Pope commemorates Covid-19 victims at interfaith ceremony in Rome
Pope Francis on Tuesday joined representatives of other world religions at an interfaith event in central Rome that commemorated victims of wars and of the coronavirus pandemic.Francis delivered the closing homily at the "No One is Saved Alone - Peace and Prosperity" meeting, hosted by the Community of Sant'Egidio, a Catholic organization."Today the sufferings of war are aggravated by the suffering caused by the coronavirus and the impossibility, in many countries, of access to necessary care," he said.Except for when he spoke, the 83-year-old pontiff wore a face mask throughout the proceeding...
First Swiss-Filipino joins Vatican guards
For the first time, the Vatican has sworn in a Swiss with Filipino parentage as member of the Swiss Guard, the elite corps of soldiers who protect the pope.Vincent Lüthi was among the 38 new recruits who took oath of allegiance to Pope Francis in the Vatican on October 4.Lt. Vincent Lüthi takes an oath during the swearing-in ceremony for 38 new recruits to the Swiss Guard at the Vatican on October 4.The 22-year-old grew up in Cugy, Switzerland, and the only child of a Swiss father and a Filipino mother from Santa Fe town on Bantayan Island in Cebu province.The ceremony for new Swiss Guards wa...
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Whitney Tilson’s email to investors dissucssing Vatican used charity funds to bet on Hertz credit derivatives; develop good habits.Q3 2020 hedge fund letters, conferences and moreVatican's Bet On Hertz Credit Derivatives2) You just can't make up a headline like this!This Financial Times article reminds me of a long-running Sports Illustrated blurb, "This Week's Sign of the Apocalypse"... Vatican used charity funds to bet on Hertz credit derivatives. Excerpt:The Vatican invested some donations for the poor and needy in derivatives that bet on the creditworthiness of Hertz, the U.S. car rental c...
Fil-Swiss joins Vatican guard
Fil-Swiss joins Vatican guardRobertzon Ramirez(The Philippine Star) – October 10, 2020 – 12:00amMANILA, Philippines — A 21-year-old Filipino-Swiss is making history in the Vatican for being the first Filipino to join the Pontifical Swiss Guard, the elite corps of soldiers who has been protecting the pope since 1506.In an article, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said Lt. Vincent Lüthi was one of the 38 new recruits who took their oath of allegiance to Pope Francis at the Vatican last Oct. 4.Lüthi is the only child of a Swiss father and a Filipino mother who hails from...
Cardinal Zen returns to Hong Kong after failing to meet the Pope
Cardinal Joseph Zen has said he returned to Hong Kong last Friday after a visit to the Vatican during which he tried in vain to meet the Pope.Zen, 88, said he had journeyed to Rome in the hopes of persuading Pope Francis to appoint a new bishop for Hong Kong, who “can be trusted by the people” and not be mired in political considerations related to a desire to appease Beijing.“It seems to me after one and a half years, the Holy Father must hear from his people in Hong Kong… so I have come to Rome once more for my people, and for the Pope,” Zen said in an interview with the National Catholic Re...
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Pompeo calls for pope to show ‘courage’ over China
Rome. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo revived a spat with the Vatican Wednesday during a visit to Rome, a month ahead of the US elections and hot on the heels of a diplomatic breach that experts see as an effort to win conservative Catholic votes.Pompeo is not meeting Pope Francis because the pontiff avoids such audiences in campaign periods, a Vatican source said.Analysts say the pope has been angered by Pompeo’s public calls for a historic Vatican-China accord to be scrapped.Instead, Pompeo spoke at a symposium organised by the Holy See’s US embassy, where he renewed an appeal for the Vati...
Pompeo attacks China on religious freedom ahead of Vatican talks
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday launched a searing attack on China's record on religious freedom as he renewed an appeal to the Vatican to stop cooperating with Beijing."Nowhere is religious freedom under assault more than it is inside of China today," Pompeo said in a speech at a conference hosted by the US embassy to the Holy See.He accused the Chinese Communist Party of working "day and night to snuff out the lamp of freedom, especially religious freedom, on a horrifying scale."He mentioned the persecution of Muslims, Protestants, Tibetan Buddhists, followers of the Falun Gon...
Pompeo: China has the world's worst record on religious freedom
China is the worst country in the world for the persecution of religious minorities, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says."Nowhere is religious freedom under assault more than in China," Pompeo says in a speech at a conference hosted by the US embassy to the Holy See.Pompeo accused the Chinese Communist Party of working "day and night to stamp out" freedom, particularly religious freedom.The US secretary of state's remarks come ahead of talks with Vatican officials in which he is expected to renew a request for the Catholic Church to not renew an agreement with China on the appointment of bi...
Cardinal George Pell, cleared of child sex abuse allegations, will reportedly return to Vatican
Cardinal George Pell is expected to return to the Vatican Tuesday for the first time in three years after an Australian judge overturned his conviction on five counts of child sexual abuse in April.Pell, the former Vatican treasurer, is returning in the middle of a scandal over finances, just days after Cardinal Angelo Becciu was fired from his post after being linked to financial misconduct, the Catholic News Agency reported Monday.“The Holy Father was elected to clean up Vatican finances. He plays a long game and is to be thanked and congratulated on recent developments,” Pell said in a stat...
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Vatican appoints new papal nuncio to Philippines
Vatican appoints new papal nuncio to PhilippinesEvelyn Macairan(The Philippine Star) – September 29, 2020 – 12:00amMANILA, Philippines — The Vatican yesterday announced that Archbishop Charles John Brown has been appointed as the new papal nuncio to the Philippines.Brown is currently the papal nuncio to Albania.The appointment was made public at noon yesterday in Rome (6 p.m. Philippine time).Brown, 60, replaces Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, who ended his term as papal nuncio to the Philippines last year to assume his new post as permanent observer to the United Nations.In his Facebook ...