July 16, 2018

Author Archive | Carol Glatz

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Pope: Individual bishops must decide about Communion in mixed marriages

The question of allowing Protestants married to Catholics to receive Communion at Mass in special cases has to be decided by each individual bishop and cannot be decided by a bishops’ conference, Pope Francis told reporters after a one-day ecumenical journey to Geneva. During an inflight news conference June 21, the pope was asked about […]

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Advisers to pope: ‘Pontifical secret’ in abuse cases needs review

Members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors believe they have done important work over the past three years, but, because there is so much more to be done, they presented Pope Francis with a list of suggestions, including changing the way confidentiality is imposed during church investigations of child sexual abuse. Pope […]

Marcilio Haddad Andrino, whose cure from brain abscesses was accepted as the second miracle for the sainthood cause  of Mother Teresa of Kolkata, speaks during a 2 September press conference concerning her canonisation at the Vatican. Photo: CNS/Paul Haring

Miracle is sign of mercy, says Brazilian who prayed to St Teresa

The inexplicable recovery from a severe brain infection – attributed to the intercession of St Teresa of Kolkata – is a sign that God’s mercy is for everyone, said the Brazilian man who was healed. “Merciful God looks over all of us, without distinction. Today it was me, perhaps tomorrow it will be someone else. […]

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Pope Francis’ child protection ‘special forces’ join the fight against sexual abuse

The Catholic Church has launched a new kind of “special forces” in the fight against child abuse. Nineteen men and women from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas became the first graduates awarded special certification in the safeguarding of minors – an initiative begun in Rome in 2016 to help dioceses, bishops’ conferences, religious orders […]

The sky at the Cerro Tololo in the Valle de Elqui, Chile, is seen on 11 October, 2015. People from diverse cultures and religions working together greatly enrich scientific research, Pope Francis told international astronomy students. Photo: CNS/AURA Observatory of Chile via EPA

Diversity aids search for truth about cosmos, pope tells students

People from diverse cultures and religions working together greatly enrich scientific research, Pope Francis told international astronomy students. “All of us dwell under the same sky. All of us are moved by the beauty revealed in the cosmos and reflected in the study of the heavenly bodies and substances,” he said on 11 June. The […]

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Resist pressure to ignore injustice, trafficking, pope tells judges

Pope Francis urged prosecutors and judges to step up the fight against human trafficking and resist threats and pressures to close their eyes to injustice. “I know, too, that to be a judge today, to be a public prosecutor and state attorney means risking your life,” he told justice officials taking part in a summit […]

Afghan drug addicts wait to enroll in Jangalak hospital and shelter for drug addicts in 2014 in Kabul. Pope Francis has requested a special study session at the Vatican to look at how to solve the growing problem of drug abuse, especially narcotics. Photo: CNS/S. Sabwoon, EPA

Pope calls for gathering to find ways to end, prevent drug abuse

Pope Francis has requested a special study session at the Vatican to look at how to solve the growing problem of drug abuse, especially narcotics. Leading experts from around the world are being invited “to examine and discuss possible innovative socio-political solutions” to drug use, abuse and prevention, a papal academy said. “Following a special […]

Bishop Robert Barron addresses the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. Photo: CNS/Jeffrey Bruno

Extreme faith: God makes big demands, gives infinite love, says Bishop Robert Barron

Catholicism is a faith of extremes where God makes tough demands while always offering his unconditional love, a U.S. bishop told priests taking part in their jubilee for the Year of Mercy. When preaching or communicating church teaching, some priests might emphasise the high ideals needed for holiness and others might underline God’s loving, inclusive […]

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Panel will help remove bishops who fail to prevent sexual abuse

Pope Francis will set up a panel of legal experts to help him decide whether to remove a religious superior or bishop from office for failing to protect minors and vulnerable adults from sex abuse. Vatican offices will continue to investigate claims of negligence on the part of bishops, ordinaries or religious superiors under their […]

The face of reform: Jean-Baptise de Franssu, who became the new president of the Vatican bank in 2014. With Vatican finances and administration undergoing a protracted reform process mandated by Pope Francis, two members of the bank’s board of supervisors have handed in their resignations over differences with bank management. Photo: Tony Gentile, Reuters

Key figures resign from Vatican bank supervisory board

Two members of the Vatican bank’s board of supervisors handed in their resignation over a difference in opinion concerning the bank’s management. Carlo Salvatori and Clemens Borsig decided to step down from the Vatican bank, known formally as the Institute for the Works of Religion, “in light of legitimate reflections and opinions concerning the management […]

Pope Francis greets a boy carrying a tablet during his general audience in St Peter's Square at the Vatican on 25 May. Photo: CNS/Paul Haring

Prayer is no magic wand; it strengthens faith in tough times, pope says

Prayer is not a magic wand that fulfils your desires, but it is what helps you keep the faith when you don’t understand God’s will, Pope Francis said. Prayer is meant to be “our daily bread, our powerful weapon and the staff for our journey”, he said 25 May during his weekly general audience in […]