Pope Francis thinking about declaring Pius XII a saint

Vatican City, Jul 31, 2013 / 11:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis is considering whether he will make Pope Pius XII a saint, in the same way that he approved the cause of John XXIII.   A source who works at the Vatican’s Congregation for Causes of Saints, who asked for anonymity, told CNA July 25 that “just as Pope Francis moved ahead with John XXIII’s canonization, he is considering the same thing for Pius XII.” According to the normal procedures, Pius XII … [Read more...]

Pope links fraternity and peace in 2014 theme

Vatican City, Jul 31, 2013 / 09:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ message for the Jan. 1, 2014 World Day of Peace is that living a life of fraternity can lead to peace for a world struggling with many tragedies. “In the face of the many tragedies that afflict the family of nations – poverty, hunger, underdevelopment, conflicts, migrations, pollution, inequalities, injustice, organized crime, fundamentalisms – fraternity is the foundation and the pathway to … [Read more...]

Pope focuses on centrality of Christ and Church for Jesuits

Rome, Italy, Jul 31, 2013 / 08:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis celebrated the Feast of Saint Ignatius in Rome by reminding his fellow Jesuits of the dual centrality of Christ and the Church for their lives and their order. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, told journalists July 31 that it was “a unique and beautiful situation” for them as they remembered the founder of their order at the Church of Jesus (Chiesa del Gesú) in … [Read more...]

Franciscans of the Immaculate decree worries traditionalists

Rome, Italy, Jul 30, 2013 / 06:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican Congregation for Religious, with the approval of Pope Francis, has appointed a commissioner to oversee the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate and has restricted their celebration of the traditional Latin Mass, touching off a storm of speculation about the reasons and broader implications. The news of the decree was first reported by the veteran Vatican journalist Sandro Magister, who described the move as the first time that … [Read more...]

Pope gives surprising in-flight press conference

Rome, Italy, Jul 29, 2013 / 09:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis finished off his trip to Brazil with one last unscripted moment by holding a 1 hour and 20 minute press conference during the flight back to Rome. The July 28 meeting with journalists covered everything from the canonization of Blessed John Paul II to an investigation of a Vatican monsignor who allegedly lived in a homosexual relationship. Monsignor Battista Ricca was recently made secretary of the commission of cardinals … [Read more...]

Vatican, Italy sign money laundering prevention agreement

Vatican City, Jul 29, 2013 / 05:23 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican and Italy have reached an agreement on sharing financial information that will help the two countries prevent money laundering and the financing of terrorism. “The Holy See and the Vatican City State take international responsibilities concerning Anti- Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism very seriously, and Italy is an especially important partner for us,” said René Brülhart, the director … [Read more...]

Vatican-Italy financial pact not linked to Msgr. Scarano case

Vatican City, Jul 26, 2013 / 11:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican and Italy will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding between their financial authorities to regulate data exchange, but this agreement is not tied to the recent scandals involving the so-called Vatican bank. “Italy is merely one part of the Holy See’s international agenda, and the Holy See is improving its international cooperation to combat money laundering and financing of terrorism,” according to an … [Read more...]


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