Vatican City, Apr 16, 2021 / 10:13 am America/Denver (CNA). Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was born 94 years ago today in the town of Marktl, Bavaria. More than eight years after he announced his retirement […]
Note: On the occasion of the 94th birthday of Joseph Ratzinger, born on April 16, 1927, CWR is reposting this interview, first posted on January 13, 2021. The veteran German journalist Peter Seewald first met […]
CNA Staff, Feb 4, 2021 / 05:34 pm (CNA).- Following Pope Francis’ appeal to pray for the homeless deceased, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco is supporting a local initiative that has launched a “Year of the Homeless.”The Year for the Ho… […]
CNA Staff, Feb 2, 2021 / 08:00 am (CNA).- An international group of Catholic academics has launched an ambitious new project to proclaim the “truth of love” to 21st-century society.
The founders of the Veritas Amoris Project include Fr. Jo… […]
Denver, Colo., Dec 29, 2020 / 03:00 am (CNA).- Chatting with Lee McDowell is a peaceful experience.
Seated in a comfy leather chair in a rust-colored office near downtown Denver, McDowell serenely and thoughtfully explains the “art and science&r… […]
CNA Staff, Nov 24, 2020 / 07:00 am (CNA).- The papal butler who was pardoned by Benedict XVI for his role in the “Vatileaks” affair has died at the age of 54.
Vatican News announced Nov. 24 that Paolo Gabriele had died after a long illness, leaving a wife and three children.
Gabriele began serving as the German pope’s personal butler in 2007. Five years later, he became embroiled in the Vatican leaks scandal.
He was arrested on May 23, 2012, on suspicion of leaking classified papal documents to an Italian journalist. He was indicted on August 13 for aggravated theft.
During his trial in October of that year, Gabriele told judges, “I do not feel like I’m a thief,” adding that he “acted only out of visceral love for the Church of Christ and for its visible head on earth.”
On Oct. 6, he was found guilty of theft and given a reduced sentence of 18 months.
On Dec. 22, Benedict XVI visited Gabriele in his cell to inform him that he had pardoned him.
“This morning the Holy Father Benedict XVI visited Paolo Gabriele in prison in order to confirm his forgiveness and to inform him personally of his acceptance of Mr Gabriele’s request for pardon,” a Vatican statement said.
Gabriele later worked at the Vatican’s Bambino Gesù children’s hospital.
Unconfirmed stories a couple of months ago indicated that the long-awaited “McCarrick Report” ran to 600 pages; as it turns out, the final count of the English text is 449. Some very thoughtful Vatican person […]
CNA Staff, Nov 12, 2020 / 09:15 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, who served as apostolic nuncio to the United States from 2011 to 2016, has denied claims in the Vatican’s McCarrick Report which […]
The long awaited McCarrick Report – or to give it its full, gloriously bureaucratic title, the Report of the Holy See’s Institutional Knowledge and Decision-Making Related to Former Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick (1930 – 2017) […]
Editor’s note: This essay was originally posted on September 15, 2019. It is reposted in light of new statements by Pope Francis, in the encyclical Fratelli tutti, that, “Today we state clearly that ‘the death […]