Pope Francis issues new Vatican contract laws to prevent corruption

VATICAN CITY -- To prevent fraud and corruption, uphold Catholic principles and save money, Pope Francis has issued a new set of laws covering contracts for the purchase of goods, property and services for both the Roman Curia and Vatican City State offices.

  • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

    Vatican official says anti-religious bias was evident during lockdown

    VIENNA -- As people spent more time online during the coronavirus lockdown, negative remarks and even the incitement of hatred based on national, cultural or religious identity increased, a Vatican representative said.

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      Vatican Museums, archive, library prepare to reopen

      VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican Museums, Vatican Apostolic Archives and Vatican Library will reopen June 1, almost three months after being closed as part of the lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

      • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

        Vatican orders Italian founder of ecumenical community to leave

        VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican has ordered Enzo Bianchi, the 77-year-old founder and former prior of the ecumenical Monastery of Bose, to leave the community following an apostolic visitation to clarify leadership within the group.

        • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

          Pope Francis clears way for beatification of Knights of Columbus founder

          VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis has approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Father Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, clearing the way for his beatification.

          • By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

            Pope Francis to lead world shrines in rosary prayer for pandemic

            VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis will lead the major shrines around the world in praying the rosary to implore Mary's intercession and protection amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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              Pope marks anniversary of 'Laudato Si'' with call to prayer, action

              VATICAN CITY -- Commemorating the fifth anniversary of his encyclical on the environment, Pope Francis called on Christians to join in prayer and acts of care for the Earth and for the poor.

                Year-long program created for encyclical

                VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican announced that it will commemorate the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment with a year-long series of initiatives dedicated to the safeguarding and care for the Earth.

                  Vatican distributes notes on cleaning, protecting church objects

                  VATICAN CITY -- To help prevent damaging artistic and historically significant objects, the Pontifical Council for Culture released suggestions for cleaning and disinfecting church buildings, furnishings and sacred objects.

                    Investigators: No evidence St. John Paul covered up abuse

                    ROME -- The postulator and the commission involved in investigating the life of Pope John Paul II for sainthood cause found no evidence that the pope knowingly neglected or covered up abuse scandals, the postulator said.

                      Pope Benedict: St. John Paul's life marked by mercy, not moral rigidity

                      VATICAN CITY -- The continuity between St. John Paul II and Pope Francis is rooted in the message of God's divine mercy for all men and women, retired Pope Benedict XVI said in a letter commemorating his predecessor's birth.