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Francis praises witness of Pakistani Catholic killed in 2011

Francis praises witness of Pakistani Catholic killed in 2011

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

Servant of God Shahbaz Bhatti, a Catholic politician from Pakistan who was killed in 2011, is a witness of how to act with love in the face of hatred, Pope Francis said Friday.

Speaking to a Pakistani association named for Bhatti, the pope said Nov 30, “may your hallmark always be the one that shines in the testimony of Shahbaz Bhatti and of many other martyrs of our time, namely, humble and courageous faith in…

Vatican approves second miracle for Blessed John Henry Newman

Vatican approves second miracle for Blessed John Henry Newman

By Christine Rousselle, CNA

A second miracle attributed to Blessed John Henry Newman has reportedly been approved by the Vatican, fueling expectation that his canonization could occur as early as next year.

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom wrote in email newsletter to his diocese last week that he had received a copy of the relatio, or official report, about the second miracle needed for Newman’s canonization.

“It looks now as if Newman might be canonised, all being well,…

Francis makes appointments to Roman Rota, Vatican Court of Appeal

Francis makes appointments to Roman Rota, Vatican Court of Appeal

By CNA/EWTN News

Pope Francis appointed Thursday two lay lawyers to tribunals of the Holy See and Vatican City.

On Nov. 8 Enrico Ferrannini was appointed substitute promoter of justice for the Vatican Court of Appeal, and Maria Fratangelo was named defender of the bond of the Roman Rota.

Fratangelo is likely the first woman to hold the position of defender of the bond of the Roman Rota.

The promoter of justice of the Court of Appeal is Raffaele Coppola,…

Letter acknowledges Vatican receipt of allegations against McCarrick in 2000

Letter acknowledges Vatican receipt of allegations against McCarrick in 2000

By CNA

Catholic News Service on Friday published a redacted version of a letter sent in 2006 from a high-ranking official of the Secretariat of State, which implicitly acknowledges receipt of allegations made against then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

The Oct. 11, 2006 letter obtained by CNS is from then-Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, who was Substitute of the Secretariat of State, to Fr. Boniface Ramsey, who had been on the faculty of Immaculate Conception Seminary in South Orange, N.J., from 1986 to 1996.

Sandri's…

Ex-nuncio accuses Pope Francis of failing to act on McCarrick’s abuse reports

Ex-nuncio accuses Pope Francis of failing to act on McCarrick’s abuse reports

By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register

In an 11-page written testament, a former apostolic nuncio to the United States has accused several senior prelates of complicity in covering up Archbishop Theodore McCarrick’s allegations of sexual abuse, and has claimed that Pope Francis knew about sanctions imposed on then-Cardinal McCarrick by Pope Benedict XVI but chose to repeal them.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, 77, who served as apostolic nuncio in Washington D.C. from 2011 to 2016, wrote that in the late…

Safeguarding commission member: bishops’ role in crisis must be acknowledged

Safeguarding commission member: bishops’ role in crisis must be acknowledged

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

A member of Pope Francis’ commission for the protection of minors said Tuesday that the role bishops and superiors have played in the crisis of clerical sex abuse must be made explicit if change is to take place.

In comments to CNA Aug. 21, Myriam Wijlens said the text of Francis’ letter on recent clerical abuse revelations “does not contain the words ‘bishop,’ ‘superior,’ and ‘leadership,’” though it was implied, but “necessary conversion requires that…

‘Shame and sorrow’  Holy See responds to Pennsylvania report

‘Shame and sorrow’  Holy See responds to Pennsylvania report

By CNA/EWTN News

The Holy See on Thursday denounced sexual abuse and called for accountability for both perpetrators and leaders who covered up their crimes, following the release of a report detailing alleged clerical abuse in Pennsylvania.

“The abuses described in the report are criminal and morally reprehensible,” said the statement, released Aug. 16.

“Those acts were betrayals of trust that robbed survivors of their dignity and their faith. The Church must learn hard lessons from its past, and there…

Francis continues to watch abuse response in Chile, Vatican says

Francis continues to watch abuse response in Chile, Vatican says

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

Pope Francis held a meeting on the abuse scandal in Chile and will continue to follow the actions of the country’s bishops’ conference in response to the crisis, the Vatican press office said Friday.

According to press office vice director, Paloma Garcia, Francis is following “with interest” the response of the Chilean bishops and “has expressed his desire to continue to clarify all the questions in order to give a just answer to everyone.”

The…

Pope Francis: Trust God, not idols

Pope Francis: Trust God, not idols

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

Attachment to idols is a failure to trust totally in God – and to reject these idols, Catholics must accept their weaknesses, inviting Christ to heal their hearts, Pope Francis said Wednesday.

Healing from the attachment to idols comes from Jesus Christ, “who became poor, who accepted failure, who took our precariousness to the end to fill it with love and strength,” the pope said Aug. 8.

When we let Jesus Christ into our hearts,…

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