Vatican welcomes largely positive report on financial transparency

Vatican City, Jul 18, 2012 / 11:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican is welcoming a largely positive report from the European body responsible for monitoring financial transparency, while also committing itself to further improvement.“In this light, the report released today is not the end, but is rather an important passage of our continuing efforts to marry moral commitments to technical excellence,” said Monsignor Ettore Balestrero of the Vatican’s Secretary of State at a … [Read more...]

Pius X Society will give Vatican final decision ‘very soon’

Rome, Italy, Jul 17, 2012 / 11:31 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the Society of St. Pius X says the breakaway traditionalist group is on the verge of giving a definitive response to the Vatican’s offer of re-unification.“All ambiguity has now been resolved among us. Very soon we will convey to Rome the position of the Chapter,” Bishop Bernard Fellay said July 16, following the conclusion of the society’s general chapter in Econe, Switzerland.The society has spent … [Read more...]

Pope to speak on ‘crisis of democracy’

Vatican City, Jul 16, 2012 / 05:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI will use his annual message for the 46th World Day of Peace this Jan. 1 to examine the “worrying crisis of democracy,” the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace said July 16.The pontiff will examine “fundamental rights” including freedom of conscience, expression and religion. He will also reflect upon the measures taken to contain contemporary financial and economic crises and “the … [Read more...]

Pope presents St. Teresa of Avila as model for evangelization

Vatican City, Jul 16, 2012 / 10:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI believes that 16th-century Saint Teresa of Avila is a model for current efforts to launch the New Evangelization.“The ultimate goal of Teresa’s reform and the creation of new monasteries in a world lacking spiritual values was to protect apostolic work with prayer,” the Pope said July 16.“Today too, as in the sixteenth century, in the midst of rapid transformation, it is important that … [Read more...]

Pope praises saints who showed the ‘centrality of Christ’

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Jul 15, 2012 / 11:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday praised the intellectual legacy of the 13th century Franciscan St. Bonaventure who popularized St. Paul’s belief in the “centrality of Christ” in human history. “All of history is centered on Christ, who guarantees novelty and renewal in every age,” the Pope said in his Sunday Angelus address July 15.“In Jesus, God has spoken and given everything, but … [Read more...]

Friendship with Pope one of Italian president’s greatest highlights

Vatican City, Jul 13, 2012 / 02:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- He may be an ex-communist and avowed atheist but Italy’s President Giorgio Napolitano says becoming friends with Pope Benedict XVI has been a highlight of his six years as the Italian head of state.“I do not hesitate to confess that one of the loveliest elements that has marked my experience has been, precisely, my relationship with Benedict XVI,” he told the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano in a July 11 … [Read more...]

‘Vatileaks’ committee to deliver findings to Pope next week

Vatican City, Jul 12, 2012 / 03:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The special Commission of Cardinals established by Pope Benedict XVI to investigate the leak of confidential Vatican documents is on the verge of presenting its discoveries.   “It is expected the committee will meet with the Pope next week to present him with the results of their investigation,” said Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi, adding that “the Pope will then be able to draw his own … [Read more...]