyroid problems and went off his food on Sunday. It was during Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the UK in 2010 that Pushkin emerged as one of the Church’s most influential and highly-regarded felines. When the Supreme Pontiff
November 16, 2018
In their series of biographies for young people entitled “Portraits in Faith and Freedom”, Bethlehem Books, a small publishing house in North Dakota dedicated to reviving for youthful readers out of print books of particular merit, has recently republished Padre Pro: Mexican Hero by Fanchon Royer. It will introduce this most attractive of men, beatified
November 16, 2018
The Italian bishops approved an updated translation of Mass prayers, including a change in the translation of the Our Father, and they passed a proposal to create a national office dedicated to serving dioceses in safeguarding minors and vulnerable adults. During the general assembly of the Italian bishops’ conference, which met Nov. 12-15 at the
November 16, 2018
A civil court in Milan has ordered Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, a longtime diplomat and former Vatican nuncio to the United States, to return close to €2 million plus interest and legal fees to his brother Fr Lorenzo Viganò. After their father’s death in 1961, the archbishop managed both their inheritances, which amounted to millions
November 16, 2018
Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo, New York has come under fire for reportedly spending an estimated $200,000 to renovate his new home – a former convent near St. Stanislaus Church. Malone had announced in April that he would sell his bishop’s mansion to help pay for compensation for victims of sexual abuse in the diocese.
November 16, 2018
An independent government inquiry is investigating how the Archdiocese of Birmingham handled allegations of child sexual abuse made against four priests. Fr John Tolkien, who died in 2003, allegedly abused a boy during Saturday morning “reading lessons” at the priest’s home in 1970, and afterwards told the boy to keep the abuse a secret. Fr
November 16, 2018
The Church risks “becoming disoriented by falling prey to … polarisation”, Pope Francis has told Latin American priests (video). Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin has thanked Pope Francis for fighting anti-Semitism (video). An Italian court has ruled that Archbishop Viganò must repay $2 million to his brother. Joan Frawley Desmond, Fr Raymond de Souza, Sandro Magister,
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