Moneyval offers mixed assessment of Holy See's efforts to combat money laundering (Moneyval) The “Holy See has made progress in combatting money laundering, but needs to step up efforts to obtain prosecutions,” according to a new report from Moneyval, the Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism. “The Holy See is committed to taking the necessary actions in the relevant areas to further strengthen its efforts to combat and prevent financial crimes,” the Vatican stated in response.
Pope questions translation of the Lord's Prayer (New York Times) In an Italian television interview, Pope Francis suggested that the 6th petition of the Lord’s Prayer, “lead us not into temptation,” might be translated improperly, since God is not the source of temptation. The Pope’s harkens back to an old theological controversy, which was resolved in favor of the current translation. (Contrary to some reports, the Pope did not recommend a change in the translation.)
Medjugorje pilgrimages now allowed, says papal delegage (Catholic Herald) Archbishop Henryk Hoser, the Polish prelate who was appointed by Pope Francis to investigate pastoral conditions at Medjugorje, has said that it is “no longer a problem” for diocesan groups to organize pilgrimages to Medjugorje. Archbishop Hoser cautioned that a final Vatican decision on the authenticity of reported Marian apparitions has still not been announced.
Papal praise for Italian children's choir (Vatican Press Office) “In this time of Advent, in preparation for Holy Christmas, your songs that narrate the event of the birth of Jesus can help those who listen to you to understand the love and the amazement of what happened in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago,” Pope Francis told members of a Bologna choir.
Papal audiences (12/9) (Vatican Press Office) In separate audiences, Pope Francis received the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, the new Nigerian ambassador, the apostolic nuncio in Mozambique, the officers of the Canadian bishops’ conference, and the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Papal audiences (12/7) (Vatican Press Office) In separate audiences, the Pontiff received the leaders of the Lutheran World Federation, the president of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a delegation of the National Council of Churches of Taiwan, a youth choir from Bologna, and the donors of the Christmas tree and Nativity display in St. Peter’s Square.