Vatican official credits TV series “Modern Family” for drawing attention to family issues

Well now. This is different. From Crux:  Politics has no monopoly on making strange bedfellows, as a senior Vatican official paid tribute to Hollywood on Thursday for raising the profile of family issues, specifically citing the American sitcom “Modern Family,” a show that features two married gay men who adopt a baby, plus an older [Read More...]

Officials say terror suspects may have targeted Vatican in 2010

From The New York Times: An investigation into a terrorist cell in Sardinia may have thwarted a possible attack on the Vatican in 2010, an Italian prosecutor and police officials said on Friday. Prosecutor Mauro Mura said at a news conference in Cagliari, Sardinia, that investigations into suspected support for Al Qaeda revealed that a [Read More...]

Bishop Finn resigns

From Associated Press:  Pope Francis on Tuesday accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert Finn, who led the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. Finn pleaded guilty in 2013 to failing to report a suspected priestly child abuser in the first known case of a pope sanctioning bishops for covering up for pedophiles. The Vatican said Tuesday [Read More...]

Female staff increases at Vatican, but few are in leadership positions

From CNS:  The number of women working for Vatican City State has nearly doubled in the past 10 years, while the number of women in leadership positions in the Roman Curia remains low, with only two women serving as undersecretaries.Gudrun Sailer, a journalist at Vatican Radio, conducted a study of the Vatican employment situation and [Read More...]

Homeless man buried in Vatican cemetery

From Crux:  Pope Francis was not involved in an early January decision to bury a homeless man in a Vatican cemetery, a spokesman said Wednesday; however, he would likely be pleased because it corresponds with his desire to make the poor a priority. Known by Vatican personnel for spending his days approaching pilgrims around St. [Read More...]

Homeless line up for haircuts, showers at Vatican: “It’s a beautiful thing he has done for us”

From AP:  Homeless people are lining up outside the public restrooms off St Peter’s Square to take advantage of Pope Francis’ new charitable initiative: a free shave and shower for the least fortunate. The Vatican’s barber shop for the homeless opened on Monday and 49-year-old Mauro Casubolo was one of the first clients. His chin [Read More...]

Vatican, French imams issue joint declaration condemning Paris attack

From AP:  Four leading French imams and the Vatican issued a joint declaration Thursday denouncing the Paris newspaper massacre and warning that the world is a dangerous place without freedom of expression, but urged the media to be respectful of religions. The Vatican’s office for interreligious dialogue said the four Muslim spiritual leaders, who were [Read More...]

Vatican theologians unanimously declare Oscar Romero a martyr, clearing way for beatification

Image from The Archbishop Romero Trust Details:  The Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero was murdered “in hatred of the faith.” The news comes in the preview edition of “Avvenire” for Friday, January 9, 2015. The members of the commission of theologians at the Congregation for the Causes of Saints gave their unanimously positive vote about the martyrdom [Read More...]

About those new cardinals: the Vatican’s explanation

From Vatican Radio:  Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, head of the Holy See Press Office, has published the following “notes” on the new Cardinals, whose names were announced by Pope Francis at the Angelus on Sunday: With respect to the number of 120 electors, there were 12 places “open” in the College today or in the [Read More...]

Pope names new cardinals “from 13 countries from every continent”

And: No one from the United States is on the list. The Wall Street Journal notes:  The 15 men are all under the age of 80, which makes them eligible to vote in a conclave to elect a future pope. The majority of the new batch of cardinals is from the developing world, reflecting the Argentine-born [Read More...]