Vatican spokesman confirms money laundering investigation

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Investigations into money laundering, insider trading and market manipulation through a Vatican office were launched after an initial report was filed by the Vatican Financial Intelligence Authority in February 2015, the Vatican spokesman said. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the spokesman, issued a statement Nov. 4 about the investigations involving the Administration…

Pope says human trafficking is an international responsibility

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Police chiefs and bishops are called to work together to assist the victims of human trafficking and help them find freedom and healing, Pope Francis said. “You … by your mission are called to be near to these victims and to accompany them on a pathway of dignity and freedom,” the…

Those who give their lives in service are not losers, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Serving and giving oneself for others may make one “seem like a loser in the eyes of the world,” but in reality that person is imitating Christ’s love and service, which conquered death and gave life to the world, Pope Francis said. “He who serves, saves,” the pope said. “On the…

Researcher finds something deep, life-changing within nuns’ cloister

LENMOORE, Pa. (CNS) — When independent filmmaker and artist Abbie Reese inaugurated her collaboration with the Poor Clare Colettine nuns at the Corpus Christi Monastery in Rockford, Illinois, she had a professional goal: nurturing a collaborative relationship that would serve as a backdrop to a young woman’s transition from secular life into an alternative community….

Blessed Romero’s martyrdom continued after his murder, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The martyrdom of Blessed Oscar Romero did not end with his death because he continued to be slandered even by his fellow priests and bishops, Pope Francis said. Speaking off-the-cuff to a group of pilgrims from El Salvador Oct. 30, the pope said that he, too, witnessed the Salvadoran archbishop’s reputation…

Strength in adversity: When families are everything

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Catholic Church has long defended the family as the basic unit of society and as a “school of humanity.” The family as a bastion of love and protection in times of war and disaster is a reality, not a pious platitude, said two members of the Synod of Bishops. Ukrainian…

Pennsylvania priest builds ministry one Lego at a time

MOSCOW, Pa. (CNS) — Bob Simon fell in love with two things at the age of 5 — the Catholic Church and building with Lego. Now, as a 51-year-old priest, Father Simon has discovered a way to merge both of these passions. The pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Moscow finds that his…

Wisconsin clinic suspends abortions; pro-lifers hope for permanent stop

GREEN BAY, Wis. (CNS) — The only facility still performing abortions in the northeast Wisconsin has suspended abortions for the next six months. Planned Parenthood in Grand Chute suspended abortions in mid-October, citing a lack of medical staff. The building, and Planned Parenthood’s office in Appleton, remains open. While Planned Parenthood did not respond to…

Chaplains must assist military traumatized by war, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As more members of the armed forces endure both physical and emotional scars from conflicts raging around the world, Pope Francis called on military chaplains to tend to their wounds with the healing balm of the sacraments. “At this time, in which we are living a ‘third world war fought in…