Cardinal commission for Vatican bank could undergo changes

Vatican City, Jan 10, 2014 / 02:07 am (CNA).- Pope Francis could be considering a reshuffle of the cardinals commission of the Institute for Religious Works, the so-called “Vatican bank,” also known by the Italian acronym of IOR. Changes to the cardinals commission could be made as soon as a separate pontifical commission  delivers the conclusions of its recent analysis of the Institute for Religious Works the to the Pope. Last year, Pope Francis charged the pontifical … [Read more...]

Amid violence, South Sudan Catholics outline steps to peace

Juba, South Sudan, Jan 10, 2014 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Voicing “anguish and dismay” at the deteriorating situation in South Sudan, a Catholic bishop shared his diocese’s ten proposals to help stabilize the country after the outbreak of violence in mid-December. “As we know from experience in our history, only dialogue can take the peace process forward,” the people of the Diocese of Tombura-Yambio said in a Jan. 8 statement shared by Bishop Barani Eduardo … [Read more...]

Reports of Christian martyrdom nearly doubled in 2013

Washington D.C., Jan 9, 2014 / 04:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Nearly twice the number of Christians were reported as dying for their faith in 2013 than the previous year, according to a new study by an organization monitoring global religious persecution. The World Watch List, issued by Open Doors USA each year, documents oppression of Christians throughout the world. Based on data from the past year, it ranks the 50 countries that are home to the worst treatment of Christians. Along with the … [Read more...]

Pope Francis invites old friend for popemobile ride

Vatican City, Jan 9, 2014 / 04:03 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis welcomed an old friend – Father Fabrian Baez – to ride on his popemobile after spotting the priest in the crowd at the Jan. 8 General Audience at St. Peter's Square. The Argentinean priest has been friends with Pope Francis since they worked together in Buenos Aires. According to the newspaper La Nacion, Fr. Baez was able to get past a security barrier to get close to the Pope. He called out to the Holy Father, who … [Read more...]

Catholic leaders call for policies promoting decent work, just wage

Washington D.C., Jan 9, 2014 / 12:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As lawmakers in Washington, D.C., discuss a possible increase in federal minimum wage, Catholic leaders are asking that the needs of workers and families be kept in mind. The current federal minimum wage fails “to provide sufficient resources for individuals to form and support families,” argued Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, and … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Christian love is not a ‘soap opera’

Vatican City, Jan 9, 2014 / 07:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass today, Pope Francis spoke on the meaning of Christian love, explaining that it is not a form of selfish romanticism, but rather something “concrete” that requires sacrifice. “The love John speaks of is not the love of soap operas! No, it is something else. Christian love has a particular quality: concreteness,” the Pope emphasized in his Jan. 9 homily, referring to the words of the Apostle John in … [Read more...]

Legionaries begin first general chapter to revise constitutions

Vatican City, Jan 9, 2014 / 05:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Earlier this morning the Legionaries of Christ began their first Extraordinary General Chapter meeting to draft and approve their new constitutions, after which they will elect their new leadership. Opening with a Jan. 8 Mass celebrated by Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, the Chapter, which will be held behind closed doors throughout its duration, began its official meetings the morning of Jan. 9, and is slated to last roughly 20 days. The … [Read more...]


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