New appointment to CDF shows Vatican’s concern for clergy abuse

Vatican City, May 19, 2014 / 04:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ appointment Monday of Archbishop Jose Mollaghan of Rosario as a member of the Vatican’s doctrine office confirms the Holy See’s continuing response to the sexual abuse crisis. On May 19 the Argentine bishop was appointed to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, where he will be responsible for a commission, which is being set up, to examine appeals by clergy accused of “delicta … [Read more...]

Vatican has strengthened its financial oversight, report shows

Vatican City, May 19, 2014 / 03:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Authority for Financial Information’s second annual report presents an increasing number of suspicious transactions reported – a reflection of stronger oversight of Vatican finances. “In 2013 we have taken further decisive steps to foster the legal framework, and, at the same time, to make it work in practice,” said Rene Bruelhart, director of the AIF, at a May 19 presentation of the report at the Holy See … [Read more...]

Pope to Mexican bishops: promote ‘spirit of harmony’

Vatican City, May 19, 2014 / 12:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis received the bishops of Mexico on Monday, encouraging them to promote harmony and to proclaim God’s mercy. “At the present moment, the many forms of violence that afflict Mexican society, especially the young, call for a renewed appeal to promote this spirit of harmony through the culture of encounter, dialogue and peace,” the Pope said to the Mexican bishops at the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic … [Read more...]

Vatican official sees ‘warming-up’ of Catholic-Orthodox relations

Vatican City, May 19, 2014 / 10:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity affirmed the sentiments of many who believe that Catholic-Orthodox relations have improved in recent years, especially under Pope Francis. “When I look to what I hear about Pope Francis, and I remember when he was elected he spoke to the immense group of the faithful at St. Peter’s Square, I remember that he referred to the introduction of the letter of Ignatius … [Read more...]

Have a firm heart fixed on the Holy Spirit, Pope affirms

Vatican City, May 19, 2014 / 06:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass Pope Francis reflected on the various challenges St Paul faced in his ministry, explaining that it was only possible for him to go forward because his heart was fixed on God. “What kind of heart do we have? Is it a fickle heart which like a dancer, like a butterfly flits from one to another” or “is it a heart fixed on the Holy Spirit?” the Pope asked during his May 19 homily. Speaking to those … [Read more...]

Pope: Church problems solved through discussion, prayer

Vatican City, May 18, 2014 / 05:30 am (CNA).- In his Sunday Regina Coeli message, Pope Francis reflected on the apostles’ method of solving problems as an example for the whole Church. When the early Christians struggled to care for the growing community, “the apostles took the situation in hand - they called a large meeting also with the disciples, discussing the question together,” he said on May 18. “Seeking advice, discussing, and praying--this is how problems … [Read more...]

‘Love transforms everything,’ Pope tells sick, disabled

Vatican City, May 17, 2014 / 09:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with nearly 5,000 members of apostolates dedicated to the sick and suffering on Saturday, encouraging them to live lives transformed by love and to support others who suffer. “Jesus teaches us to live the pain by accepting the reality of life with trust and hope, bringing the love of God and neighbor, even in suffering: and love transforms everything,” the pontiff told the members of the Apostolate of the … [Read more...]