Edward Pentin

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Pope Francis Arrives in Abu Dhabi for Historic Visit

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — Pope Francis has arrived in the United Arab Emirates’ capital of Abu Dhabi, beginning the first ever visit by a pope to the Arab peninsula and Francis’ sixth journey to a Muslim-majority nation. The papal plane touched...

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Asia Bibi Expected to Leave Pakistan ‘Within Days’

Asia Bibi is expected to leave Pakistan “within days” if current plans succeed, but false reports that the Catholic mother of two was already on her way to Canada are not helping her cause, a source close to the Bibi family has said. “The plan...

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Wikileaks Publishes Crucial Papal Letter on Order of Malta Affair

Wikileaks today published a confidential letter confirming that Pope Francis strongly opposed the Order of Malta distributing contraceptives as part of its humanitarian work and that he wished the issue be “completely resolved.”  In the letter,...

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Pope Francis Says ‘No’ Then ‘Maybe’ to Married Priests

During his inflight press conference from Panama, Pope Francis gave conflicting signals about the ordination of married men in the Latin rite, on the one hand saying he was personally opposed to it while at the same time open to considering...

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More Questions Surface Regarding Argentinian Bishop Appointed to Vatican Post

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has reiterated an earlier statement in which it said it did not know until fall 2018 about sexual abuse and other misconduct allegedly perpetrated by an Argentine bishop close to Pope Francis, who was appointed to a...

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Pope Francis Suppresses Ecclesia Dei, Transfers Duties to CDF

As had been widely expected, Pope Francis has issued a papal decree suppressing the pontifical commission charged with bringing separated traditional Catholics linked to the Society of St. Pius X back into full communion.  In a motu proprio...

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Chilean Bishops Brief Pope Francis on Clergy Sexual Abuse

Pope Francis spent three hours on Monday with leaders of the Chilean bishops’ conference who had asked to brief him on efforts to address clerical sex abuse and map out a future course. The meeting was part of an extensive effort by the bishops...

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In New Letter, Archbishop Viganò Calls on McCarrick to Publicly Repent

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has urged Archbishop Theodore McCarrick to publicly repent of his alleged “crimes against minors and abuses against seminarians,” saying “time is running out” and that his “eternal salvation is at stake.”  Writing...

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More Pieces Added to Puzzle of Holy See Press Office Resignations

The Vatican announced on Friday four new staff additions to the Holy See Press Office, appointments which add further pieces to the puzzle of Greg Burke’s and Paloma Garcia Ovejero’s sudden and largely unexpected departures on New Year’s Eve. In...

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Cardinal Brandmüller: Society ‘Hypocritical’ to Condemn Sexual Abuse by Priests

Cardinal Walter Brandmüller has said the debate over clergy sexual abuse “forgets or silences the fact that 80% of the cases of sexual assault in the Church affected male youths not children” and that a connection between homosexuality and sexual...