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Built over St. Benedict’s birthplace, the basilica was almost totally destroyed in 2016 but rebuilding will take many years and some locals remain cautious about the restoration plans.
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The Sunday lunch followed a papal Mass on World Day of the Poor during which the Holy Father called on the faithful to imitate Jesus by helping all those in need, including the unborn, the elderly, and those forced to migrate.
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The Holy See has become increasingly mute in the face of frequent criticism — an approach which is having a detrimental effect on the Vatican, the papacy and the Church.
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The Catholic mother of five faces a real possibility of death if she is released from jail but forbidden from leaving Pakistan.
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Collapsing churches, pulsating spheres, and psychedelic tunnels were part of what its creators called a “fascinating” use of digital mapping technology.
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Edward Pentin
“The fundamental point to make is this: we have an official theology that no longer treats the unconverted nature of the world as living under the dominion of the devil, and so inevitably in a state of spiritual war against Christ and his Church.”
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Synodality, sexual abuse, homosexuality, women in the Church, and a flawed but seemingly invincible working document are a few parts of the final text giving some bishops heartburn.
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Names of the enlarged group of 16 elected members include Cardinals Joseph Tobin, Luis Antonio Tagle and Cameroon Bishop Andrew Nkea Fuanya.
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The subject was hardly discussed during this month’s meeting, and yet it dominates the third part of the draft document, surprising many of the Synod Fathers.
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The controversial issue of homosexuality may be subtly introduced into the final document by means of different language, and inclusion of the much-disparaged working document.
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Bishop Andrew Nkea Fuanya, a synod father from Cameroon, says some bishops are taking some “very fluid positions” so they can be praised back home.
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In the first of this two-part interview, philosophy professor Thomas Pink explains why forgetting that we live in a fallen, unconverted world of largely unbaptized people has led many Church leaders to falsely believe the Church can peacefully dialogue with it.
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“Underestimating the healthy idealism of young people can be a grave disservice to them, since it closes the doors to a true process of growth, maturity and holiness.”
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The full text of the former nuncio's testimony in which he refutes much of Cardinal Ouellet's letter of Oct. 7.
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Cardinal Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel of Addis Ababa tells reporters that for most youth on the continent, it’s not modern technology that’s the challenge, it’s simply “a question of survival.”
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In a letter to the Synod, a group of young people criticize replacing the truth with policy-speak and call out senior prelates who deliberately use ambiguous language in the face of Christ’s teachings.
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Cardinal Wilfrid Napier warns against ideological colonization, while Cardinal Leonardo Sandri says young people in the East want clear, authentic teaching and radical witness.
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But some key topics continue to be omitted as we obtain some of the names of those in the small groups who have so far remained secret.
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Safa Al Alqoshy, who addressed the Youth Synod Oct. 12, tells the Register about the challenges facing Iraqi youth and holds up the steadfastness of Iraqi Christian martyrs in times of trouble for the Church.
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They comprise representatives from all five continents including Mexican Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes, Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson, and Italian Archbishop Bruno Forte.
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The archbishop of Sydney pulls together some of what he sees as the most salient points discussed in the latest meetings of the youth synod — and meets the two Chinese bishops.
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The prefect for the Congregation for Bishops expresses his firm disagreement with the former nuncio’s testimonies, calling his position “incomprehensible and extremely troubling” and offers to help him “return to communion” with the Holy Father.
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The former CDF prefect also called for an investigation of Archbishop Vigano’s claims regarding Vatican mishandling of disgraced U.S. Archbishop Theodore McCarrick
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In a statement, the Vatican says it is conscious that the new investigation may reveal choices not “consonant with a contemporary approach to such issues.”
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Challenges ranging from migration to absence of fatherhood have been addressed, but the decision not to release detailed information may point to a “surprise” at the end of the synod.
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In his synod intervention, the Archbishop of Sydney urged young people to never give up on Jesus and the Church, despite the sins and shortcomings of her members.
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In his intervention at the youth synod today, the Archbishop of Philadelphia said the Church should instead be explaining why Catholic teaching about human sexuality is true, ennobling and merciful.
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Pope Francis’ apostolic constitution, Episcopalis Communio, allows for the final synod document to have magisterial weight, but the question remains whether there will be propositions.
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The Vatican says the agreement, which has been strongly opposed by some Catholics in China, will possibly be subject to “periodic reviews.”
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The words of the Pope Emeritus from November 2017 show he is aware of the pain his resignation caused, and the sorrow people feel about the current situation facing the Church.
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In new apostolic constitution, the Holy Father gives the body new powers, including applying magisterial authority to a synod’s final document.
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In an interview with the Register, Péter Szijjártó explains why he believes his government’s EU-opposed immigration policy is necessary to preserve Hungary’s and Europe’s Christian heritage.
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“I perceive this time of great crisis, which today is no longer hidden from anyone, above all as a time of grace...”
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The Holy Father agrees to meet the president of the U.S. bishops to discuss the McCarrick scandal and the issue of bishops involved in sexual abuse.
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Despite Pope Francis’ call on journalists to verify Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s allegations, a key cardinal and other Vatican officials and offices have so far refused to provide information.
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The inconsistency is something that continues to be a source of question and concern
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Despite the high probability Benedict did impose sanctions or disciplinary measures against McCarrick, it appears the attitude was to ignore his willingness to flout them.
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The Register reported Aug. 25 that Benedict XVI had issued sanctions against then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick but we never stated that the Pope Emeritus confirmed — as alleged in The New York Times — all of Archbishop Viganò’s recent testimony on corruption in the Church.
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By looking back at the past two synods on the family and their fallout, as well as the upcoming October synod for young people, it’s possible to come to a conclusive answer.
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Speakers at a Conference of Catholic Families on the sidelines of the World Meeting of Families didn’t hold back from exposing the extent of the crisis in the Church but also gave grounds for hope.
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In a letter addressed to the ‘People of God,’ the Pope responds to the Pennsylvania grand jury report and other recent cases of clerical sexual abuse and cover up by bishops. He calls on the faithful to conversion, prayer and penance.
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The former lead singer of ‘The Police’ tells the Register he is grateful for his Catholicism, shares his love for Latin and sacred music, and says he hasn’t ruled out one day coming back to the Sacraments.
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Questions are being raised over why Italy’s hierarchy and associated institutions, principally opposed to the current government’s immigration policy, are so outspoken in their disapproval of Italy’s ruling coalition.
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In an explanatory letter to bishops, CDF prefect Cardinal Ladaria states the change is an ‘authentic development of doctrine,’ building on the teaching of Pope St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI.
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Edward Pentin and Sabrina Ferrisi
A translation of the letter of the 48 seminarians about concerns at the Tegucigalpa major seminary, plus a suicide note that partly prompted them to write it, and other documentation.
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The statement, which asserts that the seminary follows the norms and morals of the Catholic Church, criticizes the Register’s reporting on the seminary for causing “pain and scandal.” The Register, however, stands by the story.
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Vatican issues short statement announcing that the archbishop emeritus of Washington D.C. is to be suspended from public ministry and confined to a house where he is to live a “life of prayer and penance” until he faces a canonical trial.
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Professor Stephan Kampowski argues the most important development of the document is for it to be better explained and understood.
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After a $1.6 million refurbishment, St. Augustine’s church and shrine in Ramsgate is welcoming pilgrims from all over the world, many of them interested in its important role in Anglo-Saxon Catholic heritage.
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As the encyclical turns 50, the president emeritus of the Pontifical Pope St. John Paul II Theological Institute tackles various attempts to soften its teaching.
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Bishop Juan Jose Pineda Fasquelle was at the center of allegations involving abuse of seminarians and financial misconduct.
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The English professor discusses what revisions or reinterpretations, if any, could be permitted as the encyclical reaches its 50th anniversary, and responds to a controversial list drawn up by the editor in chief of the Italian bishops’ newspaper, ‘Avvenire.’
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Chilean author José Antonio Ureta believes faithful ‘resistance’ to destructive innovations is a necessary act of charity.
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The German bishops will look again at the issue when the episcopal conference gathers for its plenary assembly in September.
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Aid to the Church in Need and the Sant’Egidio Community co-sponsored the symposium
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The Pope said the final document will be an “orientative” one, “so that each diocesan bishop can manage what Canon Law already permits.”
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Perplexity over the Holy Father’s questionable recollection of the controversy may be due to the fact that his full comments on the matter in the interview have yet to be published.
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Calls for greater openness to homosexuals and use of the term ‘LGBT’ are mixed in with laudable references to real challenges facing today’s young faithful.
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Humanae Vitae 50 originated from British lay faithful who had encouraged the country’s clergy to proclaim the message contained in the statement.
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After much deliberation, the Vatican Secretary of State decided to take part in order to convey Catholic social teaching to those who would not otherwise hear it.
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“For the last 18 years I have been asking myself: ‘What have I done wrong to have my life turned into hell?’”
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Out of the tens of thousands of Christian families who lived in Mosul pre-2014, only 10 have so far returned, and it’s unlikely many more will go back.
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The cases that have been reported are thought to be only the tip of the iceberg.
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The widow of the former Honduran ambassador to the Holy See says her motive for going public is simply to seek ‘justice.’
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A montage of images from the May 19 event.
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Will the Pope accept some or all of the bishops’ resignations? And will other hierarchies in Latin America and beyond face the same treatment?
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Bishop Athanasius Schneider
COMMENTARY: Every Christian has a duty to fight against sin, error and temptation, including errors within the Church such as heresy and ambiguity in doctrine.
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‘Oeconomicae et pecuniariae quaestiones’ urges a recovery of what is ‘authentically human’ and dependence on the Lord to avoid a ‘slide towards social collapse.’
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As the world’s media focuses on the notorious case of Chilean abuser Father Fernando Karadima, a Jesuit high school in Santiago has also been reprimanded for lack of transparency over a case of historic clerical sex abuse.
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The Iraqi priest martyred by Islamist fighters in Mosul in 2007 remains an inspiration for many Christian victims of persecution and those defending them.
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Professor Stanislaw Grygiel warns against theologians who ‘raise man’s weakness to the dignity of the principle of life.’
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The Bishop of Regensburg takes issue with Pope Francis’ request that German bishops come to a unanimous decision on Holy Communion for Protestant Spouses, stressing it is a doctrinal rather than pastoral matter.
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A panel of three, court-assigned medical experts are reviewing the case of the 42 year-old severely disabled Frenchman whose life support his doctor ordered switched off against his parents’ and other doctors’ wishes.
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The Archbishop of Hamburg claims the Pope backs the German bishops’ majority vote in favor of Holy Communion for some Protestant spouses.
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The Pontifical Council for Culture wanted the focus to be on the Met’s exhibition of fashion, Catholicism and art, rather than Monday’s gala, viewed by many of the faithful as a sacrilegious mockery of the Church.
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Among the additions are synodality, young people, and pastoral care for those in “irregular” situations.
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Cardinal Willem Jacobus Eijk
COMMENTARY: Failure to give German bishops proper directives, based on the clear doctrine and practice of the Church, points to a drift towards apostasy from the truth.
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The former CDF prefect views the statement on the meeting about Holy Communion for some Protestant spouses as ‘very poor,’ and calls on bishops and cardinals to ‘raise their voices.’
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Pope says he hopes meeting, which was held in a ‘cordial and fraternal atmosphere,’ will bring a ‘possibly unanimous result.’
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The apostolic nuncio to Austria also criticizes bishops who visit the Holy Land and cover their pectoral crosses, saying “that shames me, too.”
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Their plea to reaffirm the Gospel comes in response to errors in teaching which they say have their roots in ‘secular mentalities and the false moral theology of past decades.’
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As the Pope prayed the Rosary in front of the Madonna of the Miracle, a Syrian Franciscan sister remains firmly hopeful that despite the continuing war, the best years lie ahead for Syria and her ancient Christian community.
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It will be difficult for the Holy Father to continue his tendency of remaining above the fray when it comes to a crucial meeting this week, says theologian.
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‘My gladiator laid down his shield and gained his wings,’ says his father, Thomas Evans.
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Although the Vatican highlights achievements mentioned in the Financial Information Authority’s new annual report, one expert critic takes a considerably bleaker view.
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Auxiliary Bishop Juan Jose Pineda, who also faces allegations of financial corruption, remains protected by Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga who continues to face financial questions of his own.
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The Register obtains a copy of the March 22 missive which expresses serious concerns about the recent German bishops’ decision to give Holy Communion to Protestant spouses in some cases. Sources say the seven bishops’ call for clarification, which is being fiercely opposed by the German episcopal conference, has the full support of Benedict XVI.
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Patristics scholar Claudio Pierantoni takes a more critical view of Pope Francis’ new apostolic exhortation which the Register has learned was given to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith only a very short time before publication.
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The 23-month-old toddler and his family continue to fight for his life, despite numerous setbacks.
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Regarded as one of the greatest living Catholic philosophers, the Austrian scholar welcomes much of the Pope’s exhortation on holiness and believes it implicitly rejects a proposed ‘new paradigm’ of morality that draws on ‘Amoris Laetitia.’
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Acclaimed Catholic composer Sir James MacMillan explains to the Register the meaning behind his composition, set to the famous 13th century poem on the suffering of Mary.
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The author shares his reasons for writing the controversial book and his concerns about this pontificate.
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Sources confirm that, with the Holy Father’s approval, the Vatican’s head of doctrine has thrown out the bishops’ proposal allowing Holy Communion for some Protestant spouses, but the Pope wishes the rejection letter to remain secret.
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Father of two-year old toddler at the center of battles between his parents and UK authorities to keep him alive appeals to the Holy Father for Alfie to receive care at the Vatican-run Bambino Gesù hospital in Rome.
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Vincent Lambert, a severely disabled Frenchman without a terminal illness, and Alfie Evans, a two-year old toddler with an undiagnosed disease, face state imposed death sentences against the will of their parents.
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In Gaudete et Exsultate, the Holy Father offers guidance on the many paths to sanctity in today’s world.
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The six-point profession of faith, titled ‘We testify and confess,’ reaffirms the Church’s unchanging teaching in key areas.
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Bishop Athansius Schneider defines the qualities required of the Petrine Office and warns against silence in the face of ignorance of the truth, and attacks on the truth. Cardinal Walter Brandmüller says holiness is a requirement for the important participation of the laity on matters of doctrine.
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In a speech at a conference in Rome addressing confusion in the Church, the American cardinal outlined the limits of papal power, and pays to tribute to Cardinal Joachim Meisner who ‘tirelessly’ presented Christ’s teaching.
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A Milan hospital offers to give a second opinion on toddler with undiagnosed brain disease as UK hospital tries again to turn off his life support, contrary to his parent’s wishes.
Edward Pentin

Edward Pentin began reporting on the Pope and the Vatican with Vatican Radio before moving on to become the Rome correspondent for the National Catholic Register. He has also reported on the Holy See and the Catholic Church for a number of other publications including Newsweek, Newsmax, Zenit, The Catholic Herald, and The Holy Land Review, a Franciscan publication specializing in the Church and the Middle East. Edward is the author of “The Rigging of a Vatican Synod? An Investigation into Alleged Manipulation at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family”, published by Ignatius Press. Follow him on Twitter @edwardpentin