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

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

VATICAN, July 26, 2015– 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 [...]

With a tap on an iPad, Pope registers for WYD 2016

VATICAN, July 26, 2015– 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 [...]

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Overtime, overhauls and the ordinary: 2013 goes down in Vatican history

VATICAN, July 23, 2015– When the Vatican publishes its annual report detailing its activities and operations, the 1,400-page volume is filled with references to the every day and the exceptional. Each Vatican congregation, council, office and organization creates a summary of its ongoing projects, original publications, new equipment and technology, and major renovations in the [...]

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

VATICAN, July 23, 2015– 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 [...]

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

VATICAN, July 22, 2015– 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 [...]

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Is the Pope a socialist?

VATICAN, JulY 22, 2015– 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 [...]

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VATICAN, July 22, 2015– Many of the mayors who met July 21 with Pope Francis stayed at the Vatican for a second day of discussions focused on city planning that promotes economic growth, equality and environmental protection simultaneously. Jeffrey Sachs, a U.S. economist and head of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, told the mayors that [...]

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Ebola deaths are still happening – and the Vatican is aiming to stop them

VATICAN, July 21, 2015– Although two of the three countries hardest hit by last year’s Ebola outbreak have been declared free of the virus, they aren’t out of the woods yet. Deaths related to the massive Ebola outbreak that swept across western Africa last year continue to take place, even in Liberia, which was declared [...]

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VATICAN, July 21, 2015– After decades of world leaders trying to set global goals to address climate change and extreme poverty, city mayors gathered at the Vatican to pledge they will take real action and lead the fight on their streets. Pope Francis told the mayors that they were important because they were at the [...]

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California governor says ‘Laudato Si” was necessary wake-up call

ROME, July 20, 2015– Elections, like profit reports, have regular short-term rhythms, which is why Pope Francis’ encyclical letter on the environment was so “appropriate and absolutely essential” for waking people up to the dangers of climate change, said California Gov. Jerry Brown. “The world is going its merry way, with a few notable exceptions, [...]

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Pope entrusts South America trip to Mary

VATICAN, July 19, 2015– Pope Francis entrusted his recent tri-nation voyage to South America to Our Lady of Guadalupe – praising the deeply-rooted Christianity in these countries, but also noting the social and economic challenges. “To the maternal intercession of the Virgin Mary, whom the whole of Latin America venerates as Patron by the title [...]

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Budget-keeping at the Vatican: in transition toward a new era

VATICAN, July 18, 2015– The Holy See and Vatican City State administration released their 2014 financial statements Thursday amid an ongoing process to reform Vatican finances and accounting standards. The Holy See’s 2014 deficit was about $27.8 million, slightly more than the 2013 deficit of $26.6 million. In total, the Holy See’s net assets increased [...]

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Corruption, threats, torture – we need justice in the mining industry, Pope says

VATICAN, July 18, 2015– Continuing his theme on protecting both the environment and human rights, Pope Francis pointed to various injustices in the mining industry and called for collaboration in fostering change. All involved in the field of mining “are called upon to adopt behavior inspired by the fact that we constitute a single human [...]

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VATICAN, July 17, 2015– Pope Francis has signed a decree declaring “venerable” Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky, who led the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the tumultuous period of both world wars and at the beginning of Soviet occupation. The pope July 16 signed the decree recognizing that Metropolitan Sheptytsky heroically lived a life of Christian virtue. The [...]

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Pope: Mining industry needs radical change to protect people, nature

VATICAN, July 17, 2015– The mining industry, especially in the world’s poorest countries, must make a “radical change” to respect the rights of local communities and protect the environment, Pope Francis said. The companies, the governments that are supposed to regulate them, investors and consumers who use the myriad products relying on mined material “are [...]

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To fight human trafficking – one of Pope Francis’ core commitments

VATICAN, July 16, 2015– An upcoming conference being held at the Vatican examining the link between climate change and human trafficking is a reflection of the importance that ending modern slavery holds for Pope Francis, according to one of its organizers. Presenting the meeting on “Modern Slavery and Climate Change: The Commitment of the Cities,” [...]

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