Italy’s return of millions to ‘Vatican bank’ indicates financial reform

Vatican City, Nov 21, 2014 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The recent return to the “Vatican bank” of some $28.8 million, seized because of alleged money laundering, closes a story that opened almost five years ago and accompanied the reform of Vatican finances. In 2010, the Public Prosecutor of Rome made a preventive seizure of 23 million Euros transferred by the Institute for Religious Works (IOR, or “Vatican bank”) from an account it held in the Italian bank Credito … [Read more...]

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Pope called alleged Spanish abuse victim, encouraged him to file charges

Vatican City, Nov 20, 2014 / 01:29 pm (CNA).- A Vatican source has confirmed to CNA that Pope Francis called a 24-year-old man in Spain who alleges he was the victim of sexual abuse a decade ago in the city of Granada. According to the Vatican official, the Holy Father called the man to voice his solidarity with him and “encouraged him to file charges against the guilty because (Francis) really wants to end the scandal of pedophilia.” The alleged sexual abuse took place … [Read more...]

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Repentance: A tough but true topic for divorced, remarried

Vatican City, Nov 20, 2014 / 11:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The divorced and remarried can receive absolution like any other member of the faithful, the Vatican's doctrinal office has affirmed: when they repent, in their case taking a firm resolution to abstain from sex with their new partner. “We cannot exclude a priori the remarried divorced faithful from a penitential process that would lead to a sacramental reconciliation with God and, therefore, also to Eucharistic … [Read more...]

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Pope: Jesus weeps for those who prefer comfort over conversion

Vatican City, Nov 20, 2014 / 05:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily on Thursday Pope Francis said that the Gospel scene in which Jesus wept for Jerusalem’s closed heart is repeated today with those in the Church who are afraid to let him work in their lives. “Jerusalem was afraid of this: of being saved by the surprises of the Lord. The (people) were afraid of the Lord, their Bridegroom, their Beloved. And so Jesus wept,” the Pope told those present in the Vatican’s … [Read more...]

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Turkey’s 53,000 Catholics happily awaiting Pope Francis

Vatican City, Nov 20, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Turkey's small community of 53,000 Catholics – amid a population of 76 million – is anticipating Pope Francis' upcoming trip to the country with joyful hearts, says Istanbul's apostolic vicariate. The vicariate voiced gratitude for the Pope's visit, which will coincide with the feast of the Apostle Andrew, the patron saint of the Orthodox Church. In response to an invitation sent by Patriarch Bartolomeo I … [Read more...]

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Sex complementarity is the ‘human experience’, not a political agenda

Vatican City, Nov 20, 2014 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- One of the lessons learned from this week's Vatican conference on marriage, say organizers, is that the beauty of man and woman's complementarity is not political, but is rather the human experience. The Humanum Colloquium, which ran Nov. 17-19, heard testimonies from people of more than a dozen religious traditions speaking on the theme of the complementarity of man and woman. Helen Alvaré, law professor at George … [Read more...]

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Latest appointment at Vatican financial watchdog opens a new phase

Vatican City, Nov 19, 2014 / 07:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Wednesday appointed René Bruelhart president of the Financial Information Authority, the Vatican's financial watchdog, thus opening a new phase for the authority that Bruelhart had until now directed. Bruelhart replaces Bishop Giorgio Corbellini, president of the Labour Office of the Apostolic See, as president of the FIA. Bishop Corbellini has been appointed the FIA's interim president in January. New … [Read more...]

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