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With Rome in drought, Vatican shuts off fountains

In St. Peter’s Square, one 100 public Vatican fountains is dry, part of an effort to conserve water through a drought in the region.

VATICAN CITY — While Rome reels from one of its worst droughts in decades, the Vatican is conserving water by shutting down the city-state's 100 fountains.

The office governing Vatican City State announced July 25 that the drought has "led the Holy See to take measures aimed at saving water" by shutting down fountains in St. Peter's Square, throughout the Vatican Gardens and in the territory of the state.

Vatican releases online questionnaire for youth

VATICAN CITY — To involve young people in preparations for the Synod of Bishops on youth in 2018, the Vatican has released an online questionnaire to better understand the lives, attitudes and concerns of 16- to 29-year-olds around the world.

The questionnaire — available in English, Spanish, French and Italian — can be found on the synod's official site at www.stlouisreview.com/bJB and is open to any young person, regardless of faith or religious belief.

Pope names 13 consultors to Vatican Secretariat for Communications

VATICAN CITY — U.S. Jesuit Father James Martin of America magazine and Michael P. Warsaw, chairman of the board and CEO of EWTN Global Catholic Network, were named by Pope Francis to help advise the Vatican Secretariat for Communications.

The Vatican released the names of the new appointments April 12.

Knights of Malta to continue focus on the poor, grand chancellor says

Archbishop Giovanni Angelo Becciu, Vatican substitute secretary of state, has been appointed by Pope Francis as his special delegate and sole spokesman to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.

ROME — The newly reinstated grand chancellor of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta said the crisis that led to the resignation of the order's grand master will remain a footnote in history that pales in comparison to the suffering of refugees and the poor.

Speaking at a news conference Feb. 2, Albrecht von Boeselager, grand chancellor of the order, said that while recent events have shown that "we are not immune to crisis in our government," the Knights of Malta will continue placing their priority on helping migrants, the poor and the marginalized.

Vatican releases updated guidelines for bioethical questions

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican released an expanded and updated guide of the Catholic Church's bioethical teachings to offer clearly and accurately its positions on abortion, contraception, genetic engineering, fertility treatments, vaccines, frozen embryos and other life issues.

Hispanic ministries seek unity, integration through V Encuentro process

Leaders of Hispanic ministry in the United States carry the V Encuentro cross to the tomb of St. Peter in St. Peter's Basilica Sept. 26 at the Vatican. The leaders were on a five-day pilgrimage to the Vatican in preparation for launching the four-year Encuentro process in the United States.

VATICAN CITY — Carrying a tall wooden cross over the threshold of the Holy Door in St. Peter's Basilica, a U.S. delegation brought the concerns of the country's Hispanic Catholics to the heart of the Church.

In a political climate marked by angry rhetoric, fear and division, U.S. bishops and others who minister to the Hispanic and Latino community are focused on "communion, unity, and service," said Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of Dallas.

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