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New Vatican document on economy given high marks in U.S.

WASHINGTON — A new Vatican document on the economy, which contains a strong emphasis on financial transactions and maneuvers, is getting a warm welcome among U.S. Catholics who observe the economic scene.

"I think they did OK," said Father Seamus Finn, an Oblate of Mary Immaculate who is chairman of the board of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility and head of his order's Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Office.

Vatican issues new rules for communities of contemplative nuns

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican released an instruction with new norms for contemplative orders of nuns, encouraging cooperation among their monasteries and outlining procedures for communities left with only a few members.

The document, "Cor Orans" ("Praying Heart") is a follow-up instruction on implementing Pope Francis' 2016 document "Vultum Dei Quaerere" ("Seeking the Face of God"), which issued new rulings and mandates for monasteries of women around the world. According to the Vatican, safeguarding the identity and mission of contemplative women religious is the aim of both.

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.

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.

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