Archbishop Camomot sainthood: Vatican commission affirms Heroic Virtues

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 11/10/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The path is leading closer to sainthood for the late Archbishop Teofilo Bastida Camomot. The Archdiocese of Cebu announced on November 10, 2021, that they have been notified of positive progress in the…

Pope Francis in hospital for ‘scheduled surgery’ on colon

Reuters 07/05/2021

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis was admitted to Rome’s Gemelli hospital on Sunday for scheduled intestinal surgery, the Vatican said, the first time he has been in hospital since his election in 2013. Spokesman Matteo Bruni said…

Vatican punishes two Polish bishops for abuse cover-ups

Agence France Presse 03/30/2021

Warsaw, Poland — The Vatican said Monday that two Polish bishops accused of covering up sexual abuses will be ordered to pay into a victims’ fund and barred from celebrating mass in public. The Holy See’s embassy to Poland…

Vatican says Catholic Church cannot bless same-sex unions

Agence France Presse 03/16/2021

ROME, Italy — The Vatican on Monday said the Catholic Church does not have the power to bless same-sex unions despite their “positive elements,” saying it was impossible for God to “bless sin.” The powerful Vatican office…

Pope Francis to preside Mass for 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines

Daphne Galvez 03/04/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Pope Francis will lead the Filipino community in Italy to celebrate 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said Wednesday. The CBCP, quoting Fr. Ricky Gente…

Year of Covid plunges Vatican deeper into the red

Agence France Presse 02/18/2021

VATICAN CITY, Holy See  – With donations down 25 percent, revenues from the Vatican Museums slashed 85 percent and millions of euros spent to support struggling tenants, the coronavirus pandemic has left a big hole in Pope…

Pope Francis to have COVID-19 vaccine, says it is the ethical choice for all

Reuters 01/10/2021

VATICAN CITY  – Pope Francis said on Saturday he planned to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as early as next week and urged everyone to get a shot, to protect not only their own lives but those of…

Pope Francis urges COVID ‘vaccines for all’ in Christmas message

Agence France Presse 12/26/2020

Vatican City, Holy See — Pope Francis in his Christmas message on Friday called for “vaccines for all, especially the most vulnerable and most in need in all regions of the planet” for the coronavirus, which he said had…

Pope commits Vatican to net zero carbon emissions by 2050

Reuters 12/13/2020

VATICAN CITY  – Pope Francis urged countries on Saturday to work towards net zero carbon emissions and committed Vatican City – the world’s smallest state – to reaching the target by 2050. Francis, who has championed environmental…

Pope Francis’s IG under investigation by Vatican after liking model’s photo—report

Niña V. Guno 11/21/2020

The pope’s official Instagram account is being probed after it was caught liking a photo of a model baring her posterior. The “like” from the account @franciscus was shared on social media on Nov. 13 and was…

Cebuano priest appointed as Papal Chaplain in Vatican

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 10/20/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines–Fr. Jan Thomas Limchua, a priest from the Archdiocese of Cebu, has been granted the title “Monsignor” by Pope Francis after being named as Papal Chaplain or a member of the Papal Household. This was announced…

Vatican steps up opposition to euthanasia and assisted suicide

Reuters 09/23/2020

VATICAN CITY— The Vatican doubled down on its opposition to euthanasia on Tuesday, calling it an “act of homicide” that can never be justified or tolerated. A new document, issued as more countries consider legalizing euthanasia or…

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