- Dec 7, 2019
A commission established by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI recognized the first seven apparitions of Mary at Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina as real. Pope Francis said during a press conference on his way back from Fatima that he did not give much credit to the most recent apparitions.
Jesus “is someone who knows us, sees our pain and disappointment, and who is moved by us and calls us by name,” Pope Francis said during his general audience May 17. “Every man is a story of love that God writes on this earth.”
After a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican, the president of the Peruvian bishops’ conference said that the pope would like to dedicate a Synod of Bishops to the indigenous people of the Amazon and the evangelization in the region.
The Catholic bishops of Venezuela have been subject to government harassment and violence for their defense of human rights and basic dignity. Last week the Latin American bishops meeting in San Salvador decried the deprivation of basic needs and human rights in Venezuela. Does Pope Francis now need to show greater support for the country’s opposition?
Police in Australia will “take time to consider … advice” from prosecutors over the allegations Cardinal George Pell engaged in inappropriate behavior with young people decades ago. The cardinal, currently the head of the Vatican’s Secretariat for the Economy, has issued a “vehement” denial of all accusations against him.
The Vatican’s financial watchdog presented a rosy annual report on Thursday, suggesting a drop in reports of suspicious activity and an increase in cooperation with international partners in tracking transactions. However, there still has been no public prosecution of anyone for financial crimes in the Vatican, which faces a ticking clock to get that done from the Council of Europe’s review process.