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Vatican showing renewed interest in Asian theology

KOCHI (UCAN): India’s leading theologians and along with 18 bishops, archbishops and cardinals met with leading officials of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) in the southern city of Bangalore. The January 21 to 24 gathering was the second since their first such meeting in 2011.
 
Jesuit Father Kuruvilla Pandikattu, observed that such dialogues “show the Vatican’s desire to know more about developments in Asian theology, and the trends and changes in the social milieu, in which theologising takes place.” 

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Doctrinal congregation to handle traditionalist Catholics

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope Francis closed the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, which had been responsible for the pastoral care of Catholics attached to the pre-Vatican II Mass, and transferred its tasks to a special section of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
 

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German bishops asked to set aside plans for inter-Communion

VATICAN (CNS/UCAN): “The Holy Father has reached the conclusion that the document has not matured enough to be published,” said a letter signed by Archbishop Luis Ladaria, cardinal-designate and prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in which the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Germany was asked not to publish nationwide guidelines for allowing Protestants married to Catholics to receive Communion at Mass, but to continue having diocesan bishops judge specific situations.
 

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Apparitions of little value at Medjugorje

HONG KONG (SE): Talk of the daily appearances of Our Lady at the famed parish of St. James in Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina has been a source of intrigue since sightings were first reported in 1981.
 
It has also been the subject of on-again-off-again Vatican investigations since the mid-1980s and while no official report has ever been released there have been rumours that there is considerable dissatisfaction with the manner in which the pilgrim site has been developed.
 

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