Posts Tagged ‘Vatican’

Consecrated Virgins shocked: Vatican rules suggest they needn’t be virgins. Comments 0

Monday, July 16th, 2018

The US Association of Consecrated Virgins has said it is “deeply disappointed” at new Vatican rules. These rules appear to say consecrated virgins need not be virgins. Section 88 states: “Thus to have kept her body in perfect continence or to have practiced the virtue of chastity in an exemplary way, while of great importance Read more

Vatican guidelines coming for decommissioned churches Comments 0

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Vatican guidelines are being drafted to help dioceses find appropriate ways to decommission unneeded churches. The Vatican is keen to ensure the churches don’t end up as “discos, gymnasiums or gelato shops”. The Vatican’s culture ministry, Rome’s Jesuit-run Pontifical Gregorian University and the Italian bishops’ conference, will host an international conference on managing the sale Read more

Guidelines published for the Rite of Consecrated Virginity Comments 0

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

The Rite of Consecrated Virginity has been given published instructions by the Vatican, 50 years after Pope Paul VI revived the ancient Order of Virgins. The instructions (Ecclesiae Sponsae Imago) include rules concerning consecrated virgins’ state of life, the rite’s discipline and the responsibilities of diocesan bishops toward the vocation of consecrated virgins. The instructions Read more

France’s President receives Catholic honorary title from Pope Comments 0

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

France’s President Emmanuel Macron has been given an honorary title by Pope Francis. Macron visited the Vatican to accept an inherited title of the “First and Only Honorary Canon” of the Basilica of St. John Lateran. St John Lateran is the pope’s cathedral in his capacity as bishop of Rome. Under a tradition that began Read more

Working document for synod on youth published Comments 0

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

The Vatican’s working document for October’s Synod of Bishops on “Young people, the faith and vocational discernment” has been published. The document is divided into three sections: recognising; interpreting; and choosing with regard to vocation in life. Young Catholics “want an authentic church”, the document says. “With this, we would like to express, particularly to Read more

US returns stolen Christopher Columbus letter to Vatican Comments 0

Monday, June 18th, 2018

A stolen letter from Christopher Columbus has been returned to the Vatican. The letter, worth US 1.2 million, was stolen and a forgery put in its place. “We do not know exactly when the substitution took place. We will probably never know who the forger was,” Archbishop Jean-Louis Brugues says. Bruges is the Vatican’s chief Read more

World-leading oil executives meeting at Vatican Comments 0

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

World-leading oil company executives will be attending a conference at the Vatican on Friday and Saturday this week. The executives are from companies such as Exxon Mobil, Eni, BP, Royal Dutch Shell and Pemex. The executives have been invited to the “Energy Transition and Care for Our Common Home” conference because the oil and gas Read more

Best Vatican document on Economics for some time Comments 0

Thursday, May 24th, 2018
Oeconomicae et pecuniariae quaestiones

Wednesday, the Vatican issued a letter, Oeconomicae et Pecuniariae Quaestiones on economic and financial matters. Quite unlike many recent communications on those issues, it was elegantly written – almost a joy to read. It is a serious and constructive contribution to the debate and, in its earlier sections, it is, if not quite original, a vital Read more

German president, celebrities: churches should share communion Comments 0

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

The German president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, says the Catholic Church should allow Protestants to receive Communion. He offered his opinion at Katholikentag, a Muenster-based conference drawing tens of thousands of Catholics from German-speaking Europe. “Let us seek ways of expressing the common Christian faith by sharing in the Last Supper and Communion. I am sure thousands Read more

The morality of the global market system questioned Comments 0

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

The morality of the global market system is being evaluated in a new Vatican document. The publication “Oeconomicae et pecuniariae quaestiones: Considerations for ethical discernment about some aspects of the current financial-economic system,” is said to be an effort to give more theological weight to Pope Francis’ criticisms that “this economy kills.” The Congregation for Read more