Pope Francis completes new Vatican office to tackle clergy abuse

Vatican City, Jan 23, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis completed the membership of the new Vatican body with responsibility for dealing with clerical sex abuse on Wednesday,  marking a further step in providing adequate procedures to insure justice for all the victims. The body is a specific office within the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that will deal with 'delicta graviora', or 'more grave crimes'. These are the most serious crimes in the … [Read more...]

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Pius XII helped Jews in Rome – and an Italian historian has the evidence

Vatican City, Jan 22, 2015 / 05:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Italian historian has found evidence that Venerable Pius XII’s order to open the doors to Jewish refugees was delivered to two enclosed monasteries in Rome, “L’Osservatore Romano” wrote on Wednesday. In its Jan. 21 issue, the Vatican newspaper mentioned the latest paper of the historian Antonello Carvigiani published in the magazine “Storia Contemporanea.” As no written order from Pius XII to … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis shoutout to March for Life: ‘Every Life is a Gift’

Vatican City, Jan 22, 2015 / 09:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As massive crowds of pro-life advocates gathered for the March for Life in Washington, D.C., Pope Francis on Thursday tweeted a short message of support. “Every Life is a Gift,” he said Jan. 22, using the hashtag “#marchforlife.” The message went out to over 5.3 million Twitter followers on his English-language account “Pontifex.” Every Life is a Gift. #marchforlife — Pope Francis … [Read more...]

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Financial appointment at Vatican signals continuity in reform, transparency

Vatican City, Jan 21, 2015 / 06:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Tommaso Di Ruzza was appointed Wednesday as the new director of the Vatican’s Authority for Financial Information, filling the post left vacant Nov. 19, when the previous director, René Bruelhart, was made president of the Authority’s board of directors. Di Ruzza's appointment indicates continuity in the advancement of financial reforms that have been carried on by the Vatican since 2009 under Benedict XVI. A … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis decries Charlie Hebdo motivated attacks in Niger

Vatican City, Jan 21, 2015 / 03:50 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis condemned deadly protests in Niger during which dozens of churches were torched over the weekend, stressing that religious motives do not justify violence. “One cannot make war in God's name!” the Pope said during his weekly general audience on Jan. 21. Ten people were killed and 45 churches were set on fire in the riots erupted after the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo published an image of Mohammed on the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis blesses two lambs on the Feast of St. Agnes

Vatican City, Jan 21, 2015 / 01:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis observed the feast of St. Agnes with the time-honored custom of the blessing of lambs, whose wool will be used to make stoles worn by archbishops and known as palliums. The two small lambs, traditionally less than a year old, were placed in baskets and carried to the Casa Santa Marta on Wednesday where they received the Holy Father’s blessing.   St. Agnes, whose name means “lamb” in Latin, was a … [Read more...]

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Big families bring hope – not poverty, says Pope

Vatican City, Jan 21, 2015 / 11:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has rejected the “simplistic” belief that large families are among the causes of poverty, stressing that economic systems which create a culture of waste are to blame. “Families know they are essential to the life of society,” the Pope said Jan. 21 during his first weekly general audience since returning from his Jan. 12-19 tour of Sri Lanka and the Philippines. Speaking to the crowds gathered in … [Read more...]

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