Franciscan reform seen in Papal Charities office appointment

Vatican City, Oct 16, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' Oct. 12 appointment of Monsignor Diego Ravelli as office chief of the Office of Papal Charities rounds out the bureau which delivers charity to the poor in the name of the Roman Pontiff.Already on Aug. 3, Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, a priest of the Lódz diocese in Poland, was appointed head of the office, or almoner.Traditionally, the pontifical almoner sends parchments with the Papal blessing to those who … [Read more...]

Czech Republic is ripe for new evangelization, bishop reflects

Rome, Italy, Oct 16, 2013 / 09:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the aftermath following decades of communism, a Czech bishop reveals that although the number of those who practice their faith in the country has diminished, people are ready to hear the Gospel.“That's what we take as our mission, the re-evangelization. We try to enter in the society with the message of the Gospel, something good, positive, that can address them,” Bishop Jan Vokal told CNA/EWTN News in an Oct. 14 … [Read more...]

Christ empowers us to be missionaries, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Oct 16, 2013 / 04:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis continued his reflections on the Creed, drawing attention to the Church's apostolic nature and Jesus' invitation to spread the Gospel. “Dear Brothers and Sisters: In the Creed, we profess in faith that the Church is 'apostolic,'” the Pope told the thousands gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Oct. 16 general audience. The Holy Father stressed that the … [Read more...]

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...]