New rules for Vatican financial oversight approved by Pope

Vatican City, Nov 18, 2013 / 03:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Nov. 15 approved a new document on the rules for the Holy See's financial oversight agency to distinguish better the roles and functions of its leadership.The Pope's document, an apostolic letter called a motu proprio, aims to help the Vatican’s Financial Intelligence Authority “fulfill even more adequately its institutional functions in full autonomy and independence” while also being consistent … [Read more...]

Pope warns against dangers of ‘adolescent progressivism’

Vatican City, Nov 18, 2013 / 02:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis cautioned against modern society's push for a unified secular ideology, saying that this does not create positive globalization but rather an “adolescent progressivism.” “The spirit of worldliness also exists today, today also brings us this desire to be progressive, following a single thought,” the Pope said during his Nov. 18 daily Mass.The pontiff directed his … [Read more...]

Pope Francis to release first apostolic exhortation

Vatican City, Nov 18, 2013 / 10:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican announced today that Pope Francis will officially deliver his first post-synodal apostolic exhortation to coincide with the end of the Year of Faith.During a Nov. 18 press conference, the Holy See revealed that the title of the new document is “Evangelii Gaudium,” or “The Joy of the Gospel,” which will be publicly proclaimed by the Pope during the closing Mass for the Year of Faith on Sunday, Nov. … [Read more...]

Vatican composer seeks to portray Bible through music

Vatican City, Nov 18, 2013 / 05:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A well-known composer and professor in Rome has revealed his goal of depicting the Bible through musical composition, stressing that it is an important avenue of evangelization.“My career,” explained Msgr. Marco Frisina in a Nov. 11 interview with CNA, is to have “the Bible and the music” be “together like one embrace.”Msgr. Frisina graduated with a degree in composition from the Conservatory of … [Read more...]

Pope Francis recommends ‘spiritual medicine’

Vatican City, Nov 17, 2013 / 10:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the close of his Angelus address today, Pope Francis encouraged those in St. Peter’s Square to pick up a little box of spiritual medicine on their way out. “I would like now to all of you to consider a medicine. But some may think, ‘the Pope is being a pharmacist now?’ It is a special medicine to make the fruit of the Year of Faith that is coming to a close more concrete,” said Pope Francis Nov. 17, as he … [Read more...]

Vatican removes ‘La Repubblica’ interview from its website

Vatican City, Nov 17, 2013 / 08:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See's press officer announced Nov. 15 that the Vatican had chosen to take down the text of Pope Francis' interview in La Repubblica, which had been featured among his speeches, from it's website. “The information in the interview is reliable on a general level but not on the level of each individual point analyzed: this is why it was decided the text should not be available for consultation on the Holy See … [Read more...]

God a ‘relentless warrior’ for our salvation, says Pope Francis

Vatican City, Nov 16, 2013 / 12:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Preaching his homily during Mass at the chapel of Santa Marta in the Vatican, the Pope stressed God's unwavering dedication to redeeming mankind. “When the Lord takes up the defense of his people it is like this: he is a relentless warrior and saves his people,” Pope Francis said Nov. 16. God “saves (and) renews everything: ‘All creation was made anew in its nature as before.’ ‘The Red Sea … [Read more...]


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