ROME (Reuters) – The United States urged the Vatican on Wednesday to criticize Russia’s involvement in the Ukraine conflict more forcefully, hours before Pope Francis was due to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“It does seem that Russia is supporting the insurgents and does seem that there are Russian troops inside Ukraine,” said Ken Hackett, the U.S. ambassador to the Vatican.
Pope Francis offered a hint on Tuesday about his position on the alleged apparitions of the Madonna in the Bosnian town of Medjugorje, ahead of a formal Vatican decision expected soon.
The Vatican is close to making a ruling on the alleged apparitions of the Madonna in the Bosnian town of Medjugorje, one of the most controversial cases in the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis said on Saturday.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Pope Francis urged Bosnians on Saturday to seek lasting ethnic and religious harmony to heal the deep, lingering wounds of the 1992-1995 war that devastated the former Yugoslav republic.
“The cry of God’s people goes up once again from this city… War never again,” he said at a Mass for some 65,000 people at the stadium of the city that was once a symbol of ethnic and religious diversity in socialist Yugoslavia.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Pope Francis arrived in Sarajevo on Saturday bringing a call for lasting reconciliation 20 years after the Bosnian war.
The one-day visit marks the third by a pope since Bosnia broke away from socialist Yugoslavia and descended into a war between 1992 and 1995 that killed 100,000 people.
The Vatican appointed its first auditor-general on Friday in Pope Francis’ latest move aimed at ensuring transparency in the scandal-plagued finances at the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church.
VATICAN CITY, June 5 (Reuters) – The Vatican appointed its
first auditor-general on Friday in Pope Francis’ latest move
aimed at ensuring transparency in the scandal-plagued finances
at the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church.
A statement said the pope, who has made cleaning up finances
a major plank of his papacy, had chosen Libero Milone, a
66-year-old Italian who is a former chairman and CEO of the
global auditing firm Deloitte in Italy.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A Vatican commission on sex abuse distanced itself on Tuesday from criticisms lodged by one of its members against an Australian cardinal but urged Church leaders to move swiftly to achieve justice for victims.
Commission member Peter Saunders of Britain said two days ago on Australian television that Cardinal George Pell should be dismissed over allegations he failed to take action to protect children years ago.
The Vatican on Monday strongly defended Australian Cardinal George Pell against accusations by a member of Pope Francis’ commission on sexual abuse that the Vatican’s finance chief had little regard for victims.