Edward Pentin

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Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Exhortation Will Take Form of Letter to Youth

The post-synodal apostolic exhortation will be entitled Vive Cristo, esperanza nuestra (Christ, our hope, lives), taken from the first words of the document in Spanish rather than the usual Latin, the Vatican announced today in a statement. It...

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China’s President Xi Jinping Unlikely to Meet Pope Francis During Rome Trip

The leader of communist China arrives in Rome on Thursday, his first visit to Italy since the historic agreement last September between Beijing and the Holy See, but a papal audience is thought unlikely. The Pope and senior Vatican...

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Cardinal George Pell: A Timeline

Early Years 1941 George Pell is born in the Victorian town of Ballarat to an Irish Catholic mother and a non-practising Anglican father.  1960 Pell begins studying for the priesthood at Corpus Christi College in Werribee. 1966 Pell is ordained...

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Cardinal Godfried Danneels Dies at 85

VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Godfried Danneels, who headed the Catholic bishops’ conference of Belgium for more than 30 years — and who favored changes to the Church that often put him at odds with Catholic teaching — died Thursday at the age of...

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Cardinal Pell Trial Observer Calls Guilty Verdict ‘Incomprehensible’

Peter Westmore, who was present at the first mistrial last September and the later retrial in November, told EWTN’s News Nightly on March 13 that having heard “all the evidence” he wondered “how a jury was able to reach this verdict is utterly...

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Influential German Activist Predicts ‘More Married Priests’ Soon

The head of Germany’s most influential Catholic lay organization has said he foresees systemic Church reform, predicts possibly “more married priests” sometime soon, and notes a greater openness to change in the Vatican. Thomas Sternberg,...

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Cardinal Müller: Cardinal Pell’s Conviction ‘Against All Reason and Justice’

Allegations that led to Cardinal George Pell’s conviction for sexual abuse are “absolutely unbelievable” and “without proof,” Cardinal Gerhard Müller has said. The prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith also said the...

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Pope Francis Orders Archives of Pius XII’s Entire Pontificate to Be Opened

Pope Francis has ordered the opening of the Vatican Secret Archives for the entire period of Venerable Pius XII’s pontificate, a move that will help shed light on the contentious dispute that the pontiff either heroically supported the Jews...

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Survivor Shares Tragedy of Abuse and What Must Be Done to Prevent It

In the 1980s, Shaun Dougherty was sexually abused from the age of 10 to 13 by a priest in the diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Pennsylvania.  The priest, George Koharchik, who was a religion teacher and sports coach at the local school, abused many...

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Pope Francis Chooses Italian Benedictine to Lead Lenten Retreat

Pope Francis has chosen a Benedictine monk of “great culture” and one of the chief architects of a 2015 conference in Florence on Christian humanism to preach at his Lenten retreat in March.  Olivetan Father Bernardo Gianni, the abbot of the...