A tone-deaf Spanish Bishops’ Conference has spent money on a 20-page newspaper ad to ask people for more money.
Maintaining the COVID-19 health protocols, Pope Francis received in audience only eight members of the flat-sharing association Lazare on 29 May at Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican, on the occasion of the organisation’s 10th anniversary.
Pope Francis has published an Apostolic Letter creating legislation to govern the awarding of the public contracts of the Holy See and Vatican City State, which shall follow the principles of transparency, centralised control, and competition to reduce the risk of corruption.
The Vatican has put into action in Switzerland its promise of “rigour, clarity and sobriety” in its finances.
As major challenges for the global economy are predicted in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, a diverse group of faith institutions is putting the call for a just economic recovery into practice.
The Spanish Bishops’ Conference has alerted that the country’s 23,000 parishes are losing 20 million euros a month due to COVID-19.
Father Juan Antonio Guerrero Alves was appointed just a few months ago as Prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy.
The Vatican is projecting a coronavirus-related loss of up to 146 million euros, according to a media report.
The Vatican has confirmed the 10th case of coronavirus within its walls as Pope Francis has postponed the annual ‘Peter’s Pence’ collection.
The Holy See Press Office announced April 15 that Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, has appointed a new director and deputy director of the Vatican Financial Information Authority (AIF).
The Vatican is planning staff and other cost cuts to cover an 11 million euro coronavirus financial black hole.
At Wednesday’s Mass in the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis prayed for the conversion of exploitative people, mafiosos and loan sharks who take advantage of those in need in the coronavirus crisis.
On the coronavirus front in Spain – where just over 33,000 people have been infected with COVID-19 and over 2,000 have died – a mayor has told the Church to pay tax to help solve the health, social and economic crisis as two bishops have taken ill from the disease.
The Italian Bishops have come up with a series of guidelines for deconsecrated churches, in which they urge that redundant places of worship be converted into libraries and community centres before into hotels, houses, discos or casinos.
Matteo Salvini’s uses — and abuses — of religious symbols haven’t failed to attract attention. Some consider them comparable to the politicised Evangelicalism found in the US, while others see them as merely a populist ploy to appeal to the masses.
Last October the Vatican judiciary launched an investigation into financial and real estate investments which led to the suspension of five Holy See employees.
The Finnish Catholic Church is struggling for survival, with just eight parishes in a country of 300,000 square kilometres.
The Polish Church has plunged to new lows of public trust, and priests are knocking door-to-door for donations.
The President of the Vatican’s Financial Information Authority, Carmelo Barbagallo, announced Thursday the lifting of the suspension placed on it by the Egmont Group, and says it can now resume its collaboration with its peers in other countries.
The Belgian Church is buying up big on prime Brussels real estate while warning of the prospect of church closures.
The Irish Government is being accused of opacity and discrimination for spending €10 million a year in public funding for religious chaplains in State secondary schools.
Pope Francis has recalled today on the Feast of the Epiphany that “life’s greatness does not consist in having, but in loving”, as he warned against worshipping “the god of money, the god of consumerism, the god of pleasure, the god of success, the god of self”.
Tens of thousands of Poles are petitioning the Pope to silence the “hateful voice” of controversial priest media tycoon Tadeusz Rydzyk.
A French-Spanish theologian has said that the Vatican financial scandals are signals of the “end of the pontifical monarchy”.
Controversial treaties with the Vatican have emerged as an issue in a tight Croatian presidential vote to be held this Sunday, December 22.
A politics professor and a real estate industry insider have taken down the conservative Catholic “Dan Brown” reporting on recent Vatican financial “scandals”.