VATICAN CITY, July 7 (Reuters) – The Vatican bank will soon
hive off its investment activities and transform itself into an
institution dedicated mostly to payment services for the Roman
Catholic Church, Vatican sources said on Monday.
The details of the down-sizing will be announced on
Wednesday by Australian Cardinal George Pell, who heads the
Secretariat of the Economy set up earlier this year to oversee
Vatican finances and stem scandals that have embarrassed the
Church for decades.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis told victims of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clerics the Church should “weep and make reparation” for crimes he said had taken on the dimensions of a sacrilegious cult.
“For some time now I have felt in my heart deep pain and suffering,” he said in his strongest comments yet on the crimes, delivered at a Mass with adult victims. “So much time hidden, camouflaged with a complicity that cannot be explained until someone realized that Jesus was looking.”
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis holds his first meeting with victims of sexual abuse by priests on Monday, an encounter that some say should have happened long ago, and victims from his native Argentina say they are pained over their exclusion.
Six victims, two each from Ireland, Britain and Germany, will attend the pope’s private morning Mass in his Vatican residence and then meet with him afterwards, according to people who organized the meeting.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A leading Roman Catholic bishop in southern Italy wants a 10-year ban on naming godfathers to stop the Mafia and other crime groups from using religion to extend the tentacles of their families.
Scenes of mobsters taking part in the Baptisms of newborns as a godfather, or “padrino”, thereby establishing a special bond with future generations of potential criminals, are replete in Mafia films such as “The Godfather” and “Prizzi’s Honor”.
VATICAN CITY, July 1 (Reuters) – The Vatican bank’s chairman
is to step down as soon as next week as part of the
restructuring of an institution that has been an embarrassment
to the Catholic Church for decades, Vatican sources said on
But the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity,
disagreed over whether Ernst von Freyberg was leaving willingly
or whether he was being pushed out over differences within the
Vatican about the pace of reform.
Pope Francis, whose criticisms of unbridled capitalism have prompted some to label him a Marxist, said in an interview published on Sunday that communists had stolen the flag of Christianity.
The 77-year-old pontiff gave an interview to Il Messaggero, Rome’s local newspaper, to mark the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, a Roman holiday.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis canceled a visit to patients at a Rome hospital at the last minute on Friday because of what the Vatican called a “sudden indisposition”.
But the pope, who has canceled a number of engagements in recent weeks due to minor health problems, will still receive the Madagascan president and host a celebration of the feast day of Saint Peter and Saint Paul this weekend, the Vatican said.
ROME (Reuters) – Pope Francis cancelled a visit to a Rome hospital at the last minute on Friday because of what the Vatican called a “sudden indisposition”.
The Vatican gave no immediate details, but a senior source there said there was “nothing serious” ailing the 77-year-old Argentine pontiff, who has cancelled a number of engagements in the past few weeks due to minor health problems.
The Roman Catholic Church must be less judgmental of homosexuals and, while still opposing gay marriage, should welcome children of gay couples into the faith with equal dignity, a Vatican document said on Thursday.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Roman Catholic Church must be less judgmental of homosexuals and, while still opposing gay marriage, should welcome children of gay couples into the faith with equal dignity, a Vatican document said on Thursday.
A 75-page document, a working paper for the synod of Catholic bishops planned for the Vatican in October to discuss family issues, also said the 1.2 billion member Church should become less exclusive and more humble.