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February 18, 2020
Cardinal Becciu has denied allegations that money earmarked for helping the poor was used to invest in a London property deal
February 14, 2020
Pope Francis told a group of US bishops that, like them, he is accused of not being courageous or not listening to the Holy Spirit when he says or does something someone disagrees with – like not mentioning married priests in his document on the Amazon. “You could see his consternation when he said that
January 15, 2020
Pope Francis has named Francesca Di Giovanni, a longtime Vatican official, as an undersecretary in the Vatican’s foreign ministry office, making her the first woman to hold a managerial position at the Vatican Secretariat of State. The Vatican announced on Wednesday that within the Vatican Secretariat of State’s Section for Relations with States, Di Giovanni
September 04, 2019
Colombian Cardinal Jose de Jesus Pimiento Rodriguez, who participated in the Second Vatican Council, has died at the age of 100. Before his death on September 3, Cardinal Pimiento, the retired archbishop of Manizales, was the oldest cardinal in the world. In a statement released after his death, the Colombian bishops’ conference said it mourned
August 23, 2019
The apostolic nunciature in Chile announced that the Vatican has opened an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse against retired Archbishop Bernardino Piñera Carvallo of La Serena, who is the uncle of Chilean President Sebastián Piñera. The nunciature said the preliminary investigation will determine the credibility of an accusation of abuse allegedly committed “more than
August 12, 2019
Pope Francis approved new statutes for the Institute for the Works of Religion, often referred to as the Vatican bank, that include structural changes and a mandatory external audit. The renewed statutes, which were approved by the Pope “ad experimentum” (on a trial basis) for two years, were published by the Vatican press office on
August 12, 2019
Cardinal Sergio Obeso Rivera, retired archbishop of Xalapa, Mexico who was created a cardinal by Pope Francis a little over a year ago, has died at the age of 87. According to Vatican News, Cardinal Obeso died on August 11 in Xalapa. In 1931, he was born into a prominent family, which founded and operates
July 29, 2019
The regional chaplain of the Carabinieri, the Italian military police, mourned the murder of a police officer in Rome and remembered him as a generous man who devoted himself to charity and helping his fellow officers. “It is a time of sorrow for the (police) corps,” military chaplain Father Donato Palminteri said July 27 during
June 30, 2019
No quick “fixes” or organisational change will renew the Catholic Church in Germany, Pope Francis has said. In a letter to “the pilgrim people of God in Germany,” published by the Vatican on June 29, the Pope said efforts to eliminate tension solely by “being in order and in harmony” would ultimately “numb and domesticate
June 17, 2019
The Catholic Church must find ways to reach indigenous Catholics deprived of the sacraments in the most remote areas of the Amazon rainforest, and that may include ordaining married elders, said the working document for the Synod of Bishops on the Amazon. “Affirming that celibacy is a gift for the church, in order to ensure
June 02, 2019
At a Marian shrine in the heart of Transylvania, Pope Francis has called on Romania’s Catholics to leave resentments behind and to embark on a journey of unity. Celebrating Mass on June 1 at the Sumuleu Ciuc shrine, an important place of pilgrimage for Romanians and for Catholics from across the border in Hungary, the
May 28, 2019
Nearly a year later, Pope Francis denied claims made by a former apostolic nuncio to the United States who accused him and other church officials of failing to act on accusations of abuse of conscience and power by former Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick. “I knew nothing, obviously, of McCarrick. Nothing, nothing. I said several times
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