Vatican official surprised by Italian bank’s credit card halt

Vatican City, Jan 15, 2013 / 10:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Bank of Italy's decision to not accept credit cards from foreign banks anymore at the Vatican has stunned a Vatican official, who reiterated the Holy See's financial transparency. As of Jan. 1, the Vatican's main operator, Deutsche Bank Italian unit, has not been authorized to transact foreign credit cards in the tiny state – a move that could affect the millions of tourists who visit each year. “I'm … [Read more...]

Pope asks Christians to rediscover ‘beauty’ of baptism

Vatican City, Jan 13, 2013 / 12:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI baptized children at the Vatican Sunday to mark the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, encouraging Christians to remember their own baptism and the “beauty of being born again.”“I would like to extend my prayer and my blessing to all newborns,” he said Jan. 13 after baptizing numerous babies aged three to four months in the Sistine Chapel.“I especially invite everyone to remember your … [Read more...]

Pope’s Twitter success praised as evangelization breakthrough

Vatican City, Jan 11, 2013 / 01:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict's mass of 2.5 million followers in eight languages during his first month on Twitter has one Vatican priest calling the pontiff's online presence “a new frontier” of evangelization. Father Paolo Padrini, a collaborator of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, said it is good that the Pope has so many followers, but it even more important that the Pope “seeks to co-exist and share on … [Read more...]

Pope calls the Incarnation God’s gift to mankind

Vatican City, Jan 10, 2013 / 08:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict reflected on the mystery of the Incarnation during his general audience Jan. 9, calling it the “original gift of Christmas.” “On that holy night, God becoming flesh, wanting to become a gift for man, gave himself for us; God has made his only-begotten Son a gift for us, taking our humanity to give us his divinity,” the Pope said at the Vatican's Paul VI Hall. “Here we find the model of … [Read more...]

‘You are not alone,’ Pope tells those suffering from sickness

Vatican City, Jan 9, 2013 / 09:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ahead of the World Day of the Sick, Pope Benedict XVI expressed his closeness to those with illnesses and reaffirmed that Jesus Christ's sufferings give meaning to their own. “You are not alone, separated, abandoned or useless. You have been called by Christ and are his living and transparent image,” said the Pope, quoting Pope Paul VI's words from the Second Vatican Council. The 21st World Day of the Sick will be … [Read more...]

Pope asks diplomats to seek peace, appeals for Syria

Vatican City, Jan 7, 2013 / 06:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict gave a wide-ranging address to a group of ambassadors and diplomats that urged an end to the “slaughter” in Syria and stressed the “grave responsibility” to work for peace around the word. On Jan. 7, ambassadors and diplomats from nearly 180 countries gathered in the Apostolic Palace’s Sala Regia to hear the Pope’s traditional address to members of the diplomatic corps who are accredited … [Read more...]

Magi were ‘men who sought God,’ Pope tells new bishops

Vatican City, Jan 7, 2013 / 09:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict reflected on the Magi as “men with a restless heart” during his homily for Epiphany at St. Peter's Basilica Jan. 6, in a Mass at which he consecrated four new bishops. “They were filled with expectation, not satisfied with their secure income and their respectable place in society. They were looking for something greater...They wanted to know how we succeed in being human,” the Pope … [Read more...]