‘Money has to serve, not rule!’ Pope tells new ambassadors

Vatican City, May 16, 2013 / 05:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told the new ambassadors to the Holy See from Kyrgyzstan, Antigua and Barbuda, Luxembourg and Botswana to use money to serve and asked them to help reform the world economy along “ethical lines.” “Money has to serve, not rule!” he said during a May 16 meeting with the new ambassadors of four countries who do not have a physical location for their embassy to the Holy See in Rome. Pope Francis used … [Read more...]

Vatican bank plans website launch, annual report

Vatican City, May 16, 2013 / 04:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The institution often called the Vatican bank will launch a new website and begin publishing its annual report, as it continues to improve its transparency and image. News of the latest efforts was announced by the Institute for Works of Religion’s new president, Ernst von Freyberg, during a May 13 meeting with the staff. He was appointed by Benedict XVI on Feb. 15 as part of an ongoing effort to revamp the institute by updating … [Read more...]

Alabama charity restructures to better serve community

Mobile, Ala., May 16, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic Social Services of Mobile is undergoing a fund raising effort so that it can more effectively provide assistance to those in need in southern Alabama through a centralized office. The charity is currently operating out of four different locations, and has purchased a space in midtown Mobile to replace the fractured infrastructure it is currently using. “The main thing is really to have a one-stop shop for the clients; … [Read more...]

Britain urged to investigate murder of Irish human rights champion

Washington D.C., May 16, 2013 / 02:13 am (CNA).- Witnesses and congressmen at a U.S. hearing renewed a call to the British government to launch a public inquiry into the 1989 murder of Northern Irish human rights leader Patrick Finucane.“The deliberate decision not to proceed with a public inquiry is a glaring, public breach of faith,” said Congressman Chris Smith (R-N.J.).“It is the source of enormous frustration to Patrick Finucane’s family and friends,” he … [Read more...]

Assisted suicide corrupts medicine, Vermont diocese warns

Burlington, Vt., May 16, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vermont legislature passed a bill allowing physicians to approve lethal drugs for terminally ill patients to kill themselves, a move the local Catholic diocese said will have major consequences. “Physician-assisted suicide will forever transform the role of physician from one who preserves life to one who takes life,” the Catholic Diocese of Burlington said ahead of the vote on its website. “Catholics must … [Read more...]