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February 21, 2020
Hannah Brockhaus/CNA
The Vatican’s archives on the pontificate of Venerable Pius XII will become available for study March 2, possibly bringing to light new information about the pope’s actions during World War II. Vatican archivists have said, however, that they do not expect any immediate surprises to emerge. It is for the researchers to explore these questions,
February 19, 2020
Courtney Mares/CNA
A meek Christian is not weak, but defends his faith and controls his temper, Pope Francis said
February 19, 2020
Carol Glatz
Hearts hardened by ideology, selfishness and arrogance leave no room for God, Pope Francis said. “The Lord only goes in hearts that are like his heart,” that is, “hearts that are compassionate, open,” the Pope said in his homily on February 18 during morning Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae. The Pope reflected on the
February 18, 2020
Junno Arocho Esteves
Cardinal Becciu has denied allegations that money earmarked for helping the poor was used to invest in a London property deal
February 13, 2020
Christopher R. Altieri
It was quite an impressive array of experts, advocates and power-brokers that participated in a conference last week hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, to explore “New Forms of Solidarity: Towards Fraternal Inclusion, Integration and Innovation” at the Casina Pio IV. They included Kristalina Georgieva, managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF),
February 13, 2020
Staff writers
La Crosse, Wisconsin Franciscan Sisters stop Perpetual Adoration A religious institute which has practised round-the-clock Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will reduce its adoration from 24 hours to 16. The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in La Crosse were founded in 1878, and had continued the practice ever since. But the order’s president, Sister Eileen
January 28, 2020
Carol Glatz
Bitter or boring evangelisers will not help the Gospel or the Catholic Church, Pope Francis said. The Church and the Gospel will only “move forward with evangelisers (who are) joyful, full of life,” the Pope said on January 28. Christians must not be afraid or embarrassed to express the true joy that comes from having
January 27, 2020
Howard Kiernan
Pope Francis prayed on Sunday for people infected by the coronavirus, which has killed 56 people in China. “May the Lord welcome the deceased in his peace, comfort families and support the great commitment of the Chinese community, already put in place to fight the epidemic,” Pope Francis said in his Angelus address on January
January 26, 2020
Howard Kiernan
Pope Francis met Saturday with Iraqi President Barham Salih, and discussed the need to secure the future of Iraq’s deep-rooted Christian population. The president and the pontiff spoke privately for about 30 minutes before Sahil met with Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin and Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States. A Vatican
January 25, 2020
Howard Kiernan
Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re has been elected the new dean of the College of Cardinals with Cardinal Leonardo Sandri as vice-dean. Re, 85, will serve a five-year term under the new term limits created by Pope Francis in a motu proprio issued on December 21. Previously, cardinal dean, considered “first among equals,” was a position
December 18, 2019
Ed Condon/CNA
Two investment funds used by Vatican dicasteries were also used by a major Italian bank to conceal illegal investments for which the bank was eventually closed. On Friday, Maltese media reported that the IOR, or Vatican Bank, is being sued in turn by Optimum for breach of contract; the firm claims the Vatican’s bank owes an
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