Pope Francis

    • The Vatican makes progress in combating money laundering: report

      The Vatican makes progress in combating money laundering: report

      The Vatican is making progress in the fight against money laundering, according to financial transparency experts from the Council of Europe, dpa reported. "Since the last evaluation, the Holy See/Vatican City State has taken steps to improve its anti-money laundering and combating financing of terrorism framework," a report published by the Council of Europe"s expert committee Moneyval against money laundering and terrorism finance on Wednesday, said.

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    • Pope Francis shocked by Canada school findings

      Pope Francis shocked by Canada school findings

      Pope Francis said he was shocked and pained by latest discoveries related to the death of pupils from a school in Canada that was run by the Catholic Church. However Francis expressed grief but stopped shortly to delivering direct apology on behalf of the Church, Reuters reported. Earlier the remains of 215 children were found buried on the ground of local Catholic school. The Canada public opinion was strongly directed to expectation of formal apology.

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    • Presidents of Bulgaria and North Macedonia visit pope together

      Presidents of Bulgaria and North Macedonia visit pope together

      The work of the brother saints Cyril and Methodius will be honoured today jointly by Bulgaria and North Macedonia. The presidents of the two countries – Rumen Radev and Stevo Pendarovski, respectively – are to be received by Pope Francis as part of their visit to Rome, where they are also set to visit places of significance to the legacy of the inventors of the Slavic alphabet.

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    • Pope Francis backs waiving of intellectual rights for Covid-19 vaccines

      Pope Francis backs waiving of intellectual rights for Covid-19 vaccines

      Pope Francis voiced a strong support of the initiative to waive intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines and said it would facilitate cheap deliveries of jabs to the poorest countries, Reuters reported. With his comment Francis backed US President Joe Biden who has been rebuffed by some European countries. In a speech to a global fundraising concert to promote fair access to vaccines, the pope said the world was infected with the "virus of individualism". "A variant of this virus is closed nationalism, which prevents, for example, an internationalism of vaccines," he said in the pre-recorded video message.

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    • Vatican tightens grip on corruption

      Vatican tightens grip on corruption

      Pope Francis stepped up efforts to fight corruption and financial misappropriations. In his latest move Pope Frances issued a new decree ordering full economic disclosure and controls for managers, including cardinals, Reuters reported. The decree says they must disclose at the moment of appointment and every two years after that if they have been the subject of financial investigations. It also says they cannot use tax havens, accept gifts worth more than 40 euros or hold real estate obtained with funds from illegal activity.

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