Officially, or Actually?

17-03-2017  
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On March 13, 2017, on the fourth anniversary of Pope Francis’ election, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State, granted an interview to Vatican Radio. Among other remarks, he stated that the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia is “a great gift,” which “provides a real impetus to pastoral work with families.” He added, “It is truly producing […]

The Vatican finally publishes Financial Statements for the year… 2015

16-03-2017  
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The Vatican’s Secretariat for the Economy published on March 4, 2017, eight months behind schedule, its consolidated financials for 2015. The Holy See reported a deficit of 12.4 million euros in 2105, half of what was recorded in 2013 and 2014. Among the entries is a sum of 50 million euros from the Institute for […]

“Inculturated” sacred music

16-03-2017  
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On March 4, 2017, Pope Francis received 400 participants in the International Sacred Music Congress, organized from March 2nd to 4th by the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Congregation for Catholic Education. The theme of the congress was “Music and Church, worship and culture, 50 years after Musicam Sacram.” The instruction Musicam Sacram, promulgated […]

Towards the Beatification of Lucia of Fatima

16-03-2017  
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On January 12, 2017, the diocese of Coimbra announced the conclusion of the diocesan phase of the path towards canonization of Sister Lucia of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart (1907 – 2005) one of the three seers of Fatima. The solemn closing session of the diocesan aspect of the process of the beatification and canonization […]

Humors and Rumors (second)

An Italian website announced: “A proposal issued directly by the Holy Father is supposed to appear before the end of the month to offer the Society of St. Pius X an official status in the Church.” The “information” was repeated the following day by an American website. And that same day, in a French online […]

The relics of St. Caesarius in the Vatican Museums

3-03-2017  
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The exhibition Between Arles and Rome, the relics of St. Caesarius: Treasures of Paleo-Christian Gaul will be on display at the Vatican from March 24 to June 25, 2017, in the museum of Pio Cristiano. On display will be the relics of St. Caesarius (470 – 542), bishop of Arles, as well as the most […]

Vatican: Pope Francis no longer to appear on euro coins

3-03-2017  
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From now on, Pope Francis’ image will no longer appear on the coins of the Vatican State; only the pontifical coat of arms will be kept. The Philatelic and Numismatic Office confirmed this decision of the Pope himself on January 25. So from March on, Vatican euros will feature Francis’ coat of arms and his […]

Synod 2018 on “Young people, the faith and vocations”

3-03-2017  
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The preparatory document for the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops of October 2018 on “Young people, the faith and vocational discernment,” was published on January 13, 2017. At the time of its presentation to the press, on the same day, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, clarified […]

Dissolute indifference

In 1999, in an attempt to reach an agreement at any cost with the Lutherans on the doctrine of justification, Cardinal Walter Kasper made use of a stratagem: the differentiated consensus, where both parties declare themselves to be in agreement, without really agreeing. Today, in order to allow the divorced and remarried to receive Communion, […]

The new website of the Vatican Museums

17-02-2017  
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On January 23, 2017, Barbara Jatta, director of the Vatican Museums, unveiled their new website, which, after three years of work, is to allow as many as possible to access the works in their collection and visitors to prepare for their visits. Monsignor Dario Edoardo Viganò, prefect of the Holy See Secretariat for Communications, has […]

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