VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The oldest gay rights magazine in the United States named Pope Francis its “Person of the Year” as the pontiff marked his 77th birthday on Tuesday by inviting homeless people to join him for breakfast in the Vatican.
The Advocate magazine said it gave Francis the honour because, although he is still against homosexual marriage, his pontificate so far had shown “a stark change in (anti-gay) rhetoric from his two predecessors”.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.