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The Vatican announces major advances in the causes of the famous 19th century English theologian and convert from Anglicanism, and the 20th century heroic Hungarian cardinal who stood up to fascism and communism.
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The former Vatican doctrinal head upholds key teachings in the face of ‘growing confusion’ about Church doctrine and a ‘growing danger’ that people are ‘missing the path to eternal life.’
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The patron of the Order of Malta also hopes to use the site to teach the Church’s doctrine and discipline.
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Images of Arab and Christian culture brought together during the first visit by a Supreme Pontiff to the Arab Peninsula.
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In an interview with the Register, the apostolic vicar to Southern Arabia recalls the highlights of the historic visits and looks ahead to its potential impact on the region.
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While a Dubai government minister explains why tolerance is so important to the UAE — and that the government does not restrict the building of churches.
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Peter Hellyer, media adviser to the UAE's National Media Council, discusses the country's commitment to tolerance and shares his thoughts on the historic visit after living over 40 years in the country.
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Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia says we are witnessing ‘history in the making’ as Pope Francis becomes the first ever Roman Pontiff to set foot on the Arab Peninsula.
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The Holy Father said the Feb. 3-5 apostolic voyage, which includes an interreligious gathering and large open-air Mass, will be ‘short’ but ‘important.’
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But a ‘very delicate’ situation is not helped by ‘fake news’ claiming she is already on her way.
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The letter from December 2016 reveals Pope Francis supported Cardinal Raymond Burke’s view that the distribution of contraceptives by its humanitarian arm had to stop.
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On the papal plane back from Panama, the Holy Father said he is personally opposed, but then recommended the radical ideas of a missionary bishop who supports ordaining untrained older married men of proven virtue.
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But the Holy See’s spokesman stands by his earlier statement that accusations of sexual misconduct against Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta were not made until last fall.
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The Vatican says the decision has been taken because ‘conditions and circumstances change,’ but that dialogue towards regularization of the SSPX ‘continues.’
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The heads of the country's bishops conference have a ‘very fraternal, interesting and fruitful meeting’ ahead of February's summit on protection of minors.
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The retired nuncio says in an open letter to the disgraced former Archbishop of Washington that a public act of repentance would bring “healing to a gravely wounded and suffering Church.”
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The appointments of four new staff at the Holy See Press Office follow months of unheeded requests for help.
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In a new interview, the German cardinal says the “real scandal” is that the Church hasn’t distinguished herself from a society characterized by growing sexualization.
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In his New Year message, the head of the German bishops’ conference also appeared to argue for a revision of clerical celibacy in light of a “shocking” report of historical clergy sexual abuse published in Germany last year.
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The head of the Vatican’s dicastery for religious life blames ‘a mafia’ for the cover-up, adding those responsible ‘were not the Church.’
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Burke and deputy director Paloma García Ovejero step down by their own choice and will be replaced ad interim by Vatican journalist Alessandro Gisotti.
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The Vatican body aimed at keeping traditional Catholics united with the Successor of Peter looks likely to be suppressed, but sources suggest it could actually be a positive development.
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‘Our differences, then, are not a detriment or a danger; they are a source of richness. As when an artist is about to make a mosaic: it is better to have tiles of many colours available, rather than just a few!’
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Cardinal Joseph Zen says Pope Francis is being “deceived by his collaborators” and a “miracle” is needed, while Cardinal Pietro Parolin says an “act of faith” is required to make the deal work.
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The Holy Father’s customary visit took place at Benedict XVI’s Mater Ecclesiae residence
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“This year, in our turbulent world, the barque of the Church has experienced, and continues to experience, moments of difficulty, and has been buffeted by strong winds and tempests.”
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Brody Hale, an independent consulter on church preservation, tells the Register that a greater emphasis on valuing the sacred is vital if churches are to be saved from the ever-increasing threat of closure.
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Pastoral guidelines allowing the practice in some cases is predictably causing chaos and “great harm” to the Church, says Cardinal Gerhard Müller.
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A Syriac Catholic priest in the Northern Iraqi town of Bartella tells the Register of recent efforts to threaten Christians so they leave the region, and why security, jobs and a greater Christian presence are needed there more than ever.
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The organizing committee for meeting on clerical sex abuse says such personal encounters are a “concrete way” of ensuring that victim survivors are “first and foremost in the minds of all” at the summit.
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Security is expected to be tight for the brief three-night visit which will be limited to Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital.
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During the Feb. 3-5 trip, the first by a pontiff to the Arab Peninsula, the Holy Father will attend an interfaith meeting and celebrate a Mass for the country’s large immigrant Catholic population.
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The Pope also assured all the Bush family of his prayers and commended the former President’s “soul to the merciful love of Almighty God.”
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In a statement issued through his lawyers, the former apostolic nuncio to the United States and recent whistleblower calls reports accusing him of “fraud,” “theft” or misappropriation of funds “unfounded.”
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“The evolution in the Church's understanding of the Gospel over the centuries is not a question of a paradigm shift, but of the development of doctrine, organic and in continuity with the faith.”
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“She is an incredible woman. She has kept an unshakable faith and an infinite trust in the Lord.”
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In an editorial, ‘ConfidencialHN’ says the “children of Honduras are worth as much as those of Chile, Pennsylvania or Ireland,” and asks for a “thorough investigation” of clerical sex abuse in the country.
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Archbishop Charles Scicluna and Jesuit Father Hans Zollner are the others named to the organizing committee while two women, abuse victims and members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors will help with the preparatory work.
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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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“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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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.
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