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Pope names new ‘foreign minister,’ prefect of Apostolic Signatura; Cardinal Burke given new position CWN - November 8

The Holy See Press Office announced on November 8 that Pope Francis has named Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, as the prefect of the Apostolic...

Cardinal O'Malley says Pope must take action on Bishop Finn CWN - November 14

Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley has told the CBS television program “60 Minutes” that the status of Kansas City’s Bishop Robert Finn-- who has been convicted of endangering children because of his...

Cardinal George puzzled about Pope's plans CWN - November 12

Cardinal Francis George, the retired Archbishop of Chicago, admitted that he has been confused by the actions of Pope Francis, in an interview with the New York Times. Cardinal George remarked...

CDF official affirms teaching on absolution, Communion for the remarried CWN - November 14

In a letter written three days after the conclusion of the recent Synod of Bishops, the secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith affirmed St. John Paul II’s teaching on absolution...

Vatican lifts ban on married priests for Eastern Catholic churches in US, Canada, Australia CWN - November 17

The Vatican has lifted a longstanding ban on the ordination of married men to the priesthood in the Eastern Catholic churches. The tradition and discipline of the Eastern churches allows for the...

Pope Francis: annulment decisions should not take years CWN - November 5

In extemporaneous remarks made to participants in a course sponsored by the Roman Rota, Pope Francis said that justice demands that the Church’s decisions on the validity of marriages should not...

Cardinal Burke cites widespread fear that Church is 'like a ship without a helm' CWN - October 31

Many Catholics today have “a strong sense that the Church is like a ship without a helm,” Cardinal Raymond Burke said in an interview with a Spanish publication. The American cardinal, who has...

Pope Francis addresses evangelical Protestants CWN - November 6

Stating that Scripture “makes it clear that the Gospel is not merely about our personal relationship with God,” Pope Francis discussed baptism, Christian unity, and the kingdom of God in a November...

Catholic priests, religious must leave Crimea by year's end CWN - November 3

All Catholic priests in the Crimea will be forced to leave by the end of 2014 under new rules established by the Russian government, the Forum 18 news service reports. Since Russia assumed...

Benedict XVI in 'fantastic health,' mentally sharp, American visitor reports CWN - November 13

An American priest reported finding Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI in “fantastic health” and mentally alert during a recent meeting at the Vatican. Msgr. Anthony Figueiredo, the spiritual director of...

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