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Vatican again denies prior knowledge of allegations against Argentine bishop

Vatican City, Jan 22, 2019 / 10:36 am (EWTN News/CNA).- In a statement Tuesday the Vatican again denied having prior knowledge of sexual abuse allegations against Argentine Bishop Gustavo Oscar Zanchetta before his December 2017 appointment to a Vatican office.

Getting to February: The decisions that could shape the pope's summit

Vatican City, Jan 22, 2019 / 09:40 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Before the pope's summit on abuse next month, Rome must navigate two other events which could do much to frame how the February sessions will be seen from the outside.

Pope's app 'Click to Pray' connects Catholics to a smartphone prayer network

Vatican City, Jan 20, 2019 / 09:24 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis launched an app Sunday called  "Click to Pray," which connects Catholics to a global network to share prayer intentions via their smartphones.

Vatican transfers task of Ecclesia Dei to the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith

Vatican City, Jan 19, 2019 / 09:04 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis issued a motu proprio Saturday ending the pontifical commission Ecclesia Dei and creating an office within the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith to focus on doctrinal dialogue with traditionalist groups.

Holy cow: Farm animals receive blessing outside St Peter's Square

Vatican City, Jan 17, 2019 / 12:35 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Farmers from across Italy brought their animals to the Vatican for a blessing Thursday, turning the street outside St. Peter's Square into a farmyard of horses, donkeys, cows, pigs, hens, sheep, rams, goats, geese, ducks, and rabbits.

Vatican releases online guide to combat $150 billion human trafficking industry

Vatican City, Jan 17, 2019 / 06:00 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- With a new online guide, the Vatican seeks to combat the "ugly business" of human trafficking, which is estimated to generate $150 billion dollars a year, by examining the different levels of its complex international supply chains to target this grave evil at its roots.

Vatican: Abuse summit to help bishops know 'what they need to do'

Vatican City, Jan 16, 2019 / 08:08 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Just over a month ahead of the much-anticipated February meeting on sex abuse, the Vatican said the summit's goal is for bishops to leave the meeting knowing clearly what it is they need to do to stop the abuse of minors.

Pope Francis: 'God loves you, even if you forget Him'

Vatican City, Jan 16, 2019 / 07:29 am (EWTN News/CNA).- God the Father will always be there for his beloved children, Pope Francis said Wednesday, with a reminder that the unconditional love of God is not limited by our own sense of guilt or unworthiness.

Pope tells Life academy to defend human dignity with courage

Vatican City, Jan 15, 2019 / 08:45 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Dialogue with society for the protection of human dignity and the common good, which are under threat, Pope Francis said in a letter to the Pontifical Academy for Life, published Tuesday.

Pope advances sainthood causes of 17 women

Vatican City, Jan 15, 2019 / 01:12 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis approved Tuesday the next step in the canonization causes of 17 women from four countries, including the martyrdom of 14 religious sisters killed in Spain at the start of the Spanish Civil War.