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Pope Francis updates Vatican criminal code aimed at rehabilitation and streamlining trials

POPE Francis has updated the Vatican’s legal code to grant reductions in sentences, changes to trials in absentia and streamlining the appeals process. The changes are outlined in Pope Francis’ motu proprio “Introducing modifications in the area of justice”, that was published yesterday. The changes come as Vatican officials have been under increased scrutiny over the way they handled finances ... Read More »

Vatican Radio set to celebrate 90 years of evangelisation on the waves

VATICAN Radio was switched on in 1931 and has transmitted the Gospel across the world faithfully for 90 years, set to mark the milestone on February 12. It was designed and set-up by Gugielmo Marconi on two shortwave frequencies to share the pontifical message “Omni creaturae” proclaimed by Pope Pius XI. The channel now broadcasts in 41 languages with staff ... Read More »

No criminal misconduct found after AFP investigation into Vatican payments

THE Australian Federal Police has found no criminal misconduct after completing an investigation into huge payments made from the Vatican to Australia. There were claims that money transfers of almost $3million sent to Australia could have been connected to an international money laundering and fraud scandal.  The Australian international financial watchdog, AUSTRAC, referred the transfers during the last six years ... Read More »

Australian consultant Jacqui Remond working on Vatican COVID-19 response team

JACQUI Remond is enjoying the challenge of her role in the Church’s mapping of a post-COVID world – including her late-night connections with Rome. Ms Remond, based in Sydney, is co-founder of the Global Catholic Climate Movement and a Laudato Si’ consultant, and the Rome discussions are part of her involvement with the Vatican COVID-19 Commission. Pope Francis established the ... Read More »

Cardinal George Pell meets with Pope Francis amid Vatican financial scandal

POPE Francis has welcomed Cardinal George Pell during a private Vatican meeting in the Apostolic Palace – their first meeting since the Australian cardinal’s child sexual abuse convictions were overturned. The Holy See released photos and a brief video clip of the meeting, an indication that both the Pope and Cardinal Pell wanted the warm and smiling reception to be ... Read More »

Holy See releases 25-page document to ‘reaffirm as definitive teaching that euthanasia is a crime against human life’

Right to life: A patient is pictured in a file photo chatting with a nun at Rosary Hill Home, a Dominican-run facility in Hawthorne, New York, that provides palliative care to people with incurable cancer and have financial need. Photo: CNS/Gregory A. Shemitz [/captions] WITH the legalisation of assisted suicide and euthanasia in many countries, and questions concerning what is ... Read More »

Pope will sign new encyclical in Assisi on October 3

POPE Francis will travel to Assisi on October 3 to sign an encyclical on the social, political and economic obligations that flow from a belief that all people are children of God and therefore brothers and sisters to one another. The Holy See press office, confirming the Pope’s trip, said the document will be titled Fratelli Tutti in Italian. In ... Read More »

Australian bishops release Holy See’s response on royal commission recommendations

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has provided the Holy See’s observations on 12 recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to the Australian Government. The royal commission proposed that the Bishops Conference engage with the Holy See on those recommendations because they relate to universal Church law or practice. Holy See Secretary of State Cardinal ... Read More »

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