Vatican to Prosecute Former Nuncio for Sexual Abuse

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VATICAN CITY — A former papal nuncio will be tried in Vatican city state for sexual abuse of children and possession of child pornography. The Vatican announced on June 15 that Polish-born Józef Wesołowski will be tried July 11 by the Vatican’s criminal court, the jury of which will be made up entirely of laypeople.

Medjugorje Decision Will Take ‘Months,’ Says Vatican Spokesman

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VATICAN CITY — The Vatican downplayed intense speculation that Pope Francis will decide very soon on “certain doctrinal and disciplinary aspects” of alleged Marian apparitions at Medjugorje, saying it will most probably take months, rather than days or weeks. In comments to the Register June 11, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said it is “hard

Ukraine to Be Hot Topic of Pope Francis-Vladimir Putin Meeting

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VATICAN CITY — On Wednesday, for the second time in his pontificate, Pope Francis will receive Russian President Vladimir Putin in private audience, during which the Russian president is expected to explain Moscow’s position on the crisis in Ukraine. Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said the Russian leader hopes a “whole range of bilateral ties” will

Cardinal Pell’s Lawyer: Peter Saunders’ Allegations ‘Objectively False’

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VATICAN CITY — A lawyer representing Cardinal George Pell has asked Peter Saunders, a sexual-abuse survivor and member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, to correct “false allegations” he has made against the cardinal and withdraw them. The move is just the latest development in a strange dispute that has left Vatican

Cardinal Müller Warns Against Adapting the Church to Today’s Often Pagan Lifestyles

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Cardinal Gerhard Müller has spoken out firmly against trying to adapt the Church’s teaching to today’s often pagan lifestyles, saying such an approach introduces subjectivism and arbitrariness. In an interview with the Catholic newspaper Die Tagespost on June 6th, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith warned that placing “any so-called

Pope Will Go to Sarajevo as ‘Messenger of Peace’ 

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VATICAN CITY — Peace and reconciliation will be the central focus of Pope Francis’ intense 11-hour trip on Saturday to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina. In a video message to the people of the city released Tuesday, the Holy Father said he was preparing to visit the central-European country as a “fellow messenger of peace.”

Priest’s Appointment to Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace Draws Concern

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The recent appointment of Dominican Father Timothy Radcliffe as a consultor to the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace has been welcomed by his supporters, who say he is ideally suited to such a role. But critics are deeply concerned about the appointment, given the English priest’s previous doctrinal statements, especially on sexual ethics and

After Ireland, Gay Agenda Eyes Catholic Church

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Evidence is coming to light of concerted and covert attempts to coax the Catholic Church into accepting homosexual relationships, principally using an upcoming church synod on the family to achieve it. A group of influential church figures, mainly from Germany and northern Europe, appear intent on making the meeting about same-sex relationships, while cloaking their

Secret Study-Day Invitation and Program

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The Register has obtained a copy of the invitation and program for last Monday’s closed-door study-day held at the Pontifical Gregorian University, a translation of which appears below. Of particular note is the prominence of Father Eberhard Schockenhoff in the discussions, as well as the other speakers chosen. Father Schockenhoff’s previous controversial statements on homosexual relations

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