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Benedict XVI celebrates 91st birthday with his brother

Benedict XVI celebrates 91st birthday with his brother

By CNA/EWTN News

Benedict XVI turned 91 on Monday, celebrating “with his brother Georg in a calm and familiar climate,” according to a Vatican statement.

This evening, members of the Swiss Guard band are scheduled to perform in the Mater Eccelsiae monastery in honor of the pope emeritus.

Pope Francis offered Mass in the morning for Benedict XVI, and sent him a greeting afterward, the Vatican said.

Benedict XVI was pope from 2005 to 2013. He shocked the world when…

Pope to visit Marian shrine, attend Neocatechumenal Way meeting in May

Pope to visit Marian shrine, attend Neocatechumenal Way meeting in May

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

On Tuesday papal spokesperson Greg Burke announced two new additions to Pope Francis’ May calendar: A visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Divine Love in Rome and a meeting with members of the Neocatechumenal Way.

Francis’ visit to the Shrine of Divine Love will take place the afternoon of May 1. There, the pope will pray the rosary to mark the beginning of May, the month of Mary.

On May 5 he will…

Vatican arrests priest under investigation for possession of child porn

Vatican arrests priest under investigation for possession of child porn

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

On Saturday Vatican police arrested former Vatican diplomat Fr. Carlo Alberto Capella, who has been under investigation for the violation of laws concerning the possession of child pornography and its distribution or sale.

Capella was recalled from the U.S. Nunciature in Washington, D.C. in September 2017, after the Vatican was informed Aug. 21, by the U.S. State Department, that there was a “possible violation of laws relating to child pornography images” by a member of…

Pope: Relationship with Jesus is our own personal love story

Pope: Relationship with Jesus is our own personal love story

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

On the Second Sunday of Easter, also known as Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis said that our relationship with God is a personal one, filled with his love and mercy, where we proclaim like St. Thomas: “My Lord and my God!”

“To enter into Jesus’ wounds is to contemplate the boundless love flowing from his heart. It is to realize that his heart beats for me, for you, for each one of us,” the pope…

Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church added to liturgical calendar

Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church added to liturgical calendar

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

On Saturday, the Vatican announced Pope Francis’ decision that the Church celebrate the Blessed Virgin Mary in her role as “Mother of the Church” every year on the Monday after Pentecost, as a way to foster Marian piety and the maternal sense of the Church.

The decree establishing the memorial was published March 3 in a letter from Cardinal Robert Sarah, head of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

As…

Vatican trains exorcists as demonic possession claims rise

Vatican trains exorcists as demonic possession claims rise

By CNA

With reported demonic possessions on the rise in Italy, the Vatican is hosting a weeklong training to better prepare exorcists for ministry. Catholic leaders have said that the country needs more exorcists, and better training.

“Today we are at a stage crucial in history: many Christians no longer believe in [the devil’s] existence, few exorcists are appointed and there are no more young priests willing to learn,” said one of the event’s speakers, exorcist Father Cesare Truqui, according…

Love is in the air: Pope marries couple mid-flight during Chile visit

Love is in the air: Pope marries couple mid-flight during Chile visit

By Elise Harris, CNA/EWTN News

In his five years in office, Pope Francis gained a reputation for tossing protocol and embracing spontaneity. Today, he did it again with another papal first: marrying two flight attendants on board his flight from Santiago to Iquique.

According to journalists traveling with the Pope, the couple – Paula Podest and Carlos Ciuffardi – went to the Pope during the Jan. 18 flight to ask for his blessing.

The couple told Francis they had been…

Youth to be Vatican’s focus in 2018, Cardinal Parolin says

Youth to be Vatican’s focus in 2018, Cardinal Parolin says

By Hannah Brockhaus, ACI Prensa

In an interview published Thursday, Cardinal Pietro Parolin said that for the Vatican, the new year will be marked by its attention to the lives of young people ahead of the 2018 Synod of Bishops.

“This year – the year 2018 – will be characterized by a special concentration of the Church’s attention at all levels on the young, then on their expectations, their aspirations, the challenges they face and also on the hopes that…

Pope taps Colombian bishop to oversee Sodalitium amid ongoing crisis

Pope taps Colombian bishop to oversee Sodalitium amid ongoing crisis

By Elise Harris, CNA

The Vatican announced Wednesday that Colombian Bishop Noel Antonio Londoño Buitrago C.Ss.R. has been appointed papal commissioner for the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, a Catholic society of apostolic life.  

Londoño will oversee the community as they continue a process of reform, following revelations that their founder, Luis Fernando Figari, committed serial acts of abuse while leading the community. Several former leaders of the community have faced related allegations.

Londoño's appointment was announced in a Jan. 10…

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