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First Chinese bishop consecrated after Vatican-China deal

First Chinese bishop consecrated after Vatican-China deal

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA

A new bishop was consecrated Monday in Inner Mongolia, China, becoming the first bishop to be consecrated in the country after a deal on bishop appointments was made with the Vatican last year.

“I can confirm that H.E. Mgr. Antonio Yao Shun, who has been consecrated Bishop of Jining/Wulanchabu, Inner Mongolia (China), received the Papal Mandate, as was also stated by the Ordaining Bishop during the ceremony yesterday, 26th August 2019,” said Matteo Bruni, director of…

Exorcists to Jesuit head: Satan is real

Exorcists to Jesuit head: Satan is real

By CNA

An international organization of Catholic exorcists said Thursday that the existence of Satan as a real and personal being is a truth of Christin doctrine.

“The real existence of the devil, as a personal subject who thinks and acts and has made the choice of rebellion against God, is a truth of faith that has always been part of Christian doctrine,” the International Association of Exorcists said in an Aug. 22 press release.

The organization’s release came in response…

International scholars express concerns about John Paul II Institute

International scholars express concerns about John Paul II Institute

By CNA

A group of 49 academics from universities around the world has asked the administrators of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Rome to reinstate several faculty members recently dismissed from the institute.

Contributors to the recently completed Dizionario su Sesso, Amore e Fecondità, an interdisciplinary academic tome on sex, love, and fertility, expressed their view in an Aug. 3 letter to administrators of the institute.

The project, which involved scholars from multiple specializations, was coordinated by recently dismissed John Paul…

Pope Francis: Divine Mercy is found in Christ’s wounds

Pope Francis: Divine Mercy is found in Christ’s wounds

By Courtney Grogan, CNA

On Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis reflected on Christ’s wounds, which he said contain the difficulties and persecutions endured by people who suffer today.

“Touch the wounds of Jesus,” Pope Francis said April 28. “The wounds of Jesus are a treasure from which mercy comes.”

Pope Francis said that in visiting someone who is suffering, one can touch the wounds of Christ.

“Let us draw close to Jesus and touch his wounds in our brothers,” he…

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…

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