Vatican charges cleric, laywoman in second ‘Vatileaks’ trial

Vatican City, Jul 7, 2016 / 10:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After an eight month trial weighing the guilt of five individuals in the leaking and disseminating of confidential financial documents, the Vatican has reached a verdict, charging a Vatican official and a laywoman for the crime.The defendants in question were Spanish Msgr. Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda, Italian PR woman Francesca Chaouqui, Nicola Maio (Vallejo’s secretary), and journalists Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi.On … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Cupich appointed to Vatican’s congregation for bishops

Vatican City, Jul 7, 2016 / 06:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Thursday the Vatican announced Pope Francis’ decision to nominate Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago as a new member of the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops.The Pope’s appointment of Archbishop Cupich to the Vatican department was announced in a July 7 communique from the Vatican.The Congregation of Bishops, currently headed by Cardinal Marc Oullet, is responsible for what pertains to the “establishment and … [Read more...]

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Respect indigenous cultures, traditions, Pope asks in new prayer video

Vatican City, Jul 7, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has dedicated the month of July to praying for the world’s indigenous peoples, asking specifically in his new prayer video that their identity and cultural traditions be respected.“I want to be a spokesman for the deepest longings of indigenous peoples,” the Pope said in the video, released July 6.Speaking in his native Spanish, Francis said that “I want to add your voice to mine in a heartfelt prayer … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis tells poor they are ‘the treasures of the Church’

Vatican City, Jul 6, 2016 / 07:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday Pope Francis met with a group of poor and disabled pilgrims, calling them the “treasures off the Church,” and entrusting them with the special task of praying for the proud, greedy, vain and the hypocrites.“The treasures of the Church are the poor,” the Pope told a group of 200 poor, sick and disabled pilgrims from the French diocese of Lyon, and gave them a special mission. This mission, he said, is … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis tells poor they are ‘the treasures of the Church’

Vatican City, Jul 6, 2016 / 07:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday Pope Francis met with a group of poor and disabled pilgrims, calling them the “treasures off the Church,” and entrusting them with the special task of praying for the proud, greedy, vain and the hypocrites.“The treasures of the Church are the poor,” the Pope told a group of 200 poor, sick and disabled pilgrims from the French diocese of Lyon, and gave them a special mission. This mission, he said, is … [Read more...]

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Saint Maria Goretti calls us to be ‘witnesses of forgiveness’

Vatican City, Jul 6, 2016 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has marked the feast of the young martyr St. Maria Goretti by calling the faithful to follow her example and be forgiving to those who wrong them.The memory of Maria Goretti's example should “encourage you to commit yourselves, like the Saint you venerate, to being witnesses of forgiveness,” the Pope wrote in a letter for the July 6 feast of the  Italian who is known for having forgiven her attacker.The … [Read more...]

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Saint Maria Goretti calls us to be ‘witnesses of forgiveness’

Vatican City, Jul 6, 2016 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has marked the feast of the young martyr St. Maria Goretti by calling the faithful to follow her example and be forgiving to those who wrong them.The memory of Maria Goretti's example should “encourage you to commit yourselves, like the Saint you venerate, to being witnesses of forgiveness,” the Pope wrote in a letter for the July 6 feast of the  Italian who is known for having forgiven her attacker.The … [Read more...]

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