Tuesday, July 15, 2014
I have been having Internet issues for about an hour no surprise anymore! and I will attempt to post what I have prepared so far. I have more news to add and, if with very good luck this gets posted, Ill come back later to add that.

In the meantime: Pope emeritus Benedict XVI was particularly pleased with the World Cup final because there were players from his native Bavaria in the winning team but said he hoped Argentina would recover quickly, his secretary said on Monday. According to a news item by AFP, Archbishop Georg Gaenswein said he watched the match along with Benedict XVI's entire staff but the 87-year-old Pope did not.


(VIS, Vatican Radio) Yesterday Pope Francis sent a Message to the organizers, speakers and participants in the Mexico/Holy See Colloquium on Migration and Development. The Message was read during the inaugural session by the nuncio to Mexico, Archbishop Christophe Pierre.

In his message Pope Francis writes that globalization has rendered migration a hallmark of society today. Despite this it is still seen as an emergency or as a circumstantial phenomenon.

Above all, the Popes thoughts go to the tens of thousands of children who migrate alone, unaccompanied, to escape poverty and violence. He says, this is a category of migrants who cross the border with the United States under extreme conditions and in pursuit of a hope that in most cases turns out to be vain. He notes that the numbers of children undertaking this hazardous journey are increasing day by day.

Pope Francis calls for "the international community to pay attention to this challenge" and for measures to be taken by the countries involved. These include policies to inform the public of the dangers of the trip north and to promote development of the migrants' countries of origin.

US authorities have detained some 57,000 unaccompanied minors since October, twice the number from the same period a year ago. Mexican authorities have picked up 8,000 child migrants in the first five months of the year, and more than half of them were traveling by themselves.

Pope Francis says in his message, Globalization is a phenomenon that challenges us, especially in one of its principal manifestations which is emigration. It is one of the 'signs' of this time that we live in and that brings us back to the words of Jesus, 'Why do you not know how to interpret the present time?'. Despite the large influx of migrants present in all continents and in almost all countries, migration is still seen as an emergency, or as a circumstantial and sporadic fact, while instead it has now become a hallmark of our society and a challenge.

It is a phenomenon that carries with it great promise and many challenges. Many people forced to emigrate suffer, and often, die tragically; many of their rights are violated, they are obliged to separate from their families and, unfortunately, continue to be the subject of racist and xenophobic attitudes.

Faced with this situation, I repeat what I have affirmed in this years Message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees: 'A change of attitude towards migrants and refugees is needed on the part of everyone, moving away from attitudes of defensiveness and fear, indifference and marginalization all typical of a throwaway culture towards attitudes based on a culture of encounter, the only culture capable of building a better, more just and fraternal world'.

I would also like to draw attention to the tens of thousands of children who migrate alone, unaccompanied, to escape poverty and violence: This is a category of migrants from Central America and Mexico itself who cross the border with the United States under extreme conditions and in pursuit of a hope that in most cases turns out to be vain. They are increasing day by day. This humanitarian emergency requires, as a first urgent measure, these children be welcomed and protected. These measures, however, will not be sufficient, unless they are accompanied by policies that inform people about the dangers of such a journey and, above all, that promote development in their countries of origin. Finally, this challenge demands the attention of the entire international community so that new forms of legal and secure migration may be adopted.

I wish every success to the laudable initiative of the Mexican governments Ministry of Foreign Affairs in arranging a colloquium of study and reflection on the great challenge of migration and cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing to all those present.

Go here for Cardinal Parolins address:


On July 10, Pope Francis had another conversation with the Italian journalist who founded the Italian daily, La Repubblica, 90-year-old Eugenio Scalfari and, according to Scalfaris rendition of the conversation, topics touched upon included pedophilia, the Mafia, and priestly celibacy.

The Pope and Scalfari previously had a lengthy interview/conversation which was published October 1 in Italys La Repubblica. Eugenio Scalfari is a self professed non-believer and the founder of La Repubblica. When questions came up about that interview, Scalfari admitted the article was based on his recollections as no one else was present for the interview, no recording was made and Scalfari did not take notes.

Fr. Federico Lombardi, who commented on the October interview, also commented on the article that was published Sunday morning in La Repubblica:

"In the Sunday edition of La Repubblica an article by Eugenio Scalfari was prominently featured relating a recent conversation that took place with Pope Francis. The conversation was very cordial and most interesting and touched principally upon the themes of the plague of sexual abuse of minors and the Churchs attitude toward the mafia.

However, as happened in a previous, similar circumstance, it is important to note that that words that Mr. Scalfari attributes to the Pope, in quotations come from the expert journalist Scalfaris own memory of what the Pope said and is not an exact transcription of a recording nor a review of such a transcript by the Pope himself to whom the words are attributed.

We should not or must not speak in any way, shape or form of an interview in the normal use of the word, as if there had been a series of questions and answers that faithfully and exactly reflect the precise thoughts of the one being interviewed.

It is safe to say, however that the overall theme of the article captures the spirit of the conversation between the Holy Father and Mr. Scalfari while at the same time strongly restating what was said about the previous interview that appeared in La Repubblica: the individual expressions that were used and the manner in which they have been reported, cannot be attributed to the Pope.

Let me state two particular examples. We must take into consideration two affirmations that have drawn much attention and that are not attributed to the Pope. The first is that among pedophiles are also some cardinals; and the second regarding celibacy: I will find solutions.

In the article published in La Repubblica, these two affirmations are clearly attributed to the Pope but curiously, the quotations were opened at the beginning but were not closed at the end. We must ask ourselves why the final quotations are not present: is this an omission or explicit recognition that this is an attempt to manipulate some nave readers?


The Istituto per le Opere di Religione (IOR), commonly known as the Vatican bank, published its Annual Report for 2013 today.

The independent auditor, Deloitte & Touche SpA, gave its audit opinion on the report on July 4. The key figures have already been published by the IOR by way of a press release on July 8, 2014. The Italian version of the Annual Report will be published on Wednesday, July 30, 2014.

About the Istituto per le Opere di Religione (IOR):

The Istituto per le Opere di Religione (IOR) is an institute founded on 27 June, 1942, by Papal Decree to serve the Holy See and its customers in the Catholic Church all over the world. Its origins date back to the "Commissione ad Pias Causas" established in 1887 by Pope Leo XIII.

The IORs purpose is set by its Statute, amended by Pope John Paul II in 1990, and related by-laws. It is to provide for the custody and administration of goods transferred or entrusted to the Institute by physical or juridical persons, designated for religious works or charity. The Institute can accept deposits of assets from entities or persons of the Holy See and of the Vatican City State.

The IOR strives to serve the global mission of the Catholic Church by protecting and growing the patrimony of and providing worldwide payment services to the Holy See and related entities, religious orders, other Catholic institutions, clergy, employees of the Holy See and the accredited diplomatic corps.

As of 31 December 2013, the IOR was entrusted with customers assets (including deposits, assets held in custody and assets held under portfolio management agreements) totalling EUR 5.9bn, and shareholders equity of EUR 720m.

The IOR is situated exclusively on the sovereign territory of the Vatican City State. The IOR is supervised and regulated by the "Autorit di Informazione Finanziaria" (AIF), the financial supervisory body for the Vatican City State.

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