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...]

Topless woman who snatched Baby Jesus from Vatican freed

Details:  The Holy See has released a radical feminist activist who bared her breasts in St Peter’s Square on Christmas Day and snatched the statue of Baby Jesus from the Vatican’s outdoor Nativity scene. The Holy See prosecutor met Yana Zhdanova and decided to order her release, according to Vatican spokesman the Rev Federico Lombardi. [Read More...]

Vatican diplomacy and release of Alan Gross: “Pope Francis personally issued an appeal in a letter to Obama and Castro…”

From The Washington Post:   Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) received a phone call on Tuesday night from White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice that “just knocked me off my feet.” After more than five years of captivity, Alan Gross was coming home. Durbin was in the midst of wrapping up the Senate’s tumultuous year, [Read More...]

It’s here: Vatican report on U.S. nuns

From CNS:  A massive, detailed Vatican-ordered investigation of U.S. communities of women religious ended with a call to the women themselves to continue discerning how best to live the Gospel in fidelity to their orders’ founding ideals while facing steeply declining numbers and a rapidly aging membership.Although initially seen by many religious and lay Catholics [Read More...]


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