Pope Francis approves new rules for financial oversight of saints’ causes

Vatican City, Mar 10, 2016 / 03:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has issued new guidelines for ensuring financial transparency in advancing causes of beatification and canonization, requiring both an administrator to oversee the process and annual budget checks.The new norms place a strong emphasis on regular budgeting and accounting to ensure transparency, as well as to see to it that donations from the faithful supporting causes are used as intended.They were approved by the Pope March … [Read more...]

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Will the next nuncio to the US come from south of the border?

Vatican City, Mar 10, 2016 / 01:27 pm (CNA).- Since Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States, celebrated his 75th birthday Jan. 16, it is expected that his replacement will soon be named by the Holy See.Amid this expectation, Vaticanista Sandro Magister wrote March 10 on his blog Settimo Cielo that 70-year-old Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the apostolic nuncio to Mexico, will “imminently” be promoted as nuncio to the United States.Archbishop … [Read more...]

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The Catholic Church grew faster than the global population last year

Vatican City, Mar 9, 2016 / 12:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The number of Catholics has increased at a faster rate than the rest of the population, newly released statistics by the Vatican reveal.Over the course of nine years, the number of Catholics worldwide has increased by 17.8 percent, compared to the global population, which increased by 17.3 percent.From 2005-2014, the number of Catholics grew from 1.12 billion to 1.27 billion.These and other statistics, released by the Vatican on … [Read more...]

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The Catholic Church grew faster than the global population last year

Vatican City, Mar 9, 2016 / 12:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The number of Catholics has increased at a faster rate than the rest of the population, newly released statistics by the Vatican reveal.Over the course of nine years, the number of Catholics worldwide has increased by 17.8 percent, compared to the global population, which increased by 17.3 percent.From 2005-2014, the number of Catholics grew from 1.12 billion to 1.27 billion.These and other statistics, released by the Vatican on … [Read more...]

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Women’s day at the Vatican underscores the power of mercy

Vatican City, Mar 8, 2016 / 04:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The concept of mercy is not easy for Cecilia Flores-Oebanda, a Filipina activist who has suffered a series of trials through her life, including imprisonment with her own children.Yet she believes the courage to go on amid adversity – and her ability to forgive – begin with mercy.“Mercy is really about going beyond your own struggle, and your own pains, and your own disappointment,” Flores-Oebanda told CNA.At … [Read more...]

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Who was Elizabeth of the Trinity? The story behind a new saint

Vatican City, Jun 21, 2016 / 03:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has announced the canonization date of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, a Carmelite nun of the 20th century who will be formally recognzied as a saint October 16.In March, the Pope had acknowledged a miracle worked through the intercession of Blessed Elizabeth, paving the way for her canonization.“The Lord has chosen to answer her prayers for us…before she died, when she was suffering with Addison's … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis lauds fidelity of Ukrainian Greek-Catholics

Vatican City, Mar 7, 2016 / 12:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with leaders of the Permanent Synod of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church (UGCC) on Saturday, praising their people's “tireless witnesses of hope” in Christ amid decades of hardships.“In some circumstances, our human condition is made even more fragile due to difficult historical situations, which mark the life of the People of God, of the Community that Jesus Christ our Lord purchased with his … [Read more...]

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