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  • Pope Francis appoints Italian Biblicist as deputy of doctrinal congregation

    Pope Francis appoints Italian Biblicist as deputy of doctrinal congregation

    Monsignor Giacomo Morandi, 51, is the new second in command at the Pontifical Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Pope Francis appointed the Italian Biblicist with ties to the Gregorian University in Rome after the former deputy of the congregation, Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer, was made prefect of the congregation.

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  • First Vatican trial under laws against financial crime to open Tuesday

    First Vatican trial under laws against financial crime to open Tuesday

    Tuesday sees the start of the Vatican trial of two former officials of a papal hospital in Rome charged with illicitly using funds to renovate the Vatican apartment of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, in a way that benefited a fellow Italian businessman. Bertone himself was not an object of the Vatican investigation and does not face any charges in the trial, which marks the first prosecution under new Vatican laws on financial crime.

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  • Venezuelan bishops join the people in protest vote against Maduro

    Venezuelan bishops join the people in protest vote against Maduro

    Over seven million people voted on Sunday in a a symbolic referendum organized by the opposition. Pro-government militias shot at a church where Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino was saying Mass, forcing him into lock-down, together with 200 faithful. One woman was killed and many wounded.

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  • In Argentina’s religious freedom row, politics makes strange bedfellows

    In Argentina’s religious freedom row, politics makes strange bedfellows

    A debate in the pope’s native Argentina over a proposed religious freedom law offers a classic illustration of the maxim that “politics makes strange bedfellows,” with both deeply conservative Archbishop Héctor Rubén Aguer of La Plata and Amnesty International opposing it — Aguer because he thinks it would make other religions equal to Catholicism, Amnesty because they fear a loss of sexual freedom.

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  • Benedict XVI calls good friend Meisner a ‘passionate shepherd’

    Benedict XVI calls good friend Meisner a ‘passionate shepherd’

    In a message read by his long-time personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI defined late Cardinal Joachim Meisner as a “pastor of souls.” Recalling their last conversation, on the eve of the prelate’s death, the German pontiff wrote that he was impressed by the cardinal’s “loosened happiness, the inner joy, and the confidence that he had found.”

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  • Agree or not, it’s good to know what Vatican insiders think of America

    Agree or not, it’s good to know what Vatican insiders think of America

    An article by two friends of Pope Francis arguing that a ‘Manichean vision’ underlies ‘a surprising ecumenism … between Evangelical fundamentalists and Catholic Integralists’ in the United States may be debatable, but it illustrates a time-honored Vatican take on America that neither this pope nor his advisers invented. (As a footnote, we might want to slow down before blaming the US bishops.)

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