Vatican security head: no immediate threat of attack by Islamic State
“The threat exists,” said Domenico Giani, the chief of the Vatican’s internal police force. “But the existence of a threat is one thing and planning an attack is another. At this time, we have not been informed of any plans to attack the Vatican or the Holy Father.” Speaking to the Italian monthly Polizia Moderna, Giani said that alongside the possibility of an attack by Islamic terrorists, the Vatican is also aware of “the risk of action by individuals, which is more dangerous because it is unpredictable.”
US bishops' conference spokesmen urge Congress not to cut spending on welfare, relief programs
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami and Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, New Mexico—the chairmen, respectively, of the US bishops’ committees on domestic and international justice—argued in a letter to every Congressman that the federal budget must not be balanced by “disproportionate cuts in essential service to poor persons.” “The moral measure of the federal budget is not which party wins or which powerful interests prevail, but rather how those who are jobless, hungry, homeless, or poor are treated,” the two prelates wrote.
Satanism, Pompeii and the Rosary – a bizarre tale surrounds Francis' next trip
Later this month Pope Francis will head to Pompeii: a city which lays claim to the curious story of a former Satanist priest – now on the way to sainthood – and his miracle-working Marian devotion. Blessed Bartolo Longo is considered the founder of modern Pompeii, which was established in 1891 after he commissioned the building of the city’s sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Holy Rosary.
Pope backs Secretariat for Economy in bid for Vatican reform
Cardinal Pell, the prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, had faced mounting opposition to his plans. Last week, Italian newspapers carried stories, based on leaked documents, alleging lavish spending at the new agency. Both the Secretariat for the Economy and the Vatican press office rejected those charges. During last month’s consistory of cardinals, several prelates said that the powers of the new Secretariat should be trimmed, preserving some of the autonomy traditionally enjoyed by Vatican agencies. By approving the draft statutes, Pope Francis chose not to accept those suggestions.
Bishop welcomes FCC vote on net neutrality
"The Internet is a critical medium for religious speech. Radio, broadcast television and cable television are, in large part, closed to noncommercial religious messages," said a Feb. 26 statement by Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City. "From the inception of the Internet until the mid-2000s, Internet service providers were not permitted to discriminate or tamper with what was said over those Internet connections," he added. "Today, the FCC restores this protection for speakers, protection particularly important to noncommercial religious speakers."
Is there a 'roadmap to happiness' in marriage? New video series says yes
“We wanted to develop a program that is going to meet (couples) where they are at, inspire them to God’s beautiful plan for love, for marriage, where we are called to find our happiness,” said Dr. Edward Sri, theology professor at the Augustine Institute, and the content director for “Beloved: Finding Happiness in Marriage.”