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...]

Despite reports, Vatican organizer says Rio went as planned

Rome, Italy, Aug 2, 2013 / 10:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although the media focused on some of the moments when the Pope’s security team appeared overwhelmed during the World Youth Day, one of the Vatican press office’s coordinators says just one change was made to the schedule and everything else that happened was foreseen. “In fact, Pope Francis never changed the schedule. He just added the appointment with the Argentineans, which was set in the cathedral of Rio de … [Read more...]

Pope writes to Muslims about mutual respect

Vatican City, Aug 2, 2013 / 06:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With the end of the month of Ramadan approaching, Pope Francis decided to personally write to all Muslims as a sign of friendship and to promote greater respect between the two faiths. “This year, the first of my Pontificate, I have decided to sign this traditional message myself and to send it to you, dear friends, as an expression of esteem and friendship for all Muslims, especially those who are religious leaders,” Pope … [Read more...]

Vatican Bank’s new website aims for transparency

Vatican City, Jul 31, 2013 / 04:40 pm (CNA).- The Institute for Religious Works, informally known as the Vatican Bank, has launched a new website intended to advance transparency about the institute at a time of controversy.The institute’s president, Ernst von Freyberg, said the website is intended “to tell our customers, the Church, the interested public, what we are doing, how our reform efforts are progressing, and what the scope of our work is.”“It is an … [Read more...]


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