Vatican financial overseer suspended by international watchdog (Wall Street Journal) An international financial-oversight agency has suspended the Vatican’s involvement. Affiliation with the Egmont Group had been cited as a key sign of progress in the Vatican’s financial reforms. But the Egmont Group last week informed the Vatican’s Financial Information Agency (AIF) that it would no longer share information with the Vatican’s financial officers—a sign of loss of confidence in Vatican accountability.
Vatican-backed London development plan involved demolition of parish hall, rectory (CNA) A controversial London real-estate development backed by the Vatican would have razed the rectory and parish hall of a Catholic parish, the Catholic News Agency reports. In a thorough investigative report, Ed Condon of CNA discloses that the Westminster archdiocese denied knowledge of the Vatican’s involvement, but the local pastor confirmed that Vatican officials presented the plans to him.
USCCB, Knights of Columbus offer prayers, solidarity to Eastern Catholic patriarchs (USCCB) “Today, in Lebanon and Iraq, we are witnessing critical moments as protests grow against corruption and foreign interference,” said the chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace and the head of the Knights of Columbus said in a letter to five Eastern Catholic patriarchs. “We urge the Iraqi and Lebanese governments to engage in a meaningful dialogue with those demonstrating, and we stand with you in urging governments to remember that they exist to serve the common good of their people.”
Colombian bishops declare day of prayer as protests continue (Fides) Exhorting protestors not to turn to violence, the bishops said that demonstrations in the South American nation “reveal the serious problems that have not been overcome and whose origin is corruption, social inequality, unemployment and the impossibility for large sectors of the population to access basic food, health and education services.”
Human rights should be focus of UN's work, leading Vatican diplomat says (Holy See Mission) “The starting point of the work of the United Nations is not a profit-driven and utilitarian economic model, but rather the human person as a whole and the common good of all peoples … The importance of respecting universal human rights and human dignity in the fight to eradicate poverty and the promotion of integral human development cannot be overstated.” Archbishop Bernardito Auza said in a statement released before the appointment of his successor, Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia, as apostolic nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations
December beatification for Archbishop Sheen (CNS) Archbishop Fulton Sheen will be beatified on December 21.
Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria, Illinois, announced on November 18 that the Vatican had approved plans for the beatification ceremony, to take place in the Peoria cathedral. The beatification was scheduled just weeks after the conclusion of a lengthy legal battle between the Peoria diocese and New York archdiocese over the late archbishop’s remains.
Vatican agency applauds Louisiana governor's re-election (Pontifical Academies) “We are delighted with the re-election of @LouisianaGov John Bel Edwards,” read a Twitter post from the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, which is headed by the outspoken Argentinean Bishop Marcel Sanchez Sorondo. The message predicted that Edwards “will continue to govern for the common good,” mentioning particularly his work against human trafficking.
The Pope understands the Diocese of Buffalo's difficulties, Bishop Malone says (Diocese of Buffalo) “In a few words spoken privately to me, it was clear that the Pope understands the difficulties and distress we here in Buffalo, and I personally, have been experiencing” said Bishop Richard Malone. “He was very understanding and kind. I am, of course, aware of the intense interest about the results of the Apostolic Visitation recently conducted here and submitted to the Holy See. The Congregation for Bishops has received the report, which is held in strict confidentiality.”