Reading 1: Exodus 22:20-26, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 18:47, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 18:51, Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 18:2-4, Gospel: Matthew 22:34-40, Reading 2: 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10
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Vatican City, Oct 24, 2020 / 07:00 am (CNA).- Pope Francis met with Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez at the Vatican Saturday. The Vatican said Oct. 24 that the pope received the Socialist leader in a private audience for approximately 35 minutes at the Apostolic Palace. In improvised remarks that were captured on video, the pope reflected on the vocation of politicians and highlighted the dangers of ideological thinking. “It is very sad when ideologies take over the interpretation of a nation, a country, and disfigure the homeland,” he said. Sánchez later held talks with Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, the Secretary for [...]
Vatican City, Oct 24, 2020 / 04:06 am (CNA).- Pope Francis named Italian Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa as the new Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Saturday. Pizzaballa has served as apostolic administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem since 2016, while the office of Latin Patriarch has remained vacant. The Oct. 24 appointment ends a four-year wait for the estimated 293,000 Latin Catholics in Israel, the Palestinian territories, Jordan, and Cyprus for a new patriarch. Pizzaballa, a 55-year-old Franciscan friar, has lived in the Holy Land since 1990. The former Franciscan Custos of the Holy Land succeeds Jordanian-born Patriarch Emeritus Fouad Twal, [...]
Denver Newsroom, Oct 23, 2020 / 11:05 pm (CNA).- Amid an international fracas over Pope Francis’ words on civil unions in a newly released documentary, the pope’s remarks have begun to be used to criticize Catholic organizations facing ongoing religious liberty challenges in the U.S. – despite the pope’s very public alignment with these organizations on the issues of same sex marriages and adoptions. In “Francesco,” a documentary that premiered Wednesday, Pope Francis called for the passage of civil union laws, saying that homosexual couples need to be “covered” by the state. The pope also affirmed that “homosexuals have [...]
Vatican City, Oct 23, 2020 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- The Pontifical Swiss Guard announced Friday that two more of its members have tested positive for the coronavirus. The world’s smallest but oldest standing army said in a statement Oct. 23 that a total of 13 guards had now contracted the virus, following tests on every member of the corps. “No guards were hospitalized. Not all guards necessarily show symptoms such as fever, joint pain, coughing, and loss of sense of smell,” the unit said, adding that the guards’ health would continue to be monitored. “We hope for a prompt recovery so [...]
Vatican City, Oct 23, 2020 / 10:00 am (CNA).- The Vatican has extended the availability of certain plenary indulgences for the souls in Purgatory, amid concerns about avoiding large gatherings of people in churches or cemeteries and including those confined to home due to the pandemic. According to a decree Oct. 23, certain indulgenced acts, which can help to remit the temporal punishment due to sin for those who have died in a state of grace, can be obtained throughout the entire month of November 2020. The decree was signed by Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, major penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary. In [...]
Mexican broadcaster: Vatican held back Pope Francis’ words on same-sex civil unions in 2019 interview footageabbymccaffrey2020-10-24T00:05:51+08:00
Vatican City, Oct 23, 2020 / 08:50 am (CNA).- A Mexican broadcaster said Thursday that the Vatican held back footage from a 2019 interview that it conducted with Pope Francis, in which the pope called for the passage of civil union laws for same-sex couples. That footage appears in a documentary on Pope Francis released this week, but the Vatican has not yet explained the situation. A spokesman for Televisa told the Washington Post Oct. 22 that “Someone at the Vatican gave us the part that we did broadcast, and later they gave the rest of the material to [...]
Rome Newsroom, Oct 23, 2020 / 08:00 am (CNA).- Vatican prosecutors have requested evidence from Rome in an ongoing investigation into allegations that Cardinal Angelo Becciu used Secretariat of State funds to help family members, according to an Italian newspaper. La Repubblica reported Friday that Vatican prosecutors have sent letters rogatory to Rome’s public prosecutor’s office as they investigate claims that Becciu used his position to give money to companies owned by several of his brothers. Letters rogatory are a formal request from courts in one country to the courts of another country for judicial assistance. The Italian cardinal has insisted [...]
CNA Staff, Oct 22, 2020 / 03:04 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernandez, a long-time theological advisor to Pope Francis, has weighed in on the meaning of a phrase used by the pope in a video clip in “Francesco,” a documentary released Wednesday in Rome. The phrase, which is translated as “civil unions,” is at the center of a series of controversies about the documentary. “Francesco,” a newly released documentary on the life and ministry of Pope Francis, made global headlines this week, because the pope appears to call for civil union legislation, in contrast to the positions of [...]