Posts Tagged ‘Vatican’

Vatican urges return to in-person Mass as soon as possible Comments 0

Monday, September 14th, 2020

The Vatican said Saturday it was “necessary and urgent” to return to in-person Mass as soon as anti-coronavirus measures permit. The head of the Vatican’s liturgy office, Cardinal Robert Sarah, said in a letter to bishops conferences that virtual liturgies, while useful, were no replacement for the real thing. He said physical presence by the Read more

Archbishop Charles Balvo, condemns ‘scourge of corruption’ Comments 0

Monday, September 14th, 2020

Archbishop Charles Balvo, Vatican nuncio to the Czech Republic, denounced the “scourge of corruption” at a meeting of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Thursday. Archbishop Charles Balvo, head of the Holy See delegation to the OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum, also presented Pope Francis’ new law for limiting corruption and increasing Read more

Magazine report is aimed at silencing nuns on sex abuse, says Vatican critic Comments 0

Monday, August 10th, 2020
silencing nuns

An article in a Jesuit magazine describing alleged exploitation of nuns in Catholic convents has been criticized as an attempt to silence members of women’s religious orders who have begun to speak out against sexual abuse by priests. “I think there is a possibility of a revolt of religious sisters,” said Lucetta Scaraffia, the former Read more

Rome hears German bishops parish instruction criticism Comments 0

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

The new parish instructions could the the subject of a discussion at the Vatican, if German bishops want to air their views about them, says Cardinal Beniamino Stella, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy. Stella (pictured), whose congregation issued the new parish instructions last month, says he would be pleased to receive the bishops Read more

Claims China hacked Vatican emerge in lead-up to summit Comments 0

Thursday, July 30th, 2020

Chinese government spies hacked Vatican computer networks, a US firm that tracks state-backed cyber attacks has reported. The apparent espionage effort also included hacking Catholic diocese of Hong Kong and the head of the Hong Kong Study Mission, who is seen as Pope Francis’ de facto representative to China. Security firm Recorded Future, which detected Read more

Covid-19: Vatican launches #sendyourhug campaign for elderly Comments 0

Thursday, July 30th, 2020

During the Angelus on Sunday, a call invited young people around the world to perform “gestures of tenderness” toward the elderly, as many are forced into isolation to observe Covid-19 health guidelines. The Vatican’s Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life has quickly answered that call and launched ‘The elderly are your grandparents’ campaign. In a Read more

Abandon outdated parish models Vatican says Comments 0

Thursday, July 23rd, 2020

New Vatican guidelines for parishes urge communities to abandon “outdated” models and to embrace a spirit of “missionary evangelization.” Rather than prescribing new norms or policies for parish life, the guidelines encourage Catholics to think prayerfully about what their parishes are, and what they’re for. According to the guidelines, parishes “represent a valuable opportunity for Read more

Vatican publishes global manual to protect minors from predators Comments 0

Monday, July 20th, 2020

A manual to protect minors from predatory clergy has been published by the Vatican. Targeted at bishops and religious superiors conducting in-house investigations into allegations of priests who rape and molest minors and vulnerable adults, the long-awaited publication offers advice about how to handle cases of clergy sex crimes. “These documents constitute an ‘instrument’ intended Read more

Vatican COVID-19 Commission speaks of threats to world peace Comments 0

Thursday, July 9th, 2020

The Vatican COVID-19 Commission says a “tsunami” of humanitarian crises is threatening world peace. These crises have been caused by the coronavirus emergency, conflict and decreased security around the globe, Vatican cardinal , Peter Turkson says. Echoing Pope Francis, Turkson is calling for a global ceasefire during the pandemic. This way, assistance can safely be Read more

Pope orders Polish bishop from diocese Comments 0

Monday, June 29th, 2020

Pope Francis has ordered a Polish bishop to leave his diocese and let someone else run it. Bishop of Kalisz, Edward Janiak must stay away while he is being investigated for covering up sexual abuse cases. He will retain the title of bishop for the meantime, however. The cases Janiak allegedly covered up featured in Read more