• Pope Francis might jettison idea of a ‘just war’

    • May 26, 2016

    Developed in the fifth century A.D. by St. Augustine, the doctrine of a “just war” empowers rulers to wage war only as a last resort to confront grave wrongs. As Augustine wrote: “Peace should be the object of your desire; war should be waged only as a necessity.” Later, the

  • Prayer is no magic wand to fulfill your desires, Pope Francis says

    • May 25, 2016

    VATICAN CITY — Prayer is not a magic wand that fulfills your desires, but it is what helps you keep the faith when you don’t understand God’s will, Pope Francis said. Prayer is meant to be “our daily bread, our powerful weapon and the staff for our journey,” he said

  • Vatican says Italian arrest shows reform is real

    • May 25, 2016

    ROME—Under Pope Francis, the Vatican has been pursuing financial reform, with the goal, as one senior prelate put it, of making money management “boringly successful.” The recent house arrest of a Roman construction magnate is being touted as proof that the new systems adopted under Francis are working. Angelo Proietti,

  • Vatican cop says defendant in leaks trial admitted guilt

    Vatican cop says defendant in leaks trial admitted guilt

    • May 25, 2016

    ROME — A former consultant to a pontifical commission who denied to a Vatican court that she leaked documents about the Vatican’s financial reform to an Italian journalist admitted to sending the documents when she was first interrogated, a Vatican policeman said Tuesday. Stefano DeSantis, an officer investigating the leaking

  • Holiness sometimes means biting your tongue, pope says

    • May 24, 2016

    VATICAN CITY — Holiness doesn’t depend on superhuman powers, but rather demands a heart filled with courage, hope and grace that strives for conversion each and every day, Pope Francis said at his morning Mass on Tuesday. In fact, holiness is reached by taking tiny steps, like biting your tongue

  • Pope Benedict could make rare public appearance June 29

    Pope Benedict could make rare public appearance June 29

    • May 24, 2016

    ROME — Former Pope Benedict XVI could appear in public once again on June 29, the 65th anniversary of his priestly ordination. Speaking after the May 20 presentation of a book dedicated to Benedict XVI’s pontificate, Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the Pontifical Household and private secretary to the retired Pope,

  • Pope Francis has a chance to spend political capital with Islam

    Pope Francis has a chance to spend political capital with Islam

    • May 23, 2016

    Ending a five-year freeze in relations, Pope Francis is set to meet the Grand Imam of the al-Azhar Mosque, Ahmed el-Tayeb, in the Vatican on Monday. The al-Azhar mosque and university complex in Cairo, Egypt, is widely considered the most prestigious institution in the Sunni Muslim world. Just to put

  • ‘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