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VaticanNews – Cardinal Tauran Takes Oath As Camerlengo – 9 March 2015

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(Vatican Radio) On Monday morning, in the Urban VIII Chapel of the Apostolic Palace, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, took the oath as Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church. He was appointed on 20th December 2014.

According to head of the Holy See Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, Pope Francis presided over the short liturgy planned for this occasion, reading the liturgical texts provided, without making any speech.

Card. Tauran read the text of the oath, and then gave some brief words of thanks.
In the event of the death or resignation of the pope, the Camerlengo is one of only two officials who retains their positions in the Vatican administration.

His role is to administer the temporal goods of the church until the election of a new pope.

The Camerlengo also verifies the pontiff’s death and then destroying his ring.

(from Vatican Radio)



VaticanNews – Holy See: Creative approach To Intellectual Property Necessary For Health Care – 19 February 2015

(Vatican Radio) The Holy See on Wednesday urged that “a creative and innovative approach” to intellectual property be taken in order to assure medicines get to the people who need them.

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ntellectual property instruments, as it currently prevails in many parts of the world, interferes with the right to health in two ways,” explained  Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and Specialized  Agencies in Geneva.

He was speaking at the annual Social Forum organized by the United Nations Human Rights Council, which was discussing making medicines are available, financially affordable, and physically accessible. Continue reading

VaticanNews – Pontifical Commission For Protection Of Minors holds Plenary – 10 February 2015

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(Vatican Radio)  Members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors gathered in Rome for their Plenary Assembly February 6-8.  A statement issued by the Vatican said the members who took part in the Assembly were: Cardinal Seán O’Malley OFM Cap. (United States), President; Mons. Robert Oliver (United States), Secretary; Rev. Luis Manuel Ali Herrera (Colombia); Catherine Bonnet (France); Marie Collins (Ireland); Gabriel Dy-Liacco (Philippines); Sheila Hollins (England); Bill Kilgallon (New Zealand); Sr. Kayula Lesa, MSC (Zambia); Sr. Hermenegild Makoro, CPS (Zimbabwe); Kathleen McCormack (Australia); Claudio Papale (Italy); Peter Saunders (England); Hanna Suchocka  (Poland); Krysten Winter-Green (United States); Rev. Humberto Miguel YÁÑEZ, SJ (Argentina) and Rev. Hans Zolliner, SJ (Germany). Continue reading

VaticanNews – Pope Francis: The Church Is Not An Entrepreneur But A Mother – 20 December 2014

(Lucas: The Roman Catholic Church is THE biggest enterprise in the world and  it is nothing more than a giant multinational corporation! Selling belief for money and control!)

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(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis said on Friday that there is much sterility within the Church and the people of God, a sterility that comes from power and egoism.  The Church, he stressed, is a mother and not an entrepreneur. His remarks came during his homily at morning Mass celebrated at the Santa Marta residence.

Listen to this report by Susy Hodges that includes clips of the Pope’s voice:   link to audio
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VaticanNews – Vatican To UN: To Combat Extreme Poverty We Must Eradicate Inequality – 25 October 2014

(Vatican Radio) If the international community is serious about eradicating extreme poverty then it cannot rely on “one-size-fits-all solutions”.  Moreover, it’s not just a question of “increasing the amount of money a day a person lives on”. In the long term it’s a question of eradicating inequality.

This was the message at the heart of the Holy See’s address to the United Nations in New York on the issues of eradicating extreme poverty.

Delivering the intervention, the Vatican’s Permanent Observer to the UN, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, said “countries should develop evidence-based policies and strategies to combat extreme poverty, rather than relying on pre-conceived one-size-fits-all solutions” Continue reading

VaticanNews – Lord Patten Appointed To Oversee Vatican Communications – 13 July 2014

(Vatican Radio) At a press conference on Wednesday, the head of the Vatican’s Secretariat for the Economy, Cardinal George Pell, announced that British life peer, Lord Patten, has been appointed to oversee Vatican Communications.

Former Chairman of the BBC Trust and current Chancellor of Oxford University, Christopher Francis Patten is a British Conservative politician and administrator who served as the last Governor of Hong Kong prior to the handover to Chinese rule. Continue reading

VaticanNews – Holy See: Businesses Must Recognize Human Rights – 13 June 2014

(Vatican Radio) The Holy See has welcomed a document produced during the 26th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva by the Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises.   

Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United in Geneva said the unanimous endorsement of the  Guiding Principles on business and human rights  – “Protect, Respect and Remedy” –  “signaled a strong global political commitment”. Continue reading

VaticanNews – Vatican: AIF Signs Memoranda With Six New Countries – 8 June 2014

(Vatican Radio) The financial intelligence authority of the Holy See and Vatican City State (AIF) has signed memoranda of understanding with six countries, including the United Kingdom and France. THe agreements were signed during the course of a meeting of the Egmont Group – an informal international network of financial intelligence units – in Perù. Below, please find the full text of the statment from the Vatican on the signing of the memoranda. Continue reading

VaticanNews – The Pope Addresses The UN System Chief Executives Board For Coordination – 10 May 2014

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A “worldwide ethical mobilization” which “will spread and put into practice a shared ideal of fraternity and solidarity, especially with regard to the poorest and those most excluded”. The Pope called for this in his address to the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination on Friday morning, 9 May, in the Consistory Hall.

Underlining the goodness of the work carried out by the international organizations represented, “especially in terms of education and the decrease in extreme poverty”, the Pontiff urged them to continue because, he said, they “deserve and expect even greater results”. In this regard, he recalled that “an essential principle of management is the refusal to be satisfied with current results and to press forward, in the conviction that those gains are only consolidated by working to achieve even more”. Continue reading

VaticanNews – Holy See Calls For A World Free Of Nuclear Weapons – 3 May 2014

(Vatican Radio) The Holy See has told the United Nations “Nuclear weapons … should have no place in a world community determined to achieve mutual security on a global scale,” calling them “the antithesis of humankind’s yearning for peace.”
Archbishop Francis Chullikat, the Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations in New York, was speaking ahead of the review cycle of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) scheduled for 2015.

He reminded the committee the NPT treaty calls for working towards a nuclear weapons-free world.
“If one of the treaty’s central obligations – negotiations toward the elimination of nuclear weapons – continues to be implemented so timidly and at such an unacceptably slow pace, confidence in the viability of the non-proliferation regime could gradually weaken and the risk of further proliferation would increase,” said Archbishop Chullikat. Continue reading