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Vatican official confirms: agreement with SSPX is close

The secretary of the Ecclesia Dei commission has confirmed that the Vatican is close to an agreement with the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) that would regularize the status of the traditionalist...

Pope praises Cardinal Burke as a lawyer, criticizes fundamentalists

Pope Francis said that he does not see Cardinal Raymond Burke as an adversary, in an interview appearing in the German journal Die Zeit. In the interview, which was recorded before he began his...

Rabbi says Pope’s homilies could threaten Catholic-Jewish relations

An Italian rabbi has raised a protest against the topic of a conference to be held by the Italian Bibilical Association: “Israel, people of a jealous God. Consistencies and ambiguities of an...

Archbishop Chaput: Pope cannot change teaching on marriage

Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput has said that Pope Francis cannot contradict the teaching of St. John Paul II on marriage. In an interview with John Allen of Crux, Archbishop...

Medjugorje bishop: reported apparitions are ‘not credible’

Bishop Ratko Peric of Mostar-Duvno, in whose diocese Medjugorje is located, has issued a public statement repeating his insistence that “there have been no apparitions of Our Lady in...

Frustrated member resigns from papal sex-abuse commission

A key member of the sex-abuse commission established by Pope Francis has resigned, citing her frustration with the resistance the panel has encountered at the Vatican. The resignation of Marie...

Former vicar general of Minnesota archdiocese leaves priesthood

The former vicar general of the Archdiocese of St. Paul- Minneapolis has left the priesthood. Pope Francis has approved the request of Peter Laird to be laicized, the archdiocese has announced....

Pope speaks on priestly celibacy, populism in new interview

Pope Francis indicated that he is open to discussion of ordination for married men, in his latest published interview. The interview was scheduled for publication in the German journal Die Zeit...

Vatican newspaper article criticizes dissent from Amoris Laetitia

L’Osservatore Romano has published an article criticizing “dissent in the form of public criticism” of Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Father...

Michigan priest sues SNAP for defamation

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) has been hit with a new lawsuit, by a Michigan priest who charges that the group defamed and libeled him. The lawsuit filed by Father...