Author Archives: John Thavis

Vatican calls for global authority on economic issues

UPDATED STORY: Vatican document calls for global authority to regulate markets VATICAN CITY — A Vatican document called for the gradual creation of a “world political authority” with broad powers to regulate financial markets and rein in the “inequalities and distortions … Continue reading

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Pope, on plane to Germany, says abuse scandal has driven some from church

ON THE PAPAL FLIGHT TO GERMANY — Pope Benedict XVI met with reporters this morning aboard the papal plane to Germany. He answered four questions: one in German and three in Italian. The pope was asked about the number of … Continue reading

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Tough Vatican statement on illegitimate Chinese ordination

UPDATE:  Vatican condemns illegitimate ordination of bishop in China VATICAN CITY — The Vatican today issued a tough statement on the recent ordination of a Chinese bishop without papal approval, saying the prelate has no right to govern the diocese. … Continue reading

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Cardinal Scola to head Milan Archdiocese

VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Angelo Scola was named this morning as the new head of the Archdiocese of Milan, Italy’s largest diocese. The 69-year-old cardinal, a native of Milan, has been patriarch of Venice since 2002, where he made a … Continue reading

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Rome’s (unfortunate) statue of Blessed John Paul II

ROME — This week the city of Rome erected its first statue of Blessed Pope John Paul II. The Vatican newspaper said yesterday what a lot of people were thinking: it’s ugly. Sculptor Oliviero Rainaldi intended to show the late … Continue reading

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Infallibility redux

VATICAN CITY — In a letter informing Australian Bishop William Morris of Toowoomba of his dismissal, Pope Benedict is said to have described the church’s teaching against women’s ordination as “infallibly” taught by his predecessor, Pope John Paul II. That … Continue reading

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Vatican spokesman on killing of Osama bin Laden

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican said the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, a man who sowed division and hatred and who caused “innumerable” deaths, should prompt serious reflection about one’s responsibility before God. A Christian “never rejoices” in … Continue reading

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