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Pope's Letter to Bishops (dated July 10, 2004) informs Bishops that difficulties with Vassula Ryden have been CLARIFIED 

In a letter dated July 10, 2004, Pope Benedict XVI, then Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger  deemed it convenient to inform the Bishops of some countries that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had carried out a thorough review of Vassula Ryden's case, and that the difficulties suggested towards her in the 1995 Notification have been clarified. The letter included an attachment of all the letters exchanged between Vassula Ryden and the Vatican in the clarification process.

At the Pope's request, a copy of his letter to Bishops was provided to Vassula by P. Joseph Augustine Di Noia, O.P., Undersecretary of the Congregation.

Read more about this online or in the printed publication, available free to clergy and religious:

True Life in God: Clarifications with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.  
Copyright 2004, True Life in God


At the request of Cardinal Ratzinger, all documents relating to recent communications between Vassula and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) have been published in :

bulletPreface to Volume 12 of True Life in God,  (April 2003) and
bulletThe International TLIG website

Reproduced from Vol. 12 below is an introductory letter from Vassula giving an account of these recent developments. In Vol. 12, this letter is followed by a letter from Fr. Prospero of the CDF, and 33 pages of Vassula's reply giving her answers to the CDF's five questions.

Rome, 30th March, 2003

Dear Readers of TLIG:

Since the year 2000 I have had the honour of being in communication with H.E. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith. On the 6th July 2000 I presented to him my humble request of my writings being submitted to further study by the same Congregation and that I be granted the opportunity of answering to the reservations expressed in the Notification of 6th October 1995. His Eminence benignly has granted me this occasion and at the hand of Fr. Prospero Grech submitted a letter to me of 4th April 2002 containing five questions for me to answer. My answers to these questions were then submitted to The Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith 26th June 2002. Cardinal Ratzinger has now requested me to publish the questions with my replies to them and I am happy to share them with you as an expression of my official standpoint.

I pray that the publication of this document may serve the dialogue of truth and of love, so important not only to ecumenism, but also to rendering God's graces fruitful in the church.

May God bless you,


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