Rejected but kept

23-10-2014  
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After the scandalous Interim Report dated October 13, the Final Report of the Synod was published on the evening of October 18;  it is a compromise among the various tendencies, aimed at relieving tensions and reassuring the timid.  In fact, however, this report is only provisionally “final”. Three paragraphs concerning communion for divorced-and-remarried Catholics and […]

Nigeria and Cameroon: Increasing violence

23-10-2014  
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The violence of Boko Haram in the diocese of Maidguri (northern Nigeria) is increasing daily. News agency Fides stated October 7, 2014, that 185 churches had been burned down and over 190,000 persons forced to flee. The local bishop, Bp. Oliver Dashe Doeme, sent out a message of distress on Facebook on October 12: “We […]

Vatican: Holy See announces papal visit to France in 2015

23-10-2014  
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The head of the Holy See Press Office officially announced on October 7, 2014, that Pope Francis will carry out an “apostolic trip” to France in 2015. The locations to be visited have not yet been confirmed, but daily La Croix guessed on October 6th that the Pope would most likely visit Paris and Lourdes. […]

Iraq: Refugees’ situation deteriorating

23-10-2014  
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The rain fell harder and harder on the area of Erbil during the afternoon of October 16, 2014, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, according to news agency Fides. Storms battered Ankawa, a district of Erbil chiefly inhabited by Christians, also a refuge for thousands of Christians who have fled Mosul and the plain of Nineveh following […]

France: 800 years since the birth of St. Louis

23-10-2014  
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The 800th anniversary of the birth of St. Louis (1214 – 1270) is commemorated by numerous events held by the National Monuments throughout France ever since last April 25th, the birthday of Louis IX, grandson of Philip Augustus and grandfather of Philip the Fair. The château of Angers is holding an exhibition called “Saint Louis, […]

Press Review: After the Synod, it all begins

23-10-2014  
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The Final Report of the Synod (Relatio Synodi), published on October 18, 2014, draws no conclusion at all;  quite the contrary, it presents topics for reflection that the dioceses will now take up, before the Synod in October 2015 reexamines them. As for the question about Communion for the divorced-and-remarried, Cardinal Walter Kasper is not […]

Pakistan : Asia Bibi condemned to death by the High Court

23-10-2014  
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The High Court of Lahore (northeastern Pakistan) confirmed on October 16, 2014, the death sentence issued to Asia Bibi, a 40-year-old Pakistani Christian charged with “blasphemy” and condemned in the first instance to this same penalty in 2010 (see Dici no. 227, 18/12/10). The judge called the evidence of two Moslem sisters “credible and valid”. […]

The Synod: Chronicle of a Well-Orchestrated Show

23-10-2014  
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In an interview published on the American website BuzzFeed on October 18, 2014, Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, prefect of the Tribunal of the Apostolic Signature, denounced Francis’ silence during the synod: the pope did “great harm” by not “openly exposing his position” on the subjects that were being so intensely debated. Two days earlier, on […]

Communiqué of the General House of the Society of Saint Pius X on the Beatification of Pope Paul VI

17-10-2014  
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On October 19, 2014, at the close of the Extraordinary Synod on the family, Pope Francis will go forward with the beatification of Pope Paul VI. The Society of Saint Pius X wishes to express serious reservations concerning beatifications and canonizations of recent popes, whose rushed proceedings dispense with the wisdom of the Church’s centuries-old […]

Synod on the Family: a doctrinal revolution behind a pastoral mask

14-10-2014  
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On Monday, October 13, 2014, the Relator General of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, Cardinal Peter Erdö, Primate of Hungary, made public the Interim Report, which gives an idea of the direction taken by the debates that had been held behind closed doors for a week and were to continue for another week. What […]

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