Pope Benedict ‘deeply shocked’ by Aurora tragedy

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Jul 22, 2012 / 11:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI is “deeply shocked by the senseless violence” carried out by a lone gunman who injured 58 people and claimed the lives of 12 more when he attacked the crowd in an Aurora, Colo. cinema on July 20. “I share the distress of the families and friends of the victims and the injured, especially the children. Assuring all of you of my closeness in prayer, I impart my blessing as a … [Read more...]

Elite Peruvian university stripped of Catholic credentials

Vatican City, Jul 21, 2012 / 08:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has announced it is stripping the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru of its Catholic identity after the elite university repeatedly refused to comply with the Church’s requirements for colleges.“The Holy See, with Decree of His Eminence the Secretary of State, under a specific Pontifical mandate, has decided to remove from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru the right to use in its name the titles … [Read more...]

Pius X Society keeps Vatican guessing on reunification offer

Vatican City, Jul 19, 2012 / 11:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Society of St. Pius X have published their declaration or “road map” for normalizing their status with the Catholic Church, without making clear if they accept or reject the Vatican’s current offer of re-unification.“While it has been made public, the declaration remains primarily an internal document for study and discussion among the members of the Society,” a July 19 Vatican statement … [Read more...]

Vatican welcomes largely positive report on financial transparency

Vatican City, Jul 18, 2012 / 11:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican is welcoming a largely positive report from the European body responsible for monitoring financial transparency, while also committing itself to further improvement.“In this light, the report released today is not the end, but is rather an important passage of our continuing efforts to marry moral commitments to technical excellence,” said Monsignor Ettore Balestrero of the Vatican’s Secretary of State at a … [Read more...]

Pius X Society will give Vatican final decision ‘very soon’

Rome, Italy, Jul 17, 2012 / 11:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the Society of St. Pius X says the breakaway traditionalist group is on the verge of giving a definitive response to the Vatican’s offer of re-unification.“All ambiguity has now been resolved among us. Very soon we will convey to Rome the position of the Chapter,” Bishop Bernard Fellay said July 16, following the conclusion of the society’s general chapter in Econe, Switzerland.The society has spent … [Read more...]

Pope to speak on ‘crisis of democracy’

Vatican City, Jul 16, 2012 / 05:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI will use his annual message for the 46th World Day of Peace this Jan. 1 to examine the “worrying crisis of democracy,” the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace said July 16.The pontiff will examine “fundamental rights” including freedom of conscience, expression and religion. He will also reflect upon the measures taken to contain contemporary financial and economic crises and “the … [Read more...]

Pope presents St. Teresa of Avila as model for evangelization

Vatican City, Jul 16, 2012 / 10:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI believes that 16th-century Saint Teresa of Avila is a model for current efforts to launch the New Evangelization.“The ultimate goal of Teresa’s reform and the creation of new monasteries in a world lacking spiritual values was to protect apostolic work with prayer,” the Pope said July 16.“Today too, as in the sixteenth century, in the midst of rapid transformation, it is important that … [Read more...]