Print Version    Email to Friend
Vatican police arrest two for document leaks

VATICAN (CNS): The Vatican press office announced on November 2 that Monsignor Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda, the secretary of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, and Francesca Chaouqui, a former member of the Pontifical Commission for Reference on the Organisation of the Economic-Administrative Structure of the Holy See, had been arrested for leaking documents to two Italian authors. The Vatican called it a “serious betrayal of the trust bestowed by the pope.”

More from this section






Print Version    Email to Friend
Vatican opens night shelter

Vatican (SE): A new home for the homeless was opened at the Vatican on October 12. The Dono di Misericordia (Gift of Mercy) is a gift to Pope Francis from the General House of the Society of Jesus in response to his appeal to religious communities to house people in need.

The Vatican Information Service reported on October 12 that the Apostolic Almoner, the office of papal charities, called it a concrete gesture to adapt the structure to the needs of its users.

More from this section






Print Version    Email to Friend
New congregation at Vatican gobbles up three others

VATICAN (SE): Coming up to the conclusion of the Synod of Bishops on Family Life, Pope Francis announced that he is establishing a new Vatican congregation: the Congregation for Laity, Family and Life.

Vatican Radio reported on October 22 that the new congregation will replace the Pontifical Council for the Family, the Council for the Laity, and the Academy for Life.

More from this section






Print Version    Email to Friend
Fast-track annulments do not apply across the board

HONG KONG (SE): The Reform Process for Canon Causes of Declaration of Nullity of Marriage (Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus) issued by Pope Francis on August 15 this year simplifying the procedure of the marriage annulment processes in some circumstances may not be able to be used as widely as initially anticipated.

More from this section






Print Version    Email to Friend
Vatican’s secret meeting in Beijing

HONG KONG (SE): The unpublished meeting between a delegation from the Vatican and representatives from the Chinese government that took place in Beijing on October 11, is being seen as a sign that negotiations are moving forward, as Pope Francis commented on his return flight to Rome from the United States of America on September 27.

More from this section






Print Version    Email to Friend
All papal documents on communication online

VATICAN (AsiaNews): The Vatican presented a new online digital library geared to those interested and working in Catholic education and training centres at a press conference on September 30.

Known as the Baragli Project, the initiative makes the entire Pontifical Magesterium on communications from the first to the 21st century available online, featuring excerpts from more than 1,100 papal documents, including translations into various languages.

More from this section






Print Version    Email to Friend
Vatican and China Beijing meeting confirmed

HONG KONG (UCAN): A second round of China-Vatican talks has been held in Beijing, the Hong Kong-based Catholic news agency, UCAN, has been informed.

More from this section






Print Version    Email to Friend
Synod is a beginning not a final word

VATICAN (SE): A huge splash of green and scarlet welcomed the opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops on Family Life at St. Peter’s Basilica on October 4.

Pope Francis set the tone of the deliberations for the coming 21 days by reminding the fathers that the theme of the synod, The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and the contemporary world, is about solitude, love between man and woman and the family.

More from this section






Print Version    Email to Friend
United States and Cuba sign historic agreement at the Vatican

ROME (SE): On September 18, the day before Pope Francis departed from Rome on a visit to Cuba and the United States of America (US), the Vatican secretary of state, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, presided over the signing of an historic agreement between the two nations at the Vatican.

More from this section






Print Version    Email to Friend
Pope puts a freeze on monsignors

VATICAN (CWNews.com): Pope Francis announced on September 13 that he will stop conferring the title monsignor on priests. 

The Italian daily, Il Messagero, reported that shortly after his election, the pope instructed the Secretariat of State to stop approving requests for priests to be given the rank of monsignor.

More from this section