New rules for Vatican financial oversight approved by Pope

Vatican City, Nov 18, 2013 / 03:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Nov. 15 approved a new document on the rules for the Holy See's financial oversight agency to distinguish better the roles and functions of its leadership.The Pope's document, an apostolic letter called a motu proprio, aims to help the Vatican’s Financial Intelligence Authority “fulfill even more adequately its institutional functions in full autonomy and independence” while also being consistent … [Read more...]

Pope warns against dangers of ‘adolescent progressivism’

Vatican City, Nov 18, 2013 / 02:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis cautioned against modern society's push for a unified secular ideology, saying that this does not create positive globalization but rather an “adolescent progressivism.” “The spirit of worldliness also exists today, today also brings us this desire to be progressive, following a single thought,” the Pope said during his Nov. 18 daily Mass.The pontiff directed his … [Read more...]

Pope Francis to release first apostolic exhortation

Vatican City, Nov 18, 2013 / 10:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican announced today that Pope Francis will officially deliver his first post-synodal apostolic exhortation to coincide with the end of the Year of Faith.During a Nov. 18 press conference, the Holy See revealed that the title of the new document is “Evangelii Gaudium,” or “The Joy of the Gospel,” which will be publicly proclaimed by the Pope during the closing Mass for the Year of Faith on Sunday, Nov. … [Read more...]

Vatican composer seeks to portray Bible through music

Vatican City, Nov 18, 2013 / 05:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A well-known composer and professor in Rome has revealed his goal of depicting the Bible through musical composition, stressing that it is an important avenue of evangelization.“My career,” explained Msgr. Marco Frisina in a Nov. 11 interview with CNA, is to have “the Bible and the music” be “together like one embrace.”Msgr. Frisina graduated with a degree in composition from the Conservatory of … [Read more...]

Rio archbishop calls for ‘missionary disciples’ in Americas

Mexico City, Mexico, Nov 18, 2013 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church in the Americas will be strengthened only by faithful Catholics whose lives of witness flow from their relationship with Jesus, the archbishop of Rio de Janeiro has said. "A missionary disciple must live the encounter with Christ," Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta said Nov. 16 to a group of Catholic leaders gathered in Mexico City. The Americas today are in urgent need of missionaries, and evangelization is … [Read more...]