RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – The faithful, the curious and government leaders prepared on Monday to welcome Pope Francis to the world’s biggest Roman Catholic country, as the pontiff travels to Brazil on his first trip abroad since assuming the papacy in March.
Francis is scheduled to land in Rio de Janeiro late Monday, having departed Rome earlier in the day for a week-long visit around World Youth Day, a massive gathering of young Catholics that is expected to attract more than 1 million people to the city and nearby sites.
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) – Pope Francis said on Monday the world risks losing a generation of young people to unemployment and called for a more inclusive culture, as he headed to Brazil on his first trip outside Italy.
Speaking to journalists on board his plane, Francis expressed concern about how many young people have no jobs and condemned a “disposable” culture which also hurt the elderly.
ROME, July 21 (Reuters) – A senior Catholic prelate arrested
last month used his influence at the Vatican to provide private,
illegal financial services for rich friends, Italian
investigators say in a judicial document.
They say Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, who is the target of two
Italian investigations and had accounts at the Vatican bank,
engaged in “totally private, illegal activity which was also
aimed at serving outsiders”.
ROME (Reuters) – An arrested Catholic prelate asked to meet Pope Francis to tell him of irregular activities in the Vatican’s financial administration before he was detained on suspicion of money smuggling, according to a judicial document and a legal source.
Monsignor Nunzio Scarano has also written a letter to the pope from his jail cell and given documents to magistrates, a source with direct knowledge of the case said.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis has brought in international experts to help him overhaul the Holy See and move on from a series of scandals under his predecessor Benedict XVI.
Urged on by the cardinals who elected him four months ago, Francis set up a commission on Friday to help him reform the Vatican’s administration and finances.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis will not use bullet-proof popemobiles on his visit to Brazil next week to allow him more direct contact with crowds despite the security risks, the Vatican said on Wednesday.
The Argentine pope, who arrives in Brazil on Monday for his first trip outside Italy, will use the same open-top jeeps he has preferred to use during his general audiences in St. Peter’s Square to enable him to reach out and touch people.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope John Paul II, the globe-trotting pontiff who led the Catholic Church for nearly 27 years, and Pope John XXIII, who called the reforming Second Vatican Council, will be declared saints, the Vatican said on Friday.
The Vatican said Pope Francis had approved a second miracle attributed to John Paul, a Pole who was elected in 1978 as the first non-Italian pope in 450 years and died in 2005. His progression to sainthood is the fastest in modern times.
VATICAN CITY, July 4 (Reuters) – A preliminary inquiry by
the Vatican bank after the arrest of a Vatican prelate on
suspicion of trying to smuggle huge sums of money into Italy
from Switzerland found “clear failings” at the institution, a
source close to the bank said on Thursday.
The board of the bank, formally known as the Institute for
Works of Religion (IOR), held a meeting on Thursday that also
addressed the shock resignation of its two top managers on
Monday. The meeting had not been made public.
SALERNO, Italy, July 4 (Reuters) – Even though he was known
to like to live well, police said they were startled when they
entered Monsignor Nunzio Scarano’s apartment after he called
them one night in January to report a burglary.
The apartment, in one of Salerno’s most up-market
neighbourhoods in the city centre, was huge, with art lining the
walls and hallways divided by Roman-style columns.
To most people, a book is a book. But to Monsignor Nunizio Scarano, a Vatican official arrested on charges of money smuggling, a “book” was a code word for one million euros in cash, a report by the judge on the case said.