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...]

Pope: God always desires hearts of mercy

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Jul 14, 2013 / 09:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his first Angelus message from Castel Gandolfo, Pope Francis said God desires “good and generous” hearts full of mercy for those in need. In the parable of the Good Samaritan, said Pope Francis, “Jesus shows that the heart of this Samaritan is good and generous and that – unlike the priest and Levite – he practices the will of God, who desires mercy more than sacrifice.” “God … [Read more...]

Vatican freezes funds of suspended accountant

Vatican City, Jul 12, 2013 / 06:40 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican announced it has frozen the funds of a senior accountant who is accused of laundering money through the so-called Vatican bank. “By court order on the 9th of July, the Vatican Promoter of Justice has frozen funds at the IOR attributed to suspended Vatican employee Nunzio Scarano as part of an ongoing investigation by the Vatican judicial authorities,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said July 11. Fr. … [Read more...]

Pope says Catholics seeking confirmation can join Anglican ordinariate

Vatican City, Jul 12, 2013 / 02:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Demonstrating the role of Anglican Ordinariates in the new evangelization, baptized Catholics can now join the groups set up for Anglican converts, according to a change in rules made by Pope Francis. Those who were baptized Catholic but have not received Confirmation and First Communion are now allowed to join the ordinariates. Previously, baptized Catholics were not eligible to join the groups unless they had family who were … [Read more...]