Financial appointment at Vatican signals continuity in reform, transparency

Vatican City, Jan 21, 2015 / 06:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Tommaso Di Ruzza was appointed Wednesday as the new director of the Vatican’s Authority for Financial Information, filling the post left vacant Nov. 19, when the previous director, René Bruelhart, was made president of the Authority’s board of directors. Di Ruzza's appointment indicates continuity in the advancement of financial reforms that have been carried on by the Vatican since 2009 under Benedict XVI. A … [Read more...]

Pope Francis decries Charlie Hebdo motivated attacks in Niger

Vatican City, Jan 21, 2015 / 03:50 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis condemned deadly protests in Niger during which dozens of churches were torched over the weekend, stressing that religious motives do not justify violence. “One cannot make war in God's name!” the Pope said during his weekly general audience on Jan. 21. Ten people were killed and 45 churches were set on fire in the riots erupted after the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo published an image of Mohammed on the … [Read more...]

Pope Francis blesses two lambs on the Feast of St. Agnes

Vatican City, Jan 21, 2015 / 01:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis observed the feast of St. Agnes with the time-honored custom of the blessing of lambs, whose wool will be used to make stoles worn by archbishops and known as palliums. The two small lambs, traditionally less than a year old, were placed in baskets and carried to the Casa Santa Marta on Wednesday where they received the Holy Father’s blessing.   St. Agnes, whose name means “lamb” in Latin, was a … [Read more...]

Big families bring hope – not poverty, says Pope

Vatican City, Jan 21, 2015 / 11:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has rejected the “simplistic” belief that large families are among the causes of poverty, stressing that economic systems which create a culture of waste are to blame. “Families know they are essential to the life of society,” the Pope said Jan. 21 during his first weekly general audience since returning from his Jan. 12-19 tour of Sri Lanka and the Philippines. Speaking to the crowds gathered in … [Read more...]

‘Given the new situation, a papal trip to Cuba would be hoped for’

Vatican City, Jan 20, 2015 / 12:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Following the Vatican-brokered restoration of relations between the US and Cuba, a visit of Pope Francis to the island should be “expected and welcomed,” according to the Vatican's emeritus Secretary of State. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, has had dealings with Cuba throughout the course of three pontificates. His most recent visit to the nation was Dec. 4-12, the week prior to the Dec. 18 announcement of the restoration of … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ curial reform: sending bishops home to dioceses

Vatican City, Jan 20, 2015 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The appointment of Bishop Mario Toso as head of the small Italian diocese of Faenza-Modigliana leaves vacant the post of secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, a Vatican office that will be involved in the larger process of Curia reform. Bishop Toso, a Salesian, had served as secretary of the pontifical council since 2009. He had previously been an advisor of the same dicastery. His appointment as Bishop of … [Read more...]

Full text of Pope’s in-flight interview from Manila to Rome

Aboard the papal plane, Jan 19, 2015 / 03:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking to journalists aboard the Jan. 19 flight from Manila to Rome concluding his Asian pilgrimage, Pope Francis discussed what he learned from Filipinos; his upcoming trip to Philadelphia and other US cities; how one can be a responsible parent without resorting to birth control; the colonization of gender ideology; and the possibility of a papal trip to Africa. Below is a full transcript of the discussion between Pope … [Read more...]