Vatican: suspended audit not intended to block curial reform

Vatican City, Apr 26, 2016 / 07:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican clarified Tuesday that the recent suspension of an external audit of Vatican finances by Pricewaterhouse Cooper is due to problems surrounding specific clauses in their contract, and is not meant to hinder the ongoing reform of the Curia.“The suspension of auditing activities is not due to considerations linked to the integrity or quality of the work initiated by PwC, let alone the intention of one or more entities of … [Read more...]

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Bishop Edward Rice ‘humbled’ to be new head of Springfield-Cape diocese

Vatican City, Apr 26, 2016 / 05:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Tuesday the Vatican announced that Bishop Edward M. Rice of St. Louis has been tapped by Pope Francis to take charge of the Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese.It is an appointment that moved Bishop Rice, who said in an April 26 press release that “I am humbled by the confidence of the Holy Father and I am grateful for his support in appointing me the seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau.”He extended … [Read more...]

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Could reconciliation with the SSPX arrive with ease?

Vatican City, Apr 26, 2016 / 03:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis may soon offer the Society of Saint Pius X regular canonical status within the Church, without requiring the acceptance of certain texts of the Second Vatican Council with which they disagree.It also appears the SSPX may itself be poised to take such a historic step, urging that "perhaps only Pope Francis is able to take this step, given his unpredictability and improvisation", according to an internal SSPX document … [Read more...]

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Suspended audit reveals power struggle at the Vatican

Vatican City, Apr 25, 2016 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The recent suspension of an audit of Vatican finances by a major accounting firm shed light on a lively debate within the Sacred Walls about the balance of power between the Secretariat of State and the Secretariat for the Economy.The debate is, in fact, a result of the Curia reform begun by Pope Francis.The international auditing firm Pricewaterhouse Cooper (PwC) was hired Dec. 5 by the Secretariat for the Economy to audit the … [Read more...]

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Pope pays surprise visit to Earth Day celebration

Rome, Italy, Apr 24, 2016 / 04:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis encouraged Christians to courageously venture into the metaphorical deserts of the world during a surprise visit to an Earth Day celebration in Rome Sunday.“There are so many deserts in the cities, in the lives of people who have no future, because there are…always prejudices and fears,” the Pope said in off-the-cuff remarks.“We must not be afraid to go to the desert and transform it into a forest, … [Read more...]

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Pope to teens: There isn’t a phone app for love and happiness

Vatican City, Apr 24, 2016 / 07:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Freedom does not come from things we possess or from doing whatever we want, Pope Francis said Sunday in his homily for the Jubilee for boys and girls. Rather, true freedom and happiness can only be found in the love of Jesus.  “Your happiness has no price,” the Pope said during Mass in St. Peter's Square. “It cannot be bought: it is not an app that you can download on your phones nor will the latest update … [Read more...]

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How to be a pilgrim in Rome during the Jubilee of Mercy

Vatican City, Apr 24, 2016 / 05:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While Rome is always a popular destination for tourists, with millions of visitors annually, the Eternal City this year will be swarming with even more sightseers who want to make a pilgrimage to the city’s Holy Doors for the Jubilee Year of Mercy.The Holy Year, which takes place Dec. 8, 2015-Nov. 20, 2016, will draw countless pilgrims to Rome, which is why Vatican journalist Joan Lewis decided to write a field guide for visitors, … [Read more...]

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