February 2019

People rely on modern slavery for cheap goods cardinal says
(Saturday, 16 February 2019 )

BUENOS AIRES (CNS): “We want cheaper goods, illegal or immoral pleasure, cheap services for our bodies or for our cars. We are part of the demand met by modern-day slaves, part of the processes by which this slavery is one of the most profitable criminal activities in the world,”
 
Vincent Nichols Cardinal of Westminster, said on February 8 as he sounded a warning of a return to slave-driven economies.
 
The cardinal, who is president of the...

Pope updates role and authority of auditor’s office
(Saturday, 16 February 2019 )

VATICAN (CNS): As part of ongoing financial reform efforts, Pope Francis updated the role and authority of the auditor general’s office, calling it the Vatican’s “anti-corruption authority.”
 
The Vatican announced on February 9 that the new statutes go into effect on February 16 and replace those first promulgated on an experimental basis by the pope in 2015.
 
The work of the auditor general’s office remains largely the same:...

True belief leads to respect, peace, pope says at interreligious meeting
(Saturday, 16 February 2019 )

ABU DHABI (CNS): Addressing the interreligious Human Fraternity Meeting in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), on February 4, Pope Francis said all those who believe in one God also must believe that all people are their brothers and sisters and demonstrate that belief in the way they treat others, especially minorities and the poor.
 
In an officially Muslim nation where Christians are welcomed as guest workers and free to worship, the pope urged leaders of the world...