Vatican asks for the Release of Bishop Forcibly Removed from Diocese

The Vatican is worried about what has happened to a bishop in China, who they say was “forcibly removed,” and has now disappeared. Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin has been missing for some time, according to Vatican spokesperson Greg Burke. Bishop Zhuman disappeared from his diocese in Wenzhou in southeastern China. According to Burke, “The diocesan… Continue reading Vatican asks for the Release of Bishop Forcibly Removed from Diocese

Have Catholic Priests made a Pact with the Devil for the Death of Pope Francis? Vatican Launches Investigation into Occult Allegations

The Vatican is investigating a secretive cult within the Church that may have made a pact with Satan for the death of Pope Francis. The Daily Beast reports the Vatican is investigating the Heralds of the Gospel, which some say participates in cult practices and has made a pact with Satan. The investigation is being led… Continue reading Have Catholic Priests made a Pact with the Devil for the Death of Pope Francis? Vatican Launches Investigation into Occult Allegations

Practical help for the demon-possessed: Vatican rolls out new exorcism course

This month the Vatican will gather a wide range experts in the field of exorcism with the aim of shedding light on demonic possession from both theological and scientific perspectives. The annual course, “Exorcism and Prayer of Liberation,” is designed for priests and lay persons interested in learning how to recognize a case of demonic… Continue reading Practical help for the demon-possessed: Vatican rolls out new exorcism course

Pope plans Pentecost celebrations with charismatics and Pentecostals

The event will mark the 50th anniversary of what became the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Pope Francis has invited thousands of Catholic charismatics and members of Pentecostal and Evangelical churches to Rome to celebrate Pentecost and mark the 50th anniversary of what became the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. The Pope will lead a prayer vigil on June… Continue reading Pope plans Pentecost celebrations with charismatics and Pentecostals

Why did Pope Francis visit Benedict XVI? To say happy birthday!

Early Easter greetings and birthday wishes were the reason for Pope Francis’ visit with Pope emeritus Benedict XVI on Wednesday. Following his annual custom, Francis visited his predecessor at Vatican City’s Mater Ecclesiae monastery on April 12 to extend his greetings ahead of Easter Sunday. The Vatican Press Office said the visit had “a double… Continue reading Why did Pope Francis visit Benedict XVI? To say happy birthday!

Vatican stamps mark Benedict XVI’s birthday and Fatima apparitions

The Philatelic and Numismatic Office said the stamp sheet celebrating Benedict’s birthday is an ‘affectionate tribute’ The Vatican stamp and coin office has big plans for early May: the release of stamps marking retired Benedict XVI’s 90th birthday and important events in the life of the Church spanning almost 2,000 years. The Philatelic and Numismatic… Continue reading Vatican stamps mark Benedict XVI’s birthday and Fatima apparitions

‘On the Cross, our hope was born and is always reborn,’ says Pope Francis

Francis held his final general audience before Easter The cross, loving service and humble sacrifice are the only way to overcome evil and give hope to the world, Pope Francis said. Those who love their own lives and always hunger for more are the losers, the Pope said at his weekly general audience April 12.… Continue reading ‘On the Cross, our hope was born and is always reborn,’ says Pope Francis

Bible scholar gives inside look at Vatican's Stations of the Cross

Pope Francis chose French biblical scholar, Anne-Marie Pelletier, to write the meditations for this year’s annual Good Friday Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum. A recipient of the Ratzinger Prize in 2014, as well as a wife and mother, Pelletier’s meditations follow her own scripturally-based Stations of the Cross, or Via Crucis, based on… Continue reading Bible scholar gives inside look at Vatican's Stations of the Cross

My life isn't a tragedy – a Rwandan woman's incredible story of survival

She begged and scrounged for food in the forest; she drank water from a stream with dead bodies in it; she wrapped grass on her feet in order to walk long distances in the hot sun in order to survive, facing starvation and malnourishment, all before the age of six. Now, Mirreille Twayigira is a… Continue reading My life isn't a tragedy – a Rwandan woman's incredible story of survival

Pope Francis to make historic visit to Anglican church in Rome

The church of All Saints will be twinned with the Catholic parish of Ognissanti, home to the titular church of Cardinal Walter Kasper, to make the occasion The Anglican church of All Saints in Rome will be ‘twinned’ with the Catholic parish of Ognissanti, in the south of the city, to mark Pope Francis’s visit… Continue reading Pope Francis to make historic visit to Anglican church in Rome

Pope laments plight of child soldiers fighting in Congo

The Pope was speaking days after the UN voiced concern about deadly violence in the country Pope Francis has expressed dismay about clashes in the Democratic Republic of Congo he described as “violent and brutal.” In remarks to the faithful in St Peter’s Square on Sunday, Francis singled out for concern the “many children torn… Continue reading Pope laments plight of child soldiers fighting in Congo

Pope: 'Time Is Running Out, We Must Act'

Time is running out to confront this ecological crisis. We must act. I appeal for Creation to be defended.. And remember, no people are ‘criminal,’ nor religion, ‘terrorists.’ But there are people out there who are fundamentalists… Pope Francis made these points in his message to the participants of a national meeting of popular movements… Continue reading Pope: 'Time Is Running Out, We Must Act'

This is how Pope Francis keeps his peace amid Vatican 'corruption'

In a lengthy, unscripted dialogue with 140 male religious superiors, Pope Francis admitted that there is “corruption” inside the Vatican, but said that despite this, his secret to maintaining peace comes from St. Joseph and a strong prayer life. He also spoke at length on religious life, offering advice to the superiors on how to… Continue reading This is how Pope Francis keeps his peace amid Vatican 'corruption'

Ex-Chinese health minister challenged over organ trafficking at Vatican conference

Experts argued assurances from China aren’t enough to prove its transplant programme has been reformed Participants at a Vatican conference on organ trafficking challenged China on Tuesday to allow independent scrutiny to ensure it is no longer using organs from executed prisoners, saying Chinese assurances aren’t enough to prove the transplant programme has been reformed.… Continue reading Ex-Chinese health minister challenged over organ trafficking at Vatican conference

‘Build bridges not walls’: Pope Francis reiterates message on migrants

Pope Francis repeated his appeal for people to build bridges of understanding at his weekly audience at the Vatican. The Pope also commented that Wednesday marked both the Church’s day of reflection for young victims of human trafficking and coincidentally the feast day of St Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese immigrant. She was a 19th-century Sudanese… Continue reading ‘Build bridges not walls’: Pope Francis reiterates message on migrants

PR expert convicted in Vatileaks trial leaks more in new book

One of the major protagonists in the Vatican’s leaks scandal — communications consultant Francesca Chaouqui — is releasing a book which she describes as “a testament of truth”. In the Name of Peter hits Italian bookshops today, seven months after its author received a 10-month suspended sentence for conspiring to pass confidential documents onto two… Continue reading PR expert convicted in Vatileaks trial leaks more in new book