Posts Tagged ‘Vatican’

US returns stolen Christopher Columbus letter to Vatican Comments 0

Monday, June 18th, 2018

A stolen letter from Christopher Columbus has been returned to the Vatican. The letter, worth US 1.2 million, was stolen and a forgery put in its place. “We do not know exactly when the substitution took place. We will probably never know who the forger was,” Archbishop Jean-Louis Brugues says. Bruges is the Vatican’s chief Read more

World-leading oil executives meeting at Vatican Comments 0

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

World-leading oil company executives will be attending a conference at the Vatican on Friday and Saturday this week. The executives are from companies such as Exxon Mobil, Eni, BP, Royal Dutch Shell and Pemex. The executives have been invited to the “Energy Transition and Care for Our Common Home” conference because the oil and gas Read more

Best Vatican document on Economics for some time Comments 0

Thursday, May 24th, 2018
Oeconomicae et pecuniariae quaestiones

Wednesday, the Vatican issued a letter, Oeconomicae et Pecuniariae Quaestiones on economic and financial matters. Quite unlike many recent communications on those issues, it was elegantly written – almost a joy to read. It is a serious and constructive contribution to the debate and, in its earlier sections, it is, if not quite original, a vital Read more

German president, celebrities: churches should share communion Comments 0

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

The German president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, says the Catholic Church should allow Protestants to receive Communion. He offered his opinion at Katholikentag, a Muenster-based conference drawing tens of thousands of Catholics from German-speaking Europe. “Let us seek ways of expressing the common Christian faith by sharing in the Last Supper and Communion. I am sure thousands Read more

The morality of the global market system questioned Comments 0

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

The morality of the global market system is being evaluated in a new Vatican document. The publication “Oeconomicae et pecuniariae quaestiones: Considerations for ethical discernment about some aspects of the current financial-economic system,” is said to be an effort to give more theological weight to Pope Francis’ criticisms that “this economy kills.” The Congregation for Read more

Communion policy must be resolved locally says Pope Comments 0

Monday, May 7th, 2018

The Communion policy dividing the German bishops conference will not be resolved by the Vatican, Pope Francis says. Instead, the bishops must resolve the problem among themselves. The policy agreed to by over three quarters of the bishops will allow the non-Catholic spouses of Catholics to receive Communion in certain circumstances. The policy says one of Read more

Vatican Financial Information Authority reports improvement Comments 0

Monday, April 30th, 2018

The Vatican Financial Information Authority says suspicious financial activity in the Vatican has decreased for the second year in a row. The Authority says efforts to help the Vatican comply with international norms for fighting money laundering and terrorist financing are paying off. A report which the Authority released last Friday says 150 suspicious financial Read more

Vatican exorcism course facing increasing demand Comments 0

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

An exorcism course being held in Rome this week has drawn about 250 priests from dozens of countries. There is an increasing demand for exorcisms throughout the world. Topics the course covers include how to identify demonic possession, witchcraft in Africa, how to tell the difference between demonic possession and mental illness, and the rituals Read more

Vatican ruling on giving Communion to Protestants sought Comments 0

Monday, April 9th, 2018

A Vatican ruling on giving Communion to Protestants is being sought. According to draft guidelines approved by the German Bishops’ Conference in February, Protestant spouses may receive Communion after making a “serious examination of conscience”. The Bishops’ Conference says they must also affirm “the faith of the Catholic Church”, and wish to end “serious spiritual Read more

New chief of protocol at Vatican announced Comments 0

Monday, March 26th, 2018

The new Chief of Protocol of the Vatican’s Secretariat of State is Msgr. Joseph Murphy. Murphy, who is 49, succeeds Archbishop José Avelino Bettencourt. Read more Related Posts:The teens who serve the Pope inside the VaticanVatican communications chief resigns after media botchNew papal diplomat department establishedVatican children’s hospital president guilty