Is it true that Pope Boniface VIII was distinguished by a special thirst for power and money?
QUESTION: is it true that Pope Boniface VIII was distinguished by a special thirst for power and money, and Dante justly placed him in one of the circles of hell? How can you believe in the doctrine of the infallibility of the popes when faced with such stories? ANSWER: As for the dogma of “infallibility”, […]
What’s wrong with two gay people living together?
QUESTION: if two gay men want to live together without claiming to be married or adopt children, then what’s wrong with that? Two people have positive feelings for each other – is there any sin in that? ANSWER: The coexistence of two gay people in itself is not a sin, just as sexual orientation, or […]
The Vatican Museums closed for the third time in a year due to the pandemic
Pontifical Vatican Museums (AFP or licensors) As a precaution, since March 15, the Papal Collections and Villas in Castel Gandolfo have suspended reception until April 6, for the duration of the last decree of the Italian government. Due to the pandemic, the Vatican Museums have already closed from March 9 to June 1, 2020 and […]
Can a priest interrupt Mass because of noise?
QUESTION: Can a priest during Mass interrupt the reading of the Gospel every time someone makes a noise (for example, someone’s phone rings or children scream)? Isn’t this a lack of mercy and tolerance? ANSWER: most likely, the priest you are referring to, makes sure that the Word of God reaches everyone, which can be […]
Is the Church empowered to bless same-sex unions?
– The Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith responded to the dubium (the doctrinal and moral questioning on which the Congregation makes authoritative judgment) regarding the blessing of same-sex unions: “Is the Church empowered to bless same-sex unions?” Read also 20/12/2019 Pontifical Biblical Commission Document: No to Divorce and Same-Sex Unions Olga Sakun – Vatican […]
The ecumenism of faith and the ecumenism of unbelief
Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa The divinity of Jesus Christ was at the center of Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa’s sermon for the Pope and the Roman Curia on Friday of the third week of Lent. These reflections, the papal house preacher explained, are intended to respond to the widespread tendency to speak of the Church as if Christ […]
When can a war be called just?
QUESTION: What criteria must a war meet to be called righteous? If a representative of the Church speaks about a particular conflict, can his opinion be called the teaching of the Church? ANSWER: Theoretically, the criteria for a “righteous” war are relatively easy to define – for this, it is enough to look at the […]
Does the rite change during the transition from Orthodoxy to the Catholic Church?
QUESTION: I was baptized in the Orthodox Church, but I came to Catholicism at the age of 12. Received the first sacrament. But there is a statement that I am not a Roman Catholic, as I consider myself, but a Greek Catholic. What a paradox? I have never been to a Greek Catholic church. But […]
New blood analyzer for the outpatient clinic in St. Peter’s Square
Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, President Siloe Andrea Benassi and Dr. Lucia Ercoli The Pontifical Office has accepted a new biochemical blood analyzer VChemy-S from the Italian association Siloe: the device was donated to the Vatican Dispensary Mother of Mercy, located under the colonnade near St. Peter’s Square. Michele Raviart – Vatican City The medical device will […]
What does the Assumption of the Virgin mean?
QUESTION: what does the “Assumption” of the Mother of God mean? Does this mean that she, being free from original sin, did not die, but fell asleep? ANSWER: The feast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos began to spread in the 6th-7th centuries. It was a memory of the death of the Virgin […]