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    Apr 20, 2015

    Religious celebrate concecrated life

    Story and photo by Julie Beaulieu

    CHICOPEE- Religious men and women were celebrated for their ministry and dedication to others during a special Mass April 19.

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    Apr 19, 2015

    Acts of Apostles tells of people, events in Christianity's early history


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    By David Gibson, Catholic News Service
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Jews from many nations, speaking a wide array of languages, were staying in Jerusalem at the time after Jesus' death, resurrection and ascension when a powerful wind swept in upon a house where his apostles and some others, including his mother, were meeting.

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    Apr 18, 2015

    Bishop Rozanski honors RCIA participants

    Story and photos by Sharon Roulier
    SPRINGFIELD – Springfield Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski honored 75 who participated in the RCIA program during an 11 a.m. Mass of Welcome at St. Michael’s Cathedral, April 18.

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    Apr 17, 2015

    UPDATED: Cardinal George, 78, dies after long fight with cancer


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    By Catholic News Service
    CHICAGO (CNS) -- Cardinal Francis E. George, the retired archbishop of Chicago who was the first native Chicagoan to head the archdiocese, died April 17 at his residence after nearly 10 years battling cancer. He was 78.


Jun 5, 2014

Pope internationalizes Vatican financial watchdog agency


 

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By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service
(CNS file photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis named a slate of new members to the Vatican's financial watchdog agency, replacing an all-Italian panel with members from Italy, Switzerland, Singapore and the United States.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, also promoted Tommaso Di Ruzza, an Italian, to be the agency's "ad interim" vice-director. A former official at the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Di Ruzza had been an assistant at the financial authority, which is directed by Rene Brulhart.

The Vatican made the announcements June 5.

Pope Benedict XVI established the Financial Intelligence Authority in late 2010 to monitor Vatican financial operations and ensure they met international norms against money laundering and the financing of terrorism.

In November 2013, Pope Francis revised the agency's statutes. He clarified the roles of the authority's president, board of directors and director, and specified that it would have two separate offices: one concerned with supervision and regulation, the other with financial intelligence.

New finance laws passed in October formally expanded the competence of the Financial Intelligence Authority by including the task of "preventive" vigilance, which involves ensuring the proper organization and trustworthiness of all Vatican financial operations.

As part of the restructuring, Pope Francis thanked the departing five executive council members, who had been named by Pope Benedict in 2011.

The new members, named for a five-year term, are:

-- Juan C. Zarate, a U.S. senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and visiting lecturer at Harvard Law School. He is also works as a national security and financial integrity consultant, once serving the U.S. government from 2005 to 2009 as deputy national security adviser for combating terrorism.

-- Maria Bianca Farina, a top Italian administrator at the Italian postal system's investment and insurance divisions, Poste Vita and Poste Assicura. She is an expert in tax audits and investment management.

-- Marc Odendall, a Swiss-based philanthropist and chairman of the Odendall Foundation. A former financier who has worked at JPMorgan and Merrill Lynch Capital Markets, he has served as chairman of the International Ethics Board of EDHEC Business School and is a board member of the Caritas in Veritate Foundation.

-- Joseph Yubaraj Pillay, chairman of the Council of Presidential Advisers of the Republic of Singapore and of Tiger Airways Holdings. He formerly served as chairman of Singapore Airlines and of the Singapore stock exchange.