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Morning Catholic must-reads: 26/02/13

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

By on Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Vatican Pope

Pope Benedict issued an apostolic letter yesterday outlining new rules for the forthcoming sede vacante period and conclave (full text, comment by canonist Edward Peters).

Benedict XVI has ruled that only his successor will be allowed to read the secret dossier on the VatiLeaks scandal prepared at the Pope’s request by three cardinals.

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone has written to contemplative orders asking for prayers for the coming conclave.

David Willey says that Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi has emerged “as a leading player among the Vatican insiders who are going to dominate” the conclave.

John Thavis notes that “cardinals and journalists are going to be working in the same building during the pre-conclave discussion period“.

GQ reporter Sean Flynn hears about a Vatican monsignor who shot cats as he investigates the VatiLeaks scandal.

And Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has urged his flock to “please send peanut butter” if he doesn’t return from Rome by Palm Sunday.

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day.

  • Tony Buck

    When the going gets tough – the Catholics get going !

  • No more NO!

    ……and as to the NEXT Pope…..

    Here is the AUTHENTIC final Pope prophecy by St Malachy 

    “In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church there will reign Peter the Roman, who will feed his flock amid many tribulations, after which the seven-hilled city will be destroyed and the dreadful Judge will judge the people. The End.”

    All over the internet, anti TRUE Church people are gleefully circulating an erroneous version of this ancient prophecy, – the falsified version saying that the final Pope was prophecised by St Malachy to be either 

    A-  The “Anti-Christ”
    B,  The  “False Prophet”
    C.  The “Anti-Pope”

    These Prophecy revisionists are also, gleefully preaching that it won’t be long now until the “seven-hilled city”  - aka “ROME” (ie The  Protestant name for the Roman Catholic Church)  is destroyed by a furious God.

    Apparently, these people who determine St Malachy’s “seven-hilled city” to be “Rome”, do not take into consideration that although “Rome” stands on “seven-hills,” the Vatican most certainly does not!
    Vatican Hill IS the name of a hill, but it is evidently on the other side of the Tyber River to the HQ of the Holy Roman Catholic Church.

    Besides, according to Wiki, there are MANY cities that are actually resting on “seven-hills”.  The most famous of which being JERUSALEM.