Special adviser appointed to Vatican’s ‘central bank’

Vatican City, Apr 9, 2014 / 12:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Secretariat for the Economy appointed Saturday Franco Dalla Sega as “ad interim” special adviser to the extraordinary section of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See. “Aside from assisting the secretary of APSA in the conduct of the activities of the Section, Professor Dalla Sega will be assigned specific tasks and projects and may be asked for specific advice on the reorganisation of APSA in … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis to make two pastoral visits over summer

Vatican City, Apr 8, 2014 / 05:23 pm (CNA).- This coming summer, Pope Francis will make two pastoral visits inside of Italy, following two previous trips to the Italian cities of Assisi and Lampedusa. In an April 5 announcement, the Holy See revealed that the pontiff has accepted an invitation to visit Calabria and Molise during the months of June and July. Both visits will take place on Saturdays. The Pope is slated to travel to Cassano all'Jonio June 21, and to Campobasso and Isernia … [Read more...]

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Pope to say Mass of Lord’s Supper at rehab center for disabled persons

Vatican City, Apr 8, 2014 / 01:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- It was announced April 7 that Pope Francis will say the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday at a residential rehabilitation site for disabled persons in Rome. According to the Holy See press office, the April 17 Mass will be said at the St. Mary of Providence Centre, which has 150 beds for patients who require rehabilitation because of neuro-motor impairment and which is operated by the Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation. The … [Read more...]

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Christianity is more than a survival guide, Pope insists

Vatican City, Apr 8, 2014 / 08:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis focused on how Jesus heals our sin with the Cross, and emphasizing that Christianity is not merely following a written formula, but rather a person who sacrificed for us. “Christianity is not a philosophical doctrine, it’s not a program for life survival or education, or for peacemaking. These are consequences. Christianity is a person, a person raised on the Cross,” the Pope expressed in … [Read more...]

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Vatican announces logo, motto for papal trip to Korea

Vatican City, Apr 8, 2014 / 07:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See has released the official motto and logo for Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to South Korea, which is the first time a Roman Pontiff has traveled to the country in since John Paul II went 25 years ago. “Arise! Shine, for your light has come, the glory of the Lord has dawned upon you” is the motto, taken from Isaiah 60:1, for Pope Francis’ upcoming Apostolic Voyage to Soth Korea, which will take place … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis reaffirms importance of Vatican bank’s mission

Vatican City, Apr 8, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis approved a proposal Monday on the future of the Institute for Religious Works, commonly known as the “Vatican bank,” affirming its importance for the good of the Church. “The IOR will continue to serve with prudence and provide specialized financial services to the Catholic Church worldwide,” read a statement from the Holy See press office released April 7. “The valuable services that can be … [Read more...]

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God’s mercy goes beyond our sin, Pope Francis reflects

Vatican City, Apr 7, 2014 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Mass said Monday, Pope Francis reflected on the biblical scene in which Jesus prevents the stoning of an adulterous woman, observing how the Lord’s forgiveness extends even beyond what is considered just. “Jesus goes beyond the law. He does not say: ‘adultery is not a sin!’ But he does not condemn it according to law,” the Pope explained in his April 7 homily during Mass said at the St. Martha … [Read more...]

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