Year of Faith, intended to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, which was to bring our church into the modern world, resurrects some controversial traditional pieties
Pope Benedict XVI named the Vatican's top investigator of abusive priests to be the new auxiliary bishop of Malta.
Msgr. Charles Scicluna, who was born in Toronto to Maltese parents, served for the past decade as the Vatican's first promoter of justice in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, handling cases brought against clergy accused of the sexual abuse of minors.
The Vatican announced the new appointment Saturday without naming the monsignor's replacement as promoter, a post that would be filled by papal appointment.
Paolo Gabriele's sentence was originally three years but was reduced, partly because he was aware of "betraying the Holy Father's trust."
Catholics who participate in events connected with the 2012-2013 Year of Faith can receive a special indulgence, the Vatican said.
The 49-year-old Italian climbed the dome Tuesday to protest Italy's economic policies.
Vatican police officers who searched Paolo Gabriele's apartment testified they found "an infinite amount" of documents and news clippings.
Paolo Gabriele said he was innocent of charges of aggravated theft, but "I feel guilty for having betrayed the trust the Holy Father placed in me."
Catholics should rejoice, and not be jealous, when other Christians succeed in doing the work of the Lord, Pope Benedict XVI said.
"God can do good and even amazing things outside the circle" of the Catholic church, the pope said Sunday, commenting on the day's Gospel reading during his midday Angelus address.
A Vatican tribunal determined the two suspects indicted for their parts in the VatiLeaks' scandal should be tried separately.
VATICAN CITY -- Choosing men and women from every part of the world and from a wide variety of professions, Pope Benedict XVI nominated 45 experts and 49 observers for the upcoming world assembly of bishops.
The Oct. 7-28 gathering will include the largest bloc of women -- 10 experts and 19 observers -- ever to participate in a world Synod of Bishops. The special Synod of Bishops for Africa in 2009 had 10 experts and 20 observers who were women.