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Vatican gives traditionalists doctrinal statement to sign

The Vatican has given the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X a formal "doctrinal preamble" listing several principles they must agree with in order to move toward full reconciliation with Church. U.S. Cardinal William J. Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, gave the statement to Bishop Bernard Fellay, head of the society, Sept. 14 during a meeting at the Vatican that lasted more than two hours.

Pope Benedict offers blessings on 9/11 anniversary

Pope Benedict XVI offered his blessings to U.S. Catholics as they prepared to observe the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

In his homeland, Pope to face growing secularism, some protests

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In the days leading to Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to his homeland Sept. 22-25, German media were asking whether the Pope would feel at home in the country he left 30 years ago. Obviously, he visited Germany frequently while serving in Rome and kept up with friends and colleagues and with […]

Vatican responds to Irish government report on clergy sexual abuse

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican forcefully denied it undermined the Irish bishops’ efforts to protect children from sexual abuse and characterized as “unfounded” claims the Vatican tried to interfere in government investigations regarding Church handling of sex abuse cases. The Vatican recognizes “the seriousness of the crimes” detailed in a government report about cases […]