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Pope appoints British canon law expert to economic oversight council

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Pope Francis named Msgr. Brian Ferme, a former dean of the School of Canon Law at The Catholic University of America in Washington, to be the new prelate secretary of the Vatican Council for the Economy.

In his new position, the British priest will assist German Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, head of the council Pope Francis established Feb. 24 to set policies for the administrative and financial activities of all Vatican offices and bodies.

The Vatican announced the monsignor's appointment Saturday.

Pope to proclaim Brazilian, Canadian church pioneers saints in April

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Without a canonization ceremony, Pope Francis will declare three pioneers of the Catholic church in the Americas saints April 2, according to a Jesuit working on the causes.

Signing a decree, the pope will recognize the sainthood of Blessed Jose de Anchieta, a Jesuit known as the Apostle of Brazil; Blessed Marie de l'Incarnation, known as the Mother of the Canadian Church; and Blessed Francois de Laval, the first bishop of Quebec.

Survey claims 'Francis Effect' on Catholic wallets

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Pope Francis' enormous popularity may not have translated into more parishioners in the pews or penitents in the confessional, but a new survey indicates it may be persuading Catholics to dig deep and give more to the poor -- another priority for the pontiff, who was elected a year ago Thursday.

The survey shows that one in four U.S. Catholics say they have increased their charitable giving in the past year, and 77 percent of them say it's because of Francis.

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