Edward Pentin

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Archbishop Gänswein: Benedict XVI’s Illness Is ‘Subsiding’

A skin disease that has been afflicting Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is “subsiding” and he is on the mend, his personal secretary Archbishop Georg Gänswein has said.  Speaking at a cultural event in the Black Forest over the weekend, Archbishop...

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Church Leaders in Lebanon Appeal for Aid in Wake of Explosion

The Maronite Catholic Church in Lebanon, along with Catholic aid agencies around the world, are appealing for aid after Tuesday’s deadly explosion in the port of Beirut that killed 135 people and injured more than 4,000 others. “Beirut is a...

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My Reasons for Writing ‘The Next Pope’

Unlike a typical election cycle in which ballots can take place every four or five years, conclaves can happen at any moment. Dependent on when a pope dies or decides to retire, their timing is wholly unpredictable, occasionally aided by the...

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Archbishop Gänswein: Pope Emeritus Benedict’s Ailment Is ‘Not Serious’

VATICAN CITY — The health condition of Pope Emeritus Benedict “does not give cause for particular concern, except for a 93-year-old man who is overcoming the most acute phase of a painful, but not serious, illness,” his personal secretary...

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Moral Theologian Criticizes ‘Vague’ Pontifical Academy COVID-19 Document

VATICAN CITY — A former director of the secretariat of the Pontifical Academy for Life has criticized a document the academy issued on the coronavirus last month, saying that although some of its considerations were important, he wondered why it...

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COVID-19 Has Changed the Way Europeans Go to Mass — For the Worse

In recent days I visited a number of churches in Italy and the alpine regions of Germany and Austria and was especially struck by how detrimental the reaction to the coronavirus pandemic had been to worship. Whereas most public places had become...

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Chinese Infiltration of Vatican Networks Was No Surprise, Says Father Cervellera

Reports that Chinese hackers had infiltrated the computer networks of the Vatican, the diocese of Hong Kong, and those of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME) in Milan over the past three months, came as no surprise to Father...

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Why Did the Pope Drop Mention of Hong Kong at Sunday Angelus?

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ last-minute decision not to speak about troubles in Hong Kong at the Angelus on Sunday has caused a good deal of discussion in Italian media. As usual, an embargoed copy of the Pope’s Angelus address was distributed...

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Funeral Held in Rome for Composer Ennio Morricone

ROME — A very private funeral for the popular film-score composer Ennio Morricone took place yesterday evening in Rome, the same day he died at the age of 91. According to Morricone’s wishes, his soundtrack to the 1986 movie The Mission — a...

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An Exclusive Interview with Composer Ennio Morricone

Editor’s Note: This interview was conducted in Italian and translated by Edward Pentin. It originally appeared Nov. 9, 2009, at the Register and is presented here on the occasion of Morricone’s death on July 6, 2020.   Ennio Morricone is...