Follow usTwitterFacebook


18 Sep 2015 News Vatican No comments

For Pope Francis, people are more important than ideas

As Pope Francis prepares to visit the United States, it’s telling that many Americans are still trying to get a political read on him. Some are convinced he’s a…

Read more

28 Aug 2016 Articles Comments (3)


The 13th-century scholar Thomas Aquinas, regarded as one of the most eminent medieval philosophers and theologians, offered a biting critique of Islam based in …

Read more

20 May 2016 United Kingdom No comments

Archbishop says Pope will visit Ireland in 2018

The trip would likely include the first ever papal visit to Northern Ireland Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has confirmed that Pope Francis, or his succe…

Read more

13 Jul 2016 News USA Vatican Comments (1)

Cardinal Sarah and the Vatican: what people are saying

Cardinal Robert Sarah’s request to priests to celebrate mass ad orientem, and the response from the Vatican, have provoked much commentary. “It is highly unusua…

Read more

20 Oct 2016 Articles Comments (1)

A poet’s journey from atheism to Catholicism

Sally Read explains why she thinks the Mass is a beautiful poem Poet Sally Read has written an honest and passionate account of her dramatic conversion in 2010…

Read more

21 Sep 2016 Articles Comments (3)

An Open Letter to Tim Kaine

Dear Tim: How are you? National campaigns are such a strain on one’s health. Hope you’re getting lots of sleep and taking vitamin C. I’ll presume you were…

Read more

02 Jun 2015 Vatican No comments

Pope Francis tells seriously ill children: 'You are heroes'

Yesterday afternoon, in the Chapel of Casa Santa Marta, the Pope received in audience a group of twenty seriously ill children, accompanied by their parents, al…

Read more

04 Mar 2016 Middle East News USA Vatican Comments (17)

Militants in Yemen slaughters Mother Teresa nuns

Four nuns of the congregation of Charity Missionary founded by Mother Teresa were shot dead in Yemen by unknown gunmen who attacked the convent and the home for…

Read more

20 Feb 2015 Q&A No comments

How should senior citizens observe fasting and abstinence during Lent?

Full Question How should senior citizens observe fasting and abstinence during Lent? Answer According to canon 1252 of the Code of Canon Law, all…

Read more
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Priest appointed by Pope Francis to investigate traditionalist order dies after stroke

Fr Fidenzio Volpi, the apostolic commissioner of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, has died after suffering a stroke.

Fr Volpi was appointed to oversee the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, founded in the 1970s, two years ago. He caused controversy during his tenure, with some friars leaving the order as a result.

Fr Volpi’s death was announced on Sunday by the Lombardy Province of the Capuchins. He had been seriously ill for some months. According to Rorate Caeli: “When he was first hospitalised, there were rumours that his replacement would be a member of the Pope’s own order, the Jesuits.”

Fr Volpi’s funeral will be on Wednesday in Rome with a further service in Bergamo on Thursday.


1 comment

  1. former ffi Reply

    The stroke left Fr. Volpi’s upper body paralyzed in the shape of a pretzel, his face frozen in a distorted grimace. He died straining on the toilet seat. Unable to expel, he burst his intestines and all his insides flowed out.

Leave a Reply

  1. most read post
  2. Most Commented
  3. Choose Categories