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Dec 15, 2013

‘I’m no Marxist’, Pope Francis tells conservative critics

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis, responding to conservative criticisms that his economic and social ideas smack of communism, said in an Italian newspaper interview on Sunday that he is not a Marxist but that even Marxists can be good people.

Francis also denied reports that he would name a woman cardinal, said there was good progress in cleaning up Vatican finances and confirmed that he would visit Israel and the Palestinian territories next year, La Stampa said.

Dec 12, 2013

Pope attacks mega-salaries and wealth gap in peace message

VATICAN CITY, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Pope Francis said in the
first peace message of his pontificate that huge salaries and
bonuses are symptoms of an economy based on greed and inequality
and called again for nations to narrow the wealth gap.

In his message for the Roman Catholic Church’s World Day of
Peace, marked around the world on Jan. 1, he also called for
sharing of wealth and for nations to shrink the gap between rich
and poor, more of whom are getting only “crumbs”.

Dec 12, 2013

Pope attacks mega-salaries, big bonuses, in peace message

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis attacked mega-salaries and big bonuses on Thursday, saying in the first peace message of his pontificate that they are symptoms of an economy based on greed and inequality.

In his message for the Roman Catholic Church’s World Day of Peace, marked by the Church around the world on January 1, he also called for more sharing of wealth among people and nations to narrow the gap between the rich and poor.

Dec 12, 2013

Finance watchdog approves Vatican reforms, urges bank oversight

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican has made significant progress in financial reforms but still risks being used for money laundering unless it strengthens controls, a European watchdog said on Thursday.

The 30-page report by Moneyval, a monitoring committee of the Council of Europe, is expected to add impetus to Pope Francis’s efforts to clean up the Vatican’s finances after decades of scandal.

Dec 9, 2013

Finance watchdog welcomes Vatican reform, urges bank oversight

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A European committee evaluating the Vatican’s financial reforms said the Holy See had made significant progress but needed more internal controls over its bank and another key financial office, sources familiar with the report said on Monday.

The plenary of Moneyval, a monitoring committee of the Council of Europe, adopted a progress report on the Vatican following a July, 2012 initial evaluation that made recommendations on how the Holy See could clean up its murky finances. Moneyval will issue its report on Thursday.

Nov 20, 2013
via FaithWorld

Restored Rome catacomb frescoes add to Catholic debate on women priests

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(A fresco inside the catacomb of Priscilla’a “Cubiculum of the Veiled Woman” room showing a woman with outstretched arms like those of a priest saying Mass. In Rome November 19, 2013. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Proponents of a female priesthood say frescoes in the newly restored Catacombs of Priscilla prove there were women priests in early Christianity. The Vatican says such assertions are sensationalist “fairy tales”.

Nov 20, 2013

Restored Rome catacomb frescoes add to debate on women priests

ROME, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Proponents of a female priesthood
say frescoes in the newly restored Catacombs of Priscilla prove
there were women priests in early Christianity. The Vatican says
such assertions are sensationalist “fairy tales”.

The catacombs, on Rome’s Via Salaria, have been fully
reopened after a five-year project that included laser
technology to clean some of the ancient frescoes and a new
museum to house restored marble fragments of sarcophagi.

Nov 18, 2013

Vatican puts third department under outside financial scrutiny

VATICAN CITY, Nov 18 (Reuters) – The Vatican has hired an
international accounting firm to scrutinise the department at
the centre of corruption allegations that surfaced in last
year’s “Vatileaks” scandal.

Ernst and Young will look at the “Governatorato,” which runs
the day-to-day activities of Vatican City, including its
lucrative museums, the Holy See said in a statement.

Nov 7, 2013
via FaithWorld

Pope Francis meeting with Putin could help mend Catholic-Orthodox relations

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(Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (R) and Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill attend a meeting with Russian Orthodox church bishops in Moscow February 1, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Gunyeev/Ria Novosti/Pool)

Pope Francis will receive Russian President Vladimir Putin on November 25, an encounter that could help mend strained relations between the Vatican and the Russian Orthodox Church.

Nov 7, 2013

Pope meeting Putin, could help mend Catholic-Orthodox relations

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis will receive Russian President Vladimir Putin on November 25, an encounter that could help mend strained relations between the Vatican and the Russian Orthodox Church.

Russian-Vatican relations have been fraught since the 1991 breakup of the Soviet Union, with Moscow accusing the Roman Catholic Church of trying to poach believers from the Russian Orthodox Church, a charge the Vatican denies.