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Benedict XVI: Cardinal Meisner died a ‘cheerful’ man

In a letter sent for the funeral of the late Cardinal Joachim Meisner, retired Pope Benedict XVI praised the prelate as a passionate pastor, who died a happy man at peace with the Lord and his will for the universal Church. “What particularly impressed me in my last conversations with the now deceased Cardinal was










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Former president, treasurer of Vatican hospital charged with misuse of funds

The Vatican announced Thursday that an investigation involving the former president and treasurer of the Vatican-owned Bambino Gesù hospital in Rome will proceed to trial before the Vatican court. The former president, Giuseppe Profiti, and former treasurer, Massimo Spina, have been charged with the illicit use of hospital funds in the amount of 422,005.16 euros










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Art experts solve Renaissance mystery in papal palace

Two works painted by Renaissance master Raphael have been newly identified after art experts restored famous frescoes in the Apostolic Palace of Vatican City. Arnold Nesselrath, an art historian who heads technical and scientific research at the Vatican Museums, told the Italian newspaper La Stampa that 16th century sources had offered clues. These sources said










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Cleveland, Juneau dioceses receive new bishops

On Tuesday Pope Francis appointed Fr. Andrew Bellisario, C.M., as Bishop of Juneau, and Auxiliary Bishop Nelson Perez as Bishop of Cleveland. Bishop Perez, 56, has been Auxiliary Bishop of Rockville Centre since 2012. He succeeds Bishop Richard Lennon, who resigned in December 2016 at the age of 69 due to health reasons. Fr. Bellisario,










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Gluten and Communion: What’s a celiac to do?

The norms regarding gluten and Communion hosts that went viral this weekend are nothing new in the Catholic Church. On Saturday morning, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued a circular letter to bishops reiterating existing norms regarding the matter of the Eucharist, including the norm that Communion hosts must










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When times are tough, turn to Jesus, Pope says

When life gets hard, Jesus especially invites us to turn to him, Pope Francis said. “Jesus knows how hard life can be,” Pope Francis said. But at those moments, his invitation is: “Come.” The Pope made his remarks to the audience gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Sunday Angelus address. He based his reflections










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