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Pope reforms Vatican finances

Pope Francis in an informal meeting with Vatican employees.

Pope Francis, on the eve of his first anniversary as Pope, has decided to bring an Australian cardinal, George Pell, to Rome to be the chief executive officer in charge of all Vatican financial matters. Pell will take up his new post in Rome at the end of March.  In a move reflecting both his […]

Dossier on Committee on Rights of the Child Members

Ms. Amal Aldoseri.

The Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) consists of eighteen independent experts who are nominated by their respective countries and serve in a personal capacity for terms of four years. They are expected to be “persons of high moral character and recognized competence in the field of human rights,” ac­cording to Article 43 […]

The Vatican grilled in Geneva

A demonstration against the Church's alleged protection of pedophiles in the United States.

A UN committee heard hours of testimony from Vatican representatives on January 16 on how the Church has implemented policies to confront and limit the sexual abuse of children. But on January 31, the UN issued a searing indictment of the Vatican — probably written before the hearings were held. Here, an analysis if the […]

Letter #11: Francis & President Obama

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The two were scheduled to meet for just half an hour, but their private discussion lasted 52 minutes. At the end, they exchanged gifts, with the Pope offering Obama two medallions and a copy of his apostolic exhortation The Joy of the Gospel [Evangelii Gaudium]. ”You know, I actually will probably read this when I’m in the […]

Letter #10: The Gaenswein Interview

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  “I can tell you a nice story. Pope Francis granted a lengthy interview to Jesuit Padre Spadaro who is the director of the most important Jesuit magazine Civiltà cattolica in August, which was published too, so after Padre Spadaro had given Pope Francis the first issue of this magazine, the Pope gave it to me telling […]

Letter #8, 2014: Other Voices

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Put your sword back in its place, for those who live by the sword will die by the sword. (Matthew 26:52) These are the words of Jesus, who is about to be arrested by the soldiers of the Sanhedrin; he is saying that if one uses violence, or other harsh means, against others, one can […]

Letter #7: “No” to Nuclear Weapons

The USS Truxtun, which recently passed through the Bosphorus Strait on her way to the Black Sea, March 7, 2014.

There is the the possibility of civil war in Ukraine, the danger of the use of nuclear weapons, and the inadequacy of our present global political leadership. The word “nuclear” has been mentioned several times by prominent leaders in recent days. One example, from March 12:  KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine may have to arm itself with […]

Letter #6: Ukraine (continued #2)

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Russian troops moving toward Crimea   A link to a dashcam video of Russian military vehicles, posted yesterday on the internet. It only takes a few seconds to load it and see what is happening. The poster of the video says it was taken on March 7 (yesterday) on a highway near the city of […]

The Thousands of Jews Saved in Churches and Convents

The front page of a newspaper close to the German SS during World War II denounces the protection received by Jews in Milan's Catholic convents.

The controversy over the “silence” of Pius XII is being reignited. But the facts speak for themselves. The Catholic Church gave refuge to a great number of Jews. With a commentary by the Italian Jewish historian Anna Foa. Fresh from a mid-January visit to Jorge Mario Bergoglio, his longtime friend and soon to be his […]

Letter #5: Ukraine, continued

A Ukranian priest dons a shield, breahting apparatus, eye protection and cross while serving the spiritual needs of both protesters and government soldiers. (Sergey Gapon/AFP/Getty Images)

Sunday has come and gone. The Olympic Games have ended. Now the eyes of the world are turned toward Kiev — but also toward Washington and Moscow — hoping that a just peace can follow the turmoil and deaths of last week, but fearing that Ukraine may fall — or be pushed — into a civil […]

What is at Stake

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A world without God, without absolute moral values rooted in divine revelation, irrevocably turns into the realm of the rule of slavery and lawlessness. … The Russian Church, which has paid in millions of lives for the godless Soviet experiment, can and must testify before the adherents of militant secularism to the fact that a […]

Power Grab

Kirsten Sandberg, center, chairperson of the U.N. human rights committee on the rights of the child, talks to committee members Maria Herczog, right, and Benyam Mezmur during a press conference at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, February 5, 2014. A U.N. human rights committee denounced the Vatican on Wednesday for adopting policies that allowed priests to rape and molest tens of thousands of children over decades, and urged it to open its files on the pedophiles and the churchmen who concealed their crimes. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

A United Nations committee today, in a 15-page report, denounced the Vatican’s record in allegedly not protecting children from priestly sexual abuse, then went on to question the freedom of the Catholic Church to create and live by her own canon law, asking  the Church to change her laws and adopt a secular sexual morality […]

Nineteen New Cardinals announced on Feast of the Baptism

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Pope Francis today in Rome at his noon Angelus announced the names of 19 new cardinals, 16 “electing” cardinals under the age of 80, and three “honorary” cardinals above the age of 80, and so not eligible to vote in a Conclave. The ceremony to create these news cardinals will be in Rome on February 22, Feast of […]

Year’s End

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Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that the antichrist was coming, so now many antichrists have appeared. Thus we know this is the last hour… —Epistle reading for December 31, from the First Letter of St. John, 2:18-21 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, […]

Letter #107: Christmas Eve, Pope Francis meets with Pope Benedict

It is a lovely, cool December evening in Rome, the eve of Christmas. Cold, but not bitter cold. And still clear, not raining. Pope Francis will soon celebrate the birth of Jesus, 2013 years ago, above the tomb of Peter, in the great basilica.   It is a quiet evening… a “silent” night…   The […]

Non-renewal of Burke and Rigali raises eyebrows

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Pope Francis has Vatican-watchers turning somersaults as they parse his every decision in an attempt to gauge the direction he may lead the Church.   Today those somersaults almost became back-flips, as a re-shuffling of the membership of the Holy See’s Congregation for Bishops — which chooses all Catholic bishops for the Latin rite around […]

Pope to Visit Holy Land in May

Patriarch Twal makes the announcement; Koch in Moscow meets Kirill Latin-rite Patriarch Faoud Twal of Jerusalem yesterday confirmed that Pope Francis does plan to visit the Holy Land in May. But the present schedule of the two-day trip — the shortest by a Pope in modern times — has disappointed Israeli authorities, an Israeli newspaper […]