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Cardinal Parolin: Pope calls for new impetus from COP28

Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, who will represent Pope Francis in Dubai at COP28, shares the Pope’s concerns and hopes for the climate crisis, wars, and divisions tearing the planet apart with Vatican Media, reaffirming the Holy See's commitment to peace-building.

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Parolin: Benedict XVI’s legacy will bear fruit for the Church

As Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin presents this year’s Ratzinger Prizes to theologian Pablo Blanco Sarto and philosopher Francesc Torralba, he recalls the importance of Pope Ratzinger’s thought concerning the relationship between faith and reason.

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Catholic Charismatic Renewal meeting underway in UAE

Catholics from Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates gather in Dubai for the 5th Convention of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

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Pope Francis sends condolences for Indi Gregory's funeral

On the day of Indi Gregory’s funeral in Nottingham, England, Pope Francis says he “joins those gathered in thanking Almighty God for the gift of her all-too-short life”

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Pope: Priests lead people to Christ when conformed to Him

Pope Francis encourages seminarians in France to accompany people with “the smell of the sheep” in their pastoral ministry, while nurturing their own relationship with Christ.

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Cardinal Parolin to deliver Pope Francis’ speech at COP28

Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin will lead the Holy See’s delegation to Dubai to deliver Pope Francis’ contribution for the COP28 climate summit.

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Vatican hosts quantum science workshop to spread benefits of technology

As the Pontifical Academy of Sciences hosts a three-day workshop on quantum technology, Dr. Antia Lamas-Linares, a researcher with Amazon Web Services, describes the possibilities of the second quantum revolution.

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Pope asks theologians to help 'de-masculinize' the church

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Asking pardon for speaking plainly, Pope Francis told members of the International Theological Commission that "one of the great sins we have had is 'masculinizing' the church," which also can be seen by the fact that only five of the commission members are women.

The pope, who appoints the 28 members of the commission, said the church needs to make more progress in balancing such bodies because "women have a capacity for theological reflection that is different from what we men have."

Pope Francis met members of the commission at the Vatican Nov. 30. He handed them a prepared text, which he described as a "beautiful speech with theological things," but said that because of his ongoing respiratory problems due to bronchitis, "it's better that I don't read it."

But greeting members of the group, the pope said that perhaps his conviction about the importance of women theologians comes from the fact that "I've studied a lot the theology of a woman," Hanna-Barbara Gerl-Falkovitz, and her work on Father Romano Guardini, a German priest, philosopher and theologian, who died in 1968.

Coincidently, Gerl-Falkovitz is one of four German women who wrote to Pope Francis about their concerns regarding the German Catholic Church's Synodal Path. In a letter published by a German newspaper Nov. 21, Pope Francis responded to the women saying, "I, too, share this concern about the numerous concrete steps that are now being taken by large parts of this local church that threaten to move further and further away from the common path of the universal church."

Pope Francis told members of the commission that at the next meeting of his international Council of Cardinals, "we will have a reflection on the feminine dimension of the church."

Pope Francis and Sister Josée Ngalula
Pope Francis greets Congolese Sister Josée Ngalula, a Sister of St. Andrew and one of five women theologians on the International Theological Commission, a body that studies theological questions for the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, at the Vatican Nov. 30, 2023. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)

Providing no other details, he repeated what he has said in the past: "The church is woman. And if we do not understand who women are, what the theology of a woman is, we will never understand what the church is."

The problem "is not solved in a ministerial way, that's another thing," he said, repeating his belief in the concept that in the church there is a "Petrine principle" and a "Marian principle" that describe the important but different roles women and men play in the Catholic Church.

"You can debate this, but the two principles are there," the pope said. "It is more important to have the Marian (dimension) than the Petrine," because the church is the bride of Christ.

Pope Francis said having more women on the commission would help, but the theologians also need to dedicate more energy to studying the issue and to "de-masculinizing" the church.

"I talked too much, and it hurt," the pope told them before joining them in reciting the Lord's prayer.

In his prepared text, Pope Francis encouraged commission members to continue work on "an evangelizing theology that promotes dialogue with the world of culture," and decides what questions and challenges to focus on by listening to concerns that come from the grassroots.

The pope also focused on the commission's work helping the Catholic Church prepare to celebrate the 1,700th anniversary of the Council of Nicaea.

A rediscovery of the council and its teachings, he said, can help the church in evangelization, in growing in synodality and in the search for Christian unity.

"At Nicaea, faith was professed in Jesus the only-begotten Son of the Father; he became man for us and for our salvation and is 'God from God, light from light,'" the pope said. His is "the light that illuminates existence with the love of the Father."

Theologians, the pope said, need to help "spread new and surprising glimmers of the eternal light of Christ" in the church and "in the darkness of the world."


Catholic Biblical Association of Nigeria deliberates on War and peace in the Bible.

Nigeria’s emeritus Archbishop of Abuja Archdiocese, John Cardinal Onayikan, has said that no one should ever use the Bible to justify any form of killing of innocent people.

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Pope thanks WYD Committee for its work and hope

Pope Francis thanks members of the 2023 Lisbon WYD Committee and Foundation who offered their work and their hope during the 6-day event in August.

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