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Pope Benedict’s trip to Mexico and Cuba to highlight regional issues

March 21st, 2012 Posted in Featured, Vatican News Tags: , , , ,

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict’s trip to Mexico and Cuba March 23-28 will be a relatively brief one, consisting of a little more than two days in each country. Yet his visit is bound to highlight a wide range of prominent issues affecting an entire continent of crucial importance to the Catholic Church.

The pope arrives in Leon, in central Mexico, late afternoon local time March 23. His first full day’s schedule will be light, no doubt reflecting concerns for the health of the pope, who turns 85 April 16. Pope Benedict’s flight will have taken him across eight time zones, to a city 6,000 feet above sea level (compared to only 70 in Rome).

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Vatican rejects traditionalist group’s response to doctrinal principles

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VATICAN CITY — The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, with the approval of Pope Benedict XVI, has defined as “insufficient” the position of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X on certain basic doctrinal principles and criteria for interpreting church teaching.

U.S. Cardinal William J. Levada, prefect of the doctrinal congregation, met for two hours March 16 with Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior of the society, to explain the Vatican’s evaluation of the position of the SSPX, said Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman.

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Vatican will investigate leaks of its documents

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has established a commission to investigate a series of leaks of letters exchanged among Vatican officials and between the officials and the pope himself.

Archbishop Angelo Becciu, Vatican substitute secretary of state, said March 16 that the papal commission would try “to shed light on the whole affair,” while a Vatican tribunal would look into taking legal action against those who gave the documents to reporters, and the Vatican Secretariat of State would carry out an administrative review of every Vatican office.

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Confession builds hope and holiness, pope says

March 12th, 2012 Posted in Vatican News Tags: ,

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VATICAN CITY — Confession can help Catholics build lives filled with hope and holiness, which are needed for effective evangelization, Pope Benedict XVI said.

“New evangelization, therefore, also starts from the confessional,” he told confessors and other participants attending a course sponsored by the Apostolic Penitentiary — a Vatican court that that handles issues related to the absolution of sin.

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Vartican vulnerable to money launderers, says U.S. agency

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VATICAN CITY — The U.S. government has put the Vatican on a list of countries that are vulnerable to money launderers, though not as vulnerable as the United States itself.

It was the first time the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs included the Holy See in its annual report.

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Don’t lose hope, pope tells Middle East Christians

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI urged Christians in the Middle East not to lose hope despite the serious difficulties they face.

“I extend my prayerful thoughts to the regions in the Middle East, encouraging all the priests and faithful to persevere with hope through the serious suffering that afflicts these beloved people,” he said.

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Permissive sexual attitudes weaken society, pope tells U.S. bishops

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VATICAN CITY — Permissive attitudes toward sex, cohabitation before marriage and acceptance of same-sex marriage can damage individuals and are harmful for society, Pope Benedict XVI told a group of U.S. bishops at the Vatican.

“It is in fact increasingly evident that a weakened appreciation of the indissolubility of the marriage covenant, and the widespread rejection of a responsible, mature sexual ethic grounded in the practice of chastity, have led to grave societal problems bearing an immense human and economic cost,” the pope said March 9.

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Faith is light at end of life’s struggles, pope says

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VATICAN CITY — When life feels like a dark and silent tunnel, faith gives a Christian light and music, Pope Benedict XVI said at the end of his weeklong Lenten retreat.

Congolese Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya of Kinshasa led the pope’s retreat Feb. 26-March 3 in the Redemptoris Mater Chapel of the Apostolic Palace, offering the pope and top Vatican officials three meditations each day on the theme “Christians’ Communion With God.”

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Bishops have last word on faith, Vatican panel says

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VATICAN CITY — Theologians and bishops have complementary roles in furthering understanding of the Catholic faith, but the former must ultimately defer to the latter on questions of definitive interpretation, according to a new report from a Vatican panel of theological advisers.

“Theology Today: Perspectives, Principles and Criteria” is the latest report from the International Theological Commission, a group of theologians appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to study themes of current interest and offer expert advice to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

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Vatican donates $2 million to aid drought-stricken region of Africa

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VATICAN CITY — A Vatican foundation has awarded more than $2 million in aid to projects aimed at halting desertification in Africa’s Sahel region and to promoting rural development, education and irrigation.

“We have assigned over $2 million dollars for more than 200 projects” in the nine countries covered by the John Paul II Foundation for the Sahel, said Msgr. Giampietro Dal Toso, secretary of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum.

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