Edward Pentin

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Vatican Reverses Decision, Allows Festing to Take Part in Order of Malta Election

The Vatican has reconsidered an earlier instruction forbidding the Order of Malta’s former Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing from attending the election of his successor this week. According to sources within the order, Fra’ Festing will be...

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Lay Scholars Highlight Problems With ‘Amoris Laetitia’, Crisis in the Church

At a well-attended Rome conference Saturday, six lay scholars from different parts of the world drew attention to controversial passages of Amoris Laetitia, showing the extent of concern and unease among the laity over the papal document. To...

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Trump ‘Very Much’ Looking Forward to Meeting Pope Francis

President Donald Trump has said he looks “very much forward to meeting the Pope.” The president, who will be in Taormina, Sicily, in late May for a meeting of the Group of Seven industrialized democracies, was responding to a question during a...

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Vatican Orders Matthew Festing Not to Travel to Rome for Order of Malta Election

In a surprising move, Pope Francis’ special delegate to the Order of Malta has instructed Fra’ Matthew Festing, the Order’s former Grand Master, not to travel to Rome for the election of his successor. In a letter dated April 15 (see below),...

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Benedict XVI on Turning 90: “My Heart is Full of Gratitude”

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI celebrated his 90th birthday on Monday in the Vatican, saying the Lord has always guided and rescued him on a journey of life that has included trials and hard times. “My heart is full of gratitude for the 90 years...

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Pope Francis’ 2017 Urbi et Orbi Easter Message

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Easter! Today, throughout the world, the Church echoes once more the astonishing message of the first disciples: “Jesus is risen!” – “He is truly risen, as he said!” The ancient feast of Passover, the...

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Pope Francis’ Easter Vigil Homily 2017 — Full Text

At 8:30 pm on Holy Saturday evening, Pope Francis presided in the Vatican Basilica at the Solemn Easter Vigil in this holy night. The ritual begins in the atrium of St. Peter's Basilica with the blessing of fire and preparation of the paschal...

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Prayer of Pope Francis on Good Friday

O Christ, abandoned and betrayed even by your own, and sold for next to nothing. O Christ, judged by sinners, handed over by the leaders. O Christ, tortured in the flesh, crowned with thorns and clothed in purple. O Christ, slapped and...

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Pope Francis’ Chrism Mass Homily – Full Text

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed” (Lk 4:18). Jesus,...

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Pope Francis Celebrates Mass of the Lord’s Supper at High Security Prison

Pope Francis celebrated the Mass of the Lord’s Supper this evening with inmates at a prison known for housing mafia turncoats. The Paliano prison, located in a large fortress outside Rome, houses many of Italy's "collaborators of justice," who...