Pope to sick children: Don’t be afraid to ask God ‘Why?’

Vatican City, May 30, 2015 / 12:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- “Why do children suffer?” Pope Francis asked this of a group of children with serious illnesses or disabilities and their parents, some of whom had been told to abort their babies because of their condition.The Holy Father answered with a question he might ask God while gazing at the Cross: “Why is Your Son there?”“It is the mystery of the Cross,” he said.The pontiff made these remarks during a … [Read more...]

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Pope: abortion, euthanasia, abandonment of migrants are ‘attacks against humanity’

Vatican City, May 30, 2015 / 09:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A civilization whose technological advancements do not seek to protect the most vulnerable, from conception until natural death, fails to live up to its responsibility, Pope Francis said.In remarks made during an audience at the Vatican with members of the Italian Associazione Scienza & Vita (Science and Life Association), the pontiff decried victims of abortion and euthanasia, migrants left to die on the sea, and other … [Read more...]

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Pope: abortion, euthanasia, abandonment of migrants are ‘attacks against humanity’

Vatican City, May 30, 2015 / 09:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A civilization whose technological advancements do not seek to protect the most vulnerable, from conception until natural death, fails to live up to its responsibility, Pope Francis said.In remarks made during an audience at the Vatican with members of the Italian Associazione Scienza & Vita (Science and Life Association), the pontiff decried victims of abortion and euthanasia, migrants left to die on the sea, and other … [Read more...]

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Annual report shows Vatican financial watchdog to be on track

Vatican City, May 29, 2015 / 05:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The third annual report of the Financial Intelligence Authority shows that the Vatican's anti-money laundering legal system has been consolidated, journalists were told on Friday. The May 29 report regards the 2014 annual report, and the AIF noted that the year “saw a continous strengthening of the legal and institutional framework of the Holy See and Vatican City State to regulate supervised entities.” René … [Read more...]

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What does the world need? Mercy and love, Pope tells Christians

Vatican City, May 29, 2015 / 12:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic Church shouldn’t be afraid of the great changes of the modern world, Pope Francis has said. Rather, the Church should embrace this “happy challenge” with a renewed language of love and mercy. For Pope Francis, what people expect from the Church today is that “she knows how to walk with them, offering the company of the witness of faith, which shows solidarity to all, in particular those who are most … [Read more...]

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Vatican rolls out first-ever guidebook for Arab pilgrims

Vatican City, May 28, 2015 / 09:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a move intended to reach out to Arab pilgrims who make their way to the Eternal City, the Vatican has for the first time published a guidebook entirely in the Arabic language. At the May 20 presentation of the book, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri said that “We cannot forget the sufferings and the challenges which Christians and more generally the populations of the Middle East are facing.” He expressed his confidence that the … [Read more...]

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For the Vatican bank, a new direction means profitability

Vatican City, May 28, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican Bank’s net profits in 2014 jumped to $75.5 million from only $3.2 million the previous year, reflecting a change in its financial management and investments.   The Institute for Religious Works (IOR), known informally as the 'Vatican bank', released its third annual report on May 25. The report registered a massive increase in net profits. This increase may be attributed both to a sharp rise in the … [Read more...]

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