Police on Friday recovered the piece of cloth stained with the blood of the late Pope John Paul, a day after they found the stolen gold and glass case which once contained the relic.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – He’s nowhere near Santa Claus yet, but Pope Francis gets so much mail that the tiny office that deals with it is swamped and working overtime.
“Mostly, they are requests for comfort or prayers,” Monsignor Giuliano Gallorini, the head of the office, told Vatican Television (CTV).
VATICAN CITY, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Thursday
replaced a cardinal who played a senior role in Vatican finances
for more than a decade, in his latest move to clear out the old
financial guard associated with his predecessor.
The Vatican said the pope had accepted the resignation of
Cardinal Atillio Nicora as president of the Vatican’s Financial
Information Authority (AIF), its internal regulatory watchdog.
ROME (Reuters) – The Catholic Church has appealed to thieves to return a reliquary containing the blood of the late Pope John Paul II that disappeared in what it called a “vile and sacrilegious theft”.
The gold reliquary was stolen at the weekend from a small stone church, San Pietro della Ienca, in the mountains east of Rome, where, in his younger days, the pope would slip away secretly from the pressures of the Vatican to hike and ski.
Thieves broke into a small church in the mountains east of Rome over the weekend and stole a reliquary with the blood of the late Pope John Paul II, a custodian said on Monday.
ROME (Reuters) – Thieves broke into a small church in the mountains east of Rome over the weekend and stole a reliquary with the blood of the late Pope John Paul II, a custodian said on Monday.
Franca Corrieri said she had discovered a broken window early on Sunday morning and had called the police. When they entered the small stone church they found the gold reliquary and a crucifix missing.
French President François Hollande met Pope Francis on Friday, making a delicate visit against the backdrop of undenied allegations of infidelity, low popularity ratings and clashes with Catholics over gay marriage.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The often superficial high-speed world of digital social media needs an injection of calm, reflection and tenderness if it is to be “a network not of wires but of people”, Pope Francis said on Thursday.
Francis, in his message for the Roman Catholic Church’s World Communications Day, also said that while Catholics should cherish and defend their ideas and traditions, they should never be so smug as to claim that “they alone are valid or absolute”.