Former Pope Benedict has died – spokesman

Reuters 12/31/2022

VATICAN CITY — Former Pope Benedict died on Saturday in the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican, a spokesman for the Holy See said. “With sorrow I inform you that the Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, passed away…

Ex-pope Benedict’s condition ‘stable’ — Vatican

Agence France Presse 12/31/2022

VATICAN CITY, Holy See — Former pope Benedict XVI’s condition remains stable, the Vatican said Friday, two days after revealing the 95-year-old’s health had deteriorated. Benedict, who in 2013 became the first pope since the Middle Ages…

Former pope Benedict is ‘very sick’, Pope Francis says

Reuters 12/28/2022

VATICAN CITY – Former pope Benedict, 95, who in 2013 became the first pontiff in 600 years to step down, is “very sick”, his successor Pope Francis said on Wednesday, asking the church to pray for him.…

Vatican declares Antipolo Cathedral ‘international shrine’; first in PH

Zacarian Sarao - @inquirerdotnet 06/26/2022

MANILA, Philippines — The National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage or the Antipolo Cathedral in Antipolo City has been declared an “international shrine” by the Vatican, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines…

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…

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