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« Reply #8960 on: September 22, 2020, 07:33:12 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2020-09/samaritanus-bonus-summary-cdf-doctrine-faith-euthanasia-suicide.html

“Euthanasia is a crime against human life, incurable does not mean end of care”
22 September 2020, 11:30

“Samaritanus bonus” (The Good Samaritan), a newly published letter by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, approved by the Pope, reiterates the condemnation of any form of euthanasia and assisted suicide, and advocates support for families and healthcare workers.
By Vatican News

On Tuesday, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith announced the publication of a Letter approved by Pope Francis on 25 June and entitled Samaritanus bonus ("The Good Samaritan"): On the Care of Persons in the Critical and Terminal Phases of Life”. It bears 14 July as its publication date, in honor of St Camillus de Lellis, the patron saint of the sick, hospitals, nurses and physicians.

“Incurable cannot mean that care has come at an end” – those who are terminally ill have the right to be welcomed, cured, loved. This is affirmed in Part One of Samaritanus bonus. The Letter aims to provide concrete ways to put into practice the parable of the Good Samaritan, who teaches us that “even when a cure is unlikely or impossible”, medical care, nursing care, psychological and spiritual care “should never be forsaken”.
 
https://zenit.org/2020/09/22/samaritanus-bonus-on-the-care-of-persons-in-the-critical-terminal-phases-of-life-full-text-of-cdf-letter/
‘Samaritanus Bonus: on the Care of Persons in the Critical & Terminal Phases of Life’ (FULL TEXT OF CDF LETTER)
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« Reply #8961 on: September 22, 2020, 07:40:47 PM »

Video at the link

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2020-09/holy-see-parolin-un-75-anniversary-high-level-meeting.html
Parolin: UN still needed to respond to the hopes of the world’s people
22 September 2020, 11:11

At a virtual high-level meeting on September 21 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the world body, Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin reiterated the Holy See’s support for the United Nations.
By Robin Gomes

The Holy See has expressed its support for the United Nations, urging it to continue responding to the “undiminished hopes of the peoples of the world”.   Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin made the exhortation in a statement during a virtual high-level meeting on Monday to commemorate 75 years of the United Nations this year.

The UN was officially established on 24 October 1945, when the UN Charter was ratified by a majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council.  United Nations Day is celebrated on 24 October each year.

Since 1964 the Holy See has the status of a Permanent ******* State at the UN and has a Permanent ******* Mission at the UN headquarters in New York.

The theme of Monday’s meeting that featured many world leaders was, “The future we want, the United Nations we need”.
 
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« Reply #8962 on: September 22, 2020, 07:47:33 PM »

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/vatican-cardinal-pope-francis-concerned-about-church-in-germany-72694

Vatican cardinal: Pope Francis ‘concerned’ about Church in Germany

CNA Staff, Sep 22, 2020 / 01:00 pm MT (CNA).- A Vatican cardinal said Tuesday that Pope Francis has expressed concern about the Church in Germany.

Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, told the magazine Herder Korrespondenz Sept. 22 that he believed the pope backed an intervention by the Vatican’s doctrinal office in a debate over intercommunion between Catholics and Protestants.

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) wrote last week to Bishop Georg Bätzing, president of the German bishops’ conference, saying that a proposal for a “Eucharistic meal fellowship” would harm relations with Orthodox Churches.

Asked if the pope personally approved the CDF letter, dated Sept. 18, Koch said: “There is no mention of this in the text. But the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Ladaria, is a very honest and loyal person. I cannot imagine that he would do anything that Pope Francis would not approve of. But I have also heard from other sources that the pope has expressed his concern in personal conversations.”

The cardinal clarified that he was not referring simply to the question of intercommunion.

“Not only, but about the situation of the Church in Germany in general,” he said, noting that Pope Francis addressed a long letter to German Catholics in June 2019.
 
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« Reply #8963 on: September 23, 2020, 02:34:45 PM »

Video, with English commentary, at the link

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-09/pope-francis-general-audience-principle-subsidiarity.html
Pope: ‘The only way out of the current crisis is all together'
23 September 2020, 10:11

Speaking during the General Audience in the Vatican, Pope Francis looks to a post-pandemic world and reflects on the principle of subsidiarity, whereby every level of society has a role to play in revitalizing the social fabric.
By Vatican News

Continuing in his series of catecheses on the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in light of the Church’s teachings, Pope Francis said, “Every one of us is called to assume responsibility for his or her part,” and he highlighted the fact that we must look to the future working for a social order in which the dignity and the gifts of all of its members are respected.
Speaking during the weekly General Audience in the Vatican, the Pope reflected on the principle of subsidiarity.
 
https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-09/pope-general-audience-cuba-coronavirus-poland-bell.html
Pope prays for Covid-struck Cuba 5 years from his visit
23 September 2020, 12:55

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-francis-blesses-bell-that-will-ring-out-in-defence-of-unborn-42314
Pope Francis blesses bell that will ring out in defence of unborn

https://zenit.org/2020/09/23/popes-general-audience-on-healing-the-world-viii-full-text/
POPE’S GENERAL AUDIENCE: On Healing the World (VIII) – Full Text
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« Reply #8964 on: September 23, 2020, 02:43:55 PM »

Update:  Notre Dame Cathedral

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/the-medieval-carpentry-techniques-used-in-notre-dame-cathedral-rebuild-67343
The medieval carpentry techniques used in Notre Dame cathedral rebuild

CNA Staff, Sep 23, 2020 / 12:00 am MT (CNA).- After fire toppled the iconic spire and destroyed the roof of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France in April 2009, heated debates ensued about whether the reconstruction should use the church’s original design, or use a more modern design and technique.

Some proposed futuristic ideas included a rooftop swimming pool and a greenhouse atop the 850-year-old cathedral.

Last year, the French Senate passed a bill mandating that Notre-Dame be rebuilt as it was before the fire, with lumber and medieval carpentry techniques, which were highlighted in a public demonstration Saturday in the cathedral’s square.

“It shows…firstly that we made the right choice in choosing to rebuild the carpentry identically, in oak from France,” Gen. Jean-Louis Georgelin, who heads the reconstruction efforts, told the AP.

“Secondly, it shows us the...method by which we will rebuild the framework, truss after truss.”

The public carpentry demonstration was held Sept. 19 as part of European Heritage Days. The triangular truss highlighted at the event was the seventh of a total of 25 new trusses that will be installed in the nave of the cathedral during the rebuild.
 
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« Reply #8965 on: September 24, 2020, 04:08:06 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-09/pope-cardinal-becciu-resignation-prefect-causes-saints.html

Pope accepts Cardinal Becciu's resignation
24 September 2020, 20:32
 
The Holy See Press Office issued a statement on Thursday evening. In it, it was communicated that:

"Today, Thursday, 24 September, the Holy Father accepted the resignation from the office of Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and from the rights connected with the Cardinalate, presented by His Eminence Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu."


https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/vatican-cardinal-angelo-becciu-resigns-from-office-and-rights-of-cardinals-60883
Vatican Cardinal Angelo Becciu resigns from office and 'rights' of cardinals

CNA Staff, Sep 24, 2020 / 12:32 pm MT (CNA).Cardinal Angelo Becciu, who until today was prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints, has resigned from that office, and in an extremely rare move, from the rights extended to members of the College of Cardinals.

The cardinal worked previously as the number two-ranking official in the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, and has been connected to an ongoing investigation of financial malfeasance at the secretariat.

A statement from the Holy See press office Thursday said: “Today, Thursday, Sept. 24, the Holy Father accepted the resignation from the office of Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and related rights of the Cardinalate, presented by His Eminence Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu.”

Becciu remains technically a cardinal, and the Vatican’s announcement did not specifically delineate what rights Becciu has resigned. In 2015, Pope Francis accepted a similar renunciation from Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who in 2013 admitted to serial sexual misconduct. O’Brien did not subsequently attend public eccleiastical events, and was ineligible to participate in a future papal conclave. The Vatican press office could not be reached for comment Thursday evening.
 
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« Reply #8966 on: September 25, 2020, 11:23:07 AM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-09/pope-francis-circolo-san-pietro-audience-pandemic-charity.html

Pope: “Fantasy of mercy” needed to respond to pandemic
25 September 2020, 11:44

In an address to the charitable group "Circolo San Pietro," Pope Francis calls for a "fantasy of mercy" to respond to today's needs.
By Robin Gomes

“After seeing the wounds of the city in which we live, mercy invites us to have 'imagination' in our hands. This is what you have done in this time of the pandemic,” Pope Francis told members of the “Circolo San Pietro” (St. Peter’s Circle), a charity of the diocese of Rome.

“Having accepted the challenge of responding to a concrete situation, you have been able to adapt your service to the new needs imposed by the virus,” he told members of the group, who brought him their collection for the Pope’s charity fund, “Peter’s Pence”.  ‎

“Circolo San Pietro” was founded in Rome in 1869 by a group of young people, encouraged by Blessed Pope Pius IX, who, with foresight and wisdom, entrusted them with ensuring a meal for the poor of Rome.
 
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« Reply #8967 on: September 25, 2020, 11:26:45 AM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-09/pope-francis-highlights-pandemic-in-message-to-ccee-plenary1.html

Pope Francis highlights pandemic in message to CCEE Plenary
25 September 2020, 16:25

The Pope sends a message to the Council of Bishops’ Conferences of Europe (CCEE) on the occasion of its Plenary Assembly, which takes place online from 25 to 26 September.
By Vatican News

The theme of this virtual Plenary Assembly is "The Church in Europe after the Pandemic:  Perspectives for Creation and the Community", and in a message to Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, President of the Council, Pope Francis expresses his appreciation for the subject the Bishops have chosen.

Pandemic has left its mark

The Pope writes, “The experience of this pandemic has left a deep mark in all of us, because it dramatically affected one of the structural requirements of our existence—relations among people and in society.”

This, in turn, he goes on to say, has upset customs and relationships, and has changed “the conditions of our social and economic life.”
 
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« Reply #8968 on: September 25, 2020, 11:32:21 AM »

Video, with English text, at the link

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-09/pope-urges-multilateralism-towards-a-better-future.html
Pope to UN: Rethink the future of our common home
25 September 2020, 16:00

Pope Francis calls for reforms, multilateralism, cooperation and respect for human dignity in his video message to the 75th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.
By Fr. Benedict Mayaki, SJ

This year marks a special anniversary for the UN—it is the seventy-fifth year from the signing of the UN Charter in San Francisco in 1945. On Monday, representatives of the Member States gathered in a high-level event to commemorate the anniversary, with other activities scheduled throughout the week.

With the Covid-19 health crisis still limiting global movement, participation at the event was mostly virtual as world leaders sent in pre-recorded video messages. The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin also addressed the General Assembly via a video message on Monday.
 
https://zenit.org/2020/09/25/holy-father-addresses-un-general-assembly-full-text/
Holy Father Addresses UN General Assembly (Full Text)
Pandemic is Time to Rethink Way of Life, Economics, Social Systems
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« Reply #8969 on: September 25, 2020, 11:37:26 AM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-09/pope-polish-president-vatican-audience-andrzej-duda.html

Pope Francis receives Polish president in the Vatican
25 September 2020, 14:32

The President of the Republic of Poland, His Excellency, Mr Andrzej Duda, meets Pope Francis in the Vatican, followed by a meeting with the Cardinal Secretary of State and the Secretary for Relations with States.

According to a statement released by the Holy See Press Office, Poland's President, Andrzej Duda was received by Pope Francis in audience on Friday.

He later met with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Cardinal Secretary of State, accompanied by Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, the Vatican Secretary for Relations with States.

The discussions were framed by the "context of the centenary of the birth of Saint John Paul II and the 40th anniversary of the founding of the independent autonomous trade union 'Solidarność'."
 
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« Reply #8970 on: September 25, 2020, 11:49:32 AM »

Update:   Cardinal Angelo Becciu

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/new-details-emerge-about-cardinal-beccius-management-of-vatican-finances-45007

New details emerge about Cardinal Becciu’s management of Vatican finances
By Hannah Brockhaus

Vatican City, Sep 25, 2020 / 08:00 am MT (CNA).- Following his resignation yesterday, new reports reveal details of how Cardinal Angelo Becciu managed Vatican financial affairs, developing a story CNA first broke last year.

Portfolio statements show that Becciu used millions of euros of Vatican charity funds in speculative and risky investments, and that he directed Vatican and Italian bishops’ money to go toward “loans” for projects owned and operated by his brothers.

Becciu resigned as prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints and from the rights extended to members of the College of Cardinals Sept. 24.

The cardinal previously served as “sostituto,” or second-ranking official at the Secretariat of State, from 2011 to 2018.

After his resignation, Becciu told the Italian newspaper Il Messaggero he was “shocked” and “troubled.” He called his resignation “a blow for me, for those who know and respect me, and for my family.”

CNA has reported that during his tenure as “sostituto,” Becciu used loans from several Swiss banks, including BSI and Credit Suisse, to at least partially finance the controversial purchase of a building at 60 Sloane Avenue in London.

Becciu said Friday that the Vatican “found nothing” on him regarding the London building transaction, and other accusations “have no criminal offence.”

“Out of a spirit of obedience and out of love for the Church and the pope, I accepted his request to step aside,” he said. “But I am innocent and I will prove it. I ask the Holy Father to have the right to defend myself.”

A new report by the Italian weekly L’Espresso showed that Becciu gave financier Enrico Crasso, a former manager of Credit Suisse, control over millions of euros of Vatican investment funds from the Secretariat of State and from the papal charity Peter’s Pence.
 
https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/what-does-it-mean-for-becciu-to-lose-his-rights-as-a-cardinal-16615
What does it mean for Becciu to lose his rights as a cardinal?

https://zenit.org/2020/09/25/double-unexpected-renunciation-of-cardinal-becciu/
Double Unexpected Renunciation of Cardinal Becciu
He Remains a Cardinal but Loses His Privileges
SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 12:51  ANITA BOURDIN
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« Reply #8971 on: September 25, 2020, 11:57:47 AM »

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/cardinal-pell-thanks-pope-francis-after-cardinal-becciu-resigns-32104

Cardinal Pell thanks Pope Francis after Cardinal Becciu resigns

CNA Staff, Sep 25, 2020 / 06:45 am MT (CNA).- Cardinal George Pell thanked Pope Francis Friday following the dramatic resignation of Vatican Cardinal Angelo Becciu.

In a statement sent to CNA Sept. 25, the former prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy said: “The Holy Father was elected to clean up Vatican finances. He plays a long game and is to be thanked and congratulated on recent developments.

The cardinal issued the statement from Sydney, Australia, where he is living after his acquittal by Australia’s High Court in April on charges of sexual abuse. He spent 13 months in solitary confinement after he was given a six-year prison sentence following a trial in Melbourne, Victoria.

“I hope the cleaning of the stables continues in both the Vatican and Victoria,” Pell said.

Becciu resigned Sept. 24 as prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints and from the rights extended to members of the College of Cardinals.

The cardinal worked previously as the number two-ranking official in the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, and has been connected to an ongoing investigation of financial malfeasance at the secretariat.

Pell and Becciu had clashed over the reform of Vatican finances.
 
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« Reply #8972 on: September 25, 2020, 12:04:12 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/world/news/2020-09/us-government-announces-executive-order-to-protect-babies-born.html

United States: Trump announces executive order to protect babies born alive
24 September 2020, 11:06

Speaking during the annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump announces he intends to sign an executive order to protect all babies born alive, and an increase in funding for neonatal research.
By Vatican News

US President, Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that he would be signing a “Born Alive” executive order “to ensure that all precious babies born alive, no matter their circumstances, receive the medical care that they deserve.”

Trump made this announcement in a video message during the 16th Annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, which was held virtually in observance of coronavirus precautionary norms.

He also announced an increase in federal funding for neonatal research “to ensure that every child has the very best chance to thrive and to grow.”

“We believe in the joy of family, the blessing of freedom, the dignity of work and the eternal truth that every child born and unborn is made in the holy image of God,” Trump said.

He also stated his commitment to protecting the vital role of religion, prayer and the right to life, calling the protection of children a “sacrosanct moral duty.”
 
https://cruxnow.com/church-in-the-usa/2020/09/pro-life-leaders-welcome-born-alive-executive-order-announced-by-trump/
Pro-life leaders welcome ‘Born Alive Executive Order’ announced by Trump
Catholic News Service  Sep 25, 2020
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« Reply #8973 on: September 26, 2020, 06:13:45 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-09/pope-cambridge-baulcombe-pontifical-academy-sciences-appoint.html

Pope appoints Cambridge professor to Pontifical Academy of Sciences
26 September 2020, 12:54

Professor Sir David Charles Baulcombe, Professor of Botany at Cambridge University, is appointed by Pope Francis as a Member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on Saturday.

On Saturday, Pope Francis appointed Sir David Charles Baulcombe to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

Professor Baulcombe is a botanist, on the faculty of the Department of Plant Sciences at Cambridge University in the UK.

He was born on April 7, 1952 in Solihull and studied at the Universities of Leeds and Edinburgh, obtaining his PhD.

Professor Baulcombe has taught at various universities. His research has focused on genetic regulation, discovering how gene expression can be regulated at the level of ribonucleic acid (RNA) during normal development and disease resistance.
 
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« Reply #8974 on: September 26, 2020, 06:16:22 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-09/pope-francis-message-philippines-catholic-education-parolin.html

Pope to educators: form people capable of responsibility in society
26 September 2020, 12:22

Pope Francis has sent a message to the annual congress of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP).
By Robin Gomes

Pope Francis is calling on Philippine Catholic educators to form their students to become not just outstanding learners, but also authentic witnesses of faith.  The Pope’s exhortation was conveyed by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, in a message sent on the Pope’s behalf to the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP), which held its Congress from September 21 to 25.

The CEAP is the national association of Catholic educational institutions, which functions under the Episcopal Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education (ECCCE) of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).  Founded in 1941, the Association has more than 1,500 members, including schools and colleges across the country’s 17 regions.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Congress this year took place online and was streamed live on the web and on social platforms.
 
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« Reply #8975 on: September 26, 2020, 06:19:45 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2020-09/holy-see-urges-care-for-indigenous-communities-amid-covid-19.html

Holy See: indigenous communities to be included in decision-making process
25 September 2020, 21:10

Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič, the Holy See’s Permanent ******* to the United Nations in Geneva highlighted the plight of indigenous communities hard-hit by the Covid-19 pandemic in his address to the UN on Thursday.
By Vatican News

The Holy See has called for more care to be given to indigenous communities who suffer a “severe and disproportionate impact” of the Covid-19 pandemic despite representing only six percent of the world’s population.

“The Holy See expresses solidarity and closeness with them, so often marginalized and, yet, keenly aware of their unique identity and contribution to society,” said Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič, the Holy See’s Permanent ******* to the United Nations in an address on Thursday during the 45th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.
 
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« Reply #8976 on: September 26, 2020, 06:26:58 PM »

Update:  Cardinal Becciu

https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2020/09/25/cardinal-becciu-pope-francis-resignation-embezzlement

Cardinal Becciu denies wrongdoing, says Pope Francis asking for his resignation was ‘surreal’
Gerard O’Connell
September 25, 2020

“I am shocked. Disturbed. [It’s] a blow for me, for my family and the people of my town. Out of a spirit of obedience and love that I have for the church and the pope, I accepted his request to step aside. But I am innocent, and I will show it. I asked the Holy Father to have the right to defend myself.

That is what Cardinal Angelo Becciu told Il Messaggero, the Rome daily, on the evening of Sept. 24, shortly after Pope Francis had asked for and received his resignation as prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Saints, taking away his rights as cardinal, the most important of which is the right to vote in a conclave.

Today, the once-powerful Vatican cardinal held a press conference at the Istituto Maria Bambina, not far from the entrance to the Vatican, just across the road from where he lives, in what was clearly just the beginning of his battle to prove his innocence. The clearly distraught 72 year-old Sardinian-born cardinal, who for over seven years met Pope Francis almost every day, travelled with him on all his foreign trips and was seen as one in whom Francis had maximum confidence, began by recalling what happened at last night’s dramatic meeting.

As he entered the pope’s room at 6:02 p.m. (local time) for his usual weekly work report, Cardinal Becciu said, “I felt a friend of the pope and a loyal servant of the pope.” But almost immediately Francis stunned him by telling him straight out: “I do not trust you anymore!”
 
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« Reply #8977 on: September 27, 2020, 05:30:51 PM »

Video, with English commentary, at the link

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-09/pope-angelus-26-sunday-ordinary-time-catechesis.html

Pope at Angelus: ‘a true Christian chooses good over evil every day'
27 September 2020, 12:10

Pope Francis invites Christians to open themselves to God’s will and to put love for our brothers and sisters into action.
By Vatican News

Pope Francis on Sunday reminded believers that Christian life is not made up of dreams or beautiful aspirations, but of concrete actions, the capacity to open ourselves to God's will and to love our brothers and sisters.

The Pope was addressing the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Angelus Prayer.

He took his cue from the Gospel reading (Mt 21: 28-32) that recounts the parable of two sons who are invited by their father to go and work in the vineyard. The first son impulsively responds “no”, but then he repents and goes. Instead, the second son, immediately replies “yes”, but does not do so.

"Obedience does not consist of saying “yes" or “no”, but of acting, of cultivating the vineyard, of bringing about the Kingdom of God," he said.
 
https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-09/pope-francis-appeal-caucasus-region-peace-negotiations-angelus.html
Pope appeals for peace in the Caucasus
27 September 2020, 12:57

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-09/migrant-refugee-world-day-pope-displaced-person.html
Pope prays for those who are forced to flee their homes on World Day of Migrants and Refugees
27 September 2020, 12:30

https://zenit.org/2020/09/27/angelus-pope-recalls-a-father-two-sons-and-the-vineyard-full-text/
Angelus: Pope Recalls a Father, Two Sons, and the Vineyard (Full Text)
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« Reply #8978 on: September 27, 2020, 05:43:06 PM »

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/cardinal-pell-to-return-to-rome-this-week-74063

Cardinal Pell to return to Rome this week
By Courtney Mares

Rome Newsroom, Sep 27, 2020 / 09:10 am MT (CNA).- Cardinal George Pell is set to return to Rome on Tuesday, his first time back in the Vatican since 2017, when he took a leave of absence from his role as prefect of the Vatican’s Secretariat for the Economy to travel to Australia.

The cardinal is set to fly on Sept. 29, sources close to Pell confirmed to CNA on Sunday, following an initial report by Australian journalist Andrew Bolt in the Herald Sun newspaper.

Pell has been living in his former Archdiocese of Sydney since his acquittal by Australia’s High Court in April on charges of sexual abuse.

In 2014, the cardinal was appointed by Pope Francis to take charge of the newly created Secretariat for the Economy and to lead efforts at reforming Vatican financial affairs. After charges of sexual abuse were brought by Victoria police, Pell took temporary leave of his role in 2017 in order to return to Australia and prove his innocence.
 
Pell's term of office as head of the Vatican's financial secretariat expired during his time in prison, with Pope Francis naming Fr. Juan Antonio Guerrero Alves, SJ, to succeed him in 2019.

The news of Pell’s return to Rome comes just days after the dramatic resignation of Cardinal Angelo Becciu, whom Pope Francis asked to resign as prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of Saints and from the rights extended to members of the College of Cardinals on Sept. 24 after he was linked to an ongoing investigation of financial misconduct at the Vatican.

Becciu had worked previously as the number two-ranking official in the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, where, CNA has previously reported, he repeatedly clashed with Pell over the reform of Vatican finances.

Pell, who had not spoken publicly about his former Vatican role since his exoneration, responded to the news of Becciu’s resignation with gratitude.
 
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« Reply #8979 on: September 28, 2020, 01:43:23 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-09/pope-francis-apostolic-nuncio-appointment-philippines-brown.html

Pope appoints Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines
28 September 2020, 13:17

Pope Francis on Monday appointed Archbishop Charles John Brown, currently the Apostolic Nuncio to Albania, to head the Holy See’s diplomatic mission to the Philippines.
By Vatican News

Pope Francis on Monday appointed a new apostolic nuncio to the Philippines.  The Pope has transferred US-born Archbishop Charles John Brown, currently the Apostolic Nuncio to Albania, to head the Holy See’s diplomatic mission to the Philippines in Manila.
 
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