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Dec 22, 2014
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Pope Francis says the Vatican Curia is sick with power and greed


(Pope Francis is pictured by mobile phones at a special audience for Vatican employees and their families at the Paul VI’s hall at the Vatican December 22, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

The Vatican’s top administrators would have been expecting an exchange of pleasantries at their annual Christmas meeting with Pope Francis on Monday.

Dec 22, 2014

Pope says Vatican administration is sick with power and greed

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican’s top administrators would have been expecting an exchange of pleasantries at their annual Christmas meeting with Pope Francis on Monday.

Instead, he chose the occasion to issue a stinging critique, telling the priests, bishops and cardinals who run the Curia, the central administration of the Roman Catholic Church, that careerism, scheming and greed had infected them with “spiritual Alzheimer’s”.

Dec 20, 2014
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Financial fraud uncovered at branch of Catholicism’s Franciscan order


(Catholic monks during the procession in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City, 2006/Abraham Sobkowski OFM)

A branch of the Franciscan religious order that runs churches and convents in 110 countries says fraud by some of its monks has plunged it into grave financial difficulty.

Dec 20, 2014
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Pope’s Latin American brains trust was behind Cuba deal


(Vatican State Secretary Cardinal Pietro Parolin looks on during the arrival of Pope Francis (not pictured) at Fiumicino airport in Rome May 24, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Argentine Pope Francis and a trio of top Vatican officials who helped broker the historic deal between the United States and Cuba represent an unprecedented brain trust in Latin American affairs at the Holy See.

Dec 17, 2014

Vatican leveraged ties to Cuba, U.S. to help broker deal-officials

VATICAN CITY/WASHINGTON, Dec 17 (Reuters) – The Vatican
leveraged its good relations with Cuba and the United States to
help broker their historic resumption of ties and the deal was
spurred by letters from Pope Francis to the presidents of both

The Vatican, which facilitated the agreement along with
Canada, gave some details of its role in a statement shortly
after U.S. President Barack Obama announced the major policy
shift by Washington to resume diplomatic ties after decades of
hostility with the communist-ruled island.

Dec 16, 2014

Vatican report on U.S. nuns is conciliatory, stresses teachings

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A keenly-awaited Vatican report on Roman Catholic nuns in the United States struck a conciliatory tone on Tuesday, praising them for their social and educational work but urging them to stick to Church teachings.

The report is the result of an investigation launched in 2008 after some Vatican officials and U.S. bishops voiced concern that some American nuns had adopted a secular mentality and been infiltrated by what one official at the time called “radical feminism”.

Dec 14, 2014
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Pope Francis turns out not to have made “pets in heaven” comment


(A woman poses with her dog dressed as the pope during the 24th Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York October 25, 2014. Hundreds of dog owners dress their dogs and compete for fun and prizes during the parade. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)

It was a heartwarming story for legions of pet owners and animal lovers around the world.

Dec 12, 2014

Vatican denies Dalai Lama papal audience over China concern

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis has denied a private audience to the Dalai Lama because it could harm the Holy See’s already fraught relations with China, the Vatican said on Friday.

The request was declined “for obvious reasons concerning the delicate situation” with China, a Vatican spokesman said. The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet, understood the situation, he added.

Dec 10, 2014
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Holocaust survivors’ descendants help keep memory alive in new book


(The sign “Arbeit macht frei” (Work makes you free) is pictured at the main gate of the former Auschwitz concentration camp during ceremonies to mark the 69th anniversary of the liberation and commemorate the victims of the Holocaust in Auschwitz January 27, 2014. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)

As the liberation of Auschwitz approaches its 70th anniversary next year, descendants of Holocaust survivors face a dilemma that will deepen as time passes – how to transmit “received memory” to future generations.

Dec 10, 2014

Pope urges global war on human trafficking, appeals to consumers

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis called for a global mobilization to combat human trafficking and slavery on Wednesday, appealing to consumers to shun goods that may have been produced by exploited workers.

In his message for the Roman Catholic Church’s World Day of Peace on Jan. 1, the pope denounced the “general indifference” that allows such practices to flourish.