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Pope Francis advances eight new causes of sainthood

January 23, 2017. On January 20, Pope Francis met with Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to announce the publication of decrees for the advancement of eight causes of sainthood.

Holy See confirms investigation of Order of Malta

January 17, 2017. The Holy See has issued a statement Tuesday in response to "attempts by the Order of Malta to discredit” the new group established by the Vatican to conduct the investigation of why the Chancellor of the Order of Malta was asked to step down.

Pope sends condolences for victims of Turkish cargo jet crash

January 16, 2017. On Monday morning, a Turkish cargo plane has tragically crashed in Kyrgyzstan, killing dozens and hospitalizing many others. Many homes and vehicles in the small village are also destroyed. As a result, Vatican Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin has sent a message of condolences to the victims of the disaster on behalf of Pope Francis.

Pope Francis to meet with Palestinian president on Saturday

January 11, 2017. Pope Francis will meet with Palestinian president, Mahmud Abbas on Saturday, January 14, at the Vatican to inaugurate the new Palestinian embassy to the Holy See.

Former Director of the Vatican's school for diplomats, Justo Mullor dies

December 30, 2016. The smiling archbishop Justo Mullor died this morning in Rome, at the Pío XI Clinic. He was 84 years old.

Benedict XVI offers six ways to face the economic crisis


The first is the 'Principles of Gratuitousness'. It means that relationships between people should not be viewed in terms of benefits, and it's good there is capacity to help others.

Benedict XVI
General Audience from July 8, 2009

"If it is to function properly, the economy needs ethics; it needs to recover the important contribution of the principle of gratuitousness and the 'logic of gift' in the market economy, where the rule cannot be profit alone.”

The second is the 'Logic of the Gift'. Benedict XVI calls for generosity, asking to look beyond personal benefits because this only leads to weaken society.

Benedict XVI
General Audience from July 8, 2009

"However this is only possible with the commitment of all economists, and politicians, producers and consumers and it presupposes a formation of consciences that gives strength to moral criteria in the elaboration of political and economic projects.”

Next is the idea of 'Subsidiarity', which says that matters should be handled by the smallest competent authority. It's a matter of not intruding in the private sector but also remembering that governments are responsible for social issues. It also says that each individual must do their part.

Benedict XVI
General Audience from July 8, 2009

"As must always be reiterated, a different lifestyle for the whole of humanity is necessary in which the duties of everyone towards the environment are linked to those towards the individual, considered in himself and in relation to others.”

Then there is the 'Principle of Solidarity'. People should look to each other for help in order to overcome indifference, envy, greed, and hatred.

Benedict XVI
General Audience from July 8, 2009

"Humanity is one family and fruitful dialogue between faith and reason cannot but enrich it, making charitable work in social life more effective and providing the appropriate framework in which to encourage collaboration between believers and non-believers, in the shared prospective of working for justice and peace in the world.”

Next is a 'Global Political Authority' which is aimed at avoiding chaos and anarchy. It says that society needs to respect the law which should be clear as well as respect people of all faiths.

Benedict XVI
General Audience from July 8, 2009

"Lastly, in the face of the problems of today's world that are so immense and profound, I point out the need for a world political authority, regulated by law, which would abide by the above-mentioned principles of subsidiarity and solidarity and would be firmly oriented to the realization of the common good with respect for humanity's great moral and religious traditions.”

There is also the idea of 'The Center of the Person'. Here, the pope isn't looking to save the system but rather the people involved.

Benedict XVI
General Audience from July 8, 2009

"The Encyclical does not of course aim to offer technical solutions to the vast social problems of the contemporary world. This lies outside the competence of the Magisterium of the Church. Yet, it recalls the great principles that prove indispensable to building human development in the years to come. Among them, in the first place, is attention to human life, considered to be the core of all true progress .”

These six ideas are aimed at fixing the financial system and rebuilding a new one that would be more humane and fair to all people.