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Feb 23, 2015
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Pope to mafiosi: repent and Catholic Church will welcome you back

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(Pope Francis is seen through the window of a bus as he departs for the village of Ariccia at the Vatican February 22, 2015. Pope Francis is leading members of the Roman Curia on a five-day Lenten spiritual retreat in Ariccia, near Rome. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Pope Francis urged members of Italian organized crime groups on Saturday to repent, saying the Catholic Church would welcome them if they promised to stop serving the cause of evil.

Feb 18, 2015
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Gay Catholic group gets VIP treatment at Vatican for first time

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(Sister Jeannine Gramick and Francis DeBernardo of New Ways Ministry, which ministers to homosexual Catholics and promotes gay rights, pose in front of St. Peter’s Square after Pope Francis’ weekly audience, February 18, 2015. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito)

A prominent American Catholic gay rights group was given VIP treatment for the first time at an audience with Pope Francis on Wednesday, a move members saw as a sign of change in the Roman Catholic Church.

Feb 16, 2015

Church sexual abuse crisis far from over, U.S. cardinal says

ROME (Reuters) – The U.S. cardinal who heads the Vatican’s commission on sexual abuse of children by clergy warned his fellow Roman Catholic bishops on Monday not to behave as if the problem had passed.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston told a conference at Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University that some prelates were still reluctant to deal with the problem openly.

Feb 15, 2015
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Shun caste mentality, defend weakest, Pope Francis tells new cardinals

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(Pope Francis celebrates a mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, February 15, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

Pope Francis urged Roman Catholic leaders on Sunday to shun a “closed caste” mentality, saying the Church’s credibility rested on its ability to help the poor and persecuted on the margins of society.

Feb 14, 2015

Be humble and work for justice, pope tells new cardinals

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Saturday inducted new Roman Catholic cardinals to the group that will choose his successor, telling them their high rank was a call to be humble and work for justice.

Francis elevated 20 prelates, many of them from developing countries, at a ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica. It was attended by former Pope Benedict XVI, making only his fifth public appearance at a church event since his resignation in 2013.

Feb 12, 2015

Pope tells Vatican administrators to be “absolutely transparent”

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis, starting two days of closed-door meetings with the world’s Roman Catholic cardinals, on Thursday called for greater efficiency and transparency in the Church’s troubled central administration, the Curia.

Francis was elected in 2013 with a mandate from the cardinals who chose him to reform the Curia, and has made plain his determination to bring the Church’s hierarchy closer to its 1.2 billion members.

Feb 9, 2015
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Pope Francis makes surprise visit to Rome shantytown (with video)

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(Pope Francis makes an unannounced stop at a shantytown on Rome’s outskirts on Sunday, 8 Feb 2015. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano)

Pope Francis made a surprise visit to a shantytown on Rome’s outskirts on Sunday, stunning poor residents, many of them from his native South America.

Feb 8, 2015

Clergy sexual abuse victim criticises pope over spanking remark

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A victim of child sexual abuse by clergy criticised Pope Francis on Saturday for appearing to endorse parents who spanked their children.

“Children don’t need to be hit. We need to talk about positive parenting … physical violence has no part in modern-day child upbringing,” said Peter Saunders, who is advising the Vatican on how to deal with its abuse crisis.

Feb 7, 2015

Vatican abuse commission to recommend action against bishops

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A commission advising Pope Francis on how to root out sexual abuse of children by clergy in the Catholic Church is studying sanctions for bishops suspected of cover-ups or of failing to prevent abuse, members said on Saturday.

“There have to be consequences,” Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, the head of the commission, told a news conference.

Feb 6, 2015
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Pope Francis gives homeless in rainy Rome lost-and-found umbrellas

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(Priests shelter from rain while waiting for smoke to rise from a chimney on top of the Sistine Chapel during the second day of the conclave voting that elected Pope Francis, at the Vatican March 13, 2013.  REUTERS/Eric Gaillard)

Pope Francis has ordered that umbrellas forgotten by tourists be distributed to the homeless of Rome to get them through a spate of unusually rainy weather, Ansa news agency said on its website on Friday.