Seeking transparency, Vatican Bank issues first annual report

Vatican City, Oct 4, 2013 / 12:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican Bank confirmed a commitment to full financial transparency Oct. 1 by publishing its first Annual Report.With the report's publication, the Vatican Bank – known officially as the Institute for the Works of Religion – fulfills a promise made in May by its president, Ernst Von Freyberg. The bank receives and administers funds for charitable activities, especially in the developing world.At that time, Pope … [Read more...]

Pope’s humility, empathy draw praise from President Obama

Washington D.C., Oct 3, 2013 / 07:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- U.S. President Barack Obama said that he admires Pope Francis for his spiritual leadership, and in particular for his love, humility and empathy for the poor.Asked by CNBC on Oct. 2 what he thinks about Pope Francis’ comments in recent interviews, Obama said that he has been “hugely impressed with the Pope’s pronouncements,” although “not because of any particular issue.”Rather, he said the … [Read more...]

John Paul II shrine prepares for canonization with joy

Washington D.C., Oct 3, 2013 / 05:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Upon hearing the official date for John Paul II’s canonization, the Washington, D.C., shrine dedicated to the former Pope is preparing to celebrate his sainthood and continuing “legacy of love.”“We want millions of people to come here to learn about their faith, and particularly John Paul II,” Patrick Kelly, executive director of the Blessed John Paul II Shrine, explained to CNA Oct. 2.“He is a … [Read more...]

Small bomb explodes in emblematic Spanish basilica

Madrid, Spain, Oct 3, 2013 / 04:12 pm (CNA).- A small bomb exploded on Oct. 2 in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar in Zaragoza, Spain. Police said no one was injured in the blast.According to Europa Press, the basilica was immediately evacuated after the explosion and police set up an exterior perimeter.The small bomb, consisting of a gas cylinder with gun powder, was placed in the central nave of the basilica.Left-wing anarchists have been blamed for the attack, according to … [Read more...]

Pope stresses relevance of Bl. John XXIII’s peace encyclical

Vatican City, Oct 3, 2013 / 01:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bl. Pope John XXIII’s encyclical on peace should remind everyone of the need to “build peace on the example of Jesus Christ,” Pope Francis said Oct. 3.The failure to work for justice means “there can be no real peace and harmony,” the Pope said, according to Vatican Radio.Everyone should promote and practice “justice with truth and love” while contributing to “integral human … [Read more...]

Curial reform, role of laity top subjects in council meetings

Vatican City, Oct 3, 2013 / 11:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In their final day of meetings with Pope Francis, the group of eight cardinals defined concrete steps in curial reform and specified that the role of the laity will be a significant area of focus in the future. The council of cardinals – formed by the Pope to advise him in areas of reform and governance within the Church – began their first set of meetings Oct. 1, and finished on Thursday. In an Oct. 3 press briefing, … [Read more...]

De-humanization the most pressing issue of today, expert says

Vatican City, Oct 3, 2013 / 07:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A gathering of researchers and scientists convened in Rome to discuss some of the greatest threats to humanity, identifying the tendency to view persons as less than human as a key factor. “Human beings no longer are looked upon as persons, but as sources of raw material to help those who are the rich and the powerful,” said Dr. Jonathan Haas, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life. The academy – which works to … [Read more...]