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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.

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.

DEAR FATHER | Vatican II effected changes in readings at Mass

Before the Second Vatican Council of the 1960s, nearly every Mass had only two readings as part of the Mass. The first reading was known as the epistle, as the lectionary tended to draw more from the letters of the New Testament than from the books of the Old Testament. After the psalm and Gospel acclamation would come the Gospel.

St. Louisan Greg Burke named director of Vatican press office

Greg Burke, the new director of the Vatican press office and Vatican spokesman, and Paloma Garcia Ovejero, the new vice director, are pictured during an announcement of their appointments to journalists at the Vatican press office July 11. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, who has served as director of the press office and Vatican spokesman since 2006, will retire. Burke, a native of St. Louis, has worked for the Vatican since 2012 and prior to that was a television correspondent for Fox News. Garcia Ovejero is a Spanish journalist who has worked for the radio station of the Spanish Bishops’ Conference.

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis named two experienced journalists — including its first female vice director — to lead the Vatican press office.

Greg Burke, a native of St. Louis, succeeds Italian Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, who retires after 10 years as head of the Vatican press office, the Vatican announced July 11. Spanish journalist Paloma Garcia Ovejero fills in Burke's spot as vice director, making her the first female to hold that position.

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