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Banners of six new saints hang at St. Peter's Basilica at Vatican

Pope, creating six new saints, uses newly abbreviated formula

November 24, 2014 VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Using a newly simplified rite, Pope Francis proclaimed six new saints and praised them for the love and self-giving with which they served God and built up his kingdom by serving the poor and needy. Creating the two Indian and four Italian saints Nov. 23, the feast of…

Gifts that Pope Francis has received listed on tickets for Vatican raffle to raise money for poor

Re-gifting: Vatican raffles pope gifts to raise money for poor

November 22, 2014 VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Like many Catholic parishes, the Vatican has turned to a raffle to raise money; the difference is, though, the prizes are items originally given as gifts to Pope Francis. For 10 euros — about $12.50 — anyone can go to the Vatican post office or pharmacy and buy…

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