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Religious refugees — Report shows rising number of people displaced because of faith in 2013

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WASHINGTON — The displacement of people around the globe because of their religious beliefs in 2013 rose to levels unseen in years, the State Department reported.

Millions of Christians, Muslim and Hindus as well as people of other faiths were displaced by violence or threats because of their religious practice or for not holding any religious belief, said the 2013 Report on International Religious Freedom released July 28. Read more »

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Vatican budgets for 2013 show surplus of 8.5 million euros – updated

July 8th, 2014 Posted in Vatican News Tags: , ,

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Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s final budget figures for 2013 showed a deficit on the part of the Roman Curia, but a strong performance by entities falling under the separate Vatican City State budget covered the deficit and helped the Vatican end the year 8.5 million euros ($11.6 million) in the black.

The Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, the Vatican’s budget management office, presented the consolidated budgets for the Holy See and for Vatican City State to members of the new Council for the Economy July 5, and a summary was released by the Vatican press office July 8.

The budget of the Holy See, which includes the offices of the Roman Curia and the Vatican communications outlets, ended 2013 with a deficit of more than 24.4 million euros. More than half the figure, 14 million euros, was attributed to a steep drop in the value of the Vatican’s investments in gold.

In 2013, the average price of gold fell more than 29 percent from its average value in 2012.

The Holy See deficit includes “a couple million” euros in costs associated with the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI in February 2013 and the conclave, election and inauguration of the ministry of Pope Francis, said Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman.In 2005, the Vatican had estimated that the funeral of Pope John Paul II and the conclave, election and inauguration of the papacy of Pope Benedict cost about $8.9 million. That figure included the traditional extra pay given to Vatican employees on the occasion of a pope’s death and again after the election of a new pope. It also reflected the extra security needed for Pope John Paul’s funeral, employee overtime and temporary modifications of the Sistine Chapel for the conclave.

The College of Cardinals, which sets a budget and approves expenditures for a papal transition, opted not to give Vatican employees the two traditional bonuses in 2013.

Still, as always, the largest single item in the Holy See budget was “personnel.” With 2,886 employees, the total personnel cost was 125 million euros.

The Vatican City State budget, which includes the income-generating Vatican Museums and Vatican stamp and coin office, ended 2013 with a profit of more than 33 million euros, the statement said. The figure is an increase of 10 million euros over its 2012 surplus.

Vatican operations are supported, in part, by contributions from dioceses around the world. In 2013, the Vatican said, they gave 22.4 million euros, an increase of about 88,000 euros from 2012.

In addition, the Vatican bank, which donates profits from its investments to the pope to support works of charity and mission around the world, contributed 50 million euros. Another 4 million euros from the bank was given to foundations supporting cloistered monasteries, church projects in the Amazon region and church life in the countries of the former Soviet Union, the statement said.

 

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More than 6.6 million people attended Vatican events with Pope Francis in 2013

January 2nd, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: , , ,

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Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — In the first nine and a half months of Pope Francis’ pontificate, more than 6.6 million people participated in papal events at the Vatican, including weekly general audiences, group audiences, liturgies and recitations of the Angelus and “Regina Coeli” on Sundays and holy days.

The statistics, compiled by the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household and released Jan. 2, do not include figures from Pope Francis’ trip to Brazil for World Youth Day in July 2013, or his visits to Italian locations outside the Vatican.

From his election March 13 until the end of 2013, at least 1.5 million people attended Pope Francis’ 30 general audiences; more than 87,000 participated in group audiences; almost 2.3 million participated in papal liturgies in St. Peter’s Basilica or St. Peter’s Square; and more than 2.7 million joined the pope for the Angelus or the “Regina Coeli” in the square.

The numbers are approximate, based on tickets issued or estimates of crowd size, depending on the event.

By comparison, during the year following the election of Pope Benedict XVI in April 2005, more than 4 million people attended papal events at the Vatican and the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo.

In 1979, the first full calendar year of Blessed John Paul II’s pontificate, nearly 1.6 million requested tickets for his weekly public audiences.

 

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2013: A Year of Faith and Sustaining Hope in the diocese

December 26th, 2013 Posted in Our Diocese Tags: , , ,

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Here’s a look back at some of the events in the life of the Diocese of Wilmington this year.

January

Bishop Malooly announces a series of Eucharistic Holy Hours Jan. 27 through November as part of the U.S. bishops’ Call to Prayer movement during the Year of Faith called by Pope Benedict XVI. Read more »

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