Vatican-Italy financial pact not linked to Msgr. Scarano case

Vatican City, Jul 26, 2013 / 11:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican and Italy will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding between their financial authorities to regulate data exchange, but this agreement is not tied to the recent scandals involving the so-called Vatican bank. “Italy is merely one part of the Holy See’s international agenda, and the Holy See is improving its international cooperation to combat money laundering and financing of terrorism,” according to an … [Read more...]

Family life the ‘privileged’ place to receive faith, Pope says

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 26, 2013 / 09:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Marking the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne, during his Angelus address today Pope Francis said the transmission of faith takes places first and foremost in the home and among families.“Saints Joachim and Anne were part of a long chain of people who had transmitted their love for God, expressed in the warmth and love of family life, down to Mary, who received the Son of God in her womb and who gave him to the world, to … [Read more...]

Jesus wants intimate friendship, Denver archbishop tells youth

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 26, 2013 / 09:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila encouraged young people attending World Youth Day to move beyond having a surface-level friendship with Jesus to know him “profoundly.” “My desire is that you come to know and receive the love of Jesus, that you embrace him in profound friendship,” said Archbishop Aquila on July 25. He explained that there are different kinds of friendships, “some are acquaintances … [Read more...]

Brazilian family uses WYD as pro-life opportunity

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 26, 2013 / 06:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Said di Lavor family did not leave their commitment to protecting unborn children at home when they made the trip to World Youth Day in Rio. “We make these plastic babies that are … 12 weeks in their actual size,” Cecilia Said di Lavor explained in a July 25 interview with CNA. Along with the models of an unborn child the family is handing out pamphlets to young people with explanations in Spanish, … [Read more...]

Vatican bishop: today’s technological dangers foreseen by Humanae Vitae

Rome, Italy, Jul 26, 2013 / 05:45 am (CNA).- On its 45th anniversary, Pope Paul VI’s encyclical that upheld the Church’s teaching on birth control is “incredibly up-to-date,” especially because it raises “the problem of a technocracy,” which is “the main problem of our culture and our society,” says Bishop Mario Toso. Bishop Toso, the secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, said in a July 25 interview with CNA that the … [Read more...]

Pope adds meeting with youth detainees to schedule

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 26, 2013 / 03:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican's spokesman says Pope Francis will meet with eight local imprisoned youths on Friday morning, and that the Pope has also kept in touch with a separate group of young inmates that he knew when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires.“While we were on the airplane he told me he had stayed in touch with young people he had visited in a prison in Argentina, phoning them every two weeks,” Father Federico … [Read more...]

Catholic thinker to head US religious freedom commission

Washington D.C., Jul 25, 2013 / 06:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Princeton law professor Robert P. George has been elected as chair of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, giving the prominent Catholic thinker a leading role in policy recommendations for the US government.George said July 23 that religious freedom is the “most fundamental of human rights.”“I am deeply honored that my colleagues have entrusted me with this position of leadership. I have big … [Read more...]