Edward Pentin

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Pope Francis’ Homily at Extraordinary ‘Urbi et Orbi’ Blessing

“When evening had come” (Mk 4:35). The Gospel passage we have just heard begins like this. For weeks now it has been evening. Thick darkness has gathered over our squares, our streets and our cities; it has taken over our lives, filling...

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Four Abducted SOS Chrétiens d’Orient Volunteers Released

Four volunteers working for SOS Chrétiens d’Orient, a French Catholic charity helping persecuted Christians, have been released two months after being abducted in Iraq.  The office of French President Emmanuel Macron announced the news on...

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Coronavirus Latest From Rome

UPDATES (Rome time)   March 27, 5.56pm Il Messaggero is reporting that a second person from the Secretariat of State has been infected with the coronavirus, but the Pope is saying he  "will not move from Santa Marta." The Vatican has yet to...

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Despite Age and Lung Condition, Pope Francis Continues to Meet People

VATICAN CITY — As much of the world enters a period of quarantine to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, and the elderly are especially advised to isolate and avoid social contact, concerns are growing that Pope Francis is opening himself...

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Two Catholic Doctors in Bergamo Urgently Ask for Your Prayers

Two Catholic doctors in a hospital in Bergamo, the northern Italian town heavily struck by the coronavirus, have issued an urgent and heartfelt appeal for spiritual support. The doctors, who are married to each other but have asked not to be...

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Photos: Surreal Scenes From Rome’s Coronavirus Lockdown

VATICAN CITY — The city of Rome and the Vatican had an ominous quiet about them today as Italy experienced its first full day of a nationwide, government-decreed lockdown because of the coronavirus. Italian police, who patrol St. Peter’s Square...

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Pope Francis’ Global Compact on Education Postponed to October

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ Global Compact on Education has become the latest key papal event of 2020 to fall victim to the coronavirus and has now been postponed from May until October, the Vatican announced today. In a statement, the...

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German Jesuit, Key Influence on ‘Synodal Path,’ Resigns Position

Jesuit Father Hans Langendörfer, one of the most influential figures in the German Church, has unexpectedly announced his resignation as head of the secretariat of the German bishops’ conference. News of his departure on Tuesday follows the...

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Pope Francis Thanks Cardinal Müller for Remarks Published in Register

Pope Francis has sent a handwritten letter to Cardinal Gerhard Müller, thanking him for a book the cardinal wrote in 2017, and for a statement he wrote on the Pope’s apostolic exhortation on the Amazon Synod. “Dear Brother, thank you very much...

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Cardinal Hummes Pushes for Married Priests, and Lula Meets the Pope

VATICAN CITY — One of the leading figures behind last year’s Pan-Amazon Synod, Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes, has said the synod’s proposal to ordain married men in remote Amazonian areas is not dead but will now be taken up by the...