Vatican ‘ready to cooperate’ in investigation of accountant

Vatican City, Jun 28, 2013 / 10:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican said it is ready to collaborate in the investigation of one of its accountants who was arrested today over allegations of corruption and slander. “The Holy See has not yet received any request from the competent Italian authorities on the matter, but it confirms its willingness to cooperate fully,” said Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Holy See’s press office. Monsignor Nuncio Scarano was … [Read more...]

New Vatican Secretary of State may be appointed soon

Vatican City, Jun 28, 2013 / 10:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Strong indications have emerged that Archbishop Pietro Parolin, apostolic nuncio to Venezuela, will shortly be appointed as the Vatican's Secretary of State. The move could take place as soon as June 29, the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. As the Secretary of State must technically be a cardinal, he would first be appointed pro-secretary of State, retaining his status as archbishop. He would, however, be the acting Secretary … [Read more...]

Traditionalists indicate definitive break with Catholic Church

Vatican City, Jun 27, 2013 / 04:38 pm (CNA).- On the 25th anniversary of the illicit ordination of four bishops by traditionalist Bishop Marcel Lefebvre, the Society of Saint Pius X indicated a definitive break of talks with the Catholic Church.In a statement June 27, three of the four bishops originally ordained by Lefebvre expressed “their filial gratitude towards their venerable founder who, after so many years spent serving the Church and the Sovereign Pontiff, so as to safeguard … [Read more...]

Charity’s rapid growth could be due to Pope’s influence

Vatican City, Jun 27, 2013 / 08:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The founder of a charity that feeds nearly one million children worldwide said its rapid growth could be partly due to Pope Francis' particular emphasis on caring for the impoverished. “The work of Mary's Meals is growing very fast and I’m sure that the hugely encouraging words of Pope Francis and the fact that he keeps pointing us back to the poor and our obligation to serve the poor is making us all think of those … [Read more...]

Pope Francis personally initiated Vatican bank commission

Vatican City, Jun 26, 2013 / 02:02 pm (CNA).- The appointment of a new Pontifical Commission to advise Pope Francis about the Institute for Religious Works, usually called the Vatican bank, was desired expressly by the Pope local sources say. This was “Pope Francis' personal choice. It strays from the usual dynamic through which these decisions are taken,” a Vatican official speaking under the condition of anonymity told CNA on June 26. The possibility of a reform, or even … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: all men are called to the joy of fatherhood

Vatican City, Jun 26, 2013 / 01:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Whether spiritual or physical, fatherhood is the calling of all men, Pope Francis said at his homily for daily Mass at the Saint Martha House in the Vatican. “All of us, to exist, to become complete, in order to be mature, we need to feel the joy of fatherhood: even those of us who are celibate,” taught the Bishop of Rome June 26. “Fatherhood is giving life to others, giving life…for us, it is pastoral … [Read more...]

Variety gives Church its richness, Pope Francis teaches

Vatican City, Jun 26, 2013 / 11:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church is the temple of God and its many and varied members enrich it, Pope Francis taught at his general audience this week at Saint Peter's Square in the Vatican. “It is, moreover, the Holy Spirit with his gifts, who designs the variety. This is important: what does the Holy Spirit do in our midst? He designs the variety,” the Bishop of Rome said June 26. “The variety which is the richness of the Church and … [Read more...]