Tag: Vatican

Vatican approves special ‘Mass in the Time of Pandemic’

VATICAN CITY | The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments has approved a special “Mass in the Time of Pandemic” to plead for God’s mercy and gift of strength in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The Mass opens with a prayer that God would “look with compassion on the afflicted, grant eternal rest… Read more »

Vatican asks bishops to help faithful celebrate Holy Week, Easter at home

VATICAN CITY | The Vatican has asked Catholic bishops around the world, both in the Latin rite and the Eastern Catholic Churches, to provide their faithful with resources to support personal and family prayer during Holy Week and at Easter, especially where COVID-19 restrictions prevent them from going to church. The Congregation for Eastern Churches,… Read more »

Indulgence lets Oregon priest offer patient forgiveness of sins by phone

PORTLAND, Ore. | Because of hospital coronavirus restrictions, a suburban Portland priest March 22 was not allowed to meet with a Catholic patient dying of COVID-19. Msgr. John Cihak, pastor of Christ the King Parish in Milwaukie, did make telephone contact and because of a recent Vatican decree was able to offer the man forgiveness… Read more »

Vatican closes museums, beefs up measures to stop virus spread

VATICAN CITY | The Vatican has instituted new measures and closures to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. In addition to urging employees to work from home if possible and providing family leave for workers with minors at home due to school closures, Pope Francis also was making some events — normally held outdoors… Read more »

Pope appoints first woman to Vatican foreign ministry post

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis named Francesca Di Giovanni, a longtime Vatican official, as an undersecretary in the Vatican’s foreign ministry office, making her the first woman to hold a managerial position at the Vatican Secretariat of State. The Vatican announced Jan. 15 that within the Vatican Secretariat of State’s Section for Relations with States,… Read more »

Chinese bishop says Catholics must put ‘love for homeland’ first

Beijing, China | A Chinese bishop has said that Catholics in the country must put their loyalty to the state before the faith. Bishop John Fang Xingyao made the statement during a Communist Party sponsored meeting in Beijing last week held to discuss concerning religion in China.  “Love for the homeland must be greater than… Read more »

Vatican unveils Nativity scene, lights Christmas tree

VATICAN CITY | The Vatican unveiled the Nativity scene and lit the Christmas tree with energy-saving lights in St. Peter’s Square during a late afternoon ceremony Dec. 5. The 85-foot-tall spruce tree came from the forests of the Veneto region in northeast Italy and another 20 smaller trees were donated by communities in the region’s… Read more »

Cured Chicago mother: Newman events ‘experience of a thousand lifetimes’

LONDON | The Chicago mother healed from a potentially lethal hemorrhage at the intercession of St. John Henry Newman has described his canonization as “the experience of a thousand lifetimes.” Melissa Villalobos attended the Oct. 13 ceremony at the Vatican with her husband and their seven children, and together they carried the offertory gifts to… Read more »

Kindly lights in gloomy world: Pope declares five new saints

VATICAN CITY | Saints are people who recognized their need for God’s help, who took risks to discover God’s will and to help others and who nurtured a habit of thanksgiving, Pope Francis said. “The culmination of the journey of faith is to live a life of continual thanksgiving. Let us ask ourselves: Do we,… Read more »

On feast of St. Francis, pope joins Amazonians to plant tree at Vatican

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis joined Amazonian church workers and indigenous people Oct. 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, to plant a tree in the Vatican Gardens. He also consecrated the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon to St. Francis. The synod will be held at the Vatican Oct. 6-27. About 20 delegates… Read more »