- May 9, 2021
A remarkable joint retreat this week hosted by the pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury proves that relations between the two churches are alive and well.
At the Shrine of the Holy Face in Manoppello, visitors see a transparent cloth encased between two glass panes within an ornate silver frame above the sanctuary’s altar.
Whatever one makes of the politics of the Communion and Liberation movement, it at least seems to foster positive energy at a time in the Church when it’s often in short supply.
The event of the Epiphany shines above all the others in terms of endearment and affection.
What the Vatican announced on Saturday is that a deal has been signed with China, but gave no hint about what it actually contains.
In a series of letters leaked to the press, retired Pope Benedict XVI chastised a German cardinal for criticizing his decision to resign from the papacy, saying an understandable pain as a result of the move has turned into “anger” against him, and has devalued his papacy.
Despite the Vatican’s informal policy of ignoring it, aftershocks from the bombshell accusations against Pope Francis from a former papal envoy in the United States were felt in Rome on Wednesday.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s personal secretary said Tuesday that the former pope has not commented on a testimony released Saturday by a former Vatican ambassador, and that he has no plans to do so.