Justice and charity: Pope pays tribute to importance of notaries (Vatican Press Office) “The notary, in order to be consistent with his profession, will strive to nurture a sincere sensitivity to the dignity and rights of the people who turn to him; he will not fail to defend as indispensable principles all that is right and all that is true, without forgetting charity, the principal virtue necessary in interpersonal relationships,” the Pope said to the members of Italy’s Cassa Nazionale del Notariato [National Notarial Fund] on the 100th anniversary of its foundation.
Majority of Belgium's parish priests are over 75 (SIR) According to the report, “the number of lay people in Belgium who have received a mandate from the bishops to serve parishes has exceeded the number of serving priests: 2,038 lay people compared to 1,940 diocesan priests (of whom 51% are over 75).”
Vatican exhibit features 100 crèches (PCPNE) A week after the publication of Pope Francis’s apostolic letter Admirabile Signum (On the Meaning and Importance of the Nativity Scene), the Vatican has begun a five-week exhibition of 100 crèches, under the auspices of Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization.
Reflecting on crèche and Christmas tree, Pope calls for 'effective decisions' to protect our common home (Vatican Press Office) “Today’s meeting offers me the opportunity to renew my encouragement to your people, who last year suffered a devastating natural disaster, with the destruction of entire wooded areas,” the Pope said to members of delegations from Trentino and Veneto, who donated the Christmas tree and the Nativity display in St. Peter’s Square (video). “These are events that alarm us, they are warning signs that creation sends us, and that ask us to take effective decisions immediately for the protection of our common home.”
Take time to understand the poor, Pope urges Jesuit editors (AsiaNews) At a December 6 audience with editors of the Italian Jesuit magazine Aggiornamenti Sociali, Pope Francis advised reformers to take time to understand the problem. He said, “before rushing to their aid, this option requires that we be on their side, even when we look at the dynamics of society.” He added that “the poor have so much to teach us.”
Vatican investment in Elton John biopic? (National Catholic Reporter) According to the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, funds contributed to the Peter’s Pence collection were invested in the production of Rocketman, the film biography of homosexual entertainer Elton John. The paper reports that Vatican funds also went into the production of Men in Black: International.