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Lord Patten outlines reform of Vatican communications

Christopher Lord Patten, head of the review group appointed to reform Vatican communications, summarized its recommendations — which have been accepted by the Council of nine cardinals (C9) — in a lecture last night in London. News summaries here and here and … Continue reading

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Cardinal O’Brien: the road to a resignation

[Martin Conroy writes from Scotland]: Last week’s announcement that Pope Francis has accepted the resignation from the College of Cardinals of Keith O’Brien, along with all the rights and duties of the title, brings to a close a tense period for … Continue reading

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David Cameron’s missed opportunity to agree with Pope Francis

The British prime minister, David Cameron, has been widely reported as disagreeing with Pope Francis’s remarks over freedom of expression and the right to mock to religion. Asked about the Pope’s remarks (see CV Comment here) on the US TV channel … Continue reading

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Pope Francis gives his vision of the synod

In his first interview to a Latin-American newspaper — the one he used to subscribe to, Argentina’s La Nación — Pope Francis has given his view of October’s synod, defending it as a protected space in which brother bishops could seek answers to difficult pastoral … Continue reading

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Cardinal Baldisseri tells British MPs: family gospel ‘key to a more missionary Church’

The following is a reflection given yesterday by the Vatican official with overall responsibility for the synod, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, to a group of British parliamentarians in the company of the British ambassador to the Holy See, Nigel Baker (see his blogpost here). While … Continue reading

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Pope Francis press conference on papal plane from Seoul: full transcript

On his flight back from Korea yesterday Pope Francis held another lengthy press conference, generating a series of stories today: He approved the idea of military intervention in Iraq to prevent the genocide now taking place at the hands of jihadists, saying … Continue reading

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Did Francis really say that 2% of priests are paedophiles?

La Reppublica on Sunday published another ‘interview’ with Pope Francis by its 90-year-old atheist founder, Eugenio Scalfari, which has set the news media humming with three apparently remarkable claims: that one in 50 priests — that would make 8,000 members of the … Continue reading

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Vatican reform leaps ahead with overhaul of bank and media

A new president of the so-called Vatican Bank, the IOR, and the appointment of Christopher Lord Patten, chancellor of Oxford University, to head a new committee overseeing reforms to media, were among the announcements made yesterday by Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the … Continue reading

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