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Pope Francis: No people is criminal and no religion is terrorist

February 17, 2017. Pope Francis has sent an important message to the Meetings of Popular Movements that is taking place in Modesto (California). The pope denounces the "moral blindness of this indifference”: "under the guise of what is politically correct or ideologically fashionable, one looks at those who suffer without touching them. But they are televised live; they are talked about in euphemisms and with apparent tolerance, but nothing is done systematically to heal the social wounds or to confront the structures that leave so many brothers and sisters by the wayside”.
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The government of the Order of Malta will elect the successor of the Grand Master in April

February 15, 2017. On April 29, the Council Complete of State, the Order’s constitutional body, will elect the next Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta (or, as provided for in the Constitution, a Lieutenant of the Grand Master, to hold office for a year).
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Pope names a Special Envoy for Medjugorje

< style> February 11, 2017. Pope Francis has asked Henryk Hoser, S.A.C., bishop of Warsaw-Prague (Poland), to go to Medjugorje as Special Envoy of the Holy See. According< g> the Vatican, "the mission has the aim of acquiring a deeper knowledge of the pastoral situation there and above all, of the needs of the faithful who go there in pilgrimage, and on the basis of this, to suggest possible pastoral initiatives for the future”.
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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.

Vatican Bank's profits tumble from EUR 86 million to 2.9 million amid ongoing reforms

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As the Holy See prepares to announce on Wednesday the Vatican Bank's new structure and leadership, the institution released its profits report for 2013. The IOR posted earnings of EUR 2.9 million ($3.9 million), far below the EUR 86 million ($117 billion) registered in 2012. 

Overall, the Bank brought in about EUR 70 million ($95.1 million) in revenue. But huge write-downs from pre-reform investments, and large operational expenses ebbed away at profits. 

Tellingly, for 2013, the Vatican Bank spent EUR 8.3 million ($11.3 million) in "professional services,” required for its "reorganization and reform.” It included contracts with auditing firms Deloitte and the Promontory Financial Group. 

The summary income statements also showed that the Bank contributed EUR 54 million ($73.4 million) to the Vatican's budget.

The IOR listed the final results of Phase I of its reform process. As of June 30, 2014, the Bank had 15,495 customers, and managed  EUR 6 billion ($8.15 billion) in assets. 

During Phase I, they closed about 3,000 "customer relationships,” 2600 of which were "dormant,” or unused for an extended period of time. The remaining 396 did not meet the Bank's new criteria, restricting account holders to Catholic organizations, clergy, Vatican employees, and diplomats accredited to the Holy See. The IOR also stated that it froze, and is in the process of closing, an additional 359 customer accounts.

On Wednesday, the Vatican's new Secretary of the Economy, Card. George Pell, will announce Phase II of the Vatican Bank's reform. The expected changes include a new bank president, as well as a scale down of services.


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