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Pope: troubled by ‘rigid’ religious orders that attract vocations

“The decline of religious life in the West worries me,” Pope Francis said in an exchange with superiors of men’s religious orders. Nevertheless the Pope said that he was troubled...

Pope orders fresh review of liturgical translations

Pope Francis has ordered a new review of the principles that guide translations of the liturgy, America magazine has confirmed. The Pope reportedly formed a commission to review Liturgiam...

Vatican journal article questions authority of ban on female ordination

A new article in the Italian Jesuit journal Civilta Cattolica raises questions about the teaching of St. John Paul II that women can never be ordained to the priesthood. The essay in Civilta...

Cardinal Müller, German bishops clash on interpretation of Amoris Laetitia

The Vatican’s top doctrinal official has said that “Amoris Laetitia must clearly be interpreted in the light of the whole doctrine of the Church,” and reiterated the Church’s...

Council of Cardinals gives Pope Francis a vote of confidence

The Council of Cardinals has relased a statement pledging “its full support for the Pope’s work,” in a highly unusual expression of confidence in the Roman Pontiff. The...

Trump preparing new executive order to protect religious freedom

President Donald Trump is preparing to release a new executive order, designed to protect religious freedom. Speaking on February 2 at the National Prayer Breakfast, Trump said that religious...

Leader of Knights of Malta resigns at Pope’s request

The grand master of the Knights of Malta has submitted his resignation, at the request of Pope Francis, after a dispute with the Vatican over the removal of the group’s...

Posters criticizing Pope appear on streets of Rome

Posters criticizing Pope Francis appeared on the streets of Rome on Saturday, February 4. The posters featured a photo of the Pontiff wearing a grim face, and asking, “Where’s your...

California bishop praises President Trump’s travel ban

Stating that “I am not against refugees, since I was one myself,” a Chaldean Catholic bishop who ministers in California defended President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on travel...

Vatican launch for cardinal’s book defending German/Maltese bishops’ reading of Amoris Laetitia

The Vatican press has published a short book by Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio arguing that Amoris Laetitia allows for divorced and remarried Catholics to receive the Eucharist in some...