Vatican, Italy sign money laundering prevention agreement

Vatican City, Jul 29, 2013 / 05:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican and Italy have reached an agreement on sharing financial information that will help the two countries prevent money laundering and the financing of terrorism. “The Holy See and the Vatican City State take international responsibilities concerning Anti- Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism very seriously, and Italy is an especially important partner for us,” said René Brülhart, the director … [Read more...]

Vatican-Italy financial pact not linked to Msgr. Scarano case

Vatican City, Jul 26, 2013 / 11:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican and Italy will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding between their financial authorities to regulate data exchange, but this agreement is not tied to the recent scandals involving the so-called Vatican bank. “Italy is merely one part of the Holy See’s international agenda, and the Holy See is improving its international cooperation to combat money laundering and financing of terrorism,” according to an … [Read more...]

Vatican bishop: today’s technological dangers foreseen by Humanae Vitae

Rome, Italy, Jul 26, 2013 / 05:45 am (CNA).- On its 45th anniversary, Pope Paul VI’s encyclical that upheld the Church’s teaching on birth control is “incredibly up-to-date,” especially because it raises “the problem of a technocracy,” which is “the main problem of our culture and our society,” says Bishop Mario Toso. Bishop Toso, the secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, said in a July 25 interview with CNA that the … [Read more...]

Vatican diplomat named new Edinburgh archbishop

Vatican City, Jul 24, 2013 / 07:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor Leo Cushley as the new Archbishop of St. Andrews & Edinburgh, replacing Cardinal Keith O’Brien who resigned after inappropriate behavior came to light. “I am humbled that our Holy Father Pope Francis has nominated me for such an important task here in our ancient capital,” Bishop-designate Cushley said in a July 24 statement. He also acknowledged that “it's a … [Read more...]

Pope targets ‘throwaway culture’ during Brazil visit

Rome, Italy, Jul 22, 2013 / 08:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis said as he flew to Rio de Janeiro that he is going to meet young people and help counter a “throwaway culture” that threatens to isolate them from society. When “we isolate young people, we do them an injustice: young people belong to a family, a country, a culture, a faith … we must not isolate them, they really are the future of a people,” the Pope said July 22 in brief remarks to journalists … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ style changes papal flight

Vatican City, Jul 22, 2013 / 05:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As he boarded the plane for Rio de Janeiro and the 28th World Youth Day, Pope Francis brought his down-to-earth approach with him, carrying his own bag and opting for individual conversations with journalists instead of the typical press conference. The first visible sign of Pope Francis’ simplicity appeared as boarded the papal plane, an Alitalia Airbus 330, at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport on Monday morning with a black leather … [Read more...]

Pope prays for WYD before famous Marian image

Rome, Italy, Jul 21, 2013 / 12:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two days before his departure to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil for World Youth Day, Pope Francis made a surprise trip Saturday to Rome’s Basilica of St. Mary Major in order to ask for Mary’s intercession.The Pope entered through the side door of the basilica. He spoke a few words to the faithful gathered there.  He asked them to accompany him “with prayers, trust and penance” for World Youth Day.Pope Francis spent … [Read more...]