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Memo: nuncio curtailed investigation of Minnesota archbishop

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, then apostolic nuncio to the United States, directed that an investigation into Archbishop John Nienstedt’s alleged homosexual activity be curtailed, and...

Vatican cautions against rumor of special administrator for Medjugorje

Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, has dismissed as "premature" rumors that the Vatican will assume direct responsibility for Medjugorje. According to...

Top Vatican liturgical official urges 'ad orientem' liturgy

Cardinal Robert Sarah, the prefect of the Congregation for Liturgy, has recommended that priests throughout the world celebrate Mass ad orientem, beginning at Advent. In the ad orientem posture,...

Vatican deflates 'ad orientem' suggestion

The Vatican has moved quickly to counteract a suggestion by Cardinal Robert Sarah that priests should celebrate Mass ad orientem. Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press...

'Not a religious war,' Pope says

"The world is at war," Pope Francis told reporters accompanying him on his July 27 flight to Krakow. But, he added, "I do not speak of a religious war." Reacting to the murder...

US Catholic voters lean toward Clinton, survey shows

American Catholic voters lean strongly toward Hillary Clinton in this year's presidential contest, according to a new Pew Forum survey. The Pew poll found that Clinton held a 56-39% advantage...

Pope appoints American layman as chief Vatican spokesman

Pope Francis has named an American layman, Greg Burke, as the director of the Holy See Press Office, effective August 1. Burke succeeds Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, 73, who has served in the...

French church attacked during Mass, priest murdered

Two men with knives entered a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, France, during Mass and took a priest and several worshippers hostage, according to media reports. The attackers-- who identified...

Cardinal Burke: Islam is ‘fundamentally a form of government’

Cardinal Raymond Burke said in a telephone interview that Islam is “fundamentally a form of government.” Speaking with Religion News Service, the patron of the Sovereign Military...

Archbishop Gänswein says loyalty to Pope Benedict makes him unwelcome in Germany

In an interview with Schwäbischen Zeitung, Archbishop Georg Gänswein said that his work as the personal secretary of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and his previous work for the Congregation...