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November 17, 2021
Andrea Gagliarducci/CNA
A Vatican judge’s partial turnaround at a hearing earlier this month is a significant plot twist in the finance trial that kicked off this summer. The prosecution has 10 defendants, with many different charges against them, most linked to the management of funds in the Vatican Secretariat of State, particularly to the purchase of a luxury property
November 16, 2021
Hannah Brockhaus/CNA
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 13, 2021
Staff Reporter
On Friday, the Grand Magistry of the Order of Malta announced the death of Fra’ Matthew Festing, the 79th Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, who died in Malta, aged 71. Elected in March 2008, the charismatic Amplefordian served as Grand Master until January 2017 after being forced to resign by the Vatican
November 11, 2021
Courtney Mares/CNA
Vatican City, Nov 11, 2021 / 05:00 am Pope Francis has called care for God’s creation one of “the great moral issues of our time” in a letter expressing his regret that he could not attend the COP26 meeting in Glasgow. “Time is running out; this occasion must not be wasted, lest we have to
November 10, 2021
Courtney Mares/CNA
Vatican City, Nov 9, 2021 / 06:00 am Pope Francis is praying for Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi after an attempted assassination attack on his home with armed drones. The pope expressed his “prayerful closeness” in a telegram released by the Vatican on Nov. 9 in which the attack in Baghdad was condemned as a “vile act
November 10, 2021
Hannah Brockhaus/CNA
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,
October 30, 2021
Ken Craycraft
Pope Francis failed to show any pastoral responsibility at his meeting with the US President
October 29, 2021
Courtney Mares/CNA
Vatican City, Oct 28, 2021 / 07:12 am This year, the Vatican has decided once again to grant a plenary indulgence to Catholics who visit a cemetery to pray for the dead on any day in the month of November. In a typical year, the Church only grants this plenary indulgence for the souls in
October 28, 2021
Matt Hadro/CNA
Washington D.C., Oct 27, 2021 / 14:00 pm Ahead of President Joe Biden’s Oct. 29 meeting with Pope Francis, a White House spokeswoman acknowledged on Wednesday that “the pope has spoken differently” than Biden on abortion. Biden, a Catholic, “is somebody who stands up for and believes that a woman’s right to choose is important,”
October 23, 2021
CNA Staff
Vatican City, Oct 21, 2021 / 04:40 am Archbishop Georg Gänswein has said that Benedict XVI is “full of zest for life” after the pope emeritus expressed the hope that he would join his friends in heaven in a condolence message.  Gänswein, Benedict XVI’s private secretary, spoke to Germany’s Bild newspaper on Oct. 20 after media reports
September 17, 2021
Hannah Brockhaus/CNA
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
September 16, 2021
Courtney Mares/CNA
Rome, Italy, Sep 15, 2021 / 09:20 am Pope Francis said Wednesday that the Catholic Church is firm in its stance on abortion because “abortion is murder,” and urged priests to be pastoral rather than political when faced with the question of who can receive Communion. Answering questions aboard the papal plane from Bratislava, Slovakia,
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