Pope Francis will visit Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius in his September trip, writes Vatican correspondent Gerard O'Connell, all former colonies facing development challenges.
The revised statutes are meant to ensure that the Vatican Bank conducts its business solely for “the works of religion and of charity.”
In a wide-ranging interview, Pope Francis warned of “sovereignism” as a force that leads to isolation and even war, and he discussed the ecological imperatives of the Synod on the Amazon.
The 5,000-word letter focuses on four themes: pain, gratitude, encouragement and praise.
President Trump traveled met Kim Jong-Un at the demilitarized zone along the 38th parallel that separates North and South Korea.
The synod is set to address the sexual abuse crisis as well as the lack of vocations and the non-acceptance of Catholic teaching on sexuality.