Vatican's former auditor says he was forced to quit after finding irregularities (Reuters) Archbishop Giovanni Angelo Becciu (the Substitute of the Secretariat of State) said that Libero Milone’s allegations were “false and unjustified” and that “he went against all the rules and was spying on the private lives of his superiors and staff, including me. If he had not agreed to resign, we would have prosecuted him.” The Holy See Press Office issued a similar response.
Peru's president meets with Pontiff (Holy See Press Office) Pope Francis is scheduled to visit the South American nation in January, and he and President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski discussed education, the environment, development, and poverty. The nation of 30.8 million is 81% Catholic and 13% evangelical.
Papal audiences (9/23) (Holy See Press Office) The Pope received the new Italian ambassador to the Holy See, the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, the recently retired secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, and participants in the Trappists’ general chapter.
Preserving culture is not adequate reason for restricting immigration, Pope says (Vatican press office) Speaking on September 22 to a conference of European Church officials focused on migration, Pope Francis said that the worldwide surge in migration offers the Church a “new missionary frontier.”
The Pope said that he is troubled by opposition among Catholics to the acceptance of refugees and migrants. He rejected an argument for restricting immigration “justified by an unspecified ‘moral duty’ to preserve the original cultural and religious identity.”
Defendant in Vatican finance case says he was assured of Pope's approval (Crux) Massimo Spina, who was the treasurer of the Bambino Gesu Hospital foundation, told a Vatican tribunal that he had been assured that the foundation was authorized to spend €400,000 on renovations of the apartment of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. Spina said that his immediate superior “told me there were no problems because Cardinal Bertone had clarified the situation with the Holy Father in person.”