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« Reply #8840 on: August 01, 2020, 07:35:50 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-08/pope-francis-human-trafficking-scourge-against-dignity.html

Pope Francis: Trafficking a scourge against human dignity
01 August 2020, 09:41

Pope Francis sends a message to an online seminar on human trafficking, and calls this form of modern-day slavery a scourge against human dignity.
By Vatican News

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Argentina recently held an online seminar to mark the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.

In a message sent by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, Pope Francis described modern-day slavery as “a scourge that wounds the dignity of our weakest brothers and sisters.”

The Pope said our contemporary world is “sadly marked by a utilitarian perspective that views others according to the criteria of convenience and personal gain.”

This selfish point-of-view, he added, keeps others from experiencing the fullness of their unique and unrepeatable humanity.
 
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« Reply #8841 on: August 01, 2020, 07:41:24 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-08/msgr-gaid-fabio-salerno-pope-francis-secretary.html

Msgr Gaid ends service as Pope Francis's secretary, as Fr Fabio Salerno takes up post
01 August 2020, 10:15

The Director of the Holy See Press Office says a normal turnover of roles, as desired by Pope Francis, is taking place.
By Vatican News

Pope Francis has asked Father Fabio Salerno to become one of his personal secretaries. He is currently working in the Section for Relations with States in the Vatican Secretariat of State.

In addition, Msgr. Gaid, who became Pope Francis' personal secretary in April 2014, "is concluding his service."

Responding to questions from journalists, Matteo Bruni, Director of the Holy See Press Office, confirmed the news on Saturday. He explained that as is the case in other curial roles, so too in this case, “a normal turnover of roles”, as desired by Pope Francis, is taking place.

Bruni also said Msgr Gaid “will continue his current role as a Member of the Higher Committee for Human Fraternity”. The Committee promotes the implementation of the "Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together", signed in February 2019 by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmed al-Tayyeb.

Father Salerno biography

Father Fabio Salerno will step into the position left vacant by Msgr Gaid.

He was born in 1979 in Catanzaro in Italy, and was ordained a priest in 2011 for the Archdiocese of Catanzaro-Squillace. He holds a doctorate from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome.

After going through the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, he served as secretary in the Apostolic Nunciature in Indonesia and at the Holy See's Permanent Mission to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.
 
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« Reply #8842 on: August 01, 2020, 07:45:08 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-08/gregory-kelly-appointed-bishop-port-pirie-australia.html

Pope appoints new Bishop to the Diocese of Port Pirie, Australia
01 August 2020, 12:00

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Gregory O'Kelly, SJ and has appointed Father Karol Kulczycki SDS as bishop of the Diocese of Port Pirie in Australia.
By Vatican News

On Saturday, Pope Francis's appointment of Father Karol Kulczycki, SDS, as the new bishop of the Diocese of Port Pirie was announced.

The Bishop-elect was born in Góra, Poland in 1966. He entered the Society of the Divine Saviour (also known as the Salvatorians) in 1987 and professed solemn vows in 1992.

In 1994, he was ordained a priest in Poland and began to serve there in his Congregation's vocational office.

He transferred to Australia in 1997 and carried out the roles of chaplain, parochial vicar and pastor.
 
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« Reply #8843 on: August 01, 2020, 07:50:54 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2020-08/cardinal-parolin-visits-ars-lourdes-vianney-assumption-august.html

Cardinal Parolin to visit Ars and Lourdes in August
01 August 2020, 15:00

The Vatican Secretary of State will pay a visit to Ars on the Feast of St John Vianney, and will celebrate Mass on the Solemnity of the Assumption in Lourdes.
By Sr Bernadette Mary Reis and Adelaide Patrignani

In early July, Father Patrice Chocholski, the Rector of the St John Vianney Shrine in Ars, confirmed the August 4th visit of the Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin.

Cardinal Parolin accepted the invitation extended to him to celebrate Mass at 10:00 am and speak at a conference at 3:00 pm. The theme chosen for the conference is “Pope Francis and the priest: walking with the People of God.

This is the Cardinal’s first trip outside Italy since the coronavirus lockdown began in early March.

Encouragement for priests

In an interview with Vatican News, Fr Chocholski explains that Cardinal Parolin’s presence for this occasion comes just one year after Pope Francis wrote a letter to priests on the 160th anniversary of St John Vianney’s death. In that letter, Fr Chocholski says Pope Francis “encouraged us to be priests today through a different style.” He continued saying that priests need to look to St John Vianney as an example of how to be “configured with Christ.”  This, he said, is a “source of inspiration”.
 
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« Reply #8844 on: August 02, 2020, 12:51:11 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-08/pope-francis-angelus-appeal-for-pardon-of-assisi.html

Pope Francis urges everyone to obtain “Pardon of Assisi”
02 August 2020, 12:07

Pope Francis is encouraging Catholics to receive the plenary indulgence granted to St. Francis, which is known as the “Pardon of Assisi”.
By Devin Watkins

Speaking at the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis invited everyone to receive the “Pardon of Assisi”, which can be obtained from the evening of 1 August until midnight on 2 August.

St. Francis obtained this spiritual gift from God through the intercession of the Virgin Mary.

“It is a plenary indulgence that may be received by partaking of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist and visiting a parish or Franciscan church, reciting the Creed, the Lord’s prayer and praying for the Pope and his intentions,” the Pope pointed out.

He recalled that the indulgence can even be obtained for a deceased person.

“How important it is to always put God’s forgiveness, which ‘generates heaven’ in us and around us, back at the center!” he said.
 
https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/friar-lauds-indulgence-as-a-way-to-connect-with-st-francis
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« Reply #8845 on: August 02, 2020, 01:09:43 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-08/pope-francis-angelus-multiplication-of-loaves-catechesis.html

Pope at Angelus: Eucharist provides strength to care for others
02 August 2020, 12:08

Ahead of the Angelus prayer on Sunday, Pope Francis encourages the faithful to draw strength from the Eucharist and to show compassion and tenderness toward those in need.
By Devin Watkins

Pope Francis reflected on Jesus’ miracle of the multiplication of the loaves (Mt 14:13-21) during his catechesis at the Sunday Angelus.

He said the people had gone to listen to Jesus in a deserted place, because “His words and His gestures restore and bring hope.”

As the sun goes down and those present begin to seek food, Jesus tells His disciples to give them something to eat.

“Jesus wants to use this situation to educate His friends, both then and now, about God’s logic: the logic of taking responsibility for others,” said Pope Francis.
 
https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-08/pope-francis-angelus-appeal-for-pardon-of-assisi.html
Pope Francis urges everyone to obtain “Pardon of Assisi”
02 August 2020, 12:07

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-08/pope-francis-angelus-closeness-to-nicaraguans-for-crucifix.html
Pope praying for Nicaraguans after destruction of Managua crucifix
02 August 2020, 12:45

https://zenit.org/2020/08/02/pope-francis-a-commentary-of-the-miracle-of-the-loaves-and-fishes/
Pope Francis: A Commentary on the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes
Jesus Demonstrates His Power as a Sign Charity
AUGUST 02, 2020 13:05  JIM FAIR

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POPE'S ANGELUS OF 2 AUGUST 2020
https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope-francis/angelus/2020-08/video-pope-francis-angelus-2-august-2020.html
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August 02 2020 Angelus prayer Pope Francis
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« Reply #8846 on: August 03, 2020, 10:28:33 AM »

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Benedict XVI is ill since visit to Germany
By Hannah Brockhaus

Rome Newsroom, Aug 3, 2020 / 03:21 am MT (CNA).- Pope emeritus Benedict XVI is sick with a bacterial infection and “very frail,” according to a German newspaper report.

Citing Benedict biographer Peter Seewald, German newspaper Passauer Neue Presse (PNP) reported Aug. 3 that the 93-year-old pope emeritus is suffering from facial erysipelas, or facial shingles, a bacterial infection of the skin which causes a painful, red rash.

The infection can also result in fever, headaches, and lymphedema. It is treated with antibiotics.

Seewald told PNP that Benedict has been “very frail” since his return from visiting his ailing older brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, in Bavaria in June. Georg Ratzinger died July 1.

Seewald saw Benedict XVI at his Vatican home in the Mater Ecclesia monastery Aug. 1 to present him with a copy of his latest biography of the retired pope.

The journalist said despite his illness, Benedict was optimistic and stated he might take up writing again if his strength returns. Seewald also said the former pope’s voice is now “barely audible.”

PNP also reported Aug. 3 that Benedict has chosen to be buried in the former tomb of St. John Paul II in the crypt of St. Peter’s Basilica. The body of the Polish pope was moved into the upper part of the basilica when he was canonized in 2014.

Like John Paul II, Benedict XVI has written a spiritual testament which can be published after his death
 
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« Reply #8847 on: August 03, 2020, 02:11:04 PM »

https://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/archbishop-ganswein-pope-emeritus-benedicts-ailment-is-not-serious

AUG. 3, 2020
Archbishop Ganswein: Pope Emeritus Benedict’s Ailment Is ‘Not Serious’
The latest news of Benedict’s condition came from his biographer, Peter Seewald, who visited the Pope Emeritus over the weekend.
Edward Pentin

VATICAN CITY — The health condition of Pope Emeritus Benedict “does not give cause for particular concern, except for a 93-year-old man who is overcoming the most acute phase of a painful, but not serious, illness,” his personal secretary Archbishop Georg Gänswein said Monday.

His comments, given through the Vatican press office this evening, came in response to a report in this morning’s Passauer Neue Presse (PNP) that Benedict XVI was “seriously ill” and suffering from facial erysipelas, a bacterial infection of the skin that causes a painful, red rash.

The infection, which mostly affects infants and the elderly, can cause fever, headaches and lymphedema and is treated with antibiotics. A form of herpes or shingles, it is not considered life-threatening.

The news of Benedict’s condition came from his biographer, Peter Seewald, who visited the Pope Emeritus over the weekend to present him with a copy of his extensive new biography called Benedict XVI: A Life.
 
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« Reply #8848 on: August 03, 2020, 02:18:09 PM »

https://zenit.org/2020/08/03/pope-receives-mohammed-abdelsalam/

Pope Receives Mohammed Abdelsalam
AUGUST 03, 2020 16:25  LARISSA I. LÓPEZ

Pope Francis received Judge Mohammed Abdelsalam, former adviser of the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and Secretary-General of the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity, said Abdelsalam himself on his Twitter account yesterday, August 2, 2020.

According to Il Sismografo, the news blog on the Vatican, a photograph was taken last Friday during Abelsalam’s visit at Saint Martha’s in the Vatican, during which the Pope’s former personal secretary, Monsignor Yoannis Lahzi Gaid was also present.

Working Meeting

 In another Tweet written in Arabic, Abdelsalam wrote: “I had the pleasure to meet with His Holiness, Pope Francis, two days ago in the Vatican to discuss the projects and initiatives of the Committee of Human Fraternity. This is a holiday gift. “

Mohammed Abdelsalam explained to the Egyptian press that Pope Francis was very grateful for the fact that he had to leave his family at the height of the Eid Al-Adha feast (Feast of the Sacrifice) to come to the working meeting. “We will be your family here,” the Holy Father said. Then he gave his guest a beautiful silver vase.
 
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« Reply #8849 on: August 03, 2020, 02:24:57 PM »

https://zenit.org/2020/08/03/pope-francis-appointment-of-consultors-of-the-congregation-for-the-causes-of-saints/

Pope Francis: Appointment of Consultors of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints
Announced Saturday, August 1, 2020
AUGUST 03, 2020 15:11

The Holy Father included among the Consultors of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints: the Rev. from Sr. Nicoletta Vittoria Spezzati, ASC, formerly Under Secretary in the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life; the Most Illustrious Gentlemen: Prof. Bernard Dompnier, Member of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences, Dr. Pierantonio Piatti, Official of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences; Matteo Nacci, Professor of history of law at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome; 
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« Reply #8850 on: August 03, 2020, 07:22:29 PM »

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-francis-tells-youth-at-medjugorje-be-inspired-by-the-virgin-mary-62665

Pope Francis tells youth at Medjugorje: be inspired by the Virgin Mary

Vatican City, Aug 2, 2020 / 07:30 am MT (CNA).- Pope Francis has urged young people gathered in Medjugorje to imitate the Virgin Mary by abandoning themselves to God.

He issued the appeal in a message to an annual youth meeting in Medjugorje, read out Aug. 1 by Archbishop Luigi Pezzuto, Apostolic Nuncio in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“The great example of the Church that is young in the heart, ready to follow Christ with new freshness and fidelity, always remains the Virgin Mary,” the pope said in the message, sent in Croatian and released by the Holy See press office Aug. 2.

“The power of Her ‘Yes’ and Her ‘Let it be unto me’ which she said before the angel, delights us at all times. Her ‘Yes’ means to participate and take risks, without any guarantee except knowing that she is the bearer of the promise. Her ‘Behold the handmaid of the Lord’ (Luke 1:38), the most beautiful example that tells us what happens when a man, in his freedom, surrenders himself into God’s hands.”

“Let this example inspire you and be your guideline!”

Pope Francis approved Catholic pilgrimages to Medjugorje in May 2019, but he has not made a deliberation on the authenticity of the alleged Marian apparitions reported at the site since 1981.
 
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« Reply #8851 on: August 04, 2020, 05:04:10 PM »

Video, with English text, at the link

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-08/pope-francis-prayer-intention-august-2020-video-message.html
Pope's August prayer intention: people in the maritime world
04 August 2020, 17:00

In his prayer intention for this month of August, Pope Francis urges prayers for seafarers and those working in the maritime world.
By Robin Gomes

Pope Francis on Tuesday released a video message containing his prayer intention for the month of August. He invites prayers for those “who work and live from the sea, among them sailors, fishermen and their families”.

The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, formerly known as the Apostleship of Prayer, organises and disseminates “The Pope Video”.  The network is a pontifical initiative, whose mission is to pray and encounter the challenges facing humanity and the mission of the Church that concern the Holy Father, expressed in his monthly intentions.
 
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« Reply #8852 on: August 04, 2020, 05:06:29 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/church/news/2020-08/pope-francis-138-projects-populorum-progression-latin-america-ca.html

Pope finances 168 projects in Latin American and Caribbean
04 August 2020, 18:20

The Pope’s charitable initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean are carried out largely through the Populorum Progressio Foundation for Latin America and the Caribbean, operating under the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.
By Robin Gomes

During the annual meeting held online, July 29-30, the board of directors of the Populorum Progressio Foundation selected 138 social development projects from among the numerous proposals, developed by the Latin American and Caribean communities and regions most in need.
 
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« Reply #8853 on: August 04, 2020, 05:12:33 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-08/maximino-caballero-secretary-secretariat-economy-vatican.html

A layman, Maximino Caballero Ledo, is the new Secretary of SPE
04 August 2020, 12:01

A Spaniard, married and the father of two children, childhood friend of Prefect Juan Antonio Guerrero, expert in finance, will take up work in the Vatican leaving behind a highly responsible position at Baxter Healthcare, Inc.
By Vatican News

“Of all the various career opportunities I could have imagined, this is one that would never have crossed my mind…”. These are the words with which Maximino Caballero welcomed Pope Francis’s appointment announced today, that designates him as the new number two person in the Secretariat for the Economy (SPE), the Dicastery headed by Prefect Juan Antonio Guerrero.
 
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« Reply #8854 on: August 04, 2020, 05:20:00 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-08/pope-francis-resumes-weekly-general-audience.html

Pope Francis resumes weekly General Audience
04 August 2020, 20:00

After a short summer break, Pope Francis resumes his weekly General Audience on Wednesday, 5 August, from the library of the Apostolic Palace.
By Vatican News

Pope Francis’s summer break is over. As of Wednesday, August 5th, Pope Francis resumes his weekly General Audiences, which he suspends each July. The last public General Audience held in the Paul VI audience hall took place on 7 March. These audiences begin at 9:30 local Rome time and last for about one hour. After public General Audiences, Pope Francis customarily greets a number of people.

After the last public audience on 7 March, the Vatican moved the Audiences from St Peter’s Square to the library of the Apostolic Palace in order to comply with measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. For the first time, on 18 March, Vatican News began offering an English commentary for the General Audience.

Pope Francis and his catechesis

As Pope Francis again picks up his weekly General Audience, it will be his 318th Catechesis. The only other time outside of July that General Audiences are suspended are during the Pope's papal trips. As soon as Pope Francis returns from such a trip, he always recaps his journey. Sometimes this happens the day following his return.

During the General Audience, the Pope gives a catechesis on the Christian faith. Short summaries of these catecheses are translated into 7 languages: French, English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic and Polish. Longer summaries of these catecheses are published on Vatican News and full texts can be found on the official Vatican web portal. The General Audiences can be viewed live with playback available on the various language channels of the Vatican Media YouTube channel.
 
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« Reply #8855 on: August 05, 2020, 01:20:41 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-08/pope-francis-general-audience-faith-hope-charity-social-doctrine.html

Pope at Audience launches new catechesis series on healing the world
05 August 2020, 09:49

Resuming his weekly general audience after the July recess, Pope Francis says that the Christian virtues of faith, hope and charity enable us to heal the physical, social and spiritual infirmities of our times, such as those revealed by the pandemic.
By Robin Gomes

In a catechesis live-streamed from the Apostolic Library on Wednesday morning, Pope Francis assures Christians that despite the Covid-19 pandemic continuing to infect and kill people, with many, especially the poor, going through uncertain times because of socio-economic problems, God’s Kingdom of healing and of salvation is present, as Jesus assures us in Luke’s Gospel.
 
https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-08/pope-francis-prays-for-victims-of-lebanon-explosion.html
Pope Francis prays for victims of Lebanon explosion
05 August 2020, 10:17

https://zenit.org/2020/08/05/popes-1st-general-audience-since-july-break-on-healing-the-world-full-text/
POPE’S 1st GENERAL AUDIENCE SINCE JULY BREAK: On Healing the World (FULL TEXT)
AUGUST 05, 2020 10:32

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August 05 2020 General Audience Pope Francis
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« Reply #8856 on: August 05, 2020, 01:28:20 PM »

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Pope visits Saint Mary Major on feast of Basilica's dedication
05 August 2020, 16:49

Pope Francis visits the Basilica of Saint Mary Major on Wednesday afternoon, where he prays before the image of Our Lady, Salus Populi Romani.
By Vatican News

Pope Francis made a surprise visit to Saint Mary Major on Wednesday, the feast of the dedication of the Papal Basilica.

At the church, the Holy Father knelt for a few moments in prayer in the Borghese Chapel, before the image of Our Lady, Salus Populi Romani (“Savation of the Roman People”).

The legend of the miraculous snowfall

August 5th is marked throughout the universal Church as the anniversary of the dedication of Saint Mary Major. In the Roman Rite, is observed liturgically as an optional memorial.

The origins of the Basilica are shrouded in legend.

According to a late tradition, on the night of August 4-5, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Pope Liberius, and to a Roman patrician named John, requesting that they build a church on a spot that would be shown to them.

The first part of August in Rome is notoriously hot and humid. But on the morning of August 5, 358, the people of Rome were greeted with an almost unbelievable sight: a blanket of snow covering a part of the top of the Esquiline Hill, indicating the place where the church should be built.

For centuries, the Church in Rome has celebrated the dedication of the Saint Mary Major, also known as the Liberian Basilica, with special rituals. During the singing of the Gloria at the principle Solemn Mass, a portion of the ceiling is opened, and white jasmine petals are showered on the congregation in commemoration of the miraculous origins of the Basilica.
 
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« Reply #8857 on: August 06, 2020, 05:04:27 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-08/pope-extends-eastern-catholic-patriarchs-jurisdiction-over-arab.html

Pope extends Eastern Catholic Patriarchs’ jurisdiction over Arabian Peninsula
06 August 2020, 15:17

Pope Francis extends the jurisdiction of Eastern Catholic Patriarchs over the Arabian Peninsula, in response to requests from the Patriarchs, for the greater spiritual good of the faithful.
By Vatican News

Pope Francis, with a Rescriptum published by the Vatican Press Office on Thursday, has extended the jurisdiction of the Eastern Catholic Patriarchs over the entire Arabian Peninsula, which includes the Apostolic Vicariates of Northern and Southern Arabia.

The latest announcement – fruit of careful evaluation by the Pope and the appropriate Dicasteries of the Roman Curia -  is in response to requests made by the Patriarchs and Apostolic Vicars of Northern and Southern Arabia, in view of the greater spiritual good of the faithful, as well as the historical prerogatives of their jurisdiction over the territory.

This new provision affects six Eastern Catholic Patriarchal Churches: Alexandria of the Copts, Antioch of the Maronites, Antioch of the Syrians, Antioch of the Greek-Melkites, Babylon of the Chaldeans and Cilicia of the Armenians.
 
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« Reply #8858 on: August 06, 2020, 05:09:05 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-08/pope-francis-new-members-for-economy-council.html

Pope chooses six women as lay experts for Council for the Economy
06 August 2020, 12:00

Pope Francis appoints thirteen new Members to the Vatican’s Council for the Economy.
By Vatican News

Pope Francis created the Council for the Economy on 24 February 2014, with the Apostolic Letter Fidelis dispensator et prudens.

The Council’s task is to supervise the economic management of the structures, along with the administrative and financial activities, of the Dicasteries of the Roman Curia, as well as the Institutions connected with the Holy See and Vatican City State.

The Council is composed of fifteen Members, eight of whom are chosen from among Cardinals and Bishops, so as to reflect the universality of the Church. The other seven are experts of various nationalities, with financial expertise and recognized professional credentials.

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Freising, will remain as coordinator of the Council for the Economy. Cardinal Wilfrid Foix Napier, Archbishop of Durban, will also stay on as a Member until his 80th birthday.

New members

On Thursday, Pope Francis appointed the following Cardinals: Péter Erdő, Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest; Odilo Pedro Scherer, Archbishop of São Paulo; Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec; Joseph William Tobin, Archbishop of Newark; Anders Arborelius, Bishop of Stockholm; and Giuseppe Petrocchi, Archbishop of L'Aquila.

He also appointed the following lay people to the Council: Charlotte Kreuter-Kirchhof, Eva Castillo Sanz, Leslie Jane Ferrar, Marija Kolak, Alberto Minali, María Concepción Osákar Garaicoechea, and Ruth Maria Kelly.
 
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Pope expresses closeness to Japan on 75th anniversary of Hiroshima bombing
06 August 2020, 11:41

Pope Francis writes a message to the Governor of the Hiroshima Prefecture on the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, expressing his closeness and calling for an end to the use of nuclear weapons.
By Vatican News

Pope Francis expressed his closeness to the people of Japan on Thursday, to mark the 75th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima which took place during the Second World War.

In a message sent Thursday to the Governor of the Hiroshima Prefecture, Hidehiko Yusaki, the Pope offered his “cordial greetings to the organizers and participants in the seventy-fifth solemn anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima in 1945, and in a special way to the hibakusha survivors of the original tragedy.”

The Pope also recalled that he was able to reflect on “the destruction of human life and property” at the Peace Memorial in Hiroshima and at Hypocenter Park in Nagasaki during his Apostolic Visit to the two cities in November 2019.
 
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