Vatican confirms SSPX is being offered Personal Prelature

Vatican City, Jun 14, 2012 / 10:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has confirmed that the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X is being offered the status of a personal prelature as part of a deal to heal the group’s 24-year rift with the Catholic Church. “Clearly the ball is now in the court of the Society,” Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi said on June 14. Yesterday afternoon the Society’s superior general, Bishop Bernard Fellay, spent over two hours in … [Read more...]

Vatican looks online as it retools its communications strategy

Vatican City, Jun 13, 2012 / 01:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has announced that it wants to create a “.catholic” domain name as a way of validating official Catholic institutions online – just one day after rolling out a major shift in its communications strategy. “Our idea is that those communities that make up the Church will be able to apply to have this ‘dot catholic’ web address as a way of authenticating their presence in the web space,” … [Read more...]

Pope explains how to let God work wonders

Vatican City, Jun 13, 2012 / 10:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI says that the life of St. Paul shows that God can work wonders through those who grow ever closer to him in prayer. “As our union with the Lord grows and our prayer becomes more intense, we too come to focus on the essential and to understand that it is not the power of our own means that creates the Kingdom of God, but God who works miracles through our very weakness,” the Pope said during the June 13 … [Read more...]

Holy See-Israel talks make ‘significant’ progress

Vatican City, Jun 12, 2012 / 04:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An agreement securing the rights of the Catholic Church in Israel is one step closer to being finalized after a meeting between both sides at the Vatican. “The negotiations took place in a thoughtful and constructive atmosphere,” said the June 12 communique from the Bilateral Permanent Working Commission between the Holy See and the State of Israel. “The Commission took notice that significant progress was made towards … [Read more...]

Vatican describes talks with US sisters as ‘open and cordial’

Vatican City, Jun 12, 2012 / 11:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has described talks with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious as open and cordial. “The meeting provided the opportunity for the Congregation and the LCWR officers to discuss the issues and concerns raised by the doctrinal assessment in an atmosphere of openness and cordiality,” said a statement issued by the Vatican press office June 12. In April 2012 … [Read more...]

Pope stresses importance of fidelity for Vatican employees

Vatican City, Jun 11, 2012 / 12:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI told the Vatican’s diplomatic school that “faithfulness” is a key virtue for anybody working in the service of the Holy See. “Certainly, this is something which ought to apply to every Catholic, and even more to every priest. Yet for those who work in the Holy See, it is of particular importance, since they spend much of their energy, their time and their daily ministry in the service of the … [Read more...]

Pope praises Corpus Christi processions

Vatican City, Jun 10, 2012 / 11:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI praised the “lively tradition” of holding solemn processions with the Blessed Sacrament “through the streets and squares” on the Feast of Corpus Christi. “The Catholic Church professes worship of the Eucharist ‘not only during Mass, but also outside of its celebration, preserving with the utmost diligence the consecrated hosts, presenting them for the solemn veneration of the Christian … [Read more...]