Pope orders Catholic charities to stress their faith identity3 December 2012
Pope Benedict XVI has issued new legislation for church-run charities that aims to foster in them a more explicitly Catholic identity and ensure that their staff members and supporters follow Catholic moral teaching.
The legislation appeared to be the latest chapter in the Vatican's years-long effort to reform and gain greater control over the worldwide confederation, Caritas Internationalis, and its 165 national and regional members.
Under the new legislation, published last Saturday in a new "motu proprio", bishops and parish priests will be given direct authority over local Caritas agencies and other church-affiliated NGOs.
It also calls for charities to provide greater transparency in their budgets.
The legislation was proposed by the Pontifical Council Cor Unum.
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