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November 20, 2019
November 20, 2019
The Vatican Secretary of State told CNA this week that he is responsible for arranging a controversial loan for the purchase of a bankrupt Italian hospital, and that he arranged with Cardinal Donald Wuerl a grant from the U.S.-based Papal Foundation to cover the loan when it could not be repaid. Cardinal Pietro Parolin told
November 20, 2019
A criminal prosecutor in Argentina has requested the arrest of Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta, who is accused of sexually abusing two seminarians. Zanchetta is suspended from a position at the Vatican’s central bank, where he was appointed an “assessor” by Pope Francis in 2017. Zanchetta is accused of sexually abusing two seminarians, and was criminally charged
November 20, 2019
The ball is now in the tech companies’ court. That is one way to summarise the two-day conference at the Vatican last week with religious leaders, NGOs, policy makers and high-level tech representatives to discuss the protection of children in the digital world. Pope Francis strongly addressed the executives of the Big Five – Facebook,
November 20, 2019
Arriving in Thailand after an 11-hour flight, Pope Francis was greeted by 11 children – one for each of the country’s dioceses. Pope Francis caressed the faces of the shy little ones and reciprocated a hug with the bolder, older girls. All of the children were dressed in traditional costumes and held a Thai flag
November 20, 2019
Developers acting for the Vatican Secretariat of State offered to raze a London parish hall and rectory and replace it with low-cost housing, in order to try to push through a luxury apartment development. The luxury development project involves two recently suspended Vatican employees, and a nest of Vatican-controlled holding companies led by an architect
November 20, 2019
Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo has released a video statement following his recent ad limina visit to Rome with the bishops of New York. Bishop Malone used the message to insist he is “wholly committed” to the work of healing in the diocese. In the video, released Monday, Malone said that each of the bishops
November 20, 2019
Pope Francis has arrived in Thailand at the start of his week-long Asia trip. A mob has attacked hunger strikers inside a cathedral in the Nicaraguan capital, Managua. Bringing priests from Africa to Britain is “robbing developing countries of their talent”, a deacon has said. Kerala’s bishops are launching a new online service to help