Latest appointment at Vatican financial watchdog opens a new phase

Vatican City, Nov 19, 2014 / 07:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Wednesday appointed René Bruelhart president of the Financial Information Authority, the Vatican's financial watchdog, thus opening a new phase for the authority that Bruelhart had until now directed. Bruelhart replaces Bishop Giorgio Corbellini, president of the Labour Office of the Apostolic See, as president of the FIA. Bishop Corbellini has been appointed the FIA's interim president in January. New … [Read more...]

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Beyond religious differences: Interfaith leaders unite on marriage

Vatican City, Nov 19, 2014 / 06:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- leLeaders from various faith traditions around the globe are backing the union of a man and woman as an inherently complementary human reality that transcends even the difference of religion. “It's very interesting that we have people from all kinds of religious traditions – even some that I have never encountered before – all from their different perspectives saying: it does matter, and it matters very much that a … [Read more...]

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Jerusalem victims had a name, a family, a story, priest recalls

Jerusalem, Israel, Nov 19, 2014 / 04:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For one Jerusalem priest, the “horrific” killings at a Jerusalem synagogue show the need to humanize the victims of violence, in order to advance peace between Israelis and Palestinians in the Holy City. “What happened yesterday is an absolute tragedy. Four grandfathers killed, a policeman killed. The scenes yesterday were absolutely horrific,” Father David Neuhaus, S.J. told CNA Nov. 19. “Going into … [Read more...]

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Abuse allegations were addressed immediately, Spanish archbishop says

Granada, Spain, Nov 19, 2014 / 04:11 pm (CNA).- The Archdiocese of Granada, Spain, has defended its response to the case of three priests accused of abusing an underage boy over a decade ago, offering solidarity to the alleged victim.   “From the moment credible reports of the accusations were filed before the Holy See by a young man from Granada alleging sexual abuse by a group of priests of the diocese, this archdiocese has scrupulously followed the procedures established by … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis offers a lesson from a ham and cheese sandwich

Vatican City, Nov 19, 2014 / 01:04 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis brought laughter to a group of young people gathered at the Vatican Nov.15 when he quoted an Argentinean comedian’s metaphor about ham and cheese sandwiches in relation to the Christian life. Speaking in Spanish, Pope Francis addressed the young people gathered for a symposium on prostitution and human trafficking, held at the Pio IV House at the Vatican on Nov. 15-16, and organized by the Pontifical Academy for Sciences. He … [Read more...]

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Thinking of yourself won’t make you holy, but serving others will, Pope says

Vatican City, Nov 19, 2014 / 07:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his weekly general audience address, Pope Francis said that holiness can never be selfish, but is a gift that must be put into practice through daily witness and attentiveness to the needs of others. “Growing in holiness thus means becoming better persons, free of selfishness and self-absorption, and ever ready to place ourselves at the service of our brothers and sisters in the Church,” the Pope told pilgrims present in … [Read more...]

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Poverty, divorce, alcoholism – no shortage of challenges for Church in Belarus

Minsk, Belarus, Nov 19, 2014 / 04:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In Belarus, western Ukraine's neighbor to the north, the Church is doing its best to reach out to the people, even as it faces such challenges as irreligion, poverty, and alcoholism in the former Soviet republic. “For 70 years efforts had been made to completely eradicate any belief in God,” Magda Kaczmarek, a senior staff member of Aid to the Church in Need, said after her visit to Belarus earlier in November. … [Read more...]

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