ROME, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Archbishop Georg Ganswein, Pope
Benedict’s private secretary, who has been dubbed “Gorgeous
George” by the Italian media, is now a real-life cover boy.
The prelate has landed on the cover of Vanity Fair.
The cover on the Italian edition of the magazine shows the
56-year-old archbishop smiling, his blue eyes beaming, above a
headline that reads “Father Georg – It’s not a sin to be
ROME, Jan 14 (Reuters) – From right-wing gays of the “Black
Rose” movement, to parties seeking to dump the euro, to the
“Ordinary Guy Front”, there is something for everyone in the
dazzling array of groups seeking to contest Italy’s elections.
The Interior Ministry, which will oversee the Feb. 24-25
vote, has received a record 215 logos from parties, movements,
associations, local and special interest groups of all sizes and
colours – anyone who wants to be put on posters or ballot slips.
VATICAN CITY, Jan 13 (Reuters) – The Vatican insisted on
Sunday that it had taken adequate measures to combat money
laundering and so could not understand why the Bank of Italy had
blocked the use of credit and debit cards inside Vatican City.
The central bank stopped Deutsche Bank Italy from providing
electronic payment services for the Vatican on Jan. 1 because
the Holy See was seen as lacking anti-money-laundering controls
and oversight, a move that left thousands of tourists visiting
the Vatican museums and gift shops in the lurch, forcing them to
The ubiquitous term “spread” – a staple of financial news bulletins and one of the main measures of investor sentiment – has now penetrated even the elevated lexicon of the papacy.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The ubiquitous term “spread” – a staple of financial news bulletins and one of the main measures of investor sentiment – has now penetrated even the elevated lexicon of the papacy.
In his speech to diplomats from around the world, Pope Benedict chastised those who only think of a “spread” in financial terms. He said there should be a simultaneous concern for a social “spread” – the gap between the rich and poor.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Benedict urged the world on Monday to end what he called the endless slaughter in Syria before the entire country becomes a “a field of ruins”.
Speaking in his yearly “state of the world” address to diplomats from nearly 180 countries and global organizations, Benedict also condemned “terrorist attacks” against Christians in Nigeria and violence in Mali, where Islamist rebels in the north are seeking to erase a more moderate religious tradition.
Pope Benedict said on Sunday that Roman Catholic leaders must have the courage to stand up to attacks by “intolerant agnosticism” prevalent in many countries.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Benedict said on Sunday that Roman Catholic leaders must have the courage to stand up to attacks by “intolerant agnosticism” prevalent in many countries.
The pope and the Church have come under increased attack because of their opposition to homosexual marriage and women priests. The pope has repeatedly denounced what he says are attempts to push religion out of public debate.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Benedict said in his New Year’s message on Tuesday he hoped 2013 would be a year of peace and that the world was under threat from unbridled capitalism, terrorism and criminality.
The 85-year-old pope rang in the new year with a mass for about 10,000 people in St Peter’s Basilica on the day the Roman Catholic Church marks its World Day of Peace with initiatives around the world.
ROME (Reuters) – Pope Benedict sent a political Christmas greeting to Italians on Tuesday as they head into an election campaign expected to be brutal and bitter: think, cooperate for the common good and don’t discard values when making big choices.
The pope, in his Christmas greetings in 65 languages, said in his special message to Italians that he hoped the spirit of the day would “make people reflect, favor the spirit of cooperation for the common good and lead to a reflection on the hierarchy of values when making the most important of choices”.