Pope Francis’ shadow: Monsignor Pedacchio Leaniz

Vatican City, Jul 19, 2013 / 02:02 am (CNA).- Pope Francis now counts on the discreet presence of his new, 49-year-old Argentinean secretary, Msgr. Fabiàn Pedacchio Leaniz. “I want to keep a low profile,” Pope Francis' second secretary told CNA in a June 27 conversation. “I’m doing my best to attend to the Holy Father, without revealing anything of Pope Francis private life.” Msgr. Fabiàn Edgardo Marcelo Pedacchio Leaniz leaned out the … [Read more...]

New Vatican bank official reportedly part of ‘gay lobby’

Vatican City, Jul 18, 2013 / 05:10 pm (CNA).- The priest appointed last month as an interim prelate of the so-called Vatican Bank is associated with the “gay lobby” at the Holy See, according to an article by analyst Sandro Magister released today. Magister's column for L'Espresso recounts that Monsignor Battista Mario Salvatore Ricca, who was appointed temporary prelate of the Institute for Works of Religion June 15, had a relationship with another man – the … [Read more...]

Pope Francis will visit slum, not use popemobile in Rio

Vatican City, Jul 18, 2013 / 01:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During next week's World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis will be staying in a modest residency, visiting a slum and traveling without his popemobile. “It was thought that the Pope does not feel he is treated differently from others,” said Sister Irma Terezinha, who is in charge of the Center for Sumaré where he will be staying. “He does not like individualism, everything is done the same way for … [Read more...]

Pope grieves over WYD bus accident in French Guiana

Vatican City, Jul 18, 2013 / 11:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis shared his condolences after hearing of a deadly traffic accident in French Guiana involving a bus that was taking young people to World Youth Day. “His Holiness Pope Francis shares wholeheartedly in the pain of the families afflicted by the death of one of their own, and in that of the leaders and organizers of the group,” read the July 18 message. “The Pope assures them of his prayers and he expresses … [Read more...]

Vatican: Change of Popes ‘intensified’ World Youth Day

Vatican City, Jul 18, 2013 / 05:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Vatican spokesman said the change of Popes which occurred from the announcement of World Youth Day to its fruition has caused some adaptations to the event for the new Roman Pontiff. “The trip had already been decided, but the program has also been adapted, we might indeed say intensified and enriched with further events, with the change of pontificate,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said at a July 17 press … [Read more...]

Pope Francis urges Irish, British to value each human life

Vatican City, Jul 17, 2013 / 11:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ahead of Day for Life Sunday in the U.K., Pope Francis has sent a message to British and Irish Catholics encouraging them to promote the profound value of all human life in their societies. “Calling to mind the teaching of Saint Irenaeus that the glory of God is seen in a living human being, the Holy Father encourages all of you to let the light of that glory shine so brightly that everyone may come to recognize the inestimable … [Read more...]

Vatican money freeze tied to second Msgr. Scarano case

Vatican City, Jul 15, 2013 / 05:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although the Vatican froze funds belonging to Monsignor Nunzio Scarano after the Italian police arrested him, the hold on his account at the Vatican’s Institute for Religious Works and his suspension from work are related to a separate case of alleged money laundering. Msgr. Scarano, a suspended accountant for the Administration for the Patrimony of the Apostolic See, known by its Italian acronym APSA, is currently under arrest and … [Read more...]