Edward Pentin

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Program Released for Pope Francis’ Visit to United Arab Emirates

Pope Francis’ landmark visit to the United Arab Emirates in February will include a large open-air Mass in Abu Dhabi, a meeting with Muslim elders, and a private visit to the city’s cathedral.  According to the full program for the Feb. 3-5...

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Pope Francis to Make Historic Visit to Abu Dhabi

Pope Francis will be breaking new ground when he becomes the first pontiff to set foot in the Arab Peninsula and visits the second most populous city in the United Arab Emirates Feb. 3-5.  The papal visit, primarily to attend an “International...

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Pope Francis Offers Condolences on Death of President George H. W. Bush

In a statement released Wednesday through Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Pope Francis offered his “heartfelt condolences and the assurance of his prayers to all the Bush family.”  He also commended President Bush’s “soul to...

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Archbishop Viganò Addresses Dispute With Brother Over Family Inheritance

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has sought to clarify a court ruling in October which ordered him to pay nearly €2 million (approximatedly $2.2 million) of inheritance plus legal fees to his brother, a priest living in Chicago.  In a Dec. 3...

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Pope Francis’ ‘Paradigm Shift’: What it Means and How to Respond to It

To contend with the current crisis in the Church, it is necessary to proclaim the truth and resist any “paradigm shift” that distorts the truths of the faith.  This was the advice given by Msgr. Nicola Bux, a respected theological consultor to...

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Asia Bibi Remains in Hiding From Islamists; No Asylum Plan in Sight

The urgency to grant Asia Bibi and her family asylum has increased following reports that her two daughters have been “constantly receiving threats,” have had to move homes four times and are in fear of their lives. Pakistan’s Supreme Court...

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Honduran News Site Publishes More Details of Bishop Pineda’s Alleged Misconduct

“It’s confirmation of all the filth,” a Honduran source told the Register last week.  He was referring to a Nov. 8 article on ConfidencialHN.com, a trusted Honduran news site, which, by drawing on the account of a key witness and other...

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Cardinals Cupich, Gracias Appointed to Committee for February Abuse Meeting

Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago and Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta are among those Pope Francis appointed today to the organizing committee for next February’s meeting of presidents of bishops’ conferences to discuss the protection of...

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Norcia Basilica to Be Restored to ‘Exactly How it Was Before Earthquake’

After two years of bureaucratic delays and differences between local citizens and their bishop, public pressure has appeared to ensure that the basilica of St. Benedict in Norcia will be rebuilt as it was before a devastating earthquake almost...

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Pope Francis Dines With 1,500 Poor at the Vatican

Pope Francis’ enjoyed a Sunday lunch today of lasagna, chicken nuggets, mashed potato and tiramisu with 1,500 people in need, less well-off, and poor (see photos below).  The event in the St. Paul VI Hall was part of today’s World Day of the...