Pope Francis approves overhaul of Vatican’s financial watchdog…

Pope Francis approved Saturday sweeping changes to the Vatican’s financial watchdog authority. The Holy See press office announced Dec. 5 that the pope had ratified new statutes for the Financial Intelligence Authority, renaming the agency created by Benedict XVI in 2010 to oversee Vatican financial transactions. The body, which ensures that the Vatican complies with international financial standards…

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What is Stable in 2020?

Homily Christmas will come. We can depend on that. And isn’t it nice to be able to depend on something in 2020? That Jesus was born in Bethlehem, unto us a Savior is born, is unchangeable. That’s solid ground for us. But as we have experienced, so much that we think of as stable, can change in an instant. And that can be deeply disturbing to us. Which is maybe why we hang Christmas lights before Advent has even begun. Because deep down we know that there has to be SOMETHING stable. There has to be SOMETHING that won’t change. And we are looking for that something.

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