Merry Christmas and Holy New Year 2017

The mystery of the Incarnation is a fitting theme of joy for both angels and men. Therefore the Word of God, Himself God, the Son of God who “in the beginning was with God,” through whom “all things were made” and “without” whom “was nothing made” (John 1:1-3), with the purpose of delivering man from […]

Syria: Christmas lights shine again in Aleppo

23-12-2016  
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In areas of eastern Aleppo, numerous civilians are fleeing and making their way to the western part of the city, where the sick and wounded are beginning to fill the local health structures. Emile Katti, surgeon and director of al-Raja hospital in Aleppo, told Vatican news agency Fides that the sister of one of the […]

Priestly ordinations: The SSPX has 613 Priests

23-12-2016  
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The year 2016 is concluding with the ordination of four new priests for the Society of St. Pius X in the two seminaries located in the southern hemisphere. At Holy Cross Seminary in Goulburn, Australia, Bishop Bernard Tissier de Mallerais ordained three priests on Thursday, December 15, 2016: two Americans and one Australian. At Our […]

Vatican: A Fresco by Giotto for the Pope’s Christmas cards

23-12-2016  
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Pope Francis has chosen a nativity scene painted by Giotto di Bondone (1267-1337) to illustrate the Christmas cards sent by the Vatican. The image chosen is a reproduction of a fresco in the inferior basilica of St. Francis, in Assisi. The Christmas card also includes the biblical quote: Filius datus est nobis, Princeps Pacis (“A […]

Amoris laetitia: What will be the consequences of the Pope’s silence about the doubts of the four Cardinals?

23-12-2016  
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The dubia of Cardinals Brandmüller, Burke, Caffarra and Meisner (see DICI no. 345 dated 11/25/16 and no. 346 dated 12/09/16) still have not received a response from Pope Francis, but the statements in support of them are proliferating. In Rome it is general knowledge that these dubia were published in the name of four cardinals […]

Pope Francis will travel to Fatima on May 12 – 13, 2017

23-12-2016  
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On December 17, 2016, the Holy See Press Office announced that Pope Francis will make a pilgrimage to the shrine of Fatima in Portugal on May 12 – 13, 2017, on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady in Cova da Iria to the three little shepherds: Jacinta, Francisco and […]

Vatican: Next Synod in 2018 on vocations

23-12-2016  
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The Press Office of the Holy See announced on November 23, 2016, the distribution of a questionnaire on vocations to the bishops’ conferences and to the various Eastern Churches, which was then to be forwarded to all the dioceses as well as to the faithful. The objective is to prepare for the next Synod of […]

France: Members of the National Assembly vote to criminalize hindrance to abortion, senators broaden definition of the crime

23-12-2016  
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The National Assembly passed, on December 1, 2016, the socialist bill aiming to penalize websites for “disinformation” about abortion. The legislation sets a punishment of two years in prison and a 30,000-euro fine for any person who attempts, via Internet, to dissuade women from having abortions. According to Le Monde of December 1, “several domains […]

India: Reception of the habit and religious profession for the Consoling Sisters of the Sacred Heart

23-12-2016  
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On December 8, 2016, on the feast of the Immaculate Conception, the ceremony of reception of the habit and religious profession of the Community of Consoling Sisters of the Sacred Heart took place in the priory of the Society of Saint Pius X in Palayamkottai, India. Two new novices took the habit and received their […]

China: The Prospect of an Agreement between Rome and the Chinese Government?

23-12-2016  
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On November 13, 2016, during a meeting organized by the Justice and Peace Commission in Hong Kong, Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, spoke of the on-going negotiations between China and the Holy See, expressing his deep distrust. His statements were reported in the Sunday Examiner, Hong Kong’s diocesan weekly, on November […]

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