Posts Tagged ‘Vatican’

Don’t blame Francis for the confusion Comments 0

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Some self-declared Catholic traditionalists have been complaining bitterly that there is much confusion and division within the Catholic Church. They blame it all on Pope Francis and especially on the challenging program he has launched for ecclesial renewal and reform. In doing so, they are de facto opposing the pope—especially his more merciful and pastoral Read more

Pope begged for forgiveness for Rwanda genocide Comments 0

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

The Pope has begged the Rwandan President Paul Kagame  for forgiveness for the Catholic Church’s part in the 1994 Rwanda genocide. Francis said the Vatican acknowledges the church was in part to blame for the genocide, as were some Catholic priests and nuns. He said these priests and nuns had “succumbed to hatred and violence, betraying Read more

Why Marie Collins left the Commission for Protection of Minors Comments 0

Monday, March 6th, 2017

“When three years ago I accepted my appointment in the commission, I said that if I had found a conflict between what was happening behind closed doors and what was being said publicly, I would not have stayed. This has happened and this is why I have left.” Marie Collins’ home phone in Dublin is Read more

Parish priests are called upon to support marriages Comments 0

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Parish priests are called to support married couples, Pope Francis said on the weekend. This includes supporting young people who are living together and people whose marriages are failing as well as those with strong marriages. In general, he said parish priests are the ones a couple comes to when they decide to marry, when Read more

Former Vatican bankers convicted of minor offenses Comments 0

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Two former Vatican bankers have been convicted of minor money-laundering violations. Their violations involved communications involving three small transfers. They were sentenced to four months, 10 days each. Read more Related Posts:Vatican Radio will take a minor role in futureEuthanasia approval for first Belgian minorVatican froze two million euros in 2016Vatican bank board members resign Read more

Vatican says “no” to exploiting pope’s image Comments 0

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Protecting the Pope’s image and official coat of arms “against cases of illicit use and exploitation for unauthorized profit” tops a Vatican to do list. The Vatican said the new focus is not related to the illegal posters and newspapers criticising Pope Francis that have appeared in Rome over the past weeks. The Vatican Secretariat Read more

Pope Francis could “sell out” China’s underground Catholic church Comments 0

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Pope Francis could “sell out” China’s underground Catholic church, according to Emeritus Cardinal Joseph Zen. Hong Kong-based 85 year old Zen, who is the is China’s highest ranking prelate, said China’s communist rulers want “total surrender” from the Church. Pope Francis “is really naïve” and “doesn’t know the Chinese communists,” he said. “The people around Read more

Catholic and Jewish exhibition at Vatican shows “evolution in Catholic-Jewish dialogue” Comments 0

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

The Catholic and Jewish communities in Rome have collaborated to create an exhibition of menorah, the seven-candled Hebrew lamp. The menorah is an ancient symbol of faith. Rome’s Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni said the unprecedented joint exhibition, more than three years in the making, showed the “evolution in the dialogue between Jews and Catholics”. The exhibition Read more

Pope Francis: does what he talks about Comments 0

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Whenever Pope Francis talks about the need to welcome immigrants, to build bridges not walls, and to invest in the countries from which people are fleeing, critics inevitably will ask, “Okay, but what are you doing about it?” From snarky observations about the walls around Vatican city to wry observations about all the under-utilized ecclesiastical Read more

Vatican froze two million euros in 2016 Comments 0

Monday, February 20th, 2017

The Vatican froze two million euros last year. Its aim was to prevent the Vatican state being used as a cover for corruption and money laundering. The Vatican has enacted a number of provisions to clean up its finances and make them more transparent in recent years. This has been especially the case since Pope Read more