Mountain of evidence revealed as trial of Pope’s butler begins

Vatican City, Sep 29, 2012 / 09:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The trial of the Pope Benedict XVI’s former butler began this morning at the Vatican as the 46-year-old Paolo Gabriele faced charges that he stole confidential Vatican documents.Gabriele made no plea and remained silent throughout his appearance before a panel of three judges in the Vatican courtroom on Sept. 29. Wearing a light grey suit, eyewitnesses say Gabriele’s demeanor varied from tense to jovial.The hearing lasted … [Read more...]

American Jesuit wins 2012 Ratzinger Prize

Rome, Italy, Sep 28, 2012 / 06:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Jesuit Father Brian Edward Daley of Notre Dame University is one of two winners of the 2012 Ratzinger Prize in Theology.   “Fr. Daley,” Cardinal Camillo Ruini said, “is a great historian of patristic theology, but also a man entirely committed to the life and mission of the Church, an exemplary model of the fusion of academic rigor with passion for the Gospel.”   Also winning this year’s prize is … [Read more...]

Pope says early missionaries can inform new evangelization

Vatican City, Sep 28, 2012 / 01:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict told the Episcopal Conferences of Europe meeting in the Swiss city of St. Gallen that today's Church can learn lessons from the missionaries who first evangelized the continent. “The experience of St. Gallen, like that of many other protagonists of evangelization in Europe’s land and throughout the world, teaches that the Christian message is sown and rooted effectively where it is lived authentically and … [Read more...]

Canon lawyer: German Church tax dispute needs more reflection

Vatican City, Sep 27, 2012 / 04:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A leading canon lawyer has called for further reflection on the German Church’s decision to refuse the sacraments and Christian burial to Catholics who do not pay the country’s Church tax.Dr. Edward Peters, a canon lawyer and the first layman to serve as a consultant to the Church’s highest court, explained that excommunication is invoked today “only against the gravest ecclesiastical offenses, things like … [Read more...]

Pope’s former butler could face four years in prison

Vatican City, Sep 27, 2012 / 03:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The trial of Pope Benedict's former butler, Paolo Gabriele, will begin Sept. 29 as he faces up to four years in prison for stealing confidential documents. According to the Vatican’s appeals court prosecutor, Giovanni Giacobbe, the trial will be public and the first hearing will take place before a three-judge panel.   Paolo faces a minimum sentence for “aggravated theft” of three years and a maximum of … [Read more...]

Pope to Catholic politicians: seek the common good

Vatican City, Sep 27, 2012 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At the end of his general audience on Sept. 26, Pope Benedict called on Catholic politicians to work for the common good in accordance with Church teaching. During his remarks to attendees in St. Peter's square, the Pope reminded Catholic lawmakers “of the need to generously seek the common good of all citizens, in a way that is consistent with the convictions proper to the sons and daughters of the Church.” Pope … [Read more...]

The liturgy raises hearts to God like no other prayer, Pope says

Vatican City, Sep 26, 2012 / 10:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict says that the public prayer of the Church, known as the liturgy, is a wonderful school of prayer which raises the human heart to God like no other form of worship. “It is in the liturgy that we ‘lift up our hearts,’ opening ourselves to the word of God as we gather with our brethren in a prayer which rises within us, and which is directed to the Father, through the Son, in the Spirit,” the Pope … [Read more...]


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