Edward Pentin

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Pope Francis Backs Down, Accepts Resignation of Nigerian Bishop

Despite issuing an unprecedented ultimatum last June to priests of Ahiara diocese in Nigeria, demanding they accept a Benedict XVI-appointed bishop, Pope Francis has backed down and accepted the bishop’s resignation. The Vatican announced on...

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Pope Francis: Blessed Paul VI to Be Canonized This Year

Pope Francis has said he will proclaim Blessed Paul VI a saint later this year, and joked that he and Benedict XVI are “on the waiting list.” At the end of a closed-door question and answer session with priests of Rome on Thursday, the Pope said...

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Benedict XVI: ‘I Am on a Pilgrimage Towards Home’

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has written a short letter to an Italian national newspaper to say that “with the slow decline of my physical forces, interiorly, I am on a pilgrimage towards Home.” Benedict wrote the letter to the Corriere della Sera...

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Cardinal Ratzinger’s Far-Sighted Address on Current Challenges in the Church

How can we best understand and handle what seem today to be incessant challenges to the faith from inside as well as outside the Church? Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger gave some helpful pointers in a prophetic 1989 address in which he showed not only...

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Pontifical Academy for Life Member: Term ‘Intrinsically Evil’ Too Restricting

A reflection on Amoris Laetitia has been posted on the website of the Pontifical Academy for Life in which its author, a new member of the academy, proposes that the term “intrinsically evil” is outdated. Hypothesizing on the moral theology of...

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Pope Francis Calls for ‘Journalism of Peace’ in Era of ‘Fake News’

In light of the spread of “fake news” in today’s rapidly changing world of communications, Pope Francis has invited those working in the media to “promote a journalism of peace” that is truthful and helps to form others, but is not harmful or...

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Pope to World Economic Forum: Make Policies Favor the Family

Recurring financial instabilities have brought new problems to societies, making it vital that governments implement policies that safeguard human dignity and favor the family, Pope Francis has said. In his message for the opening of the annual...

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Vatican Currently Has No Plans to Change Honors System After Ploumen

The Vatican currently has no plans to change the procedure of exchanging honors during historic official visits of heads of state to the Vatican, and believes that the responsibility for any subsequent abuse of such decorations rests with the...

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Amb. Gingrich Praises Church for ‘Fearless Leadership’ in South Sudan, DRC

The new U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, Callista Gingrich, has praised the “fearless leadership” of the Catholic Church in advancing “peace, justice and prosperity” in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo — two African countries...

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Major Conference Planned on Divisions in Church, Papal Infallibility

One of the late Cardinal Carlo Caffarra’s last wishes — to have an international conference to examine ways to resolve the current crisis of division in the Church — will take place in Rome in early April, the Register has learned. Details have...