Vatican finance reform shows different opinions about process

Vatican City, Oct 21, 2013 / 02:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As Vatican City commits to financial transparency, the hiring of a risk-management company to review the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See may reveal differing opinions about financial reform. The Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See – APSA – is the office that handles the Vatican’s investment portfolio and its real estate holdings, as well as serving as the Vatican employment office … [Read more...]

New US ambassador to Vatican takes the helm in Rome

Rome, Italy, Oct 21, 2013 / 10:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The recently appointed American ambassador to the Holy See presented his credentials to Pope Francis in a meeting earlier this morning, officially marking the beginning of his duties.“The Vatican and the Holy Father have the ability to influence world events in a positive way through the calling of faith and they will continue to be important partners in future collaboration,” U.S. ambassador Kenneth F. Hackett stated in an … [Read more...]

Attachment to money is a sickness, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Oct 21, 2013 / 07:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his daily mass homily Pope Francis warned those in attendance against the idolatry present in greedy hearts, stressing that the Lord gives us our gifts for the betterment of the world. “This greed makes you sick, because it makes you think of everything in terms of money. It destroys you,” the Pope told those gathered in the chapel of the Vatican's Saint Martha guesthouse Oct. 21. In his reflections, the pontiff … [Read more...]

Olympic gold medalist credits nuns for inspiration

Vatican City, Oct 20, 2013 / 03:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At a Vatican athletic event promoting the connection between faith and sports, British Olympic gold medalist runner Jason Gardener credited Catholic nuns for encouraging him to succeed.He recounted his first involvement in sports at age six at St. John’s Catholic Primary School in Bath. There, he said, “I was given the opportunity to participate in sports days, and I remember crossing the (finish) line – trying my best … [Read more...]

Pope: Prayer helps ‘overcome evil with good’

Vatican City, Oct 20, 2013 / 07:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis in his Sunday Angelus greeting taught that prayer is a ‘weapon’ in the struggle against evil.“Above all, persevering prayer is an expression of faith in a God who calls us to fight with him, every day, every moment, to overcome evil with good,” Pope Francis said Oct. 20 to an enthusiastic crowd in St. Peter’s Square.We do not pray to convince God “by the force of our words,” he … [Read more...]

Pope: Art expresses the beauty of faith

Vatican City, Oct 19, 2013 / 12:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The creative arts help proclaim the gospel, explore the mysteries of Christian faith and reflect the quest for the “supreme beauty” found in God, Pope Francis has said.“In every age the Church has called upon the arts to give expression to the beauty of her faith and to proclaim the gospel message of the grandeur of God’s creation, the dignity of human beings made in his image and likeness, and the power of … [Read more...]

Malaysian court bars non-Muslims from using term ‘Allah’

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Oct 18, 2013 / 11:21 am (CNA).- An appeals court in Malaysia has prohibited non-Muslims from using the word “Allah” to refer to deities, even though it is the standard Malay term for “god.”The Oct. 14 ruling comes in a case relating to The Herald, the weekly newspaper of the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur.The court's verdict “violates the right to religious freedom and freedom of expression enshrined in the (Malaysian) … [Read more...]