New press office directors given warm Vatican welcome

Vatican City, Jul 12, 2016 / 11:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After the appointment of two laypersons as the new directors of the Holy See Press Office, Msgr. Dario Vigano said that while their roles haven’t yet been clearly defined amid ongoing reforms, the two will play a key role in Vatican communications.Following the July 11 announcement of Greg Burke and Paloma Garcia Ovejero as director and vice director, respectively, of the Holy See Press Office, Msgr. Dario Viganò – … [Read more...]

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Vatican spokesman wades into ad orientem debate

Vatican City, Jul 11, 2016 / 03:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The outgoing Holy See press officer has clarified that there are no directives forthcoming from the Vatican directing that priests face in the same direction as the faithful while saying Mass.Fr. Federico Lombardi's July 11 communique follows on the appeal by Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, asking priests to “implement this practice wherever possible, with prudence and with the necessary … [Read more...]

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Pope names American as new Vatican spokesperson

Vatican City, Jul 11, 2016 / 02:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Greg Burke, the former American journalist and communications adviser for the Vatican, has been named the new director of the Holy See press office, it was announced Monday. The new vice-director will be Spaniard Paloma García Ovejero, the first woman ever to be appointed to the position.  Burke received the appointment from Pope Francis after the current director, Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., submitted his resignation to the … [Read more...]

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The Good Samaritan isn’t just a parable, it’s a way of life, Pope says

Vatican City, Jul 10, 2016 / 05:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday Pope Francis said the parable of the Good Samaritan isn’t just a nice passage to reflect on, but signifies a concrete choice we make in deciding how to live and treat those around us.“The Good Samaritan indicates a lifestyle, the center of which is not ourselves, but others, with their difficulties, who we meet on our path and who challenge us,” the Pope said July 10.It’s us who choose this lifestyle or … [Read more...]

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WYD pilgrims to receive a social doctrine app from the Pope

Vatican City, Jul 9, 2016 / 05:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has established a tech-savvy track record as Pope, and now in addition to breaking records on Instagram and becoming the first Pope to use Google Hangouts, he will give World Youth Day pilgrims a new electronic app.From the creators of 2011’s “YouCat” youth catechism, a new version of the book called the “DoCat” has been developed, which intends to present the Church's social teaching in a … [Read more...]

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Knights of Columbus launch novena for peace in response to US shootings

New Haven, Conn., Jul 9, 2016 / 02:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the wake of violence across the nation this week, the Knights of Columbus have issued a campaign encouraging people to join them in praying for peace. “The violent episodes of the past week have shocked the conscience of our country,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. On July 7, five Dallas police officers were killed in what authorities called a “sniper ambush” at the end of a peaceful protest … [Read more...]

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Pope separates oversight, administration in ongoing reform of Vatican finances

Vatican City, Jul 9, 2016 / 11:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new set of reforms further clarifying the roles of Vatican financial offices was announced July 9, implementing changes set in motion by Pope Francis’ 2014 edict, “Fidelis dispensator et prudens.”This new directive, entitled “Temporal goods,” affirms that the role of the Church's assets center around “divine worship, the just support for the clergy, apostolate, and works of charity, especially for … [Read more...]

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