Pope strengthens financial crimes laws, oversight body

Rome, Italy, Aug 8, 2013 / 09:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has issued a declaration that increases the power of the Financial Information Authority and continues the Vatican's efforts to update its statutes that prevent money laundering. The purpose of this motu proprio is “strengthening the Vatican’s work to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism,” René Brülhart, director of the Financial Information Authority, told CNA Aug. … [Read more...]

Vatican interrogation request is first test of financial agreement

Rome, Italy, Aug 7, 2013 / 09:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s judicial authorities have requested that their Italian counterparts interrogate Monsignor Nunzio Scarano about withdrawals he made from his Vatican bank account, putting a brand new agreement between the two countries to its first test. The request to have the Italian authorities question the monsignor was made last week by Giampiero Milano, the Promoter of Justice for the Vatican Court, just days after the two … [Read more...]

World needs courageous Christian missionaries, Pope says

Vatican City, Aug 6, 2013 / 10:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis delivered a strong call to Christians to share the faith in his message for World Mission Day, saying that in today’s troubled world “it is necessary to proclaim courageously and in every situation, the Gospel of Christ.” “In this complex situation, where the horizon of the present and future seems threatened by menacing clouds, it is necessary to proclaim courageously and in every situation, the … [Read more...]

Full transcript of Pope’s in-flight press remarks released

Vatican City, Aug 5, 2013 / 04:31 pm (CNA).- Amid a flurry of media reaction, the Vatican has released a full transcript of the remarks Pope Francis made to journalists while on a flight back to Rome from Rio de Janeiro's World Youth Day.During this nearly 90-minute discussion with the press on July 28, the Pope answered questions on a wide variety of issues, including curial reform, the Vatican Bank, Benedict XVI, relations with the Orthodox, and the spirituality of the Society of … [Read more...]

Ken Hackett approved as America’s next Vatican ambassador

Rome, Italy, Aug 5, 2013 / 07:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After a vacancy of nearly one year, the U.S. Senate approved the former head of Catholic Relief Services, Ken Hackett, to serve as the country’s new Ambassador to the Holy See. “We are overjoyed that the country will be represented by a man who through his decades of service has demonstrated his commitment to the dignity and sanctity of life and fighting global poverty,” said Dr. Carolyn Woo, who succeeded Hackett as … [Read more...]

Respond to the Lord’s call, encourages Pope Francis

Vatican City, Aug 4, 2013 / 10:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Angelus address today, Pope Francis asked the crowds to pray with him that the World Youth Day pilgrims will continue to respond to God’s call in their daily lives.“I ask you to join me in praying that the youth who have participated in World Youth Day can translate this experience into their daily journey,” the Pope said Aug. 4 at St. Peter's Square.“Into their daily conduct,” he continued, … [Read more...]

Archbishop Pozzo returns to Ecclesia Dei office

Vatican City, Aug 3, 2013 / 12:26 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Guido Pozzo as secretary of Ecclesia Dei, the curial office charged with reconciling the ultra-traditionalist Society of St. Pius X.Archbishop Pozzo has already served as secretary of the Pontifical Commission, from July 8, 2009 to Nov. 3, 2012. He had been removed from the commission to become head of the Office of Papal Charities, where he has served until his re-appointment as Ecclesia Dei … [Read more...]


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