At the Vatican today, His Holiness Pope Francis met with His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Armenian Apostolic Church of Cilicia. Meeting in the Apostolic, the Holy Father commended the Catholicos on his commitment to the cause of Christian unity. He also thanked him for his significant contributions to the Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches. Francis said that Aram I who is based in Lebanon speaks for “a part of the Christian world that is irrevocably marked by a history of trials and sufferings courageously accepted for the love of God. The Armenian Apostolic Church has had to become a pilgrim people; it has experienced in a singular way what it means to journey towards the Kingdom of God. The history of emigration, persecutions and the martyrdom experienced by so many of the faithful has inflicted deep wounds on the hearts of all Armenians.” Their meeting concluded with a special prayer service in the Redemptoris Mater Chapel before going their separate ways.
Also today, Pope Francis named new members to the Vatican’s financial watchdog agency, replacing the current all-Italian panel. The new members of the committee are: Juan C. Zarate, a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and visiting lecturer at Harvard Law School from the United States, Maria Bianca Farina a high-ranking administrator within the Italian postal system's investment and insurance divisions, Marc Odendall a Swiss philanthropist with extensive experience in international commerce and Joseph Yubaraj Pillay the chairman of the Council of Presidential Advisers of the Republic of Singapore and of Tiger Airways Holdings. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State has also promoted Tommaso Di Ruzza, an Italian to become the agency’s "ad interim" vice-director. He formerly worked for the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace as well as an assistant at the financial authority. His Holiness Pope Emeristus Benedict XVI established the Financial Intelligence Authority in 2010 to monitor the financial activities of the Vatican, to ensure that they conformed to international norms.
This year marks two decades since the Rwandan Genocide. Catholic News Service spoke to a Catholic relief worker who highlighted the effects of this terrible event on a new generation of Rwandans.
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