Vatican Notifications

Fulton Sheen Being Declared Blessed Plays Well in Peoria

Pope Francis on July 6, 2019, moved Archbishop Fulton Sheen a step closer to Sainthood when he declared him Blessed. The announcement played well in Peoria, Illinois, where Sheen’s cause is being advanced. People Bishop Daniel Jenky had a simple reaction: “overwhelming joy.” This next step toward Sainthood came with the approval by the Vatican of a miracle attributed to ...

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Vatican Quashes Rumors of Benedict XVI Stroke

Pope Benedict XVI is not dead and did not recently suffer a stroke, the Vatican confirmed on Tuesday. On Monday, rumors circulated on Twitter and other social media platforms that the Pope Emeritus had suffered a “mild ischemia” – a kind of stroke. “The rumours are false,” Alessandro Gisotti, director ad interim of the Press Office of the Holy See, ...

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Pope Francis on Pentecost: ‘Christian Life Unravels’ Without the Holy Spirit

By Hannah Brockhaus Without the gifts of the Holy Spirit, Christians lack that which animates them and gives them internal life and harmony, Pope Francis said on Pentecost. “Without the Spirit, our Christian life unravels, lacking the love that brings everything together,” Pope Francis said at Mass in St. Peter’s Square June 9. “Without the Spirit, Jesus remains a personage ...

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Pope Francis Names Women Members of Consecrated Life Congregation

By Hannah Brockhaus Pope Francis Monday appointed 23 new members of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, among them six women religious superior generals and one head of a women’s secular institute. The July 8 nominations, which include cardinals, bishops, and the superior generals of several male religious communities, breaks with past practice in ...

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Pope in Romania: Martyred Bishops Gave their Lives for Fidelity to the Church

By Hannah Brockhaus Declaring their beatification Sunday in Romania, Pope Francis said seven martyred Greek-Catholic bishops gave their lives for fidelity to the Church and in defense of the right to freedom of religion. “The new blesseds endured suffering and gave their lives to oppose an illiberal ideological system that oppressed the fundamental rights of the human person,” Pope Francis ...

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“We are Members one of Another” – Eph 4,25

message of His Holiness Pope Francis For the 53rd World Communications Day . . . From Social Network Communities to the Human Community” Dear Brothers and Sisters, Ever since the internet first became available, the Church has always sought to promote its use in the service of the encounter between persons, and of solidarity among all. With this Message I ...

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