Vatican ropes in global leaders to fight climate change, modern slavery

Vatican City, Jul 26, 2015 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Drawing dozens of mayors from major cities worldwide to discuss the link between slavery and climate change, this week's Vatican conference showed how secular leaders are responding to Pope Francis' lead in protecting the environment – and, more importantly, the vulnerable. “The Church has a role to protect the vulnerable, and if we follow the words of the Pope, we actually bring into account those who create … [Read more...]

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What Pope Francis might be planning to tell the UN in New York

Vatican City, Jul 23, 2015 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a meeting with U.S. mayors at the Vatican this week, Pope Francis hinted at themes he could discuss with the United Nations during his September visit to the states.   Among the most important was the issue of human trafficking, which he said can be a “rebound effect” of environmental degradation.   “I have high hopes, and believe that the United Nations must take a greater interest in this phenomenon, … [Read more...]

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Is the Pope a socialist?

Vatican City, Jul 22, 2015 / 03:31 am (CNA).- Pope Francis’ recent trip to Latin America has rekindled questions about whether he endorses socialism, or even communism. The gift of a “communist crucifix” from Bolivia’s president Evo Morales and uncertainty over the Pope’s response fueled controversy for several days, while Morales told the Associated Press after the visit that he thought that the Pope’s emphasis on a world without exclusion amounts to … [Read more...]

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Here’s Pope Francis’ schedule for the Jubilee of Mercy

Vatican City, Jul 22, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Twelve prominent events, each with the participation of Pope Francis, have been scheduled in Rome for the upcoming Jubilee of Mercy, and CNA was able to glance at details of their programs. The twelve big events of the Jubilee of Mercy will be: 24 hours for the Lord, a day-long period of Eucharistic adoration; To Dry the Tears, a prayer vigil; and jubilees centered on pilgrimage workers; the sick and disabled; catechists; deacons; … [Read more...]

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Ebola deaths are still happening – and the Vatican is aiming to stop them

Vatican City, Jul 21, 2015 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although two of the three countries hardest hit by last year’s Ebola outbreak have been declared free of the virus, they aren’t out of the woods yet. Deaths related to the massive Ebola outbreak that swept across western Africa last year continue to take place, even in Liberia, which was declared “Ebola free” by the World Health Organization (WHO) May 9. “Sadly, we recently witnessed the urgent need for … [Read more...]

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Pope entrusts South America trip to Mary

Vatican City, Jul 19, 2015 / 09:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis entrusted his recent tri-nation voyage to South America to Our Lady of Guadalupe – praising the deeply-rooted Christianity in these countries, but also noting the social and economic challenges. “To the maternal intercession of the Virgin Mary, whom the whole of Latin America venerates as Patron by the title Our Lady of Guadalupe, I entrust the fruits of this unforgettable Apostolic journey,” the pontiff … [Read more...]

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Budget-keeping at the Vatican: in transition toward a new era

Vatican City, Jul 18, 2015 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See and Vatican City State administration released their 2014 financial statements Thursday amid an ongoing process to reform Vatican finances and accounting standards. The Holy See’s 2014 deficit was about $27.8 million, slightly more than the 2013 deficit of $26.6 million. In total, the Holy See’s net assets increased by over $1 billion. This is an outcome of adjustments “made to include all assets and … [Read more...]

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