Pope is saddened by ‘Vatileaks’ case but trusts God

Vatican City, May 30, 2012 / 10:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a rare statement after today's general audience, Pope Benedict XVI said that while he is distressed by the “Vatileaks” case, the Church will not lack God's help for the trials it encounters. The series of events has included the arrest and prosecution of his butler for stealing and passing on to the press sensitive papal documents and the ongoing police hunt to find any accomplices. “The events which have occurred during … [Read more...]

Pope meets Costa Rican president, discusses defense of life

Vatican City, May 29, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA).- Pope Benedict XVI met with President Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica at the Vatican, discussing a number of issues including the task of defending human life from the moment of conception.  The May 28 discussion came as Costa Rica faces continued pressure from the Inter-American Human Rights Court to legalize in vitro fertilization. The cordial talk between the two leaders on Monday focused on the excellent relationship between the Holy See and … [Read more...]

Pope suffering but serene as Vatileaks investigation continues

Vatican City, May 28, 2012 / 09:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict is “suffering” but serene, despite the prosecution of his butler for stealing sensitive papal documents and the continuing police hunt to find any accomplices. “He is aware of the delicate situation that the Roman curia is going through, but he is keeping up his serenity with great faith and moral superiority as you saw in yesterday’s celebrations,” papal spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi said May 28. Paolo Gabriele is … [Read more...]

Reasons for dismissal of Vatican Bank boss emerge

Vatican City, May 28, 2012 / 10:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican Bank’s president was dismissed for failing to carry out “basic duties,” giving people inaccurate information about the institution and “progressively erratic personal behavior,” according to board member Carl Anderson.“What happened is source of great disappointment,” he told the Italian newspaper La Stampa on May 27. Anderson, who leads the international fraternal organization the Knights of Columbus, said the … [Read more...]

Vatican conference to examine ‘language of the body’ in marriage

Vatican City, May 27, 2012 / 05:15 pm (CNA).- This coming September an international colloquium in Vatican City will consider how men and women become "one flesh" in marriage, and examine the "language of the body" from Christian perspectives."What type of union is the conjugal union, which comes about when a man and a woman become 'one flesh'?" asks the conference announcement.The Vatican City-based Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family is hosting the Sept. 20-21 … [Read more...]

Pope sets date to declare two new Church Doctors

Vatican City, May 27, 2012 / 10:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has announced that he will declare St. Hildegard of Bingen and St. John of Avila as Doctors of the Church on Oct. 7 2012 at the beginning of this year’s Synod of Bishops in Rome.“These two great witnesses of the faith lived in very different historical periods and came from different cultural backgrounds,” said the Pope in his Regina Coeli address May 27.“But the sanctity of life and depth of teaching makes them … [Read more...]

Vatican Bank boss fired over alleged mismanagement

Vatican City, May 25, 2012 / 10:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The President of the Vatican Bank, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, has been fired from his post following a vote of no-confidence by the bank's supervisory board. “Over time this area had generated increasing worries among the members of the board and, despite repeated efforts to communicate these concerns to Professor Gotti Tedeschi, President of the Works of Religion, the situation deteriorated further,” read a communiqué issued by the … [Read more...]