Cardinal Pell to head new Vatican office for economic oversight

Vatican City, Feb 24, 2014 / 08:41 am (CNA).- Today Pope Francis announced the establishment of a new entity for oversight of Vatican economic and administrative affairs, headed by Cardinal George Pell of Sydney, Australia. According to Feb. 24 statement issued by the Holy See’s press office, the new Secretariat for the Economy “will have authority over all economic and administrative activities within the Holy See and the Vatican City State.” Cardinal Pell has been … [Read more...]

Cardinal Ouedraogo, the advocate of Burkina Faso’s poor

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Feb 24, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Philippe Ouedraogo, the newly-created cardinal from west Africa’s Burkina Faso, is known for his backing for the inclusion of the poorest of the poor in the distribution of economic goods. Cardinal Ouedraogo was born in Konean in 1945, and was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Kaya in 1973. He later obtained a doctorate in canon law, serving in parishes and as a seminary rector. He was consecrated Bishop of … [Read more...]

Catholic University leaders reject criticism of Koch grant

Washington D.C., Feb 23, 2014 / 04:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic University of America’s president and business school dean say criticism of a $1 million grant from the Koch Foundation is unfounded and treats debatable positions as official Church teaching. “We think the groups complaining about the Koch Foundation gift are suggesting a litmus test that neither we nor they would want to apply to other cases,” university president John Garvey and Dean Andrew Abela of … [Read more...]

Cardinals bring ‘voice of poor’ to Vatican

Vatican City, Feb 23, 2014 / 01:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ appointment of new cardinals from distant and impoverished countries has helped bring the topic of pastoral care for those struggling in poverty to Vatican discussions. “I suppose looking back now, it’s not surprising that he chose cardinals from the poorest countries in the world. Nicaragua, Burkina Faso, and Haiti - to have cardinals from those countries, we’d never have thought in the past of … [Read more...]

Christian leaders should serve, says Pope

Vatican City, Feb 23, 2014 / 12:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Sunday Angelus message, Pope Francis spoke about the importance of service rather than special privilege in the Christian community, connecting the day’s gospel reading to the Saturday consistory that created 19 new cardinals. “Through baptism, we all have the same dignity: all of us, in Jesus Christ, we are sons of God,” the Pope stressed on Feb. 23 to the huge crowds filling St. Peter’s Square and … [Read more...]

Bishop Pates calls US to join international land mine ban

Washington D.C., Feb 23, 2014 / 06:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace is asking the government to join an international convention banning the use of land mines. “Please urge the President to exercise his leadership on banning landmines by acceding to the Ottawa Convention,” wrote Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, in a Feb. 12 letter to National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice. “Our views are … [Read more...]

Cardinals’ meetings focus concern on marriage, family

Vatican City, Feb 22, 2014 / 11:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a series of closed-door meetings this week, cardinals from around the world expressed a common care and concern for the state of marriage and the family in the modern world. “One of the things that we’re facing is a whole culture that doesn’t appreciate the significance, value, and importance of families.  The secular culture we’re a part of just dismisses the importance of family,” Cardinal Donald … [Read more...]