Catholic News Agency: Vatican

A new step in thawing relations between China and the Holy See?

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: July 31, 2015
Vatican City, Jul 31, 2015 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a tiny victory for Vatican-Chinese rapprochement, China's government now recognizes seminary studies and allows seminarians to continue their education in a state university should they leave. The Bachelor of Arts diploma young men receive in the seminary is now recognized as being a state title by the Chinese government. With the recognition it is now possible for seminarians who decide to quit their priestly formation to continue their education in a state university.   The news came in a brief July 23 article by Fides, the press agency for the Vatican's Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.   The piece focused the close of the Academic Year for China's six authorized seminaries. In total, 79 seminarians earned their Bachelor of Arts degree, ending their first cycle of studies. They have now been sent to work in parishes and ecclesiastical communities.   Work for the future parish

Vatican bails on questionable anti-human trafficking initiative

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: July 30, 2015
Vatican City, Jul 30, 2015 / 03:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Faithful to its commitment against human trafficking, the Holy See has left the board of an initiative it helped to found, as questions have been raised around both its effectiveness and its chairman's possible use of the Pope to raise funds. Together with Anglican and Muslim leaders, the Vatican launched the Global Freedom Network in March 2014, hoping to eradicate human trafficking by 2020. But it has been noticed in recent days that the Global Freedom Network's representative from the Holy See, Archbishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, had left the group's executive board. A July 27 program of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) drew attention to Archbishop Sánchez' resignation from the initiative. The program focused on Andrew Forrest, the Australian billionaire businessman and philanthropist who chairs the network. Archbishop Sánchez, who is chancellor of the Pontifical Aca

Will Vatican officials face term limits?

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: July 30, 2015
Vatican City, Jul 30, 2015 / 01:02 am (CNA).- A fixed term mandate for Vatican officials serving in the Roman Curia was among recent proposals for the Vatican's ongoing reform process, and will likely be discussed at the Sept. 14-16 meeting of the Council of Cardinals. It's still unclear whether the fixed term mandate refers to all Vatican officials – that is, those who hold an office of the Roman Curia – or if it would just apply to the clergy.   According to the prominent Italian journalist Marco Tosatti, “the idea is to give a term – a five year term, to be eventually renewed for another five year term – to the mandate of the Curia officials, which are the priests who make up the bulk of the jobs in the various Congregations and Pontifical Councils.”   So if a priest is called to serve in the Roman Curia, he would return to his home parish after five years. On the other hand, there are many lay Vatican officials: would the

Pope Francis to handpick new doctor ahead of Cuba, US trip

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: July 29, 2015
Vatican City, Jul 29, 2015 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the five-year term for Pope Francis' personal doctor comes to an end, the Pope is expected to choose a new one soon who will accompany him during his upcoming visit to Cuba and the United States. Patrizio Polisca, doctor to Benedict XVI and president of the medical commission for the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints, was until recently the Pope’s personal doctor and head of the Vatican City State's healthcare services. Francis decided at the end of May not to renew Polisca's term as papal doctor and head of the Vatican’s healthcare services, leaving his position open as of Aug. 1. The Pope is expected to select a new doctor in September, before his visit to Cuba and the United States at the end of that month. Appointed as head of the Vatican's health care services in 2010, Polisca, a cardiologist, has been Benedict XVI's personal doctor since 2009. He will continue caring

With a tap on an iPad, Pope Francis registers for World Youth Day 2016

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: July 26, 2015
Vatican City, Jul 26, 2015 / 12:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has invited the youth of the world on pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2016--and on Sunday he became the first pilgrim to register himself. “Today we open registration for the thirty-first World Youth Day, to be held next year in Poland,” he said. “I invite the youth of the world to live this pilgrimage that will be going to Krakow.”  The youth will be “participating in this moment of grace for their communities,” he said. The Pope spoke from the balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square after praying the Angelus July 26. With a young man and a young woman at his side, he used an iPad to become the first registered pilgrim for the next World Youth Day. “Look, I enrolled in the Day as a pilgrim through this electronic device,” Pope Francis said. St. John Paul II instituted the international gathering in 1985 to bring together young people to pray and w

Pope Francis: Let Jesus satisfy your hunger for God

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: July 26, 2015
Vatican City, Jul 26, 2015 / 10:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Jesus Christ’s miraculous multiplication of the loaves shows that he offers “fullness of life for hungry man,” Pope Francis said Sunday. He encouraged everyone to offer what little they have to God so that God can multiply their gifts and good deeds. “Jesus satisfies not only material hunger, but the most profound of hungers, the hunger for meaning in life, the hunger for God,” the Pope said in his remarks before the Angelus July 26. “The powerful mercy of God acts in Him,” the Pope said, adding that God’s mercy heals every evil. Pope Francis reflected on the Sunday reading from the Gospel of John in which a vast crowd follows Jesus, but lacks enough food to eat. In seeking to feed the crowd, Jesus’ disciple Philip calculated that there was not enough to feed them all. The Pope said this shows the disciples reasoning in terms of the market. Jesus, however, substitut

Vatican ropes in global leaders to fight climate change, modern slavery

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: July 26, 2015
Vatican City, Jul 26, 2015 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Drawing dozens of mayors from major cities worldwide to discuss the link between slavery and climate change, this week's Vatican conference showed how secular leaders are responding to Pope Francis' lead in protecting the environment – and, more importantly, the vulnerable.   “The Church has a role to protect the vulnerable, and if we follow the words of the Pope, we actually bring into account those who create the suffering of others,” said Kevin Hyland, United Kingdom Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and one of the speakers at the gathering.   In an interview with CNA, Hyland said the pontiff has shown his leadership in bringing together the themes of slavery and climate change, as demonstrated by his ability to draw together international leaders to confront the issue.   “Pope Francis talks about it in a way that people understand. He's talking about it in the

What Pope Francis might be planning to tell the UN in New York

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: July 23, 2015
Vatican City, Jul 23, 2015 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At a meeting with U.S. mayors at the Vatican this week, Pope Francis hinted at themes he could discuss with the United Nations during his September visit to the states.   Among the most important was the issue of human trafficking, which he said can be a “rebound effect” of environmental degradation.    “I have high hopes, and believe that the United Nations must take a greater interest in this phenomenon, especially human trafficking caused by environmental issues, and the exploitation of people.”   Francis' remarks followed a July 22 workshop in the Vatican entitled “Modern Slavery and Climate Change: the Commitment of the Cities,” during which dozens of mayors from around the world were invited to present on the theme of climate change and trafficking.    Many of the mayors present have a history of environmental awareness, including several f

Is the Pope a socialist?

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: July 22, 2015
Vatican City, Jul 22, 2015 / 03:31 am (CNA).- Pope Francis’ recent trip to Latin America has rekindled questions about whether he endorses socialism, or even communism. The gift of a “communist crucifix” from Bolivia’s president Evo Morales and uncertainty over the Pope’s response fueled controversy for several days, while Morales told the Associated Press after the visit that he thought that the Pope’s emphasis on a world without exclusion amounts to socialism. “I don't know whether it’s communism, but it is socialism. He's talking about community, about living in harmony,” Morales said July 10. He added: “I feel like now I have a Pope.” But is it true? What does Pope Francis really believe? A closer look at the Pope’s speeches and writings reveals an answer that is both complex and nuanced.   On one hand, the Pope has criticized greed and the idolatry of capital on numerous occasions,

Here's Pope Francis' schedule for the Jubilee of Mercy

By: CNA Daily News - Vatican
Source: Catholic News Agency: Vatican
Date: July 22, 2015
Vatican City, Jul 22, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Twelve prominent events, each with the participation of Pope Francis, have been scheduled in Rome for the upcoming Jubilee of Mercy, and CNA was able to glance at details of their programs. The twelve big events of the Jubilee of Mercy will be: 24 hours for the Lord, a day-long period of Eucharistic adoration; To Dry the Tears, a prayer vigil; and jubilees centered on pilgrimage workers; the sick and disabled; catechists; deacons; teenagers; priests; volunteers of mercy; the Curia; Mary; and Divine Mercy spirituality. In addition to these events, a “Jubilee for Padre Pio’s prayer group” will take place Feb. 13, 2016, as the body of the Capuchin saint who bore stigmata for much of his life will be exposed in Saint Peter’s Basilica Feb. 8-14, at Pope Francis’ request. “The Holy Father expressed the wish that Padre Pio’s corpse be exposed in St. Peter’s Basilica on Ash Wednesda