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Ever wonder what’s in the Vatican secret archives? The priest who runs it offers the following

Ever wonder what’s in the Vatican secret archives? The priest who runs it offers the following

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has been trying for years to debunk the idea that its vaunted secret archives are all that secret: It has opened up the files of controversial World War II-era Pope Pius XII to scholars and changed the official name to remove the word “Secret” from its title. But a certain aura of myth and mystery has persisted — until now. The longtime prefect of what is now named the Vatican Apostolic Archive, Archbishop Sergio Pagano, is spilling the beans for the first time, revealing some of the secrets he has uncovered in the 45 years he has worked in one of the world’s most important, and unusual, repositories of documents. In a new book-length interview titled “Secretum” to be published Tuesday, Pagano divulges some of the unknown, lesser-known and behind-the-scenes details of well-known sagas of the Holy See and its relations with the outside world over the past 12 centuries. In conversations over the course of a year with Italian journalist Massimo Franco, Pagano delves into everything from Napoleon’s …

What Pope Francis’s Decree Means for Gay Catholics Like Me

What Pope Francis’s Decree Means for Gay Catholics Like Me

Several years ago, my partner and I asked a priest for a blessing. We wouldn’t describe ourselves as particularly pious, but our Catholic faith has shaped our lives both as individuals and as a couple. We met more than a decade ago, volunteering on a spring-break service trip run by our university’s Catholic student center. We attend church most Sundays, volunteer occasionally at our parish, and try to live out the Gospel as best we can. We’re also gay, so when we approached the priest, we knew we were putting him in a difficult position: At the time, the Church didn’t officially allow clergy to bless same-sex couples. A priest can bless just about anything—person, place, object, event. The process has many forms and functions but ultimately serves to invoke God’s love and remind us of God’s presence. Some blessings occur within a liturgy, such as the one a priest offers a congregation after Mass. Others, like the blessing that my partner and I requested, are less formal; they’re offered spontaneously and wouldn’t be found …

Catholic priest releases Trinity’s Triumph film, offering a modern-day look at the journey to priesthood

Catholic priest releases Trinity’s Triumph film, offering a modern-day look at the journey to priesthood

Featuring Acclaimed Actors Joe Morton & Young Mazino – Available on Most Major Platforms Now and Streaming on Prime Video 2/22/24 New Jersey — In a move to bridge spiritual and cinematic realms, Father Stephen Fichter, a distinguished priest from St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in Wyckoff, NJ, has transitioned from sermons to the silver screen with the release of his debut feature film, Trinity’s Triumph, becoming the first priest to pen a narrative feature-length film. Trinity’s Triumph is now available on-demand on most major streaming platforms and streaming on Prime Video (SVOD) 2/22/24.  Trinity’s Triumph stands out as a poignant reflection of Father Fichter’s own journey, interwoven with captivating characters and rich storytelling. Set against the backdrop of the seminary, the film chronicles the paths of three young seminarians (one played by Emmy-nominated rising star Young Mazino, of HBO’s Beef, The Last of Us)  who are guided by the wise and beloved mentor, Monsignor Heck, portrayed by the talented Emmy Winner Joe Morton (known most recently for his role in ABC-TV’s Scandal). As their …

How Loneliness Is Killing Us: A Primer from Harvard Psychiatrist & Zen Priest Robert Waldinger

How Loneliness Is Killing Us: A Primer from Harvard Psychiatrist & Zen Priest Robert Waldinger

In 1966, Paul McCart­ney famous­ly sang of “all the lone­ly peo­ple,” won­der­ing aloud where they come from. Near­ly six decades lat­er, their num­bers seem only to have increased; as for their ori­gin, psy­chi­a­trist, psy­cho­an­a­lyst, and Zen priest Robert Waldinger has made it a long­time pro­fes­sion­al con­cern. “Start­ing in the nine­teen fifties, and going all the way through to today, we know that peo­ple have been less and less invest­ed in oth­er peo­ple,” he says in the Big Think video above. “In some stud­ies, as many as 60 per­cent of peo­ple will say that they feel lone­ly much of the time,” a feel­ing “per­va­sive across the world, across all age groups, all income groups, all demo­graph­ics.” “Hav­ing an exten­sive net­work of friends is no guar­an­tee against lone­li­ness,” writes the late soci­ol­o­gist Ray Old­en­burg in The Great Good Place. “Nor does mem­ber­ship in vol­un­tary asso­ci­a­tions, the ‘instant com­mu­ni­ties’ of our mobile soci­ety, ensure against social iso­la­tion and atten­dant feel­ings of bore­dom and alien­ation. The net­work of friends has no uni­ty and no home base.” He names as …

A Russian Orthodox Priest to be fired for not praying for Russia’s victory in the war against Ukraine?

A Russian Orthodox Priest to be fired for not praying for Russia’s victory in the war against Ukraine?

Patriarch Kirill, Head of the Russian Orthodox ChurchCredit: RIA Novosti archive, image #836976 / Sergey Pyatakov / CC-BY-SA 3.0 A report published by the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) recommends that a prominent Moscow priest be expelled from the denomination because he refused to pray for Russia’s victory after Putin invaded Ukraine in 2022, Premier Christian News reports. In September 2022, ROC’s leader, Patriarch Kirill, who is a close ally of Vladimir Putin, issued a proclamation entitled “Prayer for Holy Rus’ to be read in ROC churches around the world. Rus is an ancient term used for Russia. The prayer calls on God to fight against the enemies of Russia who are trying to divide the nation, and specifically calls on God to “grant us [Russia] victory through Your power.” Dozens of ROC Priests across Russia have faced discipline for challenging the denomination’s position on the war, including making minor changes to the prayer, such as replacing the word ‘victory’ with the word ‘peace.’ Aleksiy Uminsky, who pastors Moscow’s Church of the Life-Giving Holy Trinity, is …

Russian Orthodox priest faces expulsion for refusing to pray for victory over Ukraine | Russia

Russian Orthodox priest faces expulsion for refusing to pray for victory over Ukraine | Russia

A prominent liberal priest faces expulsion from the Russian Orthodox church for refusing to read out a prayer asking God to guide Russia to victory over Ukraine. In a verdict published on Saturday, a church court said Aleksiy Uminsky should be “expelled from holy orders” for violating his priestly oath. The decision was forwarded for approval to Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian church who strongly backs President Vladimir Putin. The case shows how the church is clamping down on internal dissent as it throws its support behind Putin and his “special military operation” in Ukraine, which is now nearing the end of its second year. The church court said Uminsky had broken his oath by refusing to read the “Prayer for Holy Rus” – an archaic name for Russia – which Kirill has made compulsory at church services. “Behold, those who want to fight have taken up arms against Holy Rus, hoping to divide and destroy its united people,” said the prayer first pronounced by Kirill on 25 September 2022, seven months into …

Russian Orthodox priest faces expulsion for refusing to pray for war victory

Russian Orthodox priest faces expulsion for refusing to pray for war victory

By Mark Trevelyan (Reuters) – A prominent liberal priest faces expulsion from the Russian Orthodox Church for refusing to read out a prayer asking God to guide Russia to victory over Ukraine. In a verdict published on Saturday, a church court said Aleksiy Uminsky should be “expelled from holy orders” for violating his priestly oath. The decision was forwarded for approval to Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian church who strongly backs President Vladimir Putin. The case shows how the church is clamping down on internal dissent as it throws its support behind Putin and his “special military operation” in Ukraine, now nearing the end of its second year. The church court said Uminsky had broken his oath by refusing to read the “Prayer for Holy Rus” – an archaic name for Russia – which Kirill has made compulsory at church services. “Behold, those who want to fight have taken up arms against Holy Rus, hoping to divide and destroy its united people,” said the prayer first pronounced by Kirill on Sept. 25, 2022, …

Italy blocks extradition of priest accused of murder and torture in Argentina

Italy blocks extradition of priest accused of murder and torture in Argentina

Police patrol downtown Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 20, 2023. RODRIGO ABD / AP Italy’s justice minister has to extradite a priest sought by Buenos Aires for colluding with the country’s bloody 1976-1983 military dictatorship, human rights advocates said on Friday, January 12. Minister Carlo Nordio ruled against extraditing Franco Reverberi on health grounds, reversing an earlier decision and overruling Italy’s top criminal court, which had approved the extradition in October. Reverberi, 85, a military chaplain in the western province of Mendoza in 1980, has been sought by the Argentine justice system since 2012, after he fled Argentina for Italy, taking up residence near Parma. Interpol had also issued a warrant for his arrest. “Justice delayed, justice denied, as they say. Don Reverberi will not have to answer to anyone,” said Riccardo Noury, spokesman for Amnesty International Italy. “After all this time, according to Minister Nordio, don Reverberi is in old age, his heart is weak, and the likelihood that he will never return to Italy would be a source of undue stress,” he said. Reverberi …

Italy refuses to extradite priest accused of murder and torture to Argentina | Italy

Italy refuses to extradite priest accused of murder and torture to Argentina | Italy

Italy’s justice minister has refused Argentina’s request to extradite a priest accused of crimes against humanity during the country’s military dictatorship in the 1970s and 1980s. The Rev Franco Reverberi, 86, who served as military chaplain during Argentina’s 1976-1983 military regime, faces charges related to the alleged murder in 1976 of the 20-year-old political activist José Guillermo Berón, and his alleged participation in torture. Reverberi, who has joint Argentinian and Italian nationality, left Argentina in 2011 after trials against pro-junta figures had begun in Argentina, returning to his home town near Parma. Since then, he has lived undisturbed in Italy, where he continued to celebrate mass until recently. He has consistently denied any wrongdoing and has not been convicted by the courts or excommunicated by the Vatican. Italy’s top criminal court confirmed his extradition in October, rejecting the priest’s appeal. But on Friday Carlo Nordio, the justice minister, vetoed the extradition, citing Reverberi’s advanced age and his health condition. “The Italian justice minister’s move is in contrast to the judicial decisions against Reverberi,” said Arturo …

‘Meloni’s response left me stunned’: the Italian priest taking on the mafia | Italy

‘Meloni’s response left me stunned’: the Italian priest taking on the mafia | Italy

Father Maurizio Patriciello is running late. “I’m waiting for my bodyguards,” he says by text message. He is neither a celebrity nor a politician but a parish priest in Caivano, a desolate, crime-ridden town on the outskirts of Naples. He has been living under police protection ever since a bomb, accompanied by the message “get out of our way”, exploded by the gate of his church. The threat was the Camorra’s response to Patriciello’s unrelenting battle against the mafia organisation’s illegal dumping of toxic waste across farmland in the Campania region of southern Italy. Despite the intimidation, Patriciello did not cave in. Instead, he persevered with his mission: to fight crime and delinquency in a poor community that until last summer had long been neglected by the state. Patriciello eventually arrives, with his two bodyguards, at San Paolo Apostolo church and settles on a pew by the altar, which is bedecked with a huge nativity scene. Nervously, he describes life in Caivano, where some of his parishioners have unwittingly become drug mules for the mafia. …