Vatican

Former Vatican bank president sentenced for embezzlement

By Catholic News Service, January 22, 2021VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A former president of the Vatican bank and his lawyer were found guilty of money laundering and embezzling millions of euros from property sales. According to a statement released by the Vatican Jan. 21, Angelo Caloia, who served... read more

Catholic Conscience and the COVID-19 Vaccine

By Annamaria Cardinalli, Crisis, January 19, 2021 On Thursday, Vatican News confirmed that both Pope Emeritus Benedict and Pope Francis have received the currently available COVID-19 vaccines, themselves providing an example, ostensibly, for the Church as a whole. In the world’s eyes, I... read more

Australia admits $1.5 billion error in investigation into suspected Vatican money laundering

By Gerard O'Connor, America, January 13, 2021 The Australian government’s international financial watchdog, Austrac, has admitted that it made an enormous blunder when it reported to the country’s Senate that 2.3 billion Australian dollars were transferred from the Vatican to Australia in... read more

Pope Francis at Epiphany Mass: ‘If we do not worship God, we will worship idols’

Pope Francis at Epiphany Mass: ‘If we do not worship God, we will worship idols’ CNA Staff, January 6, 2021 As he celebrated Mass on the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord Wednesday, Pope Francis urged Catholics to devote more time to worshiping God. Preaching in St. Peter’s... read more

Pope Benedict’s secretary reflects on awful 2020 with German Magazine

CNA Staff, Jan 1, 2021 / 01:29 pm MT (CNA).- Archbishop Georg Gänswein has spoken about life with Pope emeritus Benedict XVI and a personally challenging year. "I'm grateful to God that 2020 is finally over," the 64-year-old told the German tabloid magazine “Bunte”, saying Rome had at times... read more

Abortion Wins in Argentina. Argentinian Pope Barely Lifts a Finger in Protest

By Steve Skojec, OnePeterFive, December 30, 2020 In Argentina, feral women — some of them naked and likely intoxicated — are dancing in the streets in celebration of their newly legislated “right” to murder their own children: The crowd of a few thousand burst into raucous cheers and... read more

Vatican denies knowledge of $1.8 billion transferred to Australia

By Philip Pullella, Reuters, December 31, 2020 VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican and the Australian Catholic Church have both denied knowledge of transfers worth US$1.8 billion which Australia’s financial watchdog says have been sent from Rome to Australia in the past seven... read more

Pope Francis Strips Powerful Vatican Office of Its Financial Assets

A financial scandal involving the secretariat of state has given fresh impetus to Francis’ reform agenda. By Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times, December 28, 2020 ROME — Pope Francis has stripped the Vatican’s most powerful office of its significant financial assets, the Vatican said... read more

Report: Australia’s Church Leaders Were Unaware of $1.7 Billion Transferred From Vatican

The report by an Australian newspaper, which drew on documents from Australia’s financial crime regulator, did not detail where the money was dispersed. By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register, December 22, 2020 ROME — The Vatican and its associated financial entities transferred a... read more

Italian Art Critic on Vatican Nativity Figures: “Don’t Look At Them…The Religious World Has Been Betrayed”

OnePeterFive, December 17, 2020 Editor’s Note: by way of a colleague and friend in Italy, we received the following translation for publication. It is a commentary on the much-discussed 2020 Vatican Nativity Scene. Translator’s Note: Vittorio Sgarbi is a very well-known figure in... read more

Pope snubs Vatican’s sci-fi Nativity scene, directs visitors to others

By Philip Pullella, Reuters, December 20, 2020 VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Sunday appeared to add his own thumbs-down to widespread criticism of an unorthodox nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square, telling visitors to instead visit a nearby exhibition of traditional crèches.at... read more