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Cardinal Pell to head new Vatican office for economic oversight

Feb 24, 2014 - 08:41 am .- Today Pope Francis announced the establishment of a new entity for oversight of Vatican economic and administrative affairs, headed by Cardinal George Pell of Sydney, Australia.

UN anti-Vatican report 'payback' for pro-life work, critic says

Feb 13, 2014 - 12:43 pm .- A recent United Nations report criticizing the Catholic Church on sex abuse and its moral teachings should be understood in the context of efforts to diminish the Vatican’s pro-life influence at the U.N., a scholar has said.

New York welcomes new bishops for Albany, Rockville dioceses

Feb 11, 2014 - 07:57 am .- The Vatican announced earlier this morning that Msgr. Edward B. Scharfenberger will take the helm as the new Bishop of Albany, NY, with Msgr. Andrzej Jerzy Zglejszewski stepping up as auxiliary of Rockville Centre.

Cardinal O'Malley: UN report showed ideological influence

Feb 11, 2014 - 02:06 am .- A United Nations commission report on the Vatican’s response to abuse of children was not “fair or particularly helpful,” but took an “ideological” approach, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston has said.

Cardinal recalls shock of Benedict XVI's resignation

Feb 10, 2014 - 05:06 am .- One year later, Cardinal James Stafford reflects on the meeting where Benedict XVI announced that he was stepping down as Bishop of Rome, noting that it was an “unexpected” moment of “shock” for all.

Vatican: UN oversteps its boundaries in report conclusions

Feb 7, 2014 - 08:42 am .- In a statement released by the Vatican, Fr. Federico Lombardi criticized the UN Child Protection Committee for their tone and “lack of desire” to recognize the Holy See’s efforts in protecting children.

Vatican official slams 'negative approach' of UN report

Feb 5, 2014 - 11:14 am .- In wake of the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child criticizing Vatican policies and calling for the Church to change its doctrine, a leading archbishop countered that the committee's analysis fails to be objective.

Protecting children is Church priority, Vatican officials tell UN

Jan 16, 2014 - 12:26 pm .- Violence against children and child exploitation are “crimes” and Pope Francis is working to protect children from the “scourge” of sex abuse, leading Vatican figures told a U.N. committee on Jan. 16.

Pope Francis: Christian love is not a 'soap opera'

Jan 9, 2014 - 07:32 am .- In his daily Mass today, Pope Francis spoke on the meaning of Christian love, explaining that it is not a form of selfish romanticism, but rather something “concrete” that requires sacrifice.

Vatican encourages renewed missionary zeal in Catholic schools

Dec 26, 2013 - 08:02 am .- A recently released Vatican document is calling for a fresh commitment to Catholic identity within what it calls an increasingly secularized educational system.

Benedict XVI still in the service of St. Peter, colleague says

Dec 13, 2013 - 05:22 am .- Manfred Lütz, a close colleague of Benedict XVI, revealed in a recent interview that he is still in contact with retired pontiff, who still considers himself in the service of the Church, and of Pope Francis.

Reforms aim to show 'true face of the Church,' says Vatican official

Dec 7, 2013 - 04:19 pm .- Pope Francis’ style and ongoing reforms are intended to encourage Catholics to be more missionary, in order to bring the Gospel to all people, said Archbishop Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State.

Vatican launches new commission for the protection of minors

Dec 5, 2013 - 07:34 am .- Earlier today, Pope Francis accepted the proposal for a new commission which will advise him on the protection of children from abuse, as well as how to offer help to those who are already victims.

Decision to move US embassy to Vatican sparks controversy

Nov 27, 2013 - 04:56 pm .- The relocation of the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See has come under fire from past U.S. ambassadors who say the move will diminish its influence, though State Department officials defend the decision as good for security.

Rome sabbatical aims to renew priests through prayer, formation

Nov 11, 2013 - 06:04 am .- A special sabbatical program invites priests to come to the Eternal City to rest and receive classes on topics relevant in the Church today in order to give new ardor to their pastoral ministry.

Former Yahoo executive thrilled to join 'brotherhood' of Church

Oct 31, 2013 - 06:28 am .- The previous head of one of the internet’s leading online search engines travelled to Rome in order to be received into the universal Church, expressing his joy at joining the family of faith.

US ambassador to Vatican united with Pope in care for poor

Oct 25, 2013 - 11:59 am .- The new United States ambassador to the Holy See revealed his shared concern with Pope Francis for those who are subject to poverty, as well as his optimism on U.S. relations with the Vatican.

Catholic sports group immerses athletes in richness of faith

Oct 25, 2013 - 06:03 am .- In light of recent events at the Vatican honoring the bond of sports and faith, one catholic organization revealed their goal to both evangelize through sports, as well as form athletes on an integral level.

Sinners are closest to the heart of God, Pope reflects

Oct 22, 2013 - 09:34 am .- In his daily Mass homily Pope Francis stressed that Jesus came to save sinners, emphasizing also the importance of knowing God on more than an intellectual level.

Vatican event brings sports 'into the heart' of the Church

Oct 22, 2013 - 07:08 am .- The Vatican's Pontifical Council for Culture held a conference on “believers in the world of sports” this week to discuss the role of the Church in the realm of athletics.

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