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Apr 4, 2015

On Good Friday, Pope decries persecution of Christians

ROME (Reuters) – Pope Francis presided at two Good Friday services, praying for persecuted Christians a day after Islamist militants attacked a university in Kenya, killing at least 147 people.

Modern-day religious persecution was the common thread in both of the pope’s appearances on the day Christians around the world commemorate Jesus’ crucifixion.

Apr 3, 2015

On Good Friday, pope hears of indifference to Christian persecution

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis presided at a Good Friday service where he heard the Vatican’s official preacher accuse the international community of indifference to the persecution of Christians, a day after Islamist militants attacked a university in Kenya, killing at least 147 people.

Father Raniero Cantalamessa, whose title is “preacher of pontifical household,” referred to the attack, in which the Al Shabaab militants initially killed indiscriminately but later freed some Muslims and targeted Christian students during a siege that lasted about 15 hours.

Apr 2, 2015

Pope washes feet of prisoners in traditional Holy Thursday event

ROME (Reuters) – Pope Francis, saying he wanted to be a servant of society’s neediest, presided at a Holy Thursday ceremony where he washed and kissed the feet of 12 men and women in a Rome prison housing many hardened criminals.

For the third consecutive year, Francis did not hold the traditional service in a basilica, going instead to people on the margins of society and including women.

Apr 2, 2015
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Pope Francis washes feet of prisoners in traditional Holy Thursday event

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(Pope Francis kisses a foot of a disabled person at the S. Maria della Provvidenza church in Rome, during the Holy Thursday celebration, April 17, 2014.  REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Pope Francis, saying he wanted to be a servant of society’s neediest, presided at a Holy Thursday ceremony where he washed and kissed the feet of 12 men and women in a Rome prison housing many hardened criminals.

Apr 1, 2015

Italy, Vatican sign financial information exchange deal

VATICAN CITY, April 1 (Reuters) – The Vatican and Italy
signed a financial information sharing agreement on Wednesday in
which the Holy See pledged full cooperation and transparency and
effectively relinquished banking secrecy.

The Vatican has long been criticised by international
financial organisations for providing a tax haven for
well-connected Italians.

Mar 31, 2015

Vatican defends appointing Chilean bishop accused of hiding abuse

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican on Tuesday strongly defended its appointment of a bishop in Chile despite protests by critics who have accused him of covering up sexual abuse.

Juan Barros was installed on March 21 as new bishop of Osorno as supporters holding white balloons and opponents carrying black ones shouted at each other during the ceremony in the city’s cathedral.

Mar 31, 2015

Vatican near deal on financial information sharing -source

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican and Italy are close to reaching an agreement to share financial and tax information in the aim of cracking down on money-laundering and other illicit behavior, a senior Vatican official said on Tuesday.

The deal, which the official said could be announced as early as this week, is part of Pope Francis’ efforts to clean up the finances of the Vatican. The official asked not to be named, because he is not authorised to discuss the accord.

Mar 31, 2015

Italy-Vatican near deal on financial information sharing -source

VATICAN CITY, March 31 (Reuters) – The Vatican and Italy are
close to reaching an agreement to share financial and tax
information in the aim of cracking down on money-laundering and
other illicit behaviour, a senior Vatican official said on
Tuesday.

The deal, which the official said could be announced as
early as this week, is part of Pope Francis’ efforts to clean up
the finances of the Vatican. The official asked not to be named,
because he is not authorised to discuss the accord.

Mar 29, 2015

Pope, on Palm Sunday, pays tribute to ‘today’s martyrs’

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis led the world’s Roman Catholics in Palm Sunday celebrations by paying tribute to those killed for their faith, a reference to the victims of Islamic State militants.

Francis, who earlier this month began the third year of his papacy, presided at a colorful procession in St. Peter’s Square commemorating the day the Bible says people of Jerusalem welcomed Jesus days before he was crucified.

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.