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Nov 20, 2014

Pope says food commodity speculation hurts fight against hunger

ROME (Reuters) – Pope Francis condemned speculation in food commodities and greed for profits on Thursday, saying they were undermining the global fight against poverty and hunger.

Addressing a United Nations conference on nutrition, he called on rich nations to share their wealth and denounced waste, excessive consumption and unequal distribution of food.

Nov 18, 2014

Vatican bank gets assets back, wants new footing with Italian banks

VATICAN CITY, Nov 18 (Reuters) – An Italian bank has
returned to the Vatican 23 million euros ($28.8 million) that
was blocked in a 2010 money laundering investigation, the
Vatican bank said on Tuesday, in a sign that the Holy See’s
efforts to make its finances more transparent are paying off.

The Vatican bank, whose official name is Institute for Works
of Religion (IOR), said in a statement that the move was “a
consequence of the introduction of a fully-fledged anti-money
laundering and supervisory system”.

Nov 17, 2014

Pope Francis plans to visit United States next year

VATICAN CITY/PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Pope Francis announced on Monday he would make his first visit to the United States next year, travelling to Philadelphia where he will celebrate an outdoor mass before an audience expected to number in the millions.

Francis ended months of speculation when he told an inter-religious conference on marriage he would go to Philadelphia in September for the Roman Catholic Church’s World Meeting of Families.

Nov 17, 2014

Pope says will visit United States next year

VATICAN CITY/PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Pope Francis announced on Monday he would visit the United States next year, his first trip there as leader of the 1.2 billion-member Roman Catholic Church.

Francis ended months of speculation when he told an inter-religious conference on marriage he would go to Philadelphia in September for the Roman Catholic Church’s World Meeting of Families.

Nov 16, 2014

Spared in war, Italy’s “greatest picture” saved again by benefactor

SANSEPOLCRO, Italy, Nov 16 (Reuters) – An Italian
Renaissance masterpiece that English novelist Aldous Huxley once
described as “the greatest picture in the world” was saved from
destruction in World War Two by a British artillery officer who
defied orders to shell the town.

Today, Piero della Francesca’s 15th Century fresco of the
resurrection of Jesus Christ on a wall in the Tuscan town of
Sansepolcro is again in danger, and those trying to save it are
again taking matters into their own hands.

Nov 10, 2014
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Pope Francis demotes outspoken American conservative Cardinal Burke

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(Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke leads a Holy Mass in the chapel of the Vatican Governorate, January 11, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

Pope Francis on Saturday demoted an outspoken conservative American cardinal who has been highly critical of the pontiff’s reformist leadership of the Roman Catholic Church.

Nov 10, 2014
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Vatican to rein in sales of papal blessings, vendors cry foul

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(A calligrapher makes a papal blessing on parchment at a workshop in Rome November 7, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

Rino Pensa has been making personalised papal blessings on parchments for 65 years, a mainstay of his small business creating intricately lettered scrolls marking milestones like baptisms and marriages.

Nov 10, 2014

Vatican to rein in sales of papal blessings, vendors cry foul

ROME, Nov 10 (Reuters) – Rino Pensa has been making
personalised papal blessings on parchments for 65 years, a
mainstay of his small business creating intricately lettered
scrolls marking milestones like baptisms and marriages.

The Vatican has decided that as of Jan. 1 his workshop and
about 60 other producers and stores that have been in the papal
blessing business for decades will no longer be allowed to make
or sell them, a decision vendors say could cost up to 500 jobs.

Nov 9, 2014

Italy president may resign early in coming months: commentators

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s president Giorgio Napolitano, who reluctantly agreed to a second term in 2013 at a time of political crisis, may step down in January, five years before the end of his term, political commentators said on Sunday.

Napolitano, 89, could announce his decision in his traditional year-end address on Dec. 31 and leave office several weeks later, commentators in major newspapers said.

Nov 8, 2014

Pope demotes outspoken American conservative cardinal

VATICAN CITY, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Saturday
demoted an outspoken conservative American cardinal who has been
highly critical of the pontiff’s reformist leadership of the
Roman Catholic Church.

Cardinal Raymond Burke, 66, was removed as head of the
Vatican’s highest court and appointed to the ceremonial post of
chaplain of the charity group Knights of Malta.