Category: World Report

Hindus plan anti-conversion campaign across India

Hindu groups in India are planning to launch a nationwide campaign to curb religious conversion, which they claim is a form of violence and a crime. Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and its affiliate Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) say religious conversion is rampant in tribal-dominated areas and they plan to bring those converted back to the…

Vatican Roundup

Pope to Moneyval: merchants must be prevented from ‘speculating’ in the temple It is a task which is “particularly dear to my heart”, carried out “to promote a ‘clean finance’, in which the ‘merchants’ are prevented from speculating in that sacred ‘temple’ which is humanity”. Pope Francis made that remark on Thursday in an address to…

In Brief

French cardinal says book royalties go to abuse victims A French cardinal who resigned as archbishop of Lyon after being acquitted of failing to report clerical sex abuse said the royalties from his new book would go to abuse victims. Cardinal Philippe Barbarin told France’s RTL radio that the Archdiocese of Lyon would distribute the…

Cardinal accused of sending Vatican funds to Australia during Pell trial

Italian media has reported allegations that Cardinal Angelo Becciu transferred several hundred thousand euros from Vatican accounts to an account in Australia during the trial of Cardinal George Pell. The cardinal has not responded to the allegation, which international news outlets have yet to independently corroborate. Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reported on Friday that…

Tomb of young Italian opened for veneration

The tomb of Carlo Acutis, a 15-year-old Italian teenager who used his computer programming skills to spread devotion to the Eucharist, was opened for veneration before his beatification in Assisi. A statement released by the Diocese of Assisi said the tomb will remain open for veneration until October 17. Venerable Acutis’ beatification Mass will be…

European financial-crime evaluators make on-site visit to Vatican

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, has thanked experts from Moneyval – the Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism – for helping the Holy See in its efforts to ensure transparency and international cooperation in its financial dealings. The cardinal welcomed the…

Salesians raise €8 million for families affected by pandemic

The head of the Salesians announced that the order has raised nearly €8 million to help thousands of families worldwide who have been financially affected during the Covid-19 pandemic. “Specifically, €7.9 million have been collected, a very significant amount that has reached 62 Salesian provinces around the world, in response to 143 projects in support…

Vatican Roundup

US Secretary of State and Vatican official s
ex change views on China The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Holy See’s top diplomats had a “respectful” exchange of views on China, the Vatican said October 1. Responding to questions from journalists, Matteo Bruni, director of the Holy See press office, said that Mr…