Posts Tagged ‘Fr Lombardi’

Reports of administrator for Medjugorje premature: Vatican

Friday, July 8th, 2016

The Vatican has said reports that Pope Francis is to soon name a special administrator for Medjugorje are “premature”. But a National Catholic Register article stated that this remains a hypothesis among others currently under consideration. In a note to journalists on July 4, Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi said “in recent days rumours have Read more

Archbishop ‘waging a war’ against me: Vatican defendant

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

A woman on trial at the Vatican over the alleged leaking of secret documents has accused a high-ranking Vatican official of “waging a war against her”. Francesca Chaouqui said this during testimony at the trial of five defendants, including herself, at the Vatican. Ms Chaouqui, a public relations expert who used to work at the Read more

Vatican denies Pope said all divorced can have sacraments

Friday, November 6th, 2015

The Vatican has dismissed as “in no way reliable” an interview which quotes Pope Francis saying “all divorced who ask will be admitted” to Communion. Veteran journalist Eugenio Scalfari wrote in La Repubblica that the Pope made the comment during a phone interview. According to a translation by traditionalist blog Rorate Caeli, Pope Francis said: “The Read more

Vatican says Pope meeting Kim Davis not an endorsement

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

The Vatican says the meeting between the Pope and Kim Davis in Washington, DC, should not be seen as a papal endorsement of the clerk’s stance. The Kentucky county clerk was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples. Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi, SJ, said Pope Francis briefly met several dozen people Read more

Pope wants bishop selection process reviewed

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Pope Francis wants the process for way the Church identifies and appoints bishops reviewed. The Pope has asked his so-called C9 international council of cardinals to do this. He wants them to look particularly at the qualities needed in a bishop today. The council met with the Pope from September 14-16. Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Read more

Allegations of Cardinal Pell’s lavish spending rejected

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

An Italian magazine has published alleged details of lavish spending by the Vatican’s Secretariat for the Economy, headed by Cardinal George Pell. But the secretariat has strongly rejected the claims published in L’Espresso magazine. Basing its reports on alleged leaked receipts from the secretariat, L’Espresso claimed the cardinal spent $A720,000 in setting up his new department. It Read more

Cardinal foresees women in top Vatican jobs

Friday, April 26th, 2013

The co-ordinator of the commission of cardinals that will advise Pope Francis on governing the Church has spoken in favour of having women in top Vatican jobs. “This wish is eagerly shared by [all] the continents,” Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga of Honduras said in an interview with The Sunday Times, London. Another London newspaper, Read more