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“Pope asks Church to guide change”

“The Pope asked the Church to be an agent of change, an enzyme that is able to create contact between differences. And he urged it to be close to the …

Latin America

Holy See publishes its Financial Statements: Net assets increase by almost a billion

The Holy See’s Financial Statements for the year 2014 indicate a slightly higher deficit compared to the previous year and foresees that accounts …

Finance

“Vatican is on track in terms of anti-money laundering and needs to carry on in this direction”

The FIA is the authority of the Holy See/Vatican City State tasked with fighting money-laundering and financing of terrorism. In this capacity, the …

Money Laundering

Pope’s nine-member Council of Cardinals for the reform of the Curia holds its tenth meeting

The Council of nine Cardinals – the group set up by the Pope to help him with Curia reform – began its tenth meeting in the Vatican this morning. The …

Christianity

The IOR has a new Deputy Director

The IOR has a new Deputy Director: Gianfranco Mammì ‘s appointment was made official today by the Institute’s lay supervisory board. The position had …

Latin America

Chasing the Historic “Pulse Flow” Through the Colorado River Delta

Wildlife<p>Water moves over the sand on the leading edge of the Colorado River Delta pulse flow. (Photograph by J Pitt, EDF)<p>For one week now, the Colorado River has been flowing into its delta. It’s the first ever deliberate release of water here to benefit the environment.<p>That the river is flowing …

Pope Francis’ remedies to heal Curial pathologies


In his traditional speech to the collaborators of the Roman Curia, a few days before Christmas, Pope Francis avoided customary evaluations of the …

Christianity

Pope Francis slams Vatican: Clergy suffers from “spiritual Alzheimer’s”

In his annual Christmas address, the pope condemned his power-hungry clergy<p>On Monday, Pope Francis delivered the annual Christmas greeting to the cardinals, bishops and priests of the Vatican that was anything but cheery. In fact, the leader of the Catholic institution used the opportunity to shame …

Maradiaga: "Curia reform will foster collegiality"

Since he became coordinator of the council of cardinals that is assisting the Pope with the reform of the Roman Curia and the government of the …

Catholicism

Were “Hidden Funds” Really “Discovered” in The Vatican?

Did the new Secretariat for the Economy established by Pope Francis earlier this year really “discover”’ some “hundreds of millions of dollars” in …

Finance

Off-balance funds: Pell’s remarks and Lombardi’s clarification

“During the work on reforming Vatican finances we’ve discovered hundreds of millions of euros off the Vatican’s balance sheet”. These words by …

Christianity

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Record Drought Reveals Stunning Changes Along Colorado River

Lake Powell is at historic lows, offering kayakers new channels to explore but raising the alarm about water.<p>LAKE POWELL, Utah—In early September, at the abandoned Piute Farms marina on a remote edge of southern Utah's Navajo reservation, we watched a ten-foot (three-meter) waterfall plunging off …

The "Council of 9" meets with Pope Francis in Vatican

(Vatican Radio) The sixth meeting of the Council of Cardinals with Pope Francis began on Monday morning at Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican.<p>The …

'Water war' in Brazil as Rio's supply threatened

São Paulo and Rio authorities battle over scarce water resources as reservoirs run dry<p>A severe drought affecting Brazil’s biggest city has led to a “water war” that could cause the water supply to collapse in parts of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.<p>Authorities in São Paulo have been battling a water …

4 Things You Need To Know About the California Drought

Changing Planet<p><i>Oscar Winner Jessica Yu updates her 2012 water documentary Last Call at the Oasis and shares 4 outtakes on the California drought, groundwater depletion and novel ideas on saving water.</i><p>As you have read here in Water Currents and all over the news, the California drought is by all …

How to Get a Full Workout With Only Dumbbells | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Joe Hashey, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)</i>.<p>After a hard day’s work you head over to …

Vatican Financial Authority boosts checks after suspicious transactions soar from 6 to 202

The 2013 Vatican Financial Information Authority (AIF) report shows an increased number of suspicious financial transactions, a decrease in the …

Money Laundering

51 Dams Removed to Restore Rivers in 2013

Communities in 18 states, working in partnership with non-profit organizations and state and federal agencies, removed 51 dams in 2013. Outdated or unsafe dams came out of rivers in Alabama, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, …

Water Flows Into Colorado River Delta in Historic First

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>Sunday March 23, 2014, at a little after 8 am, the gates at Morelos Dam on the Mexico-Arizona border were opened for the first time in history for the purpose of allowing the Colorado River to flow downstream into its delta to water the plants and animals that live there. A …

Chasing the Historic “Pulse Flow” Through the Colorado River Delta

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>Water moves over the sand on the leading edge of the Colorado River Delta pulse flow. (Photograph by J Pitt, EDF)<p>For one week now, the Colorado River has been flowing into its delta. It’s the first ever deliberate release of water here to benefit the environment.<p>That the river …

Pope-C8 meeting: Curia reform process will not be complete until 2015

The Pope and the Council of Cardinals who are advising him on the government of the universal Church and the reform of the Roman Curia, also known as …

Vatican

Supervisory Commission of Cardinals on the IOR gets the ball rolling

“The Supervisory Commission of Cardinals on the Institute for the Works of Religion met at 9 am today, Monday 28 April, to draw up guidelines for …

Christianity

Commissions on IOR and administrative reform are about to conclude their work

In a recent interview with Italian Catholic newspaper Avvenire, the Vatican Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin stressed that the Commissions for …

Christianity

English jurist priest appointed Secretary of Council for the Economy

Today Pope Francis called jurist priest Mgr. Brian Ferme to the Vatican, nominating him Secretary of the Council for the Economy, the new Vatican …

Christianity

Cardinal Marx: “The IOR will no longer be able to harm the Vatican’s reputation”

In the future the IOR will no longer be able to harm “the Holy See’s reputation.” Scandals, money laundering, shady operations… the “Vatican Bank” …

Christianity

Pope revolutionises Vatican finances, creating secretariat for the economy

Pope Francis, in a revolutionary structural reform, has established a new Secretariat for the Economy which will have authority over all economic and …

Vatican

The Pope appoints 8 cardinals and 7 lay people to the new Council for the Economy

The Pope has appointed eight cardinals and seven lay people as members of the Vatican Council of the Economy which is to be co-ordinated by the …

Central Banks

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