POPE FRANCIS TWEETED TODAY: Let us break open our sealed tombs to the Lord – each of us knows what they are – so that He may enter and grant us life.
PRESS OFFICE ON SUSPENSION OF AUDITING ACTIVITIES IN VATICAN
Vatican City, 26 April 2016 – The Holy See Press Office issued a communiqué today with regard to the contract with the auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), in which it offers the following clarifications:
“The suspension of auditing activities is not due to considerations linked to the integrity or quality of the work initiated by PwC, let alone the intention of one or more entities of the Holy See to block the reforms in progress.
”However, issues have emerged regarding the meaning and scope of certain clauses of the contract and their methods of implementation. Such elements will undergo the necessary examination. The decision to proceed in this way was taken after suitable consultations between the competent bodies and experts in the field.
”It is hoped that this phase of reflection and study may take place in an atmosphere of serenity and collaboration. The commitment to adequate economic and financial auditing remains a priority for the Holy See and for Vatican City State.”
A related piece by CNA/EWTN: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/suspended-audit-reveals-power-struggle-at-the-vatican-48384/
CARING FOR SMALL CHILDREN OF REFUGEES, ASYLUM SEEKERS
The pastoral ministry for migrants of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem and the patriarchal vicar for Hebrew-speaking Catholic faithful have been mobilized in order to allow even the little 3-year-old children of refugees and asylum seekers to be tended to in a dignified way while their parents are at work. (photo news.va)
An article in L’Osservatore Romano notes that the State of Israel guarantees the children of refugees access to public schools, but there are no structures in the country that are able to accommodate children under three. The website of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem for Latins indicates that this lack has given rise in recent years to the “wild” growth of “makeshift” preschools where dozens of little ones are kept in crowded apartments and in horrendous sanitary conditions. In 2015 five children died in just one of these preschools, referred to as “children’s garages”.
In Jerusalem, thanks to the Patriarchate’s pastoral ministry for migrants, a preschool based on the classic model hosts 22 children, while in Tel Aviv the vast demand has led Fr. David Neuhaus, patriarchal vicar for Hebrew-speaking Catholics, to study a more articulated system of accommodation.
In cooperation with a non-governmental organization active in the sector, the Notre-Dame de Valeur center (a veritable oasis for migrants which opened in February 2015 south of Tel Aviv) is suited to host every day (in the St Joseph house and in two rented apartments in the surrounding area) 52 children from Eritrea, the Philippines, Sudan, India and Sri Lanka. They are cared for daily from 7 am to 6 pm by migrant women, each of whom is responsible for six children. Two autistic children and another afflicted with trisomy 21 receive special care. Two new apartments will soon be able to accommodate another 12 children.