Vatican has strengthened its financial oversight, report shows

Vatican City, May 19, 2014 / 03:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Authority for Financial Information’s second annual report presents an increasing number of suspicious transactions reported – a reflection of stronger oversight of Vatican finances. “In 2013 we have taken further decisive steps to foster the legal framework, and, at the same time, to make it work in practice,” said Rene Bruelhart, director of the AIF, at a May 19 presentation of the report at the Holy See … [Read more...]

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Pope to Mexican bishops: promote ‘spirit of harmony’

Vatican City, May 19, 2014 / 12:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis received the bishops of Mexico on Monday, encouraging them to promote harmony and to proclaim God’s mercy. “At the present moment, the many forms of violence that afflict Mexican society, especially the young, call for a renewed appeal to promote this spirit of harmony through the culture of encounter, dialogue and peace,” the Pope said to the Mexican bishops at the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic … [Read more...]

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Vatican official sees ‘warming-up’ of Catholic-Orthodox relations

Vatican City, May 19, 2014 / 10:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity affirmed the sentiments of many who believe that Catholic-Orthodox relations have improved in recent years, especially under Pope Francis. “When I look to what I hear about Pope Francis, and I remember when he was elected he spoke to the immense group of the faithful at St. Peter’s Square, I remember that he referred to the introduction of the letter of Ignatius … [Read more...]

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Have a firm heart fixed on the Holy Spirit, Pope affirms

Vatican City, May 19, 2014 / 06:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass Pope Francis reflected on the various challenges St Paul faced in his ministry, explaining that it was only possible for him to go forward because his heart was fixed on God. “What kind of heart do we have? Is it a fickle heart which like a dancer, like a butterfly flits from one to another” or “is it a heart fixed on the Holy Spirit?” the Pope asked during his May 19 homily. Speaking to those … [Read more...]

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New Pope saints credited with fostering theology of women

Washington D.C., May 18, 2014 / 04:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Women in the Church offered praise for the works of newly-canonized Saints John XXIII and John Paul II, saying that they set a foundation for an expanding theology of women. Both Popes taught that “we're only going to have peace in the world, we're only going to have true human progress, when the dignity of every human person is recognized,” said Sr. Mary Madeline Todd, O.P., a member of the Dominican Sisters of … [Read more...]

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Family cannot be done away with, archbishop tells UN

New York City, N.Y., May 18, 2014 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The family has a “unique character” that makes it a “patrimony for all humanity,” Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the head of the Pontifical Council for the Family, told the United Nations. Despite a hostile culture, the archbishop said, “a clear majority of persons want a family at the center of their life, and it would be mistake to think the family can be done away with.” “We have to be … [Read more...]

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Pope: Church problems solved through discussion, prayer

Vatican City, May 18, 2014 / 05:30 am (CNA).- In his Sunday Regina Coeli message, Pope Francis reflected on the apostles’ method of solving problems as an example for the whole Church. When the early Christians struggled to care for the growing community, “the apostles took the situation in hand - they called a large meeting also with the disciples, discussing the question together,” he said on May 18. “Seeking advice, discussing, and praying--this is how problems … [Read more...]

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