Tag: Vatican

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 »

Vatican confirms Medjugorje approval by joining festival

WARSAW, Poland | Senior Vatican representatives joined the first officially approved church festival at Medjugorje, three months after Catholic pilgrimages to the site in Bosnia-Herzegovina were authorized by the pope. “We are called to share the difficulties of our contemporaries and we have a responsibility to care for them,” Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the… Read more »

Cardinal visits refugees in Greek camps as political solutions falter

MYTILENE, Greece | The Vatican and the Greek government agree on what should happen to the asylum-seekers in Greek camps: They should be welcomed by European communities and helped to build a new life on the continent. Exactly how that should happen seems unclear, though. Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, went to the Greek… Read more »

Holy boldness: Profile of women religious rising at Vatican

VATICAN CITY | The Vatican can move at a snail’s pace but looking back over the past six years, the profile of women, especially women religious, at Vatican events has risen sharply. The Roman Curia is not teeming with women leaders and Pope Francis has given no indication, for example, that he will open the… Read more »

Bishops at summit consider 21 action items to handle, prevent abuse

VATICAN CITY | Immediately after asking bishops and religious superiors to be concrete in confronting the clerical sexual abuse crisis and the need to protect children in the church, Pope Francis handed them a list of 21 action items to consider. From publicizing the contact information for reporting cases of abuse to cooperating with local… Read more »

Knights of Columbus novena underway to pray for success of Vatican summit

WASHINGTON | When they aren’t bagging lunches, serving soup at shelters or preparing pancakes after morning Mass, you can often find members of the Knights of Columbus in prayer. And now Supreme Knight Carl Anderson and Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori, supreme chaplain, have given the Knights a prayer mission worthy of the organization’s perpetual… Read more »

Vatican begins investigation of Archbishop McCarrick

WASHINGTON | James Grein, a Virginia man who said Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, former archbishop of Washington, sexually abused him for years beginning when he was 11, gave his testimony about what occurred Dec. 27 before a judicial vicar for the New York Archdiocese. His testimony was requested by the Vatican. “He wants his church… Read more »

Church will spare no effort to end abuse, pope tells Curia

VATICAN CITY | Acknowledging the gravity of the clerical sexual abuse crisis, Pope Francis told members of the Roman Curia that the church’s strength does not depend on its members’ perfection, but on the willingness to recognize its failings and correct them. “Let it be clear that before these abominations, the church will spare no… Read more »

Cardinal tells COP24 climate needs present ‘challenge of civilization’

The Vatican challenged countries gathered for the 24th U.N. Climate Change Conference to focus on the needs of the present and the future as it worked to take swift action. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, addressed the conference, COP24, in Katowice, Poland, Dec. 3 and told participants, “We are standing before a challenge… Read more »