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Jan 30, 2014

Pope replaces cardinal at head of Vatican financial authority

VATICAN CITY, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Thursday
replaced a cardinal who played a senior role in Vatican finances
for more than a decade, in his latest move to clear out the old
financial guard associated with his predecessor.

The Vatican said the pope had accepted the resignation of
Cardinal Atillio Nicora as president of the Vatican’s Financial
Information Authority (AIF), its internal regulatory watchdog.

Jan 29, 2014
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Move over Superman. It’s time for … Superpope

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(A priest and a nun walk by a large drawing of Pope Francis depicting him as a superhero on a wall near the Vatican January 29, 2014. The Argentinian Pope is shown taking off into air with his right fist clenched in a classic Superman style. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

Pope Francis may already be a hero to the world’s downtrodden but at least one pop artist thinks he’s more than that. Move over Superman, it’s time for Superpope.

Jan 28, 2014

Italy Church appeals to thieves to return John Paul blood relic

ROME (Reuters) – The Catholic Church has appealed to thieves to return a reliquary containing the blood of the late Pope John Paul II that disappeared in what it called a “vile and sacrilegious theft”.

The gold reliquary was stolen at the weekend from a small stone church, San Pietro della Ienca, in the mountains east of Rome, where, in his younger days, the pope would slip away secretly from the pressures of the Vatican to hike and ski.

Jan 27, 2014
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Thieves steal Pope John Paul’s blood from Catholic church near Rome

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(Pall bearers carry the body of the late Pope John Paul II through a packed Saint Peter’s Square enroute to the Basilica at the Vatican April 4, 2005. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach)

Thieves broke into a small church in the mountains east of Rome over the weekend and stole a reliquary with the blood of the late Pope John Paul II, a custodian said on Monday.

Jan 27, 2014

Thieves steal Pope John Paul’s blood from Italy church

ROME (Reuters) – Thieves broke into a small church in the mountains east of Rome over the weekend and stole a reliquary with the blood of the late Pope John Paul II, a custodian said on Monday.

Franca Corrieri said she had discovered a broken window early on Sunday morning and had called the police. When they entered the small stone church they found the gold reliquary and a crucifix missing.

Jan 24, 2014
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French President François Hollande makes delicate visit to Pope Francis

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(Pope Francis (R) talks with French President Francois Hollande during a private audience at the Vatican, January 24, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi )

French President François Hollande met Pope Francis on Friday, making a delicate visit against the backdrop of undenied allegations of infidelity, low popularity ratings and clashes with Catholics over gay marriage.

Jan 23, 2014

Slow down and try a little tenderness, pope tells digital world

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The often superficial high-speed world of digital social media needs an injection of calm, reflection and tenderness if it is to be “a network not of wires but of people”, Pope Francis said on Thursday.

Francis, in his message for the Roman Catholic Church’s World Communications Day, also said that while Catholics should cherish and defend their ideas and traditions, they should never be so smug as to claim that “they alone are valid or absolute”.

Jan 22, 2014
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Pope Francis won’t be lenient with predator priests: ex-prosecutor Scicluna

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(Newly-ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Malta Charles Scicluna (C) is congratulated by fellow bishops during his ordination ceremony at St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta November 24, 2012.  REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi )

Pope Francis will not show leniency towards pedophile priests because truth and justice are more important than protecting the Church, the Vatican’s former sex crimes prosecutor has said.

Jan 22, 2014

Vatican bank asks Italy to normalize ties after reforms

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican bank asked Italy on Wednesday to resume financial relations effectively frozen since 2010, saying it had made great progress with new anti-money laundering measures Rome had demanded.

The request was made in a status report on the “compliance and transparency program”, of the bank, whose official title is the Institute for Works of Religion (IOR).

Jan 21, 2014
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Pope Francis urges Davos elites to serve humanity with their wealth

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(Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Peace and Justice, reads a message from Pope Francis at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2014 in Davos January 21, 2014. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich)

Pope Francis challenged business leaders assembled in Davos on Tuesday to put their wealth at the service of humanity instead of leaving most of the world’s population in poverty and insecurity.