Benedict XVI Makes Brief Trip to Castel Gandolfo


Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI briefly returned to the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo on Sunday, where he spent time in prayer and attended a small concert in his honor. He was accompanied by four ‘memores domini’, consecrated women belonging to the Communion and Liberation movement. When he was Pope, they looked after him in

Bringing the Liturgy Back to the Real Vatican II


The abuses of the sacred liturgy that followed the reforms of the Second Vatican Council are “strictly correlated” with a great deal of moral corruption that exists in the world today, says Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke. In an exclusive interview with ZENIT on the sidelines of Sacra Liturgia 2013, a major international conference on the

Pope Francis Will Complete Benedict XVI’s Encyclical on Faith


VATICAN CITY —  Pope Francis is completing an encyclical on faith begun by Pope Benedict XVI, but the pope emeritus is not contributing further to the document, the Vatican has said. Speaking to reporters May 24, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi denied earlier reports claiming that Benedict XVI was continuing to write the encyclical that

Round Up of Pope’s Early Morning Homilies (May 20th-25th)


Among the themes covered in his early morning homilies this week, Pope Francis preached about the importance of praying courageously, of doing good to all, and how to guard against losing the spiritual salt of one’s faith. On Monday, he underlined the importance of praying with courage, faith and from the heart. Miracles occur even today,

Vatican Silent on John Paul II’s Cause for Canonization


by EDWARD PENTIN 05/03/2013 VATICAN CITY — The Vatican is remaining tight-lipped over recent reports that a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Pope John Paul II has been given approval by a committee of Vatican doctors. An official refused to be moved to offer comment by the reports, as was the case with the

Peres Tells Pope Middle East is ‘Disintegrating’


Israeli President Shimon Peres warned Pope Francis Tuesday that the Middle East is “disintegrating” and that the pontiff “has an important role” to play in bringing peace to the region and the world. During their half-hour conversation, Peres said the Middle East is in “real existential danger” and cited the severe lack of employment, of

‘Sacra Liturgia 2013’ Inspired by Benedict XVI’s Writings on the Mass


Key cardinals, bishops and other noted experts in the liturgy from around the world will gather in Rome June 25-28 to discuss the sacred liturgy and its correct celebration in the life and mission of the Church. Called Sacra Liturgia 2013 and inspired by the liturgical teaching of Benedict XVI, the conference is the idea of Bishop

SSPX: We Didn’t Criticize Pope Francis; We Agree With Him


  A  spokesman for the Society of St. Pius X has denied its leader, Bishop Bernard Fellay, was criticizing Pope Francis for his concern for the poor in a recent letter to supporters. “It is an analysis of the current situation facing the Church, not a criticism of Pope Francis’ concern for the poor,” said

New Book Reveals Pope Francis’ Thoughts on Abortion, Poverty, Satan


A new book on a variety of hot topics containing the thoughts of Pope Francis when he was a cardinal appears in English language bookstores on Friday. The book, called “On Heaven and Earth: Pope Francis on Faith, Family, and the Church in the Twenty-First Century,” was originally published in Spanish in 2010. It is


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