- Dec 10, 2019
Almost 50 years after the Church published the new Rite of Consecrated Virginity, the Vatican has issued an instruction on the state of life, its discipline, and the responsibilities of diocesan bishops toward the vocation of consecrated virgins.
Pennsylvania’s highest court on Wednesday held up the release of a grand jury report into the handling of sexual abuse claims involving six Roman Catholic dioceses and local officials, days before it was expected to be made public.
The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said he is grateful to Pope Francis for “his powerful, straightforward words” in ‘Gaudete et Exsultate’ (“Rejoice and Be Glad”), his apostolic exhortation on “the call to holiness in today’s world.”
“The allegations were sent speedily [to Rome] and it admits no suspicion of negligence, and even less cover-up, from this court.”
[Editor’s Note: On Friday, Pope Francis received the 2016 Charlemagne Prize for service to European unity in a Vatican ceremony. The following is a Vatican working translation of the pope’s address, which was delivered in Italian.] Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, I offer you a cordial welcome and I thank
31. The welfare of the family is decisive for the future of the world and that of the Church. Countless studies have been made of marriage and the family, their current problems and challenges. We do well to focus on concrete realities, since “the call and the demands of the