Pope separates oversight, administration in ongoing reform of Vatican finances

Vatican City, Jul 9, 2016 / 11:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new set of reforms further clarifying the roles of Vatican financial offices was announced July 9, implementing changes set in motion by Pope Francis’ 2014 edict, “Fidelis dispensator et prudens.”This new directive, entitled “Temporal goods,” affirms that the role of the Church's assets center around “divine worship, the just support for the clergy, apostolate, and works of charity, especially for … [Read more...]

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Pope separates oversight, administration in ongoing reform of Vatican finances

Vatican City, Jul 9, 2016 / 11:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new set of reforms further clarifying the roles of Vatican financial offices was announced July 9, implementing changes set in motion by Pope Francis’ 2014 edict, “Fidelis dispensator et prudens.”This new directive, entitled “Temporal goods,” affirms that the role of the Church's assets center around “divine worship, the just support for the clergy, apostolate, and works of charity, especially for … [Read more...]

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This layman who refuted Nazism was declared a martyr by Pope Francis

Vatican City, Jul 8, 2016 / 01:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday Pope Francis moved eight martyrs a step further on the path to sainthood, one of whom is Josef Mayr-Nusser, an Italian layman killed for refusing to swear an oath to Hitler during the Second World War.The Pope’s recognition of Mayr-Nusser as a martyr was announced July 8 following an audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.Born Dec. 27, 1910 in the northern Italian city of … [Read more...]

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Vatican charges cleric, laywoman in second ‘Vatileaks’ trial

Vatican City, Jul 7, 2016 / 10:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After an eight month trial weighing the guilt of five individuals in the leaking and disseminating of confidential financial documents, the Vatican has reached a verdict, charging a Vatican official and a laywoman for the crime.The defendants in question were Spanish Msgr. Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda, Italian PR woman Francesca Chaouqui, Nicola Maio (Vallejo’s secretary), and journalists Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi.On … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Cupich appointed to Vatican’s congregation for bishops

Vatican City, Jul 7, 2016 / 06:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Thursday the Vatican announced Pope Francis’ decision to nominate Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago as a new member of the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops.The Pope’s appointment of Archbishop Cupich to the Vatican department was announced in a July 7 communique from the Vatican.The Congregation of Bishops, currently headed by Cardinal Marc Oullet, is responsible for what pertains to the “establishment and … [Read more...]

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Respect indigenous cultures, traditions, Pope asks in new prayer video

Vatican City, Jul 7, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has dedicated the month of July to praying for the world’s indigenous peoples, asking specifically in his new prayer video that their identity and cultural traditions be respected.“I want to be a spokesman for the deepest longings of indigenous peoples,” the Pope said in the video, released July 6.Speaking in his native Spanish, Francis said that “I want to add your voice to mine in a heartfelt prayer … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis tells poor they are ‘the treasures of the Church’

Vatican City, Jul 6, 2016 / 07:27 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday Pope Francis met with a group of poor and disabled pilgrims, calling them the “treasures off the Church,” and entrusting them with the special task of praying for the proud, greedy, vain and the hypocrites.“The treasures of the Church are the poor,” the Pope told a group of 200 poor, sick and disabled pilgrims from the French diocese of Lyon, and gave them a special mission. This mission, he said, is … [Read more...]

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