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Jan 31, 2014
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You’ve got mail, Pope Francis. Lots of it…

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(Pope Francis receives a postcard with a photograph of himself as a gift at the end of his Wednesday general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican May 8, 2013. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)

He’s nowhere near Santa Claus yet, but Pope Francis gets so much mail that the tiny office that deals with it is swamped and working overtime.

Jan 31, 2014
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Italian police recover blood-stained cloth from relic of Pope John Paul II

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(A broken glass of a niche where the stolen reliquary with the blood of the late Pope John Paul II was located is seen next to a painting of the late Pope in the small mountain church of San Pietro della Ienca, near the city of L’Aquila January 28, 2014 .REUTERS/Max Rossi )

Police on Friday recovered the piece of cloth stained with the blood of the late Pope John Paul, a day after they found the stolen gold and glass case which once contained the relic.

Jan 31, 2014

You’ve got mail, Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – He’s nowhere near Santa Claus yet, but Pope Francis gets so much mail that the tiny office that deals with it is swamped and working overtime.

“Mostly, they are requests for comfort or prayers,” Monsignor Giuliano Gallorini, the head of the office, told Vatican Television (CTV).

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”.