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Mar 25, 2015
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Vatican to give homeless people a private VIP tour of the Sistine Chapel

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(Pope Benedict XVI leads a special meeting with artists in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican November 21, 2009. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano)

In Pope Francis’s latest gesture towards Rome’s homeless, the Vatican said on Tuesday homeless people will get a special private tour of its museums and the Sistine Chapel.

Mar 22, 2015

Pope asks Naples mobsters to repent and stop “mothers’ tears”

NAPLES, Italy (Reuters) – Pope Francis urged members of organised crime to turn away from violence and exploitation and stop the “tears of the mothers of Naples” after visiting one of the city’s most violent and drug-infested neighbourhoods on Saturday.

Francis, on a day-long trip, also spoke out against political corruption in an address to a crowd in the notorious Scampia neighbourhood, a stronghold of clans of the Camorra, the Naples version of the Sicilian mafia.

Mar 21, 2015

Pope rails against crime and corruption in southern Italy

NAPLES, Italy (Reuters) – Pope Francis visited one of Naples’ most violent and drug-infested neighborhoods on Saturday and urged residents not to let organized crime and corrupt politicians rob them of hope.

Francis, on a day-long trip to the southern city, addressed a crowd in the notorious Scampia neighborhood, a stronghold of clans of the Camorra, the Naples version of the Sicilian mafia.

Mar 20, 2015
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Holocaust-denying bishop defies Vatican again with consecration

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(British-born Roman Catholic Bishop Richard Williamson (2nd L) is escorted by police on his arrival at Heathrow Airport in London February 25, 2009. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor)

A renegade traditionalist Roman Catholic bishop, who caused an uproar in 2009 by denying the Holocaust, defied the Vatican again on Thursday by consecrating a bishop without permission from Pope Francis.

Mar 14, 2015
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Pope Francis announces special Catholic Church Holy Year on theme of mercy

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(Pope John Paul II enters the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica December 24. The pope on Friday night opened the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica to mark the start of the Roman Catholic Church’s special Jubilee Year of the Millennium, 24 December 1999/REUTERS Str)

Pope Francis announced on Friday the Roman Catholic Church will mark an extraordinary Holy Year, one of its most important events, in which faithful make pilgrimages to Rome and other religious sites around the world.

Mar 14, 2015
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Pope Francis, on second anniversary, says believes he will have short pontificate

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(Pope Francis arrives to lead the general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican March 11, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

Pope Francis said in an interview published on Friday he believes his pontificate will be short and that he would be ready to resign like his predecessor rather than ruling for life.

Mar 13, 2015

Pope announces special Catholic Church Holy Year on theme of mercy

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis announced on Friday the Roman Catholic Church will mark an extraordinary Holy Year, one of its most important events, in which faithful make pilgrimages to Rome and other religious sites around the world.

During the last Holy Year – or Jubilee – in 2000, millions of pilgrims came to Rome to take part in religious festivities throughout the year.

Mar 4, 2015
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Pope Francis approves legal framework for Vatican financial reform

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(A girl shows the new two euro commemorative coin for 75th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Vatican State at St Paul’s Basilica in Rome, December 16, 2004. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Pope Francis approved detailed new plans to reform Vatican finances on Tuesday, giving the Australian cardinal leading the changes sweeping powers to monitor Vatican departments and ensure budgets conform to international accounting standards.

Mar 4, 2015

Ten migrants die in Mediterranean, hundreds rescued

ROME (Reuters) – At least 10 North African migrants died when their rubber boat overturned in the southern Mediterranean while hundreds more from that vessel and another were rescued, Italian and Tunisian authorities said on Wednesday.

The Italian coast guard said in a statement that one of its ships in the area had managed to rescue most of about 130 people on a boat that capsized on Tuesday some 50 miles north of Libya. Ten bodies were recovered.

Mar 3, 2015
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Catholics and Jews pan film defending wartime Pope Pius XII

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(Pope Pius greets pilgrims to Rome at a general audience, September 9, 1950/Ambrosius007)

A new Italian film that attempts to defend wartime Pope Pius XII against accusations he turned a blind eye to the Holocaust has been panned by the Vatican as well as Catholic and Jewish media.