Edward Pentin

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Vatican to Publish Amazonian Synod’s Working Document Next Week

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has announced it will publish the working document for the upcoming Amazonian synod Monday. The document, known as an instrumentum laboris, will act as a basis for discussion for the synod of bishops which will be held...

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Order of Malta Head Bans Extraordinary Form of Mass

ROME — In a surprise move, the grand master of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta has decreed that all public liturgical ceremonies within the chivalric order must now be performed according to the ordinary and not the extraordinary form of...

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Archbishop Viganò Criticizes Pope Francis’ Handling of McCarrick Case

ROME — In comments sent via email to The Washington Post, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has accused Pope Francis of “deliberately concealing” evidence on Theodore McCarrick, “blatantly lying” to cover up his own actions  and doing “absolutely...

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Cardinal Pell Supporters Optimistic About Appeal Hearing

Cardinal George Pell’s two-day appeal hearing ended yesterday after the court heard from the cardinal’s defense counsel on the first day, and the prosecution on the second. On the first of the two days, Cardinal Pell’s lawyer, Bret Walker,...

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Cardinal Kasper Says Pope ‘Would Probably Accept’ Married Priests If Proposed by Synod

Cardinal Walter Kasper has said that if the bishops’ conferences of the Amazon region mutually agreed that married men could be priests and proposed such a change to the Pope, Francis “would in principle probably accept it.” In a June 4...

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Caritas Volunteers Discuss Challenges in War-Torn Regions

VATICAN CITY — A murdered missionary sister in the Central African Republic, which continues to be wracked by conflict, drought and Islamist terrorist attacks in Somalia, and shortages of food and human rights violations in Venezuela, are just...

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Cardinal Pell Source Refutes Reports That He Will Not Request a Reduced Sentence

SYDNEY — A source close to Cardinal George Pell and his legal team said the cardinal has denied not requesting a reduced sentence if his appeal trial fails to overturn his conviction next week. “Neither the cardinal nor his legal team have made...

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Lay Group Asks Archbishop Scicluna to Discipline Pro-LGBT Priest

A lay group of Maltese Catholics has taken out a full-page advertisement in the nation’s largest daily newspaper, calling on Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta to discipline one of his priests for recently expressing heterodox opinions on...

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Vincent Lambert and the ‘Brain Death’ Debate

ROME — Vincent Lambert’s life remains precarious despite the severely disabled Frenchman having his life support switched off and then turned back on yesterday after a court intervention. Lambert, 42, has been a tetraplegic for more than 10...

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Cardinal Sarah Praises Benedict’s ‘Notes’ on Abuse Crisis

VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Robert Sarah has praised Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s recent “notes” on the clergy sexual abuse crisis, saying they have “proved to be a true source of light in the night of faith that touches the whole Church.” The...