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Is Cardinal Becciu being rehabilitated?

By Andrea Gagliarducci, Catholic News Agency, April 10, 2021 Pope Francis' private visit to Cardinal Angelo Becciu on Holy Thursday set off speculation about whether the pope is attempting to rehabilitate the disgraced cardinal. The real reasons why Pope Francis asked Cardinal Becciu to... read more

White House: Pope Francis Has Said There’s a ‘Moral Obligation’ to Get Vaccinated

President Biden called the effort to provide vaccinations “an example of America at its finest,” and added that “they're all meeting what Pope Francis calls the moral obligation, get vaccinated, something which he went on to say can save your life and the lives of others.” By Matt... read more

Same-Sex Blessing Reaction Echoes Rollout of Humanae Vitae

Just as they did in 1968, Catholic dissidents push alternate narrative ahead of official Church teaching. By Judy Roberts, National Catholic Register, March 31, 2021 For Catholics who welcomed the Vatican’s recent statement barring blessings of same-sex unions, the flurry of objections... read more

Vatican Now in Crisis Management Mode with German Bishops

Sources say that two senior cardinals wanted to bring the president of the German bishops’ conference to Rome for correction regarding his recent controversial comments, but were overruled by Pope Francis. By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register, March 26, 2021 VATICAN CITY — In... read more

Full Text: Pope Francis’ Easter Urbi et Orbi Blessing 2021

In the Urbi et Orbi blessing, Pope Francis noted that “once again this year, in various places many Christians have celebrated Easter under severe restrictions and, at times, without being able to attend liturgical celebrations.” National Catholic Register, April 5, 2021 Editor's Note:... read more

Torzi talks: Threats, blackmail, and prostitutes feature in UK court ruling on Vatican finance

The Pillar, March 24, 2021 What happenedA UK judge has lifted a court order against Gianluigi Torzi, the businessman arrested in the Vatican in 2020 and charged with extortion, money laundering, fraud, and embezzlement in connection with the Vatican’s purchase of a London property. The... read more

A Catholic Cathedral: “A Sort of World”

By Robert Royal, Catholic Things, March 22, 2021 Unless there’s a last-minute change of orders in the hours between this being written and the opening of St. Peter’s Basilica Monday morning, the Church in Rome will have taken another, bizarre, almost inexplicable step in an age that can... read more

Fr Guerrero: “The Holy See reduces costs, not its mission”

The Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy explains the 2021 budget in an interview with Vatican Media: “Our budgeted expenses are the lowest in recent history, but we are not cutting services or restructuring staff.” By Andrea Tornielli, Vatican News, March 15, 2021 “The budgeted... read more

Vatican’s Doctrinal Office: Catholic Church Cannot Give Blessings to Same-Sex Unions

Answering the question “does the Church have the power to give the blessing to unions of persons of the same sex?,” the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith responded, “negative.” By Hannah Brockhaus, National Catholic Register, March 15, 2021 VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s... read more

Cardinal Burke Says Vatican’s Instruction on Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica Should Be Rescinded

The former prefect of the Apostolic Signatura calls it ‘a direct violation of universal Church law.’ By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register, March 13, 2021VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Raymond Burke has expressed his “deepest concerns” about an internal Vatican letter regarding new... read more

Cardinal Sarah says he has ‘never opposed the pope’ in first interview since stepping down

By Hannah Brockhaus, Catholic News Agency, March 10, 2021 Cardinal Robert Sarah on Wednesday rejected claims that he and Pope Francis are enemies, in his first interview since stepping down from his Vatican post. In an interview with an Italian newspaper published March 10, the Guinean... read more