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Certain reporting highlights include:

  1. EXCLUSIVE: Pope Francis defends restrictions on Latin Mass – ‘Read the motu proprio’ January 22, 2024.

  2. Archbishop Viganò: Cdl Fernández’s defense of Fiducia Supplicans shows his ‘manifest heresy’ January 6, 2024.

  3. EXCLUSIVE: Synod document contains ‘blueprint for a new Church,’ theologian warns November 22, 2023.

  4. EXCLUSIVE: Cardinal says reports he is changing rules for electing new pope are ‘absolutely false’ November 6, 2023. 

  5. EXCLUSIVE: Cardinal Fernández says blessings are for ‘every’ person in ‘every situation’ October 19, 2023.

  6. EXCLUSIVE: Incoming Hong Kong cardinal highlights ‘dialogue’ between Vatican and Communist China September 28, 2023.

  7. Theologians warn Archbishop Fernández pushing ‘heresy’ by promoting Amoris Laetitia September 18, 2023

  8. EXCLUSIVE: Cardinal Müller reacts to Pope Francis’ new appointment to Vatican’s Doctrine chief July 4, 2023. 

  9. EXCLUSIVE: Vatican dicastery denies involvement with rumored document crushing traditional seminaries April 5, 2023.

  10. EXCLUSIVE: Bp. Schneider warns ‘ecological conversion,’ ecumenism ‘undermine’ Catholic teaching  February 27, 2023. AND PART TWO  — — EXCLUSIVE: Bp. Schneider says Synod on Synodality serves up ‘spiritual poisons’ to the faithful  February 28, 2023. (VIDEO of interview)

  11. Cdl. Roche’s attempt to further restrict Latin Mass violates Church law: canon lawyers February 13, 2023.

  12. Scholars refute Cdl. Roche’s claim that devotion to Latin Mass is ‘more Protestant than Catholic’ September 1, 2022

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Michael Haynes is the Vatican correspondent writing for LifeSiteNews. He also writes for Catholic Family News and the American TFP, and has authored works on Mariology, Catholic spirituality, and apologetics. His work has been widely translated.