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Apr 18, 2014

Pope Good Friday service underscores plight of the suffering

ROME, April 18 (Reuters) – The plight of immigrants, the
poor, the sick, the elderly, unemployed and prisoners dominated
Pope Francis’ Good Friday service at Rome’s Colosseum as he led
Catholics around the world in commemorating the day Jesus died.

The pope, in the run-up to the second Easter of his
pontificate, presided at the traditional “Via Crucis” (Way of
the Cross) service around the ancient Roman ruin.

Apr 18, 2014
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Mega salaries are evil, papal preacher tells Vatican Good Friday service

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(Pope Francis lies on the ground as he prays during the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican April 18, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer)

The Vatican’s official preacher, at a Good Friday service attended by Pope Francis, said huge salaries and the world financial crisis were modern evils caused by the “cursed hunger for gold”.

Apr 18, 2014

Mega salaries are evil, papal preacher tells Good Friday service

VATICAN CITY, April 18 (Reuters) – The Vatican’s official
preacher, at a Good Friday service attended by Pope Francis,
said huge salaries and the world financial crisis were modern
evils caused by the “cursed hunger for gold”.

The pope presided at a “Passion of the Lord” service in St.
Peter’s Basilica, the first of two papal events on the day
Christians around the world commemorate Jesus’ death by
crucifixion.

Apr 17, 2014

Church must be open to sick, homeless, pope says on Holy Thursday

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis, starting four packed days of events culminating in Easter, said on Thursday the church must always be a refuge for the poor, the homeless and the sick.

Francis, who since his election last year has urged priests to shun material comforts or the urge to climb clerical career ladders, led a solemn Holy Thursday service on the day that Christians commemorate the founding of the priesthood by Jesus.

Apr 13, 2014

Sombre, tired-looking pope presides at Palm Sunday services

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A tired and sombre-looking Pope Francis led a Palm Sunday service before more than 100,000 people, opening two packed weeks of activities including Easter and the canonization of two popes.

The faithful waved palm and olive branches as the 77-year-old Argentine pope, whose pontificate is 13 months old, rode into the square on a white jeep and stopped at the centre of the square to bless palm and olive branches.

Apr 10, 2014

Pope says ‘enough’ to human trafficking, calls it crime against humanity

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis said “enough” to human trafficking on Thursday, denouncing it as a crime against humanity as police leaders and religious groups from around the world pledged to work together to combat it.

Francis addressed the final session of a two-day Vatican-sponsored international conference on human trafficking attended by top law enforcement officials, politicians and representatives of religions.

Apr 7, 2014

Pope rules Vatican bank to stay operative, approves reforms

VATICAN CITY, April 7 (Reuters) – Pope Francis has approved
a reform proposal keeping the Vatican bank operative, ending a
year of speculation over whether the pontiff would close the
institution that has embarrassed the Church for decades.

The bank’s stated purpose is to manage funds for Roman
Catholic orders of priests and nuns, charitable institutions and
Vatican employees and retirees. But it has been dogged by
episodes of malpractice by people authorised to hold accounts
there and murky dealings with Italian financial institutions.

Apr 4, 2014
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Queen Elizabeth gives Pope Francis eggs, whisky, beer at Vatican meeting

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(Britain’s Queen Elizabeth (C) and Prince Philip (L) present gifts to Pope Francis during a meeting at the Vatican April 3, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

Queen Elizabeth met Pope Francis for the first time on Thursday and gave a bemused pontiff culinary delights from the royal estates, including a dozen eggs and a bottle of whisky.

Apr 3, 2014

Queen, meeting pope, gives him eggs, whiskey, beer

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Queen Elizabeth met Pope Francis for the first time on Thursday and gave a bemused pontiff culinary delights from the royal estates, including a dozen eggs and a bottle of whisky.

“I’ve also brought something from all our estates, which is for you personally,” said the queen, wearing a lavender dress and a purple hat, as she handed Francis a wicker basket full of food at the end of a 17-minute private meeting in the Vatican.

Apr 3, 2014

Britain’s Queen, meeting pope, gives him eggs, whiskey, beer

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Queen Elizabeth met Pope Francis for the first time on Thursday and gave a bemused pontiff culinary delights from the royal estates, including a dozen eggs and a bottle of whisky.

“I’ve also brought something from all our estates, which is for you personally,” said the queen, wearing a lavender dress and a purple hat, as she handed Francis a wicker basket full of food at the end of a 17-minute private meeting in the Vatican.