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« Reply #9860 on: July 24, 2021, 05:38:57 PM »

https://cruxnow.com/cns/2021/07/pope-will-lead-angelus-not-mass-on-world-day-for-elderly/

Pope will lead Angelus, not Mass, on world day for elderly
Carol Glatz  Jul 24, 2021
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican press office said Pope Francis, who had colon surgery July 4, would not preside over a liturgy July 25 marking the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly.

The pope, however, is scheduled to give his normal Angelus address and prayer at noon the same day.

Matteo Bruni, director of the Vatican press office, told reporters July 23 that it was part of “normal convalescence,” saying the Mass, which had been scheduled months ago, would have meant wearing heavy vestments and alternating between walking, sitting and standing for about two hours. While the Mass was to be held inside St. Peter’s Basilica, outdoor temperatures have been and were expected to remain in the 90s.

The Mass was to be presided over by Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization.
 
https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2021-06/plenary-indulgences-apostolic-penitentiary-world-day-grandparent.html
Pope to grant Plenary Indulgences on World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly
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« Reply #9861 on: July 24, 2021, 05:44:22 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2021-07/challenges-in-time-of-pandemic-apsa-publishes-its-balance-sheet.html

Challenges in time of pandemic: APSA publishes its balance sheet
24 July 2021, 12:27

The 2020 balance sheet of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See, APSA, made public for the first time, shows decreased contributions to the Roman Curia and decreased profits from investments. APSA’s president, Archbishop Nunzio Galantino, says APSA has been able to help those in financial difficulty; and notes that, although income has been reduced during the pandemic, there are nonetheless positive results as difficulties have brought out the desire to act “as a Church.”
By Salvatore Cernuzio

In 2020, profits were less than 51 million euros, while financial investments amounted to 1.778 billion euros; while contributions for the needs of the Roman Curia were halved from 41 to 20 million euros. Nonetheless, the figures were generally positive, considering the serious consequences of the pandemic.

For the first time since it was established in 1967, the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See – known from its Italian initials as “APSA” – has published its balance sheet. The document concerns the fiscal year of 2020. APSA’s president, Archbishop Nunzio Galantino, explains that the decision to publish the budget stems from the “hope” of increasing confidence in the work of the Church, as well as the desire to transform the Dicastery, which was established by Paul VI, from a “structure that mainly offers services on demand” to a “proactive reality” in the way it administers the heritage entrusted to it.
 
https://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2021-07/holy-see-budget-balance-sheet-2020-interview-guerrero.html
Guerrero: 2020 was a difficult year, but better than expected
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« Reply #9862 on: July 24, 2021, 06:04:32 PM »

RE: apostolic letter “Traditionis Custodes” (“Guardians of the Tradition”)...

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/248483/how-french-catholics-are-responding-to-pope-francis-traditional-latin-mass-restrictions
How French Catholics are responding to Pope Francis’ Traditional Latin Mass restrictions
By Solène Tadié
Paris, France, Jul 24, 2021 / 03:00 am

Responding to concerns raised by Pope Francis’ motu proprio restricting the Traditional Latin Mass, French Church authorities have issued a series of communiques seeking to reassure Catholics attached to this liturgy.

The motu proprio Traditionis custodes, published July 16, arrived like a thunderbolt for a significant part of the French Church because of its perceived severity towards traditionalist communities, which are regarded as places of strong missionary dynamism and magnets for de-Christianized youth.

According to an investigation recently published by the Catholic magazine La Nef, traditionalist Catholicism is growing constantly in France, although it still represents a small minority (4% of all practicing Catholics, 7% if we include the Society of St. Pius X, or SSPX.)

Estimating that there are around 60,000 traditionalist Catholics in France, the study concluded that traditional communities are slowly but steadily growing each year, with a very young average age.

The day after the motu proprio was issued, the French bishops’ conference reaffirmed the bishops’ intention to pursue dialogue with these communities.

“The French bishops […] wish to express to the faithful who usually celebrate according to the missal of St. John XXIII and to their pastors, their attention, their esteem for the spiritual zeal of these faithful, and their determination to continue the mission together, in the communion of the Church and according to the norms in force,” a communique said.

This statement led several observers, including the Catholic historian Yves Chiron, quoted by Le Figaro, to conclude that the new norms would be applied with flexibility and benevolence by a number of French bishops.
 

Informative videos--

-- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgDbJ4rGzLI&t=2494s
PAPAL POSSE on GUARDIANS OF THE TRADITION & CHURCH UNITY
Jul 22, 2021

ROBERT ROYAL, editor-in-chief of TheCatholicThing.org, and FR. GERALD MURRAY, canon lawyer and priest of the Archdiocese of NY discuss Guardians of the Tradition (Traditionis Custodes) and how the new restrictions on the Traditional Latin Mass could affect Church unity.

-- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBfJeRcD4Og&t=13s
WORLD OVER - 2021-07-22 - GERHARD CARDINAL MÜLLER and RAYMOND CARDINAL BURKE, ROBERT ROYAL and FR. G
Jul 22, 2021

GERHARD CARDINAL MÜLLER, former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), and RAYMOND CARDINAL BURKE, canon lawyer & former head of the Apostolic Signatura weigh in on the Pope's new Motu Proprio, Guardians of the Tradition (Traditionis Custodes).
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« Reply #9863 on: July 25, 2021, 12:16:01 PM »

Video, with English commentary, at the link

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2021-07/pope-grandparents-elderly-are-bread-that-nourishes-our-life.html
Pope: Grandparents, elderly are bread that nourishes our life
25 July 2021, 10:55

In his homily on the first World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly, Pope Francis insists on the importance of young and old coming together in a covenantal sharing of life.
By Christopher Wells

As the Church marked the first World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, celebrated Holy Mass in the Basilica of St Peter, standing in for Pope Francis, who is still recovering from surgery.

Archbishop Fisichella read the homily prepared by Pope Francis, in which the Holy Father reflected on the Gospel for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, which recounts Jesus’ miraculous feeding of the five thousand with just five loaves of bread and two fish.

The Holy Father reflected on “three moments” in the Gospel: “Jesus sees the crowd’s hunger; Jesus shares the bread; Jesus asks that the leftovers be collected.” These three moments, he said, “can be summed up in three verbs: to see, to share, to preserve.”
 
https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/248491/pope-francis-on-grandparents-day-elderly-are-not-leftovers-from-life
Pope Francis on Grandparents’ Day: Elderly are not ‘leftovers from life’
By Hannah Brockhaus
Vatican City, Jul 25, 2021 / 03:30 am

https://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/homilies/2021/documents/20210725-omelia-giornatanonni-anziani.html
WORLD DAY FOR GRANDPARENTS AND THE ELDERLY
HOLY MASS
HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS

St Peter's Basilica
Sunday, 25 July 2021
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« Reply #9864 on: July 25, 2021, 12:25:31 PM »

Video, with English commentary, at the link

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2021-07/pope-at-angelus-share-and-god-will-multiply-your-gifts.html
Pope at Angelus: Share and God will multiply your gifts
25 July 2021, 12:28

At the Sunday Angelus Pope Francis explains the “logic of smallness and giving” and how the Lord calls each one of us to give generously to help our brothers and sisters. Giving and sharing “increases love and allows God to perform wonders”.
Vatican News staff writer

Speaking to pilgrims gathered in Saint Peter’s Square for the Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel for the day on the multiplication of the loaves and fish with which Jesus feeds around five thousand people. The Pope observed that Jesus did not create loaves and fish out of nothing, but relied on what the disciples brought him from the child who gave them what he had, just five barley loaves and two fish.
 
https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2021-07/pope-prays-for-victims-of-flooding-in-china-and-blesses-olympics.html
Pope prays for victims of flooding in China and blesses Olympics
25 July 2021, 14:26

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/248492/pope-francis-with-our-small-offering-jesus-can-do-great-things
Pope Francis: With our small offering, Jesus can do great things
By Hannah Brockhaus
Vatican City, Jul 25, 2021 / 05:10 am

https://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/angelus/2021/documents/papa-francesco_angelus_20210725.html
POPE FRANCIS
ANGELUS
Saint Peter's Square
Sunday, 25 July 2021
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« Reply #9865 on: July 26, 2021, 07:56:22 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2021-07/pope-francis-un-summit-an-opportunity-to-build-a-more-just-worl.html

Pope: UN Food Systems Summit an opportunity to build a more just world
26 July 2021, 13:12

Pope Francis sends a message to the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres on the occasion of the UN Pre-Summit on Food Systems, which is taking place in Rome from the 26-28 July.
By Lydia O’Kane

Under the leadership of UN Secretary-General António Guterres and hosted by the Italian government, the Pre-Summit on Food Systems will bring together the efforts and contributions of a global engagement process started in 2020 with the goal of transforming food systems, and paving the way for an ambitious and productive summit in September.

In a message to the Secretary General, Pope Francis says this important meeting “highlights how one of our greatest challenges today is to overcome hunger, food insecurity, and malnutrition in the era of COVID-19.”
 
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« Reply #9866 on: July 26, 2021, 08:03:11 PM »

https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2021/07/vatican-trial-opens-into-financial-scandal-rocking-papacy/

Vatican trial opens into financial scandal rocking papacy
Nicole Winfield  Jul 26, 2021
ASSOCIATED PRESS

ROME — A cardinal who allegedly induced an underling to lie to prosecutors. Brokers and lawyers who pulled a fast one over the Vatican No. 2 to get him to approve a disastrous real estate deal. A self-styled intelligence analyst who bought Prada and Louis Vuitton items with the Vatican money that she was supposed to send to rebels holding a Catholic nun hostage.

Vatican prosecutors have alleged a jaw-dropping series of scandals in the biggest criminal trial in the Vatican’s modern history, which opens Tuesday in a modified courtroom in the Vatican Museums. The once-powerful cardinal and nine other people are accused of bleeding the Holy See of tens of millions of dollars in donations through bad investments, deals with shady money managers and apparent favors to friends and family. They face prison sentences, fines or both if convicted.

The trial, which will likely be postponed for several months after the first hearings Tuesday and Wednesday, is the culmination of a two-year investigation into the Holy See’s flawed 350 million-euro London real estate venture. That operation exposed the Vatican’s once-secret financial dealings and its structural dysfunction, which allowed just a few people to do so much damage to the Vatican’s finances and reputation, with little expertise or oversight.

But the prosecutors’ case also suggests that Pope Francis and his top lieutenants were not only aware of some of the key transactions, but in some cases explicitly authorized them, even without full documentation or understanding the details. Given the hierarchical nature of the Holy See and the obedience required of underlings to their religious superiors, questions also remain about why some people were charged and others not.

One Vatican monsignor who until recently was considered by prosecutors to be a key suspect, Monsignor Alberto Perlasca, managed to avoid indictment. Perlasca’s office handled the London investment from start to finish and his boss had identified him as the main in-house culprit in obscuring the deal’s costly outcome. But prosecutors suggested that Perlasca flipped and became an important witness, in part after coming under pressure to recant his testimony by the lone cardinal on trial, Angelo Becciu.
 
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« Reply #9867 on: July 27, 2021, 05:53:46 PM »

Update:  Vatican financial trial

Photos at the link--
https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/248507/cardinal-becciu-present-at-first-day-of-vatican-finance-trial
Cardinal Becciu present at first day of Vatican finance trial
By Hannah Brockhaus
Vatican City, Jul 27, 2021 / 11:15 am

Cardinal Angelo Becciu was present Tuesday on the first day of a major Vatican finance trial to defend himself of charges of embezzlement and abuse of office.

Becciu is one of 10 defendants in what is the Vatican’s largest trial for financial crimes in the modern era. The cardinal is going before the Vatican tribunal for the first time since Pope Francis changed norms in April to allow cardinals and archbishops to be tried by lay judges.

In a statement through his lawyer July 27, the cardinal said he that he was “calm” and awaited the continuation of the trial in order to prove his innocence of all the accusations against him.

“Cardinal Becciu, after today’s hearing, renews his confidence in the Tribunal, the impartial judge of the facts hypothesized only by the Promoter of Justice, as yet without any confrontation with the defense and with a view to the presumption of innocence,” the statement from lawyer Fabio Viglione said.
Defendant Msgr. Mauro Carlino, who worked in the Vatican’s Secretariat of State and is charged with extortion and abuse of office, was also present at the seven-hour hearing on Tuesday. The remaining eight defendants were absent but represented by their lawyers.

The hearing took place in a multipurpose room of the Vatican Museums recently adapted for use by the court. The next audience was scheduled by the court for Oct. 5 after several of the defense lawyers asked for more time to prepare.
 
https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2021/07/vatican-fraud-trial-includes-interesting-cast-of-characters/
Vatican fraud trial includes interesting cast of characters
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« Reply #9868 on: July 27, 2021, 05:58:23 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2021-07/pope-brazil-message-catholic-communicators-meeting.html

Pope asks Catholic communicators in Brazil to promote reconciliation
27 July 2021, 12:41

Pope Francis encourages Brazilian Catholic communicators to be “instruments of reconciliation and unity” in a divided country.
By Lisa Zengarini

Pope Francis has encouraged Catholic communicators in Brazil to be “instruments of reconciliation and unity” in these difficult times of pandemic which has hardly hit the country.

Building bridges to be a sign of hope and of solidarity 

In a message addressed to the participants in the 12th “Mutirão de Comunicação”, an annual meeting of Catholic communicators co-organized by the Brazilian Bishops Conference (CNBB), the Pontiff stresses that Christians are called to be a “sign of hope and of solidarity” in Brazilian society “inspired by their faith and confiding that the Risen Lord accompanies his disciples until the end of time (Mt 28,20)”. This implies being “instruments of unity and reconciliation, which is the mission of the Church in Brazil now more than ever”, the Holy Father emphasizes referring to the ongoing political and social tensions that are dividing the country in the present crisis. This is why "Christian communicators should be on the frontline in promoting a communication which builds bridges, seeks dialogue and overcomes ideological contradictions".
 
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« Reply #9869 on: July 27, 2021, 06:06:06 PM »

Hmmm...

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/248503/cardinal-marx-wont-rule-out-offering-resignation-for-a-2nd-time
Cardinal Marx won’t rule out offering resignation for a 2nd time
By CNA Staff
Munich, Germany, Jul 27, 2021 / 04:30 am

Cardinal Reinhard Marx has said that he cannot rule out asking Pope Francis to accept his resignation for a second time.

The Catholic archbishop of Munich and Freising discussed the possibility of a second resignation offer in a letter issued on July 23 and read out in churches in the archdiocese at the weekend, reported CNA Deutsch, CNA’s German-language news partner.

“I do not understand my service as a bishop as an office that belongs to me and that I have to defend, but as a mission for the people of this archdiocese and as a service to the unity of the Church,” he wrote.

“Should I no longer be able to fulfill this ministry, then it would be time -- after consultation with the diocesan bodies and also the abuse appraisal commission and the affected persons’ advisory board -- to decide for the good of the Church and offer my resignation from office once again.”

Marx is a member of the pope’s Council of Cardinals and the coordinator of the Vatican Council for the Economy. Until last year, he served as the chairman of the German bishops’ conference.

The 67-year-old cardinal wrote to Pope Francis in May, offering to resign amid the fallout from the clerical abuse crisis in Germany. The pope declined his resignation in June.
 
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« Reply #9870 on: July 28, 2021, 05:28:05 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/church/news/2021-07/china-new-co-adjutor-bishop-consecrated-for-pingliang.html

China: New co-adjutor bishop consecrated for Pingliang
28 July 2021, 16:14

Pingliang’s new co-adjutor bishop (bishop with right of succession) is the fifth shepherd appointed since the Provisional Agreement on the nomination of bishops between the Vatican and China entered into force.
By Vatican News

A new bishop – the fifth since the signing of the Provisional Accord between the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China on the nomination of bishops – was consecrated on Wednesday, 28 July, in China. Antonio Li Hui received episcopal consecration as the new co-adjutor bishop of Pingliang in the province of Gansu.

As reported on the site of the Catholic Church in China, the ordination ceremony was presided over by Bishop Giuseppe Ma Yinglin of Kunming, in the province of Yunnan.
 
According to Matteo Bruni, the director of the Holy See Press Office, Pope Francis made the nomination on 11 January 2021.
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« Reply #9871 on: July 28, 2021, 05:33:12 PM »

https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2021/07/cardinal-urges-religious-to-join-local-preparation-for-synod-of-bishops/

Cardinal urges religious to join local preparation for Synod of Bishops
Cindy Wooden  Jul 28, 2021
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

ROME — Consecrated virgins, hermits and members of religious orders, individually and as communities, should take part in the consultations for the Synod of Bishops, because “to ensure that the synodal church is not a mirage, but rather a dream to be realized, it is necessary to dream together, to pray together and to work together,” said Cardinal João Braz de Aviz.

The cardinal, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, asked consecrated men and women to participate in the diocesan-level listening sessions scheduled to begin in October as the first step of preparation for the 2023 assembly of the Synod of Bishops, discussing the theme, “For a synodal church: communion, participation and mission.”

Pope Francis is scheduled to formally open the synod process at the Vatican Oct. 9-10, the synod office said. And the bishop of every diocese should open the process in his diocese Oct. 17.
 
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« Reply #9872 on: July 28, 2021, 05:42:06 PM »

From Vatican News...
Update:  Vatican financial trial

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2021-07/first-hearing-held-in-vatican-over-london-building.html
First hearing held in Vatican over London building
28 July 2021, 11:13

The trial over the use Secretariat of State funds began on Tuesday in the courtroom of the Vatican Museums. The defense attorneys for the ten defendants presented preliminary motions. The next hearing is scheduled for October 5.
Salvatore Cernuzio - Vatican City

The large courtroom set up in the Vatican Museums hosted, on Tuesday, 27 July, the first hearing in the Vatican over the illicit deals made with Secretariat of State funds, starting with the sale of the Sloane Avenue Building in London. Judge Giuseppe Pignatonewith Judges Venerando Marano and Carlo Bonzano at his side, presided over the hearing, which lasted seven hours from 9:41 to 16:45. About thirty lawyers, journalists, and gendarmes were present, although only two of the ten defendants were present: Msgr. Mauro Carlino, already in the courtroom early in the morning, and Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, the former Substitute of the Secretariat of State, who is accused of embezzlement, abuse of office and subornation. The cardinal, from whom the Pope revoked the prerogatives of the cardinalate in September 2020, attended the entire hearing sitting. And at the end of the hearing, he recalled that he had always been "obedient to the Pope, who sent me to trial", saying he was "not worried": "I have the confidence that the judges will see the facts clearly and my great hope is the certainty that they will recognize my innocence". He also announced that he had given a mandate to his lawyers to denounce Msgr. Alberto Perlasca and Francesca Immacolata Chaouqui for slander.
 
https://cruxnow.com/news-analysis/2021/07/day-1-of-vatican-mega-trial-begs-question-are-prosecutors-judges-out-of-their-depth/
Day 1 of Vatican mega-trial begs question: Are prosecutors, judges out of their depth?
John L. Allen Jr.Jul 28, 2021
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« Reply #9873 on: July 29, 2021, 08:43:06 PM »

Pope Francis' video-message at the link

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2021-07/vatican-unveils-official-image-for-x-world-meeting-of-families.html

Vatican unveils official image for X World Meeting of Families
29 July 2021, 15:18

The official image for the upcoming World Meeting of Families has been released. Produced by Father Marko Ivan Rupnik, the image is dedicated to the Wedding at Cana. The eagerly awaited 10th World Meeting of Families will take place in Rome from June 22 to 26 June 2022, after the event was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
By Vatican News staff reporter

“Sacramental love between a man and a woman is a reflection of the indissoluble love and unity between Christ and the Church: Jesus sheds His blood for Her.” This is the meaning behind the official image of the Tenth World Meeting of Families.

The work, entitled, “This Mystery is Great” (taken from St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, 5:32), was painted by theologian and artist Father Marko Ivan Rupnik, SJ,.

The image portrays the Wedding at Cana, with the bride and groom in the background on the left, covered by a veil. Jesus and Mary are seen united, at the moment when Mary tells her Son, “They have no more wine.” In the foreground is the steward, with the face of St Paul as portrayed in classical iconography. It is Saint Paul “who removes the veil with his hand, and referring to the wedding, exclaims, “This mystery is great; but I speak in reference to Christ and the Church!”.
 
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« Reply #9874 on: July 29, 2021, 08:48:45 PM »

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/248529/update-surgeon-provides-details-on-cardinal-sarahs-robot-assisted-surgery

UPDATE: Surgeon provides details on Cardinal Sarah's robot-assisted surgery
By Hannah Brockhaus
Rome Newsroom, Jul 29, 2021 / 05:10 am

Cardinal Robert Sarah, the retired prefect of the Vatican's liturgy office, underwent robot-assisted surgery on his prostate earlier this month, according to a surgeon at the Italian hospital where the procedure took place.

The urological operation was performed with the help of the da Vinci robot, a technology in use since 2016 at the Great Metropolitan Hospital (GOM) in Reggio Calabria, a city on the southernmost point of the Italian peninsula.

The GOM's health director and a leading surgeon confirmed to CNA July 29 that Cardinal Sarah had been operated on and that he was released from the hospital on July 27, after around 15 days in their care.

Salvatore Costarella said the procedure was to correct a problem with the prostate.

Cardinal Sarah's choice of the Reggio Calabria hospital “means a lot because we have an excellent hospital,” Costarella said, adding that “for us it is a reason for particular pride to have such an eminent person in our hospital.”

Doctors said in a press conference Wednesday that the surgery was successful and, thanks to the robot technology, was able to be carried out in a minimally invasive way.

Sarah, 76, was the most senior African prelate at the Vatican before his retirement as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in February.
 
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« Reply #9875 on: July 29, 2021, 09:04:54 PM »

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/248531/former-cardinal-theodore-mccarrick-charged-with-sexual-assault-of-a-minor

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick charged with sexual assault of a minor
By Joe Bukuras, Carl Bunderson, Matt Hadro, Kevin J. Jones
Washington D.C., Jul 29, 2021 / 12:11 pm

Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is facing charges of sexually assaulting a teenage boy in Massachusetts in the 1970s, marking the first time the disgraced ex-prelate has been criminally charged since accusations of longstanding sexual misconduct by him first came to light three years ago.

McCarrick, now 91, is charged with three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over the age of 14, according to court documents filed July 28 in District Court in Dedham, MA. McCarrick has not been arrested, the court documents show, and is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 26 for his arraignment to formally answer the charges. Each of the three criminal charges carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

The charges were first reported Thursday by the Boston Globe. Neither McCarrick nor his lawyer could be reached for comment Thursday.

Long a powerful and high-profile Catholic leader in the United States with an impressive international resume, McCarrick was dismissed from the clerical state by Pope Francis in 2019, after the Vatican conducted an expedited canonical investigation and found McCarrick guilty of “solicitation in the Sacrament of Confession, and sins against the Sixth Commandment with minors and with adults, with the aggravating factor of the abuse of power.”
 
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« Reply #9876 on: August 01, 2021, 12:19:33 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2021-07/pope-cardinal-vanhoye-preached-the-gospel-with-generosity.html

Pope: Cardinal Vanhoye preached the Gospel with generosity
31 July 2021, 09:02

Pope Francis sent a message of condolence on the death of Jesuit Cardinal Albert Vanhoye, who died 29 July in Rome, aged 98. He had been the oldest member of the College of Cardinals. He was created Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI, who called him “a great exegete.”
By Vatican News staff reporter

A few days after celebrating his 98th birthday, Cardinal Albert Vanhoye, SJ, passed away on Thursday, July 29, in Rome. In a telegram to Father Manuel Morujao, superior of the “San Pietro Canisio” Residence, where the cardinal resided, Pope Francis expresses his condolences for the “pious death” of “this brother who served the Lord and the Church with great devotion.”

He continued, “I think with gratitude of his intense and profuse work as a zealous religious spiritual son of St. Ignatius, an expert teacher, a renowned biblical scholar, an esteemed rector of the Pontifical Biblical Institute, and a diligent and wise collaborator of several Dicasteries of the Roman Curia.”
 
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« Reply #9877 on: August 01, 2021, 12:31:07 PM »

Video, with English commentary, at the link

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2021-08/pope-at-angelus-welcome-jesus-as-the-bread-of-life.html
Pope at Angelus: Welcome Jesus as the bread of life
01 August 2021, 12:20

At the noontime Sunday Angelus in Saint Peter’s Square, Pope Francis calls on us to be not only concerned about our materials needs, but above all to seek and deepen our relationship with God.
By Vatican News staff writer

Greeting the faithful in Saint Peter’s Square on a sunny and sultry Roman Sunday, Pope Francis offered reflections on the day’s Gospel reading which speaks about the crowds following Jesus, after they had witnessed the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves. However, the crowds did not grasp the meaning of what Jesus had done and appeared to be more concerned more about having their fill of material bread.
 
https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/248551/pope-francis-the-lord-wants-a-loving-relationship-with-us
Pope Francis: ‘The Lord wants a loving relationship with us’
By CNA Staff
Vatican City, Aug 1, 2021 / 05:05 am

https://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/angelus/2021/documents/papa-francesco_angelus_20210801.html
POPE FRANCIS
ANGELUS
Saint Peter's Square
Sunday, 1st August 2021
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« Reply #9878 on: August 01, 2021, 09:50:04 PM »

UpdateT:  Former cardinal, Theodore McCarrick

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/248549/theodore-mccarrick-faces-new-civil-sex-abuse-lawsuit
Theodore McCarrick faces new civil sex abuse lawsuit
By Matt Hadro
Washington D.C., Jul 31, 2021 / 12:00 pm

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick now faces a fifth civil sex abuse lawsuit in New Jersey, after he was criminally charged in a Massachusetts district court this week for sexually assaulting a teenage boy.

On Thursday, a lawsuit was filed in a New Jersey court accusing McCarrick of sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy in 1986, NorthJersey.com first reported. The civil lawsuit was filed on behalf of the plaintiff by Jeffrey Anderson, a prominent attorney who represents sex abuse victims.

McCarrick's attorney Barry Coburn told CNA in a statement on Saturday, "We will look forward to addressing this case in the courtroom."

The new lawsuit follows McCarrick’s first criminal charges, which were filed on Wednesday by Wellesley, Massachusetts police in the state’s Dedham District Court. That complaint included three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over the age of 14, alleged to have been committed against a 16-year-old male in 1974.

McCarrick, now 91, is scheduled to appear in the Massachusetts court for his arraignment, to formally answer the charges, on Sept. 3. He was the first U.S. cardinal to be criminally charged with sex abuse of a minor.
 
The pope laicized McCarrick in February 2019 after the Vatican conducted an expedited investigation and found him guilty of “solicitation in the Sacrament of Confession, and sins against the Sixth Commandment with minors and with adults, with the aggravating factor of the abuse of power.”
 
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« Reply #9879 on: August 01, 2021, 09:58:32 PM »

RE: apostolic letter “Traditionis Custodes” (“Guardians of the Tradition”)...

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/248550/updated-catholics-ask-cardinal-gregory-to-reconsider-cancelation-of-tridentine-mass-at-national-shrine

Updated: Catholics ask Cardinal Gregory to reconsider cancelation of Tridentine Mass at National Shrine
By Matt Hadro
Washington D.C., Jul 31, 2021 / 14:30 pm

This story has been updated.

The organizers of an Aug. 14 Tridentine Mass in Washington, D.C. – canceled per new papal restrictions on traditional liturgies - asked the Archbishop of Washington this week to reinstate the Mass. In response, Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington reaffirmed his original decision to rescind permission for the Mass
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On Tuesday evening, CNA reported that a solemn pontifical Mass scheduled for Aug. 14 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. had been cancelled, after Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington withdrew his permission for the Mass.

On July 29, the Paulus Institute, which organized the Mass, wrote to Cardinal Gregory asking him to reinstate the scheduled Mass by Monday, Aug. 2, “in the interests of the unity of the universal Church.”

“The cancellation of the Mass, so long planned and prepared, is a violation of fundamental justice, because it is an arbitrary action not motivated by any urgency,” the group stated. “The Catholic faithful should not be subjected to penalties for unused travel reservations caused by an unworthy cancellation of the Mass.”

Following CNA’s initial report on Saturday, the Paulus Institute shared with CNA a letter from Cardinal Gregory dated July 30 reaffirming his decision to withhold permission for the Mass.

“I acknowledge that my decision to implement the newest motu proprio Traditionis custodes of Pope Francis has received initial attention both in support and in opposition,” the cardinal wrote. He cited the document’s grant of “exclusive competence” to diocesan bishops to authorize Latin Masses according to the 1962 Roman Missal in their respective dioceses.
 
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