Edward Pentin

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Vatican Financial Reform Moves Steadily Along

Some minor progress was made Wednesday along the winding path of Vatican financial reform: Pope Francis has moved the curial office handling the Vatican’s financial records back to the Secretariat for the Economy, reversing an attempt in 2016 to...

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Public Masses Resume in Italy, but Not Without Controversy

ROME — Many of Italy’s faithful welcomed the resumption of public Masses in Rome and the rest of Italy today two months after public celebrations of the Eucharist were suspended across the country due to the coronavirus. But some Catholics...

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Italian Freemasonry Magazine Endorses Vatican’s Document on ‘Human Fraternity’

The document on human fraternity that Pope Francis and Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar university, co-signed last year in Abu Dhabi, has been given a ringing endorsement in the magazine of Italy’s largest Freemasonic...

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Head of Vatican Finances: No Default but ‘Difficult Years’ Ahead

The Vatican is not at risk of default but has “difficult years ahead” and could lose nearly a half of its annual revenue due to the coronavirus, the head of Vatican finances has said. In a May 13 Vatican News interview with Andrea Tornielli, the...

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Public Masses in Italy to Resume May 18 — With Conditions

ROME — The head of the Catholic bishops’ conference of Italy, Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, has signed a protocol with the Italian government to resume public Masses from Monday, May 18, but with agreed conditions that include the distribution of...

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Cardinals, Bishops Sign Appeal Against Coronavirus Restrictions

Editor's note: This article has been updated after its initial publication, to include information regarding Cardinal Sarah’s denial that he signed the appeal. ROME — An appeal signed by Cardinals Joseph Zen and Gerhard Müller and Bishop Joseph...

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Cardinal Sarah: Many Pandemic Communion Proposals are ‘Madness’

Cardinal Robert Sarah has said “bizarre proposals” regarding reception of Holy Communion in Italy aimed at minimizing the risk of contagion of the coronavirus are “total madness” and represent a number of examples of the devil attacking the...

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Pope Francis Invites Faithful to Recite the Rosary To Help Overcome This Time of Trial

As the coronavirus pandemic has led to many families praying together more, Pope Francis has invited the faithful to rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary at home during May, the month of special devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary.    In...

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Caught on Video: Italian Police Disrupt Divine Mercy Sunday Mass

ROME — An attempt by Italian police to halt a Mass in a northern Italian church because it appeared to be violating state-decreed lockdown rules has led to criticism of heavy-handedness on the Catholic Church by overzealous civil...

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Archbishop Viganò Asks Bishops, Priests to Recite Exorcism Prayer on Holy Saturday

On October 13, 1884, Leo XIII had a terrible vision of the assault of the powers of Hell against Holy Mother Church, and ordered the prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel to be said at the end of Mass. He also composed an Act of Exorcism and...