Historian: Catholic Church pivotal in rescue of Roman Jews

Vatican City, Oct 16, 2013 / 04:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The efforts of the Catholic Church were undoubtedly decisive in the escape of most of Rome's Jews during World War II, according to a Jewish historian and columnist of “L’Osservatore Romano.”In a recently published book, “Portico d'Ottavia, 13,” Anna Foa describes the only raid against Jews committed by Nazis in Rome. The book is named for the address of the Oct. 16, 1943 raid.Foa told CNA Oct. 10 … [Read more...]

Pope to auction Harley Davidson motorcycle to benefit homeless

Vatican City, Oct 16, 2013 / 02:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has donated his Harley Davidson motorcycle to be sold to raise money for a hostel and soup kitchen that serves Rome’s homeless.“It is a precious gift that has once again made us happy in feeling the closeness of our bishop to the poor of the Church of Rome. We are deeply grateful to Pope Francis for this,” Monsignor Enrico Feroci, the director of Caritas Rome, said at an Oct. 12 press conference.The sale … [Read more...]

Devotion of next bishops’ synod to family ‘providential’

Vatican City, Oct 16, 2013 / 12:01 am (CNA).- The president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, told CNA it was “providential” that Pope Francis has decided to devote the next synod of bishops to the family.   Archbishop Paglia said that this synod “ is an extraordinary sign of affection of Pope Francis for families,” coming in the wake of the Second Vatican Council and the 1980 synod of bishops also focused on the family, which … [Read more...]

Vatican implements state of the art financial transparency efforts

Vatican City, Oct 15, 2013 / 03:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See's new anti-money laundering law signals that the Vatican is clearly taking the path to full financial transparency, according to the director of the state's Financial Information Authority.René Bruelhart told CNA Oct. 9 that “with the new AML/CFT Act the Holy See and the Vatican City State introduced a comprehensive system in accordance with the international standards to fight money-laundering and … [Read more...]

Pope cautions against idolatry which punctures, ‘stifles’ the faith

Rome, Italy, Oct 15, 2013 / 09:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass homily, Pope Francis warned of the presence of idolatry in our lives, urging each person present to look to themselves in order to find the hidden idols which are present in our hearts.“Even today, there are so many idols, and even today there are so many idolaters, so many who think they are wise,” urged the pontiff during his Oct. 15 daily Mass.Pope Francis offered his reflections to those present in the … [Read more...]

Cardinal Bertone steps down from role as Vatican Secretary of State

Vatican City, Oct 15, 2013 / 07:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Updated on Oct. 15, 2013 at 5:44 p.m. Rome time: a Vatican source told CNA that Archbishop Parolin was absent from the ceremony due to appendicitis.In a farewell ceremony held at the Vatican, former state secretary Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone stepped down from the position – which will soon be filled by his successor, Italian Archbishop Pietro Parolin. During the short Oct. 15 event, which was held in the library of the … [Read more...]

Women are the world’s ‘pragmatic responders,’ leader says

Vatican City, Oct 14, 2013 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At a Vatican conference on the topic “God entrusts the human being to the woman,” global female experts discussed the role of women in working towards restoring the dignity of the human person. “Women are pragmatic responders,” said Vicki Thorn, founder of the U.S.-based Project Rachel post-abortion healing outreach, who likened her work with victims of abortion to that of a “field hospital.” Women … [Read more...]