Vatican state secretariat strengthens its control over ‘the Pope’s hospital’

Vatican City, Sep 10, 2014 / 08:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican Secretariat of State established June 28 a Comittee of Presidency for the Pediatric Hospital “Bambino Gesù,” owned by the Holy See, thereby strengthening its control over the institution. The committee is composed of five members, including the president of the Board of Directors, and is entrusted with some of the Board of Administration’s tasks. Its members directly respond to the Secretary of … [Read more...]

Child protection is ‘gospel priority’ for Church, Pope Francis

Vatican City, Sep 10, 2014 / 04:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The protection of minors from sexual abuse is a number one priority for Pope Francis, says the new secretary of a papal commission to protect minors, who believes that the global Church can play a leading role against abuse. “Protecting children, protecting those who are defenseless against those who would harm them, especially because they are in difficult situations, because they are poor, because no one is looking after them … [Read more...]

Boston priest named secretary of Vatican commission to protect minors

Vatican City, Sep 10, 2014 / 09:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican announced today that Msgr. Robert W. Oliver will leave his position as promoter of justice to take on a new role as the secretary of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. Msgr. Oliver originally hails from the Boston archdiocese, and served there in various capacities until his appointment as promoter of justice for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith by Benedict XVI in January 2013. Having … [Read more...]

Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him

Vatican City, Sep 10, 2014 / 04:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A man paralyzed from the neck down made his way to Pope Francis' general audience, saying he took the massively risky move because he wanted to experience for himself the pontiff's uniqueness. Salvatore D'argento spoke with CNA Sept. 10 saying that he came to the audience because of “the personality of Pope Francis. He's not a common pope.” Confined to a bed from the age of 24 due to an accident while … [Read more...]

Church educates through actions; not theoretical lectures

Vatican City, Sep 10, 2014 / 04:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his general audience Pope Francis continued to reflect on the Church as mother, explaining that she teaches us by example how to go to the essential point of the Gospel, which is mercy. “Like a good mother and educator, she focuses on what is essential; and the essential, according to the Gospel, is mercy. But the Church’s teaching is not something merely theoretical, it doesn’t give lectures, but rather … [Read more...]

Bishops’ synod taking on a less formal tone under Pope Francis

Vatican City, Sep 10, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The upcoming synod of bishops on the family will be set on a more informal tune, the secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, wrote in an article published in the Sept. 10 issue of L'Osservatore Romano. Cardinal Baldisseri explained how the coming synod may be considered different from its predecessors, as well as the ongoing process of reform of the synod, whose members were made public Sept. 9. The … [Read more...]

Pope prays for family of journalist executed by Islamic State

Vatican City, Sep 9, 2014 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has offered prayerful condolences to the family of Steven Sotloff, a U.S. journalist who was executed earlier this month by militants of the Islamic State. “(Pope Francis) entrusts Steven’s soul to the Lord and offers prayers for you and all who mourn his death,” Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, said in a telegram sent Sept. 5 to the journalist’s family on the Pope's … [Read more...]