Posts Tagged ‘Vatican’

Popes and presidents — 29 intersections Comments 0

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

ROME – Unless there’s an unexpected change in schedule – and, with these two mavericks, one never knows – Pope Francis and President Donald Trump will meet each other for the first time on Wednesday. The encounter will take place in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace, where the pontiff meets most heads of state who visit Read more

The teens who serve the Pope inside the Vatican Comments 0

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

It’s not every day you find a group of young men, ranging from 15 to 18, who willingly make a three-year commitment to wake up at 6:30 a.m. every Sunday morning to pray and study in the house of the pope. “The boys’ willingness to come in the first place is a sign of a Read more

Mothers at the Vatican – their central role in the Church Comments 1

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

ROME – Mothers and women have always had a central role in the Catholic Church. The Virgin Mary is the ultimate example of its devotion to motherhood, to the point that one could say that every day is Mother’s Day in the Vatican. Pope Francis, following the legacy of the previous two pontiffs, has taken Read more

Vatican financial transactions more transparent Comments 0

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Suspicious activity “sharply” reduced and Vatican financial transactions became more transparent in 2016, says the Vatican financial watchdog. The Vatican Financial Information Authority (AIF) says over the past year it has entered “growing number of agreements” involving international cooperation and information exchange. These allow information to be shared with other foreign financial intelligence authorities. While Read more

Saving Lucas Batista – the Fátima miracle Comments 0

Monday, May 15th, 2017

The Vatican says the complete and unexplained recovery of  severely injured Lucas Batista is the miracle needed to canonise Franciso and Jacinta Marto. They say doctors, some of them non-believers, said Lucas’s recovery could not be explained. Pope Francis canonised the siblings on Saturday at Fátima. Lucas was five when he fell 6.5 metres out of a Read more

If there is faith, scientific study of the universe is prayer Comments 0

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

“At the beginning of time, God spoke to us through Creation, says the Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians. Therefore, to study the universe with science, is an act of prayer, a way of encountering God.” However, to do so, “it is necessary to encounter God first as Father, as Abba, otherwise God cannot Read more

Cardinal Pell flexes muscles over Vatican audit Comments 0

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Cardinal George Pell has crossed swords over an audit with those responsible for Vatican real estate. They overstepped the mark, he says. Pell is the Vatican Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy. He says the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (ASPA) “overstepped its authority” by instructing other Vatican offices to submit Read more

Vatican nuclear weapons offer false security Comments 0

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

The Gospel message of “mutual trust and peaceful co-operation” is behind the Vatican’s ongoing work towards a complete ban of nuclear weapons. Speaking to a committee reviewing the 1971 [nuclear weapons] Non-Proliferation Treaty, Archbishop Janusz Urbanczyk reiterated the Vatican’s position. The committee was meeting for the United Nations’ Organisation of Security and Co-operation in Europe Read more

Myanmar and Vatican sign diplomatic agreement Comments 0

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Pope Francis welcomed Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi to the Vatican last week as a new agreement between the Vatican and Myanmar was signed. The occasion saw Suu Kyi and Francis formally agree to a diplomatic relationship between the Vatican and Myanmar. The agreement says it aims to “establish diplomatic relations at the Read more

40 Swiss Guards sworn in at Vatican Comments 0

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Forty new Swiss Guards were sworn in at the Vatican on Saturday. The role of the Swiss Guards is to protect the Pope, Although the Guards have both traditional and modern weapons, Pope Francis told the new recruits they won’t be expected to sacrifice their lives in his service. Instead, they must serve “the power Read more