Vatican preparing to launch new media web site (CNS) The Vatican will launch a new web site “in the coming days,” offering a multimedia approach to Vatican news. The initiative, which was presented to the Council of Cardinals by Msgr. Dario Vigano, the head of the Secretariat for Communications, is the centerpiece of a new Vatican approach to social communications.
Ousted Vatican bank official seeks explanation for removal (Vatican Insider) Guilio Mattietti, who was abruptly ousted from his post as deputy director of the Vatican bank, says that he still does not know the reasons for his removal. Mattietti—who was escorted from his office on November 27—has written to the supervisory board of the Institute for Religious Works, complaining that his reputation has been damaged by speculation about his firing, and asking for an explanation. He has not yet received a reply.
Abuse survivor quits papal commission after months of leave (Catholic Herald) Peter Saunders, who was placed on leave in February 2016 from the papal commission on sexual abuse because of his outspoken criticism of Vatican officials, has now announced that he is resigning from the commission. Saunders said that the group had not fulfilled its role. His resignation comes just a few weeks before his term was due to expire.
Connecticut: group opposes senator's bell-ringing for Salvation Army (Connecticut Post) “We urge you to consider supporting only secular charities in the future,” the Freedom From Religion Foundation told a state senator. “This will ensure that representatives do not give the appearance of promoting an overtly Christian mission and will prevent citizens from feeling ostracized by their elected representatives because of their religious beliefs or sexual preference.”