• ‘Liturgy wars’ have gone quiet, but they’ve hardly gone away

    • May 21, 2016

    This week, a press release washed up in my in-box from the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL), about a recent visit to their offices by a Vatican official. ICEL is a mixed commission of bishops’ conferences in countries where English is used in the liturgy, and its

  • Pope Benedict denies there’s more to ‘Third Secret’ of Fatima

    Pope Benedict denies there’s more to ‘Third Secret’ of Fatima

    • May 21, 2016

    ROME— Although emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has been largely silent since his resignation, he indirectly stepped out from behind the shadows on Saturday, using a statement from the Vatican Press Office to insist that claims the famed “Third Secret” of Fatima has not been revealed in full “are pure inventions,

  • When pope backs workers, Vatican laity wonder, ‘What about us?’

    • May 21, 2016

    With a flourish he inherited from Argentina’s legendarily populist political force, Peronism, Pope Francis from the beginning has been a vocal champion of labor and workers’ rights, backing measures such as equal pay for equal jobs between men and women, affordable housing and land, and living wages. However, some of the Vatican’s own lay employees would like to ask him, “What about us?”

  • Chief of ‘Islamic Vatican’ set to meet Pope Francis in Rome

    • May 20, 2016

    An official meeting between Pope Francis and Imam Ahmed al Tayyeb, the leader of Cairo’s famed Al-Azhar Mosque and University, will take place Monday at the Vatican, signaling a new step in Catholic-Muslim relations. “An audience between the Pope and the Great Imam of al Azhar is being prepared for

  • Let’s face it: Americans just aren’t this pope’s favorites

    • May 20, 2016

    This week, Edward Pentin of the National Catholic Register published a major sit-down interview with Bishop Bernard Fellay, leader of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, the headline from which was Fellay’s diagnosis that a deal for reunion with Rome is close, coupled with his insistence the society won’t

  • Pope calls employers who exploit workers ‘bloodsuckers’

    Pope calls employers who exploit workers ‘bloodsuckers’

    • May 19, 2016

    ROME— Pope Francis on Thursday condemned employers who only offer temporary contracts or no health insurance to employees, calling them “bloodsuckers,” and saying they exploit those who desperately need a job by turning under-the-table payment into “civilized slavery.” “Those poor people become slaves. We think of the here and now,

  • Do not give in to fear of immigrants, pope tells diplomats

    • May 19, 2016

    VATICAN CITY — While the international community should continue working for peace in war-torn countries, it also must work to help migrants escaping violence and persecution as well as those caring for them, Pope Francis said Thursday. In a speech May 19 to six new ambassadors to the Holy See,

  • Polish troops will help secure World Youth Day in Krakow

    Polish troops will help secure World Youth Day in Krakow

    • May 19, 2016

    WARSAW, Poland — Polish Army troops will help secure a meeting taking place in July between Pope Francis and thousands of youths from around the world in southern Poland, a spokesman said Thursday. Some security officials have suggested that the vast meadows wedged between a road and a river near