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Pope rips EWTN ‘work of the devil’

Pope Francis has lashed out at the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), saying: “They are the work of the devil.” During a meeting with Jesuits in Slovakia, the Pontiff spoke of...
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Pope speaks on Communion for pro-abortion politicians

Pope Francis insisted that “abortion is murder,” but cautioned against disciplining politicians who support the practice, in an airplane exchange with reporters who accompanied him on...

Vatican document on ‘synodality’ prefigures a confusing Synod [News/analysis]

News/analysis by Phil Lawler The preparatory document for the next meeting of the Synod of Bishops, released on September 7, is a lengthy and puzzling reflection on “synodality,” the...

Traditionalist groups plead for understanding, seek mediation

The leaders of religious groups dedicated to the traditional liturgy have issued a statement asking for "a humane, personal, trusting dialogue, far from ideologies or the coldness of administrative...

Pelosi responds to Archbishop Cordileone; he answers

After San Francisco’s Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone condemned legal abortion as “nothing short of child sacrifice,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi—who lives in his archdiocese—said that she and the archbishop “had a disagreement about who should decide this.” Pelosi went on: “I believe that god has given us a free will to honor our responsibilities.”

Archbishop Cordileone quickly shot back on his Twitter account: “Representatives in Congress: you have free will. Use it today to vote no to legalizing the killing of babies even weeks from birth. You have a choice. Give it to unborn babies, too.”

Vatican to require Covid vaccine ‘passport’

All visitors will be required to show a “green pass” in order to enter Vatican territory, beginning on October 1.

The new Vatican policy, which takes effect October 1, requires visitors to prove either that they are vaccinated against Covid, or have recovered from the disease, or have recently tested negative for the virus. The policy allows an exception for those participating in liturgical ceremonies inside the Vatican, “for the time strictly necessary for the performance of the rite.”

The policy was issued by Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, who at the age of 79 will soon step down as head of the Vatican city-state governorate, at the request of Pope Francis, who had authorized “all appropriate measures” to curb the epidemic. Coincidentally, Cardinal Bertello’s resignation will take effect on October 1, the day the new policy takes effect.

Vatican responds to Jewish leaders’ concerns about Pope’s remarks on the Law

In his August 11 general audience on St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians and the Mosaic law, Pope Francis said, “The Law, however, does not give life, it does not offer the fulfillment of the promise because it is not capable of being able to fulfill it. . . . .Those who seek life need to look to the promise and to its fulfillment in Christ.”

Rabbi Rasson Arousi, chair of the Commission of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel for Dialogue with the Holy See, spoke on behalf of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel in responding, “The Pope presents the Christian faith as not just superseding the Torah; but asserts that the latter no longer gives life, implying that Jewish religious practice in the present era is rendered obsolete. This is in effect part and parcel of the ‘teaching of contempt’ towards Jews and Judaism that we had thought had been fully repudiated by the Church.”

Responding indirectly to the Chief Rabbinate’s concerns, the Vatican has published “Law and grace for Jews and Christians,” a brief article by Argentine Archbishop Víctor Manuel Fernández, a close collaborator with the Pope. Archbishop Fernández writes that “Jewish traditions also recognize that fulfilling the Law in its entirety requires a transformation that starts in the heart.”

Pope, in Hungary, meets with Orbán, laments anti-Semitism, concludes Eucharistic Congress

On September 12, Pope Francis began his four-day apostolic journey to Hungary and Slovakia, his 34th apostolic journey outside Italy during his eight-year pontificate. The Pontiff traveled to...

Pope, in Slovakia, preaches on the crucified Jesus, encourages young people to go to Confession

On September 14, the third day of the 34th apostolic journey of his pontificate, Pope Francis flew from Bratislava, Slovakia’s capital and largest city, to eastern Slovakia, where he spent the...

Pope Francis urges prayer, fasting for Afghanistan

Following his Sunday Angelus address on August 29, Pope Francis appealed to the faithful to pray and fast for Afghanistan. “Dear brothers and sisters, with great concern I am following the...