Deep in Vatican Archives, Scholar Discovers ‘Flabbergasting’ Secrets

David Kertzer has spent decades excavating the Vatican’s hidden history, with his work winning a Pulitzer and capturing Hollywood’s attention. A new book examines Pope Pius XII’s role in the Holocaust.

#archives-and-records, #content-type-personal-profile, #francis, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #italy, #jews-and-judaism, #kertzer-david-i, #pius-xii, #roman-catholic-church, #vatican-city

The Russian Orthodox Leader at the Core of Putin’s Ambitions

Patriarch Kirill I has provided spiritual cover for the invasion of Ukraine, reaping vast resources for his church in return. Now, in an extraordinary step, the E.U. is threatening him with sanctions.

#europe, #european-union, #francis, #kirill-i, #moscow-russia, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #roman-catholic-church, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #russian-orthodox-church, #ukraine

Pope Francis Condemns War in Ukraine (Again), but Doesn’t Name Putin (Again)

In a wide-ranging interview with an Argentine newspaper, Francis defended his decision not to call out Mr. Putin, but said he was ready to do “everything” to prevent more deaths.

#francis, #kirill-i, #la-nacion, #putin-vladimir-v, #roman-catholic-church, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #russian-orthodox-church, #ukraine

Pope Francis Alludes to Putin’s Role in War on Ukraine

Francis’ remarks during a trip to Malta were the closest he has come to pinning the war in Ukraine on President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

#francis, #malta, #putin-vladimir-v, #roman-catholic-church, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

Pope Meets Canadian Groups Seeking Apology for Indigenous Schools

Francis met for the first time with groups of survivors of Canada’s abusive Indigenous schools who are seeking his apology over the church’s role in running the schools.

#apologies, #canada, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #francis, #indigenous-people, #priests, #religion-and-belief, #reparations, #roman-catholic-church, #truth-and-reconciliation-commission-canada

Pope Francis Issues New Vatican Constitution

The document stipulates that baptized lay Catholics, including women, can lead departments and increases institutional efforts to protect minors.

#benedict-xvi, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #constitutions, #francis, #john-paul-ii, #omalley-sean-p, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #rome-italy

Pope Deplores the War in Ukraine but Not the Aggressor

Francis has raised his voice against “unacceptable armed aggression” without mentioning President Vladimir V. Putin or Russia. Some analysts say that he risks complicating his legacy.

#francis, #putin-vladimir-v, #roman-catholic-church, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #russian-orthodox-church, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

In a First, Catholic Cardinal Testifies in Vatican Criminal Trial

Accused of embezzlement and abuse of office, Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu told the court that he was sure the truth would clear his name.

#becciu-giovanni-angelo, #cardinals-roman-catholic-prelates, #embezzlement, #francis, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sardinia-italy, #vatican-city

The Nun Reshaping the Role of Women Inside the Vatican

Sister Nathalie Becquart will play a prominent role at the Synod of Bishops next year as Pope Francis tries to encourage new voices in the hierarchy.

#becquart-nathalie, #christians-and-christianity, #france, #francis, #nuns, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #women-and-girls, #women-and-leadership-2022

Pope Francis Told to Sit Out Ceremonies Because of Knee Pain

A doctor recommended that Francis should take “a period of greater rest.”

#francis, #knees, #roman-catholic-church, #sciatica

In Italy, a Call for a National Investigation Into Clerical Sexual Abuse

Italy has so far resisted calls for an independent investigation into how the Roman Catholic church has handled these cases.

#benedict-xvi, #francis, #italy, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes

Pope Francis Is Troubled by Your Pet

On Fido and fruitfulness.

#cats, #children-and-childhood, #dogs, #francis, #internal-sub-only-nl, #pets, #roman-catholic-church

Benedict Faulted for Handling of Abuse Cases When He Was an Archbishop

A newly released report by a law firm said the former pope failed to discipline priests in at least four cases of sexual abuse accusations in Germany.

#benedict-xvi, #francis, #germany, #marx-reinhard, #munich-germany, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes

Pope Scolds Couples Who Choose Pets Over Kids

Expressing concern about global birthrates, Francis said such couples were acting in a selfish way that diminished humanity.

#animals, #francis, #pets, #roman-catholic-church

An Italian Town Hopes Its Basketball Patron Advances to National Status

Porretta Terme, in central Italy, is passionate about basketball, and is pressing the Vatican to officially recognize its local saint as Italy’s patron of the sport.

#basketball, #francis, #italy, #madonna, #mary-mother-of-jesus

‘Bless and Protect My Team’: An Italian Town Hopes Its Basketball Patron Advances to National Status

Porretta Terme, in central Italy, is passionate about basketball, and is pressing the Vatican to officially recognize its local saint as Italy’s patron of the sport.

#basketball, #francis, #italy, #madonna, #mary-mother-of-jesus

As Covid Disrupts a 2nd Christmas, Pope Prays for Healing and Peace

In his Christmas message, Pope Francis called on world leaders to resolve persisting conflicts and prayed for people across the globe who are affected by the coronavirus.

#christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #francis, #vatican-city

Pope Says High Number of Domestic Violence Cases is ‘Almost Satanic’

Francis once again decried the scourge of domestic abuse, which has increased during the months of pandemic lockdown.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #domestic-violence, #francis, #italy, #roman-catholic-church

Italian Bishop Gives Children Harsh News: There Is No Santa Claus

You’ve been lied to, children heard from a bishop, the latest Catholic clergyman to try to take down Santa Claus and consumerism. Many Italians were not pleased.

#christmas, #european-union, #francis, #italy, #roman-catholic-church, #santa-claus

Pope Exploring a 2nd Meeting With Russian Orthodox Church

Speaking after his trip to Cyprus and Greece, Francis also said he had no choice but to accept the resignation of the archbishop of Paris because of the harmful gossip surrounding him.

#belarus-poland-border-crisis-2021, #francis, #immigration-and-emigration, #internal-storyline-no, #kirill-i, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #roman-catholic-church, #russian-orthodox-church

Pope Francis Laments That for Migrants, ‘Little Has Changed’

At a Greek refugee camp, Francis sought to restore compassion for asylum seekers, whose plight he called a “shipwreck of civilization.”

#francis, #greece, #immigration-and-emigration, #lesbos-greece, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #united-nations

In Cyprus, Pope’s Plea for Migrants Clashes With Island’s Tensions

As he celebrated Mass, Pope Francis urged Cypriots to welcome refugees and embrace their home’s history as a crossroads of cultures. But the government says it is overwhelmed.

#asylum-right-of, #cyprus, #european-commission, #european-union, #francis, #greece, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #politics-and-government, #roman-catholic-church, #united-nations

Pope Francis Heads to Cyprus

Even as the world focuses on a new coronavirus variant, Francis is embarking on a trip that incorporates longstanding priorities like opening borders and welcoming the destitute.

#benedict-xvi, #cyprus, #defense-and-military-forces, #francis, #immigration-and-emigration, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #politics-and-government, #roman-catholic-church

Catholic Bishops Avoid Confrontation With Biden Over Communion

In a vote, they endorsed new guidance on offering holy communion to public figures but did not overtly mention the president or other officials who support abortion rights.

#abortion, #baltimore-md, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #christians-and-christianity, #francis, #roman-catholic-church, #united-states-conference-of-catholic-bishops

Pope Francis Sent Me a Letter. It Gives Me Hope as a Gay Catholic.

Dialogue may be possible between L.G.B.T. Catholics and church leaders, even at the highest levels.

#acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome, #francis, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #nuns, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #transgender-and-transsexuals

Pressure Grows on G20 Nations to Get Covid Vaccines to the Poor

The world’s leaders are focusing on preventing future pandemics, but experts say rich nations are not doing enough to help the poor survive the current one.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #draghi-mario, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #foreign-aid, #francis, #group-of-twenty, #income-inequality, #international-trade-and-world-market, #pfizer-inc, #philanthropy, #politics-and-government, #poverty, #rome-italy, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

Biden Eases Fray with France and Savors Meeting with Pope as Europe Trip Begins

Mr. Biden sought to mend ties with France’s president over a sabotaged French submarine contract, and expressed gratitude toward Pope Francis after a 90-minute meeting.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #draghi-mario, #european-union, #francis, #group-of-twenty, #rome-italy, #united-states-international-relations

Biden: Pope Says He Should Keep Receiving Communion

President Biden said abortion had not come up in their private meeting. “We just talked about the fact he was happy that I was a good Catholic and I should keep receiving communion,” he said.

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #francis

Meeting Between Francis and Biden Will Highlight Their Rift With American Bishops

The pope and president, who meet at the Vatican on Friday, are the common targets of conservative American bishops seeking to undercut them.

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-iii, #christians-and-christianity, #francis, #pelosi-nancy, #politics-and-government, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Pope Expresses ‘Willingness’ to Visit Canada for Indigenous Reconciliation

A National Truth and Reconciliation Commission has called for a papal apology for abuses at church-run schools for Indigenous children.

#canada, #francis, #indigenous-people, #roman-catholic-church, #truth-and-reconciliation-commission-canada

Catholic Church in Sicily Bans Godparents For Now

Part of the Catholic church in Sicily has imposed a three-year prohibition on naming godparents, arguing that the tradition has become merely a way to fortify family ties — and mob ties, too.

#ndrangheta, #baptism, #becciu-giovanni-angelo, #calabria-italy, #christians-and-christianity, #francis, #organized-crime, #roman-catholic-church, #sicily-italy

John Paul I, Pope for 33 Days in 1978, Will Be Beatified

Pope Francis approved a miracle attributed to the last Italian pope, bringing him a step closer to becoming a saint.

#beatifications-and-canonizations, #francis, #john-paul-i, #popes, #roman-catholic-church, #vatican-city

Vatican Issues Acquittals in Sexual Abuse Case Involving Ex-Seminarians

One defendant, now a priest, had been accused of sexual abuse when he and his accuser were teenagers at a seminary within the Vatican walls. Another priest was accused of covering it up.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #clergy, #francis, #martinelli-gabriele, #priests, #radice-enrico, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #vatican-city

Pope Urges Clemency for Missouri Death Row Prisoner

Ernest L. Johnson, 61, is scheduled to be executed on Tuesday for killing three convenience store employees during a robbery in 1994. Supporters say his intellectual disabilities make the execution unconstitutional.

#bush-cori, #capital-punishment, #cleaver-emanuel-ii, #francis, #intellectual-disabilities, #missouri, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #parson-michael-l, #roman-catholic-church

Pope Weighs In on Calls to Deny Communion to Biden Over Abortion

“What must the pastor do?” Francis said when a reporter asked him about the subject. “Be a pastor, don’t go condemning.”

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #francis, #roman-catholic-church, #united-states-politics-and-government

Pope Francis Criticizes Political Use of Christianity

On a four-day visit to Slovakia and Hungary, Francis had strong words for those who wield Christian symbols for personal gain.

#christians-and-christianity, #crosses-and-crucifixes, #francis, #hungary, #orban-viktor, #roman-catholic-church, #slovakia

In Orban’s Hungary, Pope Urges Bishops to Embrace Diversity

On a quick trip to the country, Francis met with Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Hungary’s hard-right leader, before celebrating a public Mass.

#budapest-hungary, #europe, #francis, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #roman-catholic-church

Meeting Hungary’s Strongman, Pope Treads a Fine Line With an Embattled Leader

Pope Francis’ meeting with Viktor Orban could help, or hurt, the prime minister’s efforts to curry favor with voters ahead of coming elections in Hungary, which is predominantly Catholic.

#budapest-hungary, #christians-and-christianity, #europe, #francis, #hungary, #orban-viktor, #roman-catholic-church, #spadaro-antonio

Pope Criticizes Western Intervention in Afghanistan

Francis said in a wide-ranging interview with a Spanish-language radio network that he was in good health after colon surgery in July and insisted that he had not considered resigning.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #francis, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #politics-and-government, #roman-catholic-church, #rome-italy, #united-states-international-relations

Pope Francis Encourages Covid Vaccines in Media Campaign

“Getting the vaccines that are authorized by the respective authorities is an act of love,” the pope says in a video from the Ad Council.

#advertising-and-marketing, #advertising-council, #christians-and-christianity, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #francis, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #rumors-and-misinformation, #vaccination-and-immunization

Pope Francis Is Tearing the Catholic Church Apart

Pope Francis’ move against the Latin Mass will deepen the divisions in the church. 

#benedict-xvi, #christians-and-christianity, #francis, #latin-language, #paul-vi, #popes, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church

Even the Pope Has Prayed to Venezuela’s Beloved ‘Doctor of the Poor’

In a deeply polarized country, suffering an extreme health crisis, one of the few uniting beliefs is the admiration across the political spectrum for a doctor recently beatified by the Vatican.

#beatifications-and-canonizations, #caracas-venezuela, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #francis, #hernandez-jose-gregorio-1864-1919, #hospitals, #isnotu-venezuela, #medicine-and-health, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #politics-and-government, #roman-catholic-church, #venezuela

The Ungovernable Catholic Church

Will the pope’s move against the Latin Mass fulfill his revolution or reveal the limits of his power?

#benedict-xvi, #france, #francis, #john-paul-ii, #popes, #priests, #restoration-and-renovation, #roman-catholic-church

A Closer Look at the Colon Condition That Hospitalized the Pope

Francis suffered a disorder that is relatively common and treatable, and doctors expect him to make a full recovery.

#age-chronological, #antibiotics, #colon, #constipation, #content-type-service, #digestive-tract, #diverticulosis, #fiber-dietary, #francis, #gemelli, #roman-catholic-church, #surgery-and-surgeons, #your-feed-science

Pope Sends More Mixed Messages on L.G.B.T.Q. Rights

An encouraging note from Pope Francis capped an especially disorienting week on the Vatican’s stance toward gay rights.

#discrimination, #francis, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #italy, #martin-james-a, #politics-and-government, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships

Vatican Expresses Deep Reservations Over Gay Rights Bill in Italy

The move prompted cries of political meddling from liberal politicians and gestures of gratitude from conservatives. A church historian called it “an unprecedented act.”

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #draghi-mario, #francis, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #italy, #religion-state-relations, #roman-catholic-church

Pope Francis’ Silence Speaks Volumes on Controversial Communion Vote by US Bishops

The divergence of the conservative American church from Francis’ agenda is now so obvious as to be unremarkable, even when U.S. bishops ignore a Vatican warning.

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #francis, #roman-catholic-church, #united-states-conference-of-catholic-bishops

Pope’s Silence Speaks Volumes on Controversial Communion Vote by U.S. Bishops

The divergence of the conservative American church from Francis’ agenda is now so obvious as to be unremarkable, even when U.S. bishops ignore a Vatican warning.

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #francis, #roman-catholic-church, #united-states-conference-of-catholic-bishops

Targeting Biden, Catholic Bishops Advance Controversial Communion Plan

The decision was aimed at the nation’s second Catholic president and exposed bitter divisions in American Catholicism.

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #francis, #pelosi-nancy, #roman-catholic-church

Vatican Warns U.S. Bishops: Don’t Deny Biden Communion Over Abortion

Conservative American Catholic bishops are pressing for a debate over whether Catholics who support the right to an abortion should be allowed to take Communion.

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #francis, #gomez-jose-horacio, #gregory-wilton-d, #kerry-john, #roman-catholic-church, #united-states-conference-of-catholic-bishops